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: 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 More than enough to make one bitter, cynical, withdrawn or pessimistic, but Jackie was none of these.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]

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

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MOBIT: Brother of Veryzer, John [MC1949 RIP] passes


Tom Veryzer, Islip native and former New York Mets shorstop, passes away at 61
Nick Diunte
NY Baseball History Examiner
July 9, 2014

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Tom Veryzer, native of Islip, New York, and former major league shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Chicago Cubs, passed away Tuesday July 8, 2014 from complications of a stroke according to multiple reports on Twitter. He was 61.

Born February 11, 1953, Veryzer grew up in athletic household. His father Tom was a legendary high school coach, his brother John played basketball at Manhattan College, and his other brother Jim was a minor league outfielder in the Tigers system. Veryzer followed in their footsteps as a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball, soccer) at Islip High School, earning all-league honors in soccer, and the Carl Yastrzemski Award his senior year for the best baseball player in Suffolk County. His standout high school performance convinced the Tigers to make him their first round pick in 1971, selecting him 11th overall.

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Veryzer, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1949.

May They both Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Veryzer, John [MC1949 RIP]

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

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MOBIT: Powell, William E. [MCattendee RIP]


William E. Powell
1922 – 2014 


William E. Powell, 92, of Windsor, beloved husband of 57 years to the late Mary (Pilonero) Powell passed away Friday, June 20, 2014.

Born March 29, 1922 in North Adams, MA, son of the late Alfred and Carrie (Bigelow) Powell he grew up in North Adams before moving to Windsor in 1955. After high school he worked for Pratt & Whitney but when WWII broke out, he joined the U.S. Army who sent him to Manhattan College for officer training. As the war escalated, they had William join the 69th Infantry 273rd Regiment Company F and he served over in France and Germany. After the war, he finished his college career at The University of Massachusetts receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

After his schooling, he worked for the State of Massachusetts Forestry Department, Hamilton Standard and retired from Aetna Life and Casualty as Supervisor of Safety Engineering.

William was an avid gardener and reader, he also was a man with a great sense of humor and always had a joke up his sleeve to tell. He took great pride in his grandchildren’s achievements from childhood through their adulthood years.

He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Powell, and his wife Linda of North Granby; a brother, Wayne Powell of North Adams, MA; two grandchildren, Marie Powell of Boston, MA and Nicholas Powell of Simsbury; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Jennings. The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowbrook of Granby for the care they provided to Bill the last few years and a special thank you to Betty for the special care and friendship she provided to him. Also, a special thank you to Gwen for her care to both Bill and Mary during the last years in their Windsor home.

His family will receive friends Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 9-10 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 at St. Gertrude Church, Windsor. Burial with military honors will be in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave on-line condolences please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 22, 2014


Powell, William E. [MCattendee RIP]

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[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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MOBIT: Hollywood, John P. [MCattendee RIP]


John Hollywood, 95
Staten Island Advance 
on June 03, 2014 at 6:01 PM, updated June 03, 2014 at 6:03 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — John P. Hollywood, 95, of Westerleigh, a retired auto supplies purveyor, talented athlete, sports enthusiast and loving family man, died Sunday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.

The lifelong Staten Islander was born in West Brighton and lived in that community until 1990, when he settled in Westerleigh.

He graduated from St. Peter’s Boys High School and attended Manhattan College’s former junior college on St. Peter’s campus.

Mr. Hollywood worked as a purveyor for Purolator Oil for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked for Greer Hydraulics in Queens.

He was the part-time sports director for 55 years at the Children’s Aid Society’s Goodhue Center, New Brighton.

A talented athlete, Mr. Hollywood enjoyed playing baseball and was a star pitcher who played semi-pro ball. He also loved music and sang professionally at venues on the Island, including the former Flagship Hotel in Dongan Hills.

An avid New York Giants football fan, he held season tickets and enjoyed tailgating at local games.

Mr. Hollywood was a parishioner of St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, Castleton Corners.

His wife of 50 years, the former Grayce Bauer, died in 1993.

Surviving are his son, John; his daughter, Kathy Hollywood; his brother, Francis; five grandchildren, and three great0grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Teresa’s Church. Burial will follow in Ocean View Cemetery, Oakwood.


Hollywood, John P. [MCattendee RIP]

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[JR: Amazing, another interesting facet about Alma Mater that I’d never heard about. A Junior College?]

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

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MOBIT: Murphy, Francis Xavier ‘Frank’ [MCattendee RIP]


Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy

By Staff Reports posted 15 hours ago May 29th, 2014

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Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy

Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy, 86, retired illustrator for American Airlines. Survived by wife, Mary Betty, and daughters, Mary Jo Kinzie (Jack), Katie, Clare Mukerjee (Subir), Ellen (Steve Unterman), Kris, Molly (Karl Rambo), and Aileen (Paul Heilker); sisters, Margaret Hofmann and Elizabeth Murphy; sister-in-law, Leona Schwartz. Grandfather to Kimberly Mukerjee, Anthony Mukerjee, Sophie Unterman, Eli Heilker, Phoebe Unterman, Ellie Rambo, Madeleine Murphy and Olivia Rambo. Uncle to nine and great-uncle to many more. He grew up in Raleigh, NC, moved to New York City to attend Manhattan College at the age of 16. He served in Korea from 1946-1948 and returned to New York and married Mary Betty Keegan, with whom he thrived for more than 62 years.

Though he illustrated for a living, he also painted signs, silk-screened T-shirts, repaired VWs, worked night jobs, and finished his degree at TU, graduating at the age of 50. He loved annual family vacations: Blue Ridge Parkway, the northwest, the outer banks of North Carolina. He celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by sending shamrock stickers to his grandkids. He was too young for the Greatest Generation, so he invented his own generation.

He made up George The Bear stories every night when the kids were little. He was up late to talk when teenagers came home, and when they became parents, he was there to get to know his grandchildren. His door was always open to friends and anyone who wanted to drink coffee and talk. He was the best listener ever.

When Mary Betty’s health declined, he created a safe and vibrant world for her as long as he could. The man raised by two widows and two older sisters, then fathered seven daughters, was surrounded by the love of those women for whom he always will be, and actually originally was, the most interesting man in the world. He was one of a kind; no definition can capture his uniqueness.

Memorial and reception at family home Saturday, May 31st, 2-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donate to St. John’s Health System Foundation: either the La Fortune Cancer Center Us Too Group or Hospice. Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 918-585-1151.


Murphy, Francis Xavier ‘Frank’ [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, war 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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MOBIT: Wife of Sylvester, Gaetano “Guy” [MC???? RIP] passes



Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Rice) Sylvester

ONG LAKE — Elizabeth “Betty” (Rice) Sylvester, 98, was a true Long Laker, and at the time of her death, the oldest resident of the town. She was born Aug. 29, 1915, in Long Lake, in the “Farm House” on the property owned by her grandfather, John Rice, which is now the location of the Long Lake Arts Camp.

Betty graduated from Long Lake Central School and went on to dental hygienist school on Welfare Island in New York City. She met her husband, Guy, at the former Lakeside Restaurant when he was at the Manhattan College engineering program’s Surveying Camp at North Point. They married Oct. 17, 1938, and enjoyed 59 years together.

Throughout her life, Betty enjoyed visiting with her many friends, being a homemaker, reading, travel, handwork and volunteering. She was a dedicated life long member of Saint Henry’s Church, with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. But her greatest love was being with and caring for her family. Betty’s enthusiasm for life, and especially her caring and generous spirit, will be missed by all of us.

Betty was predeceased by her husband, Gaetano “Guy” Sylvester, and her sister, Sister Helen Rice, RSM.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Helen Kentile and her husband, Bob Kentile, of Long Lake, and her younger daughter, Mary Beth Harris, and her husband, Terry of Hinesburg, Vermont. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Mark Kentile, Dan Kentile, Greg Kentile, Blake Harris and Julia Harris, and her five great-grandchildren, Adam Kentile, Evan Kentile, Nathan Kentile, Megan Kentile and Elijah Aguier.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Long Lake Chapter of the Catholic Daughters of America of which Betty was a charter member in 1949, and a lifelong member of 65 years.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at St. Henry’s Church in Long Lake followed by a Mass of Christian burial.

A luncheon reception will be held in the Parish Hall immediately following the burial.

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Sylvester, Gaetano “Guy” [MC???? RIP]

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

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MOBIT: Holzberg, Harvey [MCxfac RIP]


Harvey Holzberg

Mr. Harvey Holzberg, 76, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J., with his family by his side.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the M. David DeMarco Funeral Home, 205 Rhode Hall Rd., Monroe Township, NJ 08831, (732)521-0555. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg, N.J.

Mr. Holzberg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to New Jersey in 1986.

After serving for four years in the United States Marine Corps, he earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Bernard Baruch School of the City University of New York.

Mr. Holzberg was the former president and chief executive officer and president emeritus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., serving from 1989 to 2009.

Throughout his 40-year career, he earned a reputation as a hospital administrator who engineered the transformation of struggling hospitals into thriving institutions. He was a champion of marrying academic medicine and clinical excellence.

Mr. Holzberg was also proud of his tenure as senior vice president of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where, under his mentor George Adams’ tenure, they increased community access to quality health care by developing the Sunset Park Family Health Center, the nation’s largest federally qualified health center.

Mr. Holzberg was a fellow of The American College of Health Care Executives. As chairman of the National Council of Teaching Hospitals, he served on the Executive Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He was also chairman of the University of Medicine and Dentistry Board of Trustees. Additionally, he was a founder and past president of the National Association of Community Health Centers and the New York Association of Ambulatory Care Centers.

A noted expert and published author, Mr. Holzberg was an adjunct professor of UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School’s Department of Environmental and Community and Medicine. He also served on the adjunct faculties of New York University and Manhattan College.

Mr. Holzberg was the recipient of many awards during his career including the Medical Executive Award of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, the Israel Peace Medal-State of Israel Bonds, Distinguished Service Award-Melvin H. Motolinsky Research Foundation and the Torch of Liberty of the Anti-Defamation League.

Mr. Holzberg played golf, mostly as an excuse to smoke the occasional cigar and enjoy the 19th hole.
His real passion, however, was skiing. He started skiing at the age of 50 as a way of spending time with his family on the weekends. He skied at almost every ski resort in the western United States, but his favorite place was his home at Windham Mountain, New York. Skiing with his children, grandchildren and friends was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Dorothy Holzberg, and his son, Eric S. Holzberg.
Mr. Holzberg is survived by his wife, Janice Chiantese; son, Dr. Adam S. Holzberg and his wife, Dr. Michelle Salvatore, of Moorestown, N.J.; daughter-in-law, Agnes Holzberg of Eastchester, N.Y. and step-daughter, Christie Chiantese and her husband, Dale Pinchot, of Yardley, Pa.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew, Olivia and Grace, Sasha, Andrei and Alexei, Lily, Gabriella and Trent, and sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Irwin Stein.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, N.J. 07092, (908)301-5410,

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 2, 2014


Holzberg, Harvey [MCxfac RIP]

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MOBIT: Harten, James P. [MCfaculty RIP]


In Memory of
Dr. James P. Harten
March 20, 1943 – March 24, 2014

Harten, James, Dr.,

Dr. James P. Harten, 71, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Jim was born in the Bronx, NY. He began his teaching career at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY, where he met his wife of 45 years, Marilyn (Riccardone) Harten, who predeceased him in 2013.

He was a high school and middle school history teacher and department chair in Eastchester, NY, for 30 years. He earned his Doctor of Arts from St. John’s University in 1994. After retiring from Eastchester in 1998, he joined the faculty of Manhattan College’s School of Education in Riverdale, NY. He taught and supervised student teachers there until this past week and continued to share his positive passion for teachers and education.

He loved the New York Yankees; coaching, watching, and discussing basketball; and a good debate about politics, as long as you agreed with him. He was generous with his time and often surprised friends and family with meals, gifts, and visits.

He is survived by three sons: James and wife Ina of Shrewsbury, MA; Michael and wife Kelly Danielson of Woodstock, CT; and Joseph and wife Allison of Rockaway, NJ; four grandchildren: Ariana, Victoria, Troy, and Austin; sister Mary Jo Clark of Newark, DE; brother Dennis Harten of Naples, FL; and brother Daniel Harten and wife Noreen of Carteret, NJ.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd. Old Saybrook, Friday March 28, from 4 to 7pm. A mass to celebrate James life will be held Saturday March 29, at 11am. at St. John Church, Main St. Old Saybrook. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Old Saybrook High School Activity Fund/Harten Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1111 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

Please visit for online condolences and tributes.


Harten, James P. [MCfaculty RIP]

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MOBIT: Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


Dear John,

I believe that he is an attendee as I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Melvin.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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April 16, 1935 – March 11, 2014
Highland Mills, NY

Melvin L. Decker, Jr. of Highland Mills, NY passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born on April 16, 1935, he grew up with his parents, Katherine M. and Melvin L. Decker, Sr. and his younger brother, Martin “Joe”, all of whom have predeceased him. He lived in East Elmhurst, NY and Cedar Grove, NJ and spent many summers in Lake Placid, NY. Indeed, some of his favorite memories originated from his working at the “North Pole”. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, he attended Manhattan College, and eventually began working at Sage Instruments, which was where he developed his desire to be an entrepreneur.

In 1962 he married MaryAnn Lawrence. Shortly thereafter, they built their home in Highland Mills, where they raised their five children. There they opened OPTI-QUIP, Inc. in 1970, specializing in bulbs and equipment for research microscopes, and employing many local residents over the years. Mel loved to talk and had an uncanny ability to find a solution to any problem, making friends all along the way. Mel’s favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Befittingly, in his song “My Way”, Frank Sinatra infamously sings ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.’ Mel truly embodied those words in every aspect of his own life to the very end.

In addition to MaryAnn, Mel leaves behind two sons: Larry with wife, Jennifer, Timothy with wife, Ellen; three daughters: Kim with Jeff Abrams, Bonnie with husband, Larry Hart, and Nancy with husband, Doug Monroe; six grandchildren: C.J. Marshall with wife, Samantha, Ashley, Brandon and Quinlan Hart; and Sydney and Martin Decker; and one great-granddaughter: Amelia Marshall.

A Funeral Mass in honor of Mel will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall, NY, with burial in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY. As he wished, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held later.

Donations in Mel’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Attn: Brother Thomas, Treasurer, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or the Woodbury Fire Department, PO Box 643, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or


Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] 

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[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. With a 50+ year marriage, that’s a characteristic I see in a lot of Jaspers.]

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MOBIT: Miller, Herbert Kenneth [MCxfac RIP]



MILLER–Herbert Kenneth, April 5th, 1921 – February 1, 2014 died at Kendal House, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Herbert earned his PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University and was a Professor at Manhattan College. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Audrey Miller; two children, Emily Zeigler of Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Jonathan Miller of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and two adult grandchildren, Abigail Miller of Brooklyn, NY, and Benjamin Miller of Boston, Massachusetts. His family and friends will remember him for his intelligence, sense of humor and charm. Donations in his memory may be sent to Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 3, 2014


Miller, Herbert Kenneth [MCxfac RIP]


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