A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 1 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Maple Shade, for Deacon Joseph A. Card who died June 27 at age 97.
Born in January 1926 in Millbrook, N.Y., Deacon Card enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 during World War II. Following his 32 months of military service, he attended La Salle University, Philadelphia, where he studied languages and graduated with a degree in French literature. He worked for U.S. Lines, then as the manager of computer operations at Philadelphia United Life Insurance Company.
Deacon Card was ordained a deacon May 11, 1991, by Bishop John C. Reiss in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, and was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Maple Shade, where he served for 25 years. He was involved with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and interreligious activities, among other ministries and was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council, Knights of Columbus. In retirement, he continued to assist with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Scripture study classes.
Deacon Card was predeceased by his wife, Gilda and his daughter, Nancy (Annunciata) who died in April. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Card and Rosemary Bucherer; two sons, Michael Card and Joseph Card; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Memorial donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation @kidney.org