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: 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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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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MOBIT: Remembering a non-Jasper in our prayers


George Hiotis, 66
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance
on November 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM, updated November 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — George Hiotis, 66, of New Dorp, a retired deli worker, died Tuesday at home.

Born in Manhattan, Mr. Hiotis settled in New Dorp in 2005.

Mr. Hiotis worked for more than 20 years as a counter/deli worker at Mitola’s in Livingston, N.J., before retiring in 2012.

He had been working for the last six months as a deli employee at ShopRite in New Dorp.

A graduate of a Manhattan college, Mr. Hiotis enjoyed playing golf, taking trips to Atlantic City and playing the lottery. He also liked football and was an avid Mets fan.

“He was a humble, selfless, loving gentleman; an angel went back to heaven,” said his longtime companion, Sharon Garzetta.

In addition to Sharon, surviving are two brothers, Michael and Steven.

A funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. in the Hanley Funeral Home, New Dorp. Arrangements include cremation.

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Dear John,

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

                        May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.] 

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Good Afternoon All,

From Jasper Jottings, our Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Mr. George Hiotis. I was unable to find George in our records but praying for someone is always a good thing and Jasper or not we remember George and his Family in ours prayers.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 
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[JR: It was an outside chance that he was “ours”. And I’d rather err on the side of caution. Besides, it reminds us that our time is limited. Requiescat In Pacem; Dona Nobis Pacem ]
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MOBIT: Kelly, Irene M. [MCxStaff RIP]


Irene M. Kelly (1921 – 2014)
AGE: 93 • Irvington

Irene M. Kelly, 93, passed away October 15, 2014.

Irene was a resident of Irvington, N.Y. for 28 years. She was born on March 13, 1921 in the Bronx, N.Y. to Thomas & Anna (McCann) Cook.

Irene worked for Manhattan College and Fordham University as an Assistant Bursar for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Thomas W. Kelly and her brothers Thomas, Arthur, Edward and William Cook. She is survived by her children Michael T. Kelly and his wife Kathleen and Irene M. Bell and her husband David. Also surviving are her grandchildren David Bell, Kristyn E. Kelly, Elizabeth Bell, Brian M. Kelly ,Timothy J. Kelly and great-grandchildren Gavin Bell and Ryan Bell.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 10:30am, at Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Tarrytown, N.Y. Interment to follow at Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, N.Y.

Dwyer & Vanderbilt Funeral Home
90 N. Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 631-0621

Published in the The Journal News on Oct. 18, 2014


Kelly, Irene M. [MCxStaff RIP] 


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MOBIT: Sullivan, Br. Nicholas (MCxfaculty RIP)


Brother Nicholas Sullivan, RIP
October 07, 2014

Brother Nicholas Sullivan, FSCBrother Nicholas Sullivan, FSC, of the District of Eastern North America, died October 4, 2014, in Lincroft, NJ. He was 86 years old.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Visitation
De La Salle Hall
810 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ

Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Visitation
7:00 p.m., Funeral Mass
La Salle University: De La Salle Chapel
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, October 10, 2014
11:30 a.m., Burial
Brothers’ cemetery
Ammendale, MD
Luncheon to follow

Born: December 20, 1927, Philadelphia, PA
Entered Novitiate: May 29, 1945, Ammendale, MD
Received Religious Habit: September 7, 1945
Pronounced Perpetual Vows: August 29, 1952, Ammendale, MD
Died: October 4, 2014, De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, NJ

De La Salle College, Washington, DC, 1946-1950, scholasticate
La Salle High School, Cumberland, MD, 1950-1957, teacher
La Salle College High School, Philadelphia, PA, 1957-1959, teacher
Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN, 1959-1962, study
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, 1962-1979, faculty and assistant to the president
Manhattan College, New York, NY, 1979-1985, faculty
St. Francis College, New York, NY, 1985-1992, faculty (Tibbett Avenue residence)
St. Francis College, New York, NY, 1992-1994, faculty (Bishop Loughlin residence)
St. Mary’s Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-2006, resident
Sacred Heart Manor, Independent Living Wing, Philadelphia, PA, 2006-2008, resident
De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, NJ, 2008-2014, resident

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Sullivan, Br. Nicholas (MCxfaculty RIP)

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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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