Bridget Stelmach of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at VNA Hospice. She was 92 years old. Bridget was born November 22, 1926 in Bantry Bay, Ireland, one of eight children of the late Jeremiah O’Sullivan and the late Mary O’Sullivan (nee - Cohane). She is the beloved wife of the late John Stelmach Jr.; father of Mary Anne Stone and her husband Robert J., James and his wife Brenna, John and his wife Elaine, Kathleen, Kevin and his wife Denise, and Anthony Stelmach; also survived by her eight grandchildren Jessica Stone, Jeffrey Stone, Brad Jackson, Jacqueline Stelmach, Zachary Hunter, Matthew Stelmach, Brittany Todd, Anthony Stelmach, and Brianna Stelmach; great grandmother of five Anthony Stelmach, Aiden Stelmach, Lucas Todd, Evelyn Stone, and Gabriel Hunter.
Bridget was raised on Whiddy Island in the northern part of Bantry Bay, Cork County, Ireland. She emigrated to the United States in the early 1950’s. She met John Stelmach Jr. while at a coffee shop in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He was head over heels for Bridget. The two were wed in St. Ladislaus Parish in January of 1955. They raised their family in the Nicetown section of the city. Bridget loved to play pinochle and visit with her family when they came to the US and when she had the chance to visit them back in her beloved Ireland. Bridget became a great fan of her adopted home in Philadelphia and especially the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. She will be missed for her sarcasm, wit, and Sunday dinners with her family, of which she was the matriarch.
Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. and Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 8100 Colfax Street, Philadelphia, PA 19136. Her graveside service followed at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, 1215 Super Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047.