Category Archives: MObit

Obit of Manhattan College people who are not Jaspers. Beloved for laboring in “our” vineyard, we don’t let the deaths pass unmourned.

MOBIT: Artie Urrutia [MCstaff RIP] campus barber


Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Artie Urrutia who served as the campus barber for…

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MOBIT: Arrangements for Mom of Toscano, Lisa [MC1979]


Good Afternoon All,
The following information is what Manhattan College sent out regarding the Wake and Mass for Mrs. Rose Toscano, Lisa Toscano’s Mother. Thank you Tom for the follow up.
Phil Colon

To the Manhattan College Community:
It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the death of Rose Toscano, beloved mother of Lisa Toscano/Kinesiology.
Wake:             McGrath’s Funeral Home
                        20 Cedar Street
                        Bronxville, NY  10708
                        (914) 377-6770
                        Friday, August 22nd
                        4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral:          St. Joseph’s Church
                        15 Cedar Street
                        Bronxville, NY  10708
                        Saturday, August 23rd
                        10 a.m. Mass
Condolences can be sent to:
Lisa Toscano
42 Pondfield Rd. West
Bronxville, NY 10708 
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:
St. Patrick’s Home for the Aged and Infirm
66 Van Cortlandt Park South 
Bronx, NY 10463

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MOBIT: McKeon, Eileen [MCxstaff RIP] by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


Good Evening All,

From Tom Delaney, we received word of the death of Eileen McKeon. We pray for the repose of the soul of Eileen McKeon who along with Grace Feeney kept the Alumni Office operational. She has been called home and will no doubt be called upon to organize events in the Kingdom of Heaven. Many of us remember Eileen with fondness and a smile. She will be missed. Please keep Eileen and her Family and Friends in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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The following information was forwarded by the College.

Wake: William’s Funeral Home
Bronx, NY

Wednesday, August 20th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 21st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Funeral: Church of the Visitation
Friday, August 22nd – 10 a.m. Mass

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McKeon, Eileen [MCxstaff RIP]

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MOBIT: Theroux, Michael E. [MCattendee RIP]


Michael E. Theroux

MERRIMACK – Michael E. Theroux, 67, of Merrimack passed away Aug. 17, 2014, at the Community Hospice Center in Merrimack after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on March 25, 1947, the son of the late Edward J. and Mary R. (Shea) Theroux of Beaufort, S.C., previously from Amherst and Nashua.

Michael was a longtime resident of Merrimack and graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester in 1965. He attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York, for one year before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. During his two years in the Marines, Michael did a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam, where he attained the rank of corporal.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Michael went to work for Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack before the plant was even open for the production of beer. He was a faithful employee of that company for 37 years before his retirement in June 2007.

Michael married Linda A. Maskiewicz in December 1970.

Michael enjoyed sports, and in his younger years, played on many slow pitch softball teams. He was an avid Patriots and Bruins fan. Michael spent most of his early years residing in a Long Island suburb of New York City, where he developed a lifelong love for the New York Yankees.

Michael was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8641 in Merrimack and the American Legion Post 9 in Derry. He was passionate about his work with and for the VFW. He served in numerous capacities at his local VFW Post in Merrimack, including quartermaster, senior vice commander and surgeon. At the Department (state) level, in 2011-2012, Michael served as special aide-de-camp for the past national commander-in-chief of the VFW, Richard Denoyer, and as sergeant-at-arms at 2012, 2013 and 2014 Department conventions. At the time of his death, Michael was the current sergeant-at-arms of the Department of New Hampshire VFW for 2014-2015 year.

Members of his family include his wife, Linda A. Theroux; daughter Audra C. Theroux of Merrimack; daughter and son-in-law April and David Wisler of Manchester; grandson Dominic Theroux of Merrimack; and sister Mary Ellen Theroux of Beaufort, S.C..

SERVICES: Calling hours will be at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack with a “Celebration of Life” to follow at the Merrimack VFW. Interment will be at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

For more information or to sign an online guest register, go to

Published in Union Leader on Aug. 20, 2014


Theroux, Michael E. [MCattendee RIP] 


[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. In this case, it was Viet Nam. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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MOBIT: Sowinski, Thomas [MCstaff RIP]



SOWINSKI-Thomas. Suddenly on August 7, 2014. Devoted son of the late Chester and the late Jane (nee Jablonka). Ret. Professional Baseball Player, Ret. Baseball Coach of Adelphi University, Manhattan College and Queens College. He is survived by a long list of friends. Reposing at the Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home, Atlantic Ave. at 111 St., Richmond Hill, N.Y.

Funeral Mass Monday 9:45 A.M. at St. Stanislaus R.C. Church, Ozone Park. Visiting hours Sat. and Sun. 2-8 P.M.

Published in the Daily News from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014


Sowinski, Thomas [MCstaff RIP] 


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Konchalski, Freda F. [MCxStaff RIP]


Freda F. Konchalski, 95, Former Danbury Resident
by Charles D’Souza

DELAND, Fla. – Freda F. Konchalski of Deland, formerly of Danbury, died Dec. 4, 2013. She was 95.
Konchalski was born Nov. 26, 1918, in New York City, the daughter of Adolph and Emily (Schultz) Hoppe. Raised and educated in New York, she had worked at both Fanny Farmers Candy and Manhattan College. She had been a resident of Danbury since 1971, most recently at the Glen Crest Retirement Community for 11 years, until moving to Florida in 2011.

Konchalski is survived by her children, Ronald S. Konchalski (Camille) of Somers, N.Y., and Patricia E. McNally (Stephen) of Deltona; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; and husband, Frank Konchalski.

A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, in Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield.
Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, is in charge of arrangements.

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Konchalski, Freda F. [MCxStaff RIP]


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Schweitzer, Jacqueline [MCstaff RIP]


In Memory of
Jacqueline Schweitzer
June 26, 1929 – July 15, 2014

Schweitzer, Jacqueline, age 85, died peacefully at home in Riverdale after a long illness, July 15; she is survived by her loving husband Frederick, daughter Elyse Jenkins, and stepson Manfred. Her childhood and youth were troubled and difficult: poverty, a terribly cruel father, the lifelong sadness from age 16 by the death of her mother, and her sixty-year heroic struggle with diabetes that began at age 25. More than enough to make one bitter, cynical, withdrawn or pessimistic, but Jackie was none of these. Rather, hers was a sunny disposition, friendly, outgoing, exceptionally sociable and communicative, buoyant, always ready with an engaging smile, a dash of wit and humor. Jackie beat all the odds and led a truly valiant life, thanks to her capacity to rise above adversity.

A new chapter in her life began when she met her second husband, Professor Frederick M. Schweitzer, at Manhattan College, where she was a secretary. They married in 1991. She became his assistant and partner in preparing his research and publications on Jewish history, the Holocaust, Israel reborn, and antisemitism. She loved to travel and they traveled widely to participate in scholarly conferences but also to visit relatives and historic sites and to enjoy art, music, and theatre – all over the United States and Canada and Europe. Jacqueline had a fine singing voice and one time aspired to a musical career, but as she wistfully recalled, there was no money for singing lessons. In retirement the couple compensated for their deprivation as “Depression Babies”: they joined theatre clubs and the opera guild and devoted many an evening or matinee to drama, musicals, dance, opera, and so on. Some of their happiest moments were dressing up to the nines, driving down to Lincoln Center, dining sumptuously in the Grand Tier at the Met, followed by choice seats for the opera, ballet, or the revival of South Pacific. Music was the one thing she was able to enjoy almost to the end of her life.

Funeral service conducted by Rabbi Stephen Franklin, 1:00 pm, Monday, July 21, Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Ave. Burial in King David Memorial Gardens, Putnam Valley, NY


Schweitzer, Jacqueline [MCstaff RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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