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: Gidwani-Buschi, Dr. Sushila [MCxfac RIP] Professor emeritus of economics


Dr. Sushila Gidwani-Buschi

It is with a feeling a great sorrow and sadness to inform you that one of the most celebrated members of our community, Dr. Sushila Gidwani-Buschi is no more. She departed to her heavenly abode at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 14th at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.

Professor emeritus of economics at Manhattan College in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Sushila had maintained a high level of social responsibility throughout her life. She had been a great community volunteer and served as the Founding Treasurer of the National Federation of Indian Americans Associations (NFIA) as well as that of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and also served as the Treasurer of South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS). She was also President of TOUCH (The Organization for Universal Communal Harmony), Co-Founder of AIWA (Asian Indian Women in America) and an active member of National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC). She had an amazing zest for life, and was always supporting her family and friends.

Sushila is survived by her husband Prof. Joseph Buschi, daughter Serena, granddaughter Lila, son-in-law Phillip Coyle, sister Pushpa Gujarati, brother-in-law Damoder Gujarati, brother Kamal Gidwaney, sister-in-law Kamla Gidwaney, nieces Neetu and Neelam Gidwaney and grandnephew Krish Gidwaney.

“To my dear mother, I love you. I am so grateful for you. You were the embodiment of strength, courage, determination and beauty. A power-house, a pioneer. I have learned so much and gained so much from you. I understand why you left but I want to thank you for trying to stay as long as you did. All of my love.” -Serena

Please join our family to celebrate the wonderful life of Sushila. Wake Wednesday (today) 2-4 and 7-9pm with Funeral Service 8:30pm Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

Funeral Home 

Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Inc.
64 Ashford Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 564-3330
Funeral Home Details
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 17, 2014


Gidwani-Buschi, Dr. Sushila [MCxfac RIP]


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

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MOBIT: Mom of Callender, Gina Ting (MC2000) passed



Callender, Gina Ting (MC2000)

I’m sad to say that my mother passed away at 5:57am this morning. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. When arrangements are made, I’ll post it.

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[JR: Please accept our condolences.]

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

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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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[JR: That’s all I have.  ]

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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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