In memoriam: Sister Marie Elizabeth Alspaugh, SSJ and Paul Artman

FLOURTOWN, Pa. – Sister Marie Elizabeth Alspaugh, SSJ, died on Nov. 23, 2021, at age 86. She was a dedicated servant in Catholic education for 33 years. From 1990-2008, she served as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes in Greenville.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Services are private but will be livestreamed from the Saint Joseph Villa website,

Sister Alspaugh is the daughter of the late Howard and Henrietta (nee Klenke) Alsplaugh, sister of Alice Both (David), and her late sisters Mary Bowers, Judith Sullivan (Stewart), and Sister Marie St. Paul Alspaugh, SSJ. She is also predeceased by her brother Richard Alspaugh. She is survived by nieces Susannah Beacom, Karen and Willa Sullivan, Julie George and nephew Grayson George. She is also survived by members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sister’s name to Saint Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.

GREENVILLE – On Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, Paul Artman, devoted family man, dedicated friend, community servant-leader, and faithful child of God died at the age of 70. He was born July 21, 1951, in Greenville, Mississippi, to Carol and Paul Artman, loving parents who would be his model for the extraordinary life he enjoyed. He married the former Barbara Deaton in 1975 and the two had four children.

Paul was a life-long learner; therefore, he revered his studies at the University of Notre Dame and Delta State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences, a Master of Educational Supervision, a Master of Education in History, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership.

Paul was a graduate of the Catholic Lay Ministry Program in the Diocese of Jackson and served both St. Rita Catholic Church at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greenville as an Extraordinary Minister and Faith Formation teacher. He served both St. Rita and St. John Catholic Schools on their School Advisory Councils.

Artman served as Greenville mayor from 1996-2004 after serving on city council starting in 1989. He was also the administrator at St. Joseph Catholic School until his retirement four years ago.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the institution he so loved, St. Joseph School Facilities Organization, P. O. Box 1406, Greenville, MS 38702. Go Irish!