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: Cronin, Edward F. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


Edward F. Cronin
July 22, 1927 – January 31, 2015

With deep sadness, the family of Edward F. Cronin Jr. shares the news of his passing on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the age of 87, after a long, brave fight against complications from cardiac surgery.

Edward was born in Newark, NJ, the beloved son of the late Edward F. Cronin, Sr. and Margaret (Macho). He was the devoted and loving husband of Marion Cronin (Crawford), with whom he shared 63 years of marriage. They moved to New Providence in 1955, where they raised their five children.

As a young man, Edward earned a full-tuition altar boy scholarship to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, from which he graduated in 1946. Prior to graduating, Edward proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy, touring the Pacific from 1945-1946 aboard the USS Cook Inlet. Taking advantage of the GI Bill’s educational benefits, he attended Manhattan College and graduated from Newark College of Engineering.

Edward worked at AT&T (Western Electric and AT&T Technologies) for over 40 years, during which time he become one of the project managers involved in the monumental task of laying the first fiber optic cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the office, he served as president of the Stanley S. Homes Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and helped organize technology distribution for individuals with special needs and schools through donations and training. A man of great faith, Edward was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish. He was an avid sports enthusiast, a keen follower of current events, a financial genius, and – in his more casual moments – a great fan of Italian food.

Edward was a tremendously kind and intelligent man greatly loved by all of his family and friends. Through his selflessness, wisdom, and unending generosity, he was a source of uncountable moments of happiness and love. He carried himself through life with a quiet dignity and devotion to his loved ones that all of his family only hopes to match. He will be remembered by family as the best man that a man could be, and a shining example to always look to

He is survived by his wife Marion and his five children: Christine Cronin of New Providence, Karen Iucci of New Egypt, Patricia L.F. Cronin and her husband Michael Morris of New Providence, Tim Cronin and his wife Jennifer (Minch) of Berkeley Heights and Geraldine Cronin and her husband Mark Luchetti of West Chester, PA. Edward was also the cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren; Gordon (Baker), Sean and Brendan (Cusack), Amanda and Stephanie (Iucci), Liam and Patrick (Morris), Ryan, Chelsea, Melissa and Lauren (Cronin), and Anna and Erin (Luchetti) and 2 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Thursday Feb 12th from 4- 8 PM at Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, South St, New Providence on Friday Feb 13th at 10 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Teresa’s Mausoleum, Summit. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the New Providence Rescue Squad.


Cronin, Edward F. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] 


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

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MOBIT: Frawley, Robert J. [MCsupporter RIP] reported by Lynn, Robert R. (MP71MC1987)


Reporter :  Lynn, Robert R. (MP71MC1987)
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Website or source of news?: I am his brother-in-law, married to Loretta, his younger sister.
What did you find?:

Bobby Frawley, 76, of Bailey Avenue in the Bronx, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2015 at our home in Forty-Fort, PA. He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes H.S. ’55 and avid supporter of Manhattan College, and it’s basketball teams. He was a close associate of some of it’s top players such as Coach Powers, and several others from parishes in the Bronx.

A memorial Mass will be held at the Visitation Church in Riverdale on April 10th.

Notes of condolences can be e-mailed to his Family c/o Jasper Jottings

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Lynn, Robert R. (MP71MC1987)

Frawley, Robert J. [MCsupporter RIP]

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

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MOBIT: Pappalardo, Angelo Joseph ‘AJ’ [MCattendee RIP]

Good Morning All,

From Jasper Jottings, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fellow Jasper, Angelo J. Pappaardo. I am unable to positively state that Mr.Pappaardo graduated from Manhattan but in Christian Fellowship, we include many in our prayers. Please keep Angelo and his family in your prayers as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Native Staten Islander Angelo Joseph (AJ) Pappalardo, 40, of Manhattan, a restaurateur who loved his family and life, died Friday at home.

Born and raised in Grymes Hill, he graduated from LaSalle Military Academy, Oakdale, L.I., and attended Manhattan College, the Bronx.

Mr. Pappalardo studied at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

He worked at Joe & Pat’s, the well-known Island pizzeria and family-owned business in Castleton Corners. Later, with his father, Giuseppe, he owned and operated Rubirosa, a Manhattan restaurant, for four years.

He lived in Dongan Hills briefly before settling in Manhattan.

Mr. Pappalardo enjoyed traveling.

A loving son, brother and uncle to his niece, Ginger Fe, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

While living on the Island, Mr. Pappalardo was a parishioner of Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Tompkinsville. In Manhattan, he attended St. Patrick’s R.C. Church.

Surviving, along with his father, Giuseppe, are his mother, Lena Pappalardo, and his sister, Maria Pappalardo.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Entombment will follow in Moravian Cemetery, New Dorp.

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Angelo.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: Williams, Philip J. [MCattendeeRIP]



Philip J. Williams passed away on 31 December 2014 at the age of 95.

He was born on 25 March 1919 in Andretta, Italy. In Marchof 1921, with his mother Concetta, he sailed to America through Ellis Island to join his father Angelo. Philip was an excellent student and exceptional athlete; later in life he was inducted into the New Rochelle Boy’s Club Inspiration Hall of Fame.

He worked his way through college attending classes at Manhattan College, New York University, and finished his engineering degree at Cornell University under the government V-12 program. After graduation, he went on active duty in the Navy as an engineering officer during WWII. He served on a refueling vessel in the Atlantic and weather patrol in the Pacific.

After the war, Phil held a variety of engineering positions; he designed prosthetics for the VA, helped pioneer honeycomb structures, and designed computer and office furniture hardware. He excelled in each and holds many patents for his work.

Philip is predeceased by his parents, Angelo and Concetta Guglielmo Williams, his beloved wife Maria, sisters Theresa and Catherine, and brother John. He is survived by his son Philip (wife Mary), his daughter Loretta (husband Helmut), sisters Yolanda and Gloria, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Philip was a long and active member of the Knights of Columbus, having joined in 1948. He was a devoted husband and father and faithful and active Church parishioner.

He lovingly cared for his wife for many years before her passing in 2009.

He loved sports, having coached both baseball and basketball. Throughout the years he wrote untold numbers of short stories, many for his grand and great grandchildren – adventures, mysteries, heart-warming tales, most often ending with an important life lesson. Philip lived a full, productive and good life.

Mass of Christian Burial: 2 PM Friday, January 2, 2015, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Battle Lake, Minnesota with visitation one hour prior to services. Clergy: Father LeRoy Schik. Interment: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery, Battle Lake, Minnesota. The Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Battle Lake is handling the arrangements. Condolences:

Funeral HomeGlende-Johnson-Nelson-Nilson102 Lincoln Avenue South Battle Lake, MN 56515(218) 864-5278

Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 4, 2015


Williams, Philip J. [MCattendeeRIP]


[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. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. In this case, he grew up in the Great Depression and WW2. Reading his obit, he’s a Jasper in so many ways. Maybe some of Alma Mater was in his soul if not his wherewithall. The fact that Alma Mater is mentioned means someone thought it was important. If so, so do I.]

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MOBIT: LaRue, Margaret M. [MCxStaff RIP]


Margaret LaRue

Fishkill, NY – Margaret M. LaRue of Fishkill passed away peacefully on December 18, 2014 at Rennaissance Rehab and Nursing. She was 93.

Born on January 11, 1921 in the Bronx to the late Michael and Mary Gilroy Knowles.

She grew up in the house she was born in on Baily Place in the Bronx. Margaret was an avid bingo player, enjoyed reading and was very religious.

Margaret married William LaRue on January 21, 1945 at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in the Bronx, after Williams sudden death in 1960 she went to work at Manhattan College for many years prior to retiring to Dutchess County where she worked at the Fishkill Senior Center.

She is survived by her loving children, William LaRue and his companion, Judy Callahan, of Manahawkin, NJ, Carol Grech of West Hurley, Michael LaRue and his wife, Rose, of Cape Coral, Florida, Margaret Hartman and her husband, Dennis, of Port Ewen and Deirdre ‘Dee” Farrar and her husband, Tom, of LaGrange; cherished grandchildren Billy, Danny, Lauren, Brendan, Jessica, Tommy, Anthony, Travis, Jason, Kelly, Michael and Jennifer; 8 loving great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband, William LaRue, in 1960 and nine brothers and sisters.

Friends may call on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 3-7pm at Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home, 1028 Main St, Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10 am at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 160 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx, NY. Interment to follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers.

For Margaret’s guestbook or to send a sympathy card please visit

Funeral Home
Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Home
1028 Main St.  Fishkill, NY 12524

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Dec. 19, 2014


LaRue, Margaret M. [MCxStaff RIP]


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

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MOBIT: Mentions George Martin [MC1952 RIP]


John Aloysius Martin

John Aloysius Martin, a banker in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Albuquerque for many years, passed away Dec. 13, he was 92.

He and his four siblings-Tom, Roberta, George and Pat–grew up in El Rito, between Abiqu¡u and Ojo Caliente.

His father, George Martin, had come to New Mexico before statehood. John Martin’s mother, Margaret Allen Martin, was an Irish nurse who had come to Santa Fe to work at St. Vincent Hospital. After the couple married, they lived in El Rito.

George Martin, a graduate of Manhattan College, had been appointed as the first president of the Spanish American Normal School there (now Northern New Mexico College) because of his knowledge of many languages. After a change of administration at the state, he lost his job and the family moved to Pueblo, Colo., where John was born in 1922.

After returning to El Rito, George Martin became a partner in the Sargent general store. He subsequently bought out Sargent; later his son Tom Martin and grandson Greg Martin ran the store until it closed in the early years of this century.

Margaret Martin worked as a nurse in El Rito.

The Martins also acquired a ranch, later managed by their son Pat, daughter-in-law JoAnn, and grandchildren Mike and Tim. They were members of the San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic parish.

John Martin and his siblings attended the Normal School in El Rito. They worked on the ranch, rode their horses in the mountains, ice skated on the pond near their house, even set up an old truck engine to make a ski lift in El Rito Canyon.

He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1949 with a major in Spanish and a minor in business. One of his professors was Rubin Cobos, author of the dictionary of Northern New Mexican Spanish. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in Texas, where he translated for Spanish-speaking recruits.

His first banking job was with Albuquerque Federal Savings and Loan.

He and Barbara McCain were married in 1951. Their two sons, Meade and Christopher, were born in Albuquerque. In 1964 John Martin joined the USAID Alliance for Progress, whose goal was to encourage the growth of a middle class in Latin America. The family spent almost four years living in El Salvador. Upon returning to New Mexico, the family lived in Santa Fe. J

ohn Martin was a loan officer at First National Bank of Santa Fe, president of United Savings and Loan in Los Alamos, Santa Fe branch manager for Albuquerque Federal, and on the board of Charter Bank for Savings. After retiring from the banking industry, he worked as a real estate agent with Jim Walsh’s Adobe Realty.

In 2012, the couple moved from their house near the Santa Fe Plaza to Ponce de Le¢n retirement home, where John Martin made many new friends among the residents and staff who appreciated him for his kindness and wit, joining legions of friends from across the state and around the world.

He died from complications of a stroke, with his family present. Barbara, his wife of 63 years; sons Meade and Chris; daughters-in-law Jill and Robin; grandchildren Laura, Elliott, Sophie; and many other relatives survive him.

Rosary will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at San Juan Nepomuceno church in El Rito. Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22 at Cristo Rey church in Santa Fe. Burial will be at 11:15 a.m., Dec. 23 at the National Cemetery. Rivera Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements: 505-753-2288. Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Empty Stocking Fund.

Funeral Home
Rivera Family Funeral Home & Crematory
305 Calle Salazar Espanola, NM 87532
(505) 753-2288

Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2014


Martin, George [MC???? RIP] 

[JR: And an interesting look back in history.]

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Dear John,

George is a member of the Class of 1952.

May He Continue To Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Martin, George [MC1952 RIP] 

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

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MOBIT: Stack, John Joseph ‘JJ’ [MCattendee RIP]


John Joseph Stack
(July 4, 1920 – November 28, 2014)


STACK, John Joseph (JJ), formerly of Yonkers, NY, Sugarland Run, Va., and Bowie, Md., passed away Nov. 28th in Palm Bay, Fl. He was 94. Born in Yonkers, NY, on July 4, 1920, JJ was the eldest son of Edward Joseph and Della Bridget (Hamilton) Stack. He began his lifetime of travel at an early age, making the long subway trek from home into Manhattan where he attended St. Patrick’s Cathedral school and served as an altar boy. He excelled at sports, including baseball and football, and though drafted by the House of David baseball team, he chose to pursue his education.

JJ was a sophomore at Manhattan College when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He immediately enlisted in the US Navy, and while serving in the Pacific Theater with Navy Squadron VS-61, met and married Nellie Kathleen Bowles working at Maylands Airport, Perth, Australia. They shared an adventuresome life together during his 20-year Navy career. JJ ran air traffic control operations at bases in Bermuda, New York, New Jersey, Kansas and Florida—and Nellie ran everything else. After his Navy retirement in 1962, JJ was a strategic planner at the Washington Navy Yard, a consultant with SAIC at Tysons Corners, and the President of his own defense-contract company, Cèilidh.

During their happy, 40-year marriage, JJ and Nellie raised 11 children while traveling the world. Together, they introduced their brood to western living—that is, in Western Australia and the west of Ireland.

With Nellie’s sudden death in 1981, JJ faced his toughest times. But sustained by his Roman Catholic faith, he showed his children that life is to be lived. He shared his mother’s passion for the Sport of Kings, and during the 1990s raced his thoroughbred horse Sports Career at area racetracks. In 1991, JJ married Barbara Knowles, now of Washington, D.C. While they called St. Simon’s Island, Ga., home, they traveled across the US and in Europe and Asia. JJ spent his final years with his son William Stack in Palm Bay, Fl.

JJ is predeceased by his brothers Joseph and William Stack and his sisters Theresa Peel, Kathleen Blinn and Margaret Stack. He is survived by his wife Barbara Stack of Washington, D.C. and his children: Bridget Gingrow of Lancaster, Pa.; Mike Stack of Fairfax, Va.; Robert Stack of Virginia Beach, Va., William Stack of Palm Bay, Fl., Maureen Sappéy of Chestertown, Md., Peggy Vaughn of Frederick, Md., Patricia Stack of McLean, Va., Joseph Stack of Wilmington, N.C., Edward Stack of Chestertown, Md., Teresa Hunter of Clemmons, N.C., and Mickey Stack of Arlington, Va. JJ was devoted to his 24 grandchildren and a great-grandfather to 11. He was beloved by many nieces, nephews and friends in the US, Australia and Ireland.

A Time of Visitation is scheduled 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Colonial Funeral Home, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Dec. 9, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 750 Peachtree St, Herndon, VA 20170. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William Childs Hospice House, 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, Fl. 32907 at


Stack, John Joseph ‘JJ’ [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. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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

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