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

MOBIT: Corirossi, Frederick H. [MCxstaff RIP] on 2015-May-02


Frederick Corirossi

Frederick H. Corirossi, 80 a resident in Danbury and Westchester, a remarkable dancer and an avid Yankees fan, passed away Sunday evening at Danbury Hospital’s ICU unit.

Frederick was born in New York City on February 8, 1935, son of the late William and Lena Corirossi of Westchester. After graduating from Iona College he enlisted in the Army where he served as a dental assistant. His career journey took him to AT&T where he served as an overseas operator for 18 years receiving high accolades from customers and management. For sixteen years Frederick was a library assistant at Manhattan College. He was a movie extra for Mildred Pierce and Kings, just to name a few.

He enjoyed volunteering at Queen of the Clergy and the Danbury Registrar’s Office. Fred is survived by his son Frederick “Tony” Corirossi, of Cliffton, NJ, his daughter, Terri Fermo and husband Anthony, grandsons Anthony and Nicholas of Fairfield, NJ, his sister Joy Episalla of Bronxville, NY, a nephew, Dr. Charles Episalla of Middletown, NY, a niece, Joy Episalla of New York City, as well as many other beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Anthony, John and Bill who was killed in WWII and buried in Normandy.

His survivors also include, long-time friend Sylvia Essington, trusted physican Dr. Martin Lebowski and best friend and care giver, Vickey Hickey.

Expression of deep gratitude to Dr. David Oelberg of the ICU unit at Danbury Hospital and to the kindness and never ending compassion of the staff including Kim, Stephanie, Dympha, Lisa, Helena, Rachael, Brittany and Cheryl; all the numerous do-gooders who shared a smile at Fred’s doorway and to Dana on 11 East, who was always there.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 6th at St. Joseph Church, 8 Robinson Ave., Danbury, at 11am. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, CT on Wednesday from 8:30am – 10:30am. Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Queen of the Clergy, Priest Residence, 274 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902; Attn.: Vickey Hickey.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Published in News Times on May 5, 2015


Corirossi, Frederick H. [MCxstaff RIP] 


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

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MOBIT: Small, Joseph Thomas [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Apr-15 reported 2015-May-03


Captain Joseph Thomas Small USN (ret.)
1923 – 2015 | Obituary | Condolences

Virginia Beach – Captain Joseph Thomas Small, SC, USN (ret.) passed away on 14 April 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, surrounded by his family, at the age of ninety-two. Captain Small was born in New York City in 1923, the son of Emma and Robert Small. He graduated from LaSalle Academy in 1941; attended Manhattan College; and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 6, 1945. He was married in Annapolis on that date to Eileen Mary Gray.

Captain Small’s first duty station was gunnery officer on the Battleship U.S.S. Missouri (BB-63). After World War II, he graduated from the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School in Bayonne, New Jersey, and was stationed, during the Korean War, as supply officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Rodman (DD-456/DMS-21). He also served on the Destroyer Tender U.S.S. Hamul (AD-20) and in the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP). During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served as supply officer of the Repair Ship U.S.S. Amphion (AR-13). During the Vietnam era, he served as supply officer of Naval Air Station, Norfolk, and Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia. He also served on various Navy and joint service staffs and bureaus in London, UK, and Washington, DC. His last duty station was supply officer of Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, Puerto Rico. He retired from the Navy in September, 1975.

After retirement from the Navy, Captain Small joined United Services Life Insurance Company. In 1981, he was appointed Regional Manager for the Norfolk, Virginia Beach Region. He served on the company’s Field Advisory Committee during the period 1980-1984. After retirement from the company, he and his wife spent many years travelling the world. He had a passion for fine wine and enjoyed collecting wine and donating from his collection to charitable wine auctions held in Napa Valley, California, and Naples, Florida.

Captain Small was a member of the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia; the New York Athletic Club; the Sunset Crest Beach Club, Barbados; and Lago Mar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Captain Small is survived by his wife of seventy years, Eileen Mary Small; his five children, Joseph Small, Jr., John Small, Christine Carman, Maureen Hooker, and James Small; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Margaret Mary Dwyer.

A service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium on 6 May 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be sent to the United States Naval Academy Foundation. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 3, 2015


Small, Joseph Thomas [MCattendee RIP] 

Guestbook: Same link

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

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MOBIT: Hegarty, Mary Ellen [MCspouse RIP] on 2015-Apr-05 reported 2015-May-01


Mary Ellen Hegarty
By Star staff | April 30, 2015 – 2:24pm

Mary Ellen Hegarty, who split her time between Glen Head and Montauk, died on Easter morning at home in Glen Head. She was 75 and had had cancer for over eight years.

She had lost sensation in her hands and feet a year and a half ago and began using a wheelchair or needing help to walk, but her spirits never dampened, her family said. At Christmas, they said, nothing, not even cancer, could keep her from shopping, and she managed to purchase a plethora of gifts for her 10 grandchildren.

Mrs. Hegarty and her husband, Michael J. Hegarty, bought a Leisurama home in Montauk in the early 1970s after falling love with Montauk while visiting friends. Their home in Montauk was filled with family, friends, and parties, from Christmas in July to Halloween in August, complete with trick-or-treating from bedroom to bedroom, her family said. The family had also re-enacted Hurricane Bob by shutting off the power and cooking the same meal they had eaten back in 1991.

Their grandchildren, all of whom survive, were the center of many of the couple’s activities, and a sign at their North Farragut Road house in Montauk read, “Careful, Grandparents at Play.” When Mrs. Hegarty lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy, the grandchildren proved their affection for her by hosting a Crazy Hat Party.

Born Mary Ellen Duggan on Dec. 6, 1939, to Helen and James Duggan, Mrs. Hegarty was raised in the Bronx. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament Academy.

Her husband was a student at Manhattan College when they met, her daughter, Ellen McDonald of East Hampton, said. Mr. Hegarty and his fraternity brothers used to joke by saying they were going to a dance with Mary Duggan as a code for going stag. At one particular dance, Mr. Hegarty met Mary Duggan, introduced her to his friends, and the rest is history. They were married on Jan. 26, 1963.

Mrs. Hegarty is survived by her husband of 52 years and her children, Michael Hegarty of Westbury, Brian Hegarty of Golden’s Bridge in Westchester, N.Y., and Ms. McDonald.

A wake was held earlier this month at the Whitting Funeral Home in Glen Head, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Glen Head. She was buried at the Locust Valley Cemetery.

Memorial donations have been suggested to Recanati/Miller Kidney Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1049, New York 10029, or online.


Hegarty, Mary Ellen of Glen Head, NY on April 5, 2015. Beloved wife of Michael J. Loving mother of Michael (Liz), Brian (Madeleine) and Ellen McDonald (Joseph). Cherished grandmother of Caitlin, Danielle, Nicole, Erin, Joey, Michael, Matthew, Mary, Cameron and Megan. Dear sister of Bill Duggan (Ellen). Visiting Wed. 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Whitting Funeral Home 300 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY 11545 Funeral Mass 9:30 am Thur. at. St. Hyacinth R. C. Church, Glen Head, NY. Interment Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY. Contributions may be made to Mount Siani’s Recanati-Miller Transplantation Institute 

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Hegarty, Mary Ellen [MCspouse RIP]


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

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MOBIT: Fager, Jean Elizabeth [MCspouse RIP] (d: 2015-Apr-24) Fager, John [MC1951 RIP]


Jean Elizabeth Fager

POWAY — Jean Elizabeth (McGinty) Fager passed away April 24, 2015, at age 86, at Belmont Village Sabre Springs, due to complications of Alzheimer’s.

Jean was born and raised in the Bronx New York. She graduated from Aquinas Catholic High School. Her cousin set her up on a blind date with John Fager, a soldier who had returned from the war and was attending Manhattan College. John and Jean were married in June, 1951.

In 1959 they moved to San Diego. With three young children, and Jean pregnant with their fourth child, they packed up the Plymouth station wagon and traveled across the country. They settled in the Clairemont/Bay Park area of San Diego.

Jean was an active member of St. Mary Magdalene Parish for over 45 years. She participated in almost every activity, club and group with the church and school. She spent her Sundays delivering communion to the ill and elderly. Jean also volunteered at Sharp Hospital.

The family spent their summers camping at National Parks. There are many family tales of being caught in floods, cornered by bears and Jean boiling diapers over a campfire. John and Jean traveled the world. Jean said many times that her life was bigger and more adventurous than she ever dreamed it would be.

John and Jean celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before his passing in 2001.

In 2005, Jean moved to Poway to be closer to her daughter Barbara. She became a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and made new friends in the neighborhood. Jean dedicated her life to service of her family, her dear friends and her church. She loved caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, garden and home.

She is survived by her five children, Michael Fager, Pat Fager, Barbara Fager, Kathy Ashton, Bernadette Garzone, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass scheduled at St. Michael’s, 15546 Pomerado Road, Poway, Friday, May 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. Contributions in Jean’s name may be made to San Diego County Alzheimer’s Association at

Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 29, 2015


Fager, Jean Elizabeth [MCspouse RIP]


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Message from Pat Fager

Thank you so much for contributing to my mothers online obit. That was a wonderful thing to see. Dad was John A Fager, class of 1951, I believe.

[JR: De minimus. Have to see if McEneney, Mike (MC1953) agrees on ’51.]

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

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MOBIT: Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP]


1946 – 2015 | Obituary 

Raymond Paul Ferrante Decorated combat helicopter pilot in Vietnam War with 101st Airborne and Air America; personal pilot to Donald Trump, 68

Raymond Paul Ferrante of Long Valley, N.J., died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 18, 2015. He was 68 years old.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Ferrante residence on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. For online condolences and information, visit

Raymond was born on Nov. 4, 1946, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Marie (nee Morel) and Ugo Ferrante; they predeceased him along with his brother, Louis, and step-father, James Myers.

After two years at Manhattan College, Raymond joined the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a helicopter pilot, which would become both his lifelong passion and career, with over 25,000 flight hours. In Vietnam, he completed over 2,100 hours of combat flight time and received 48 Air Medals, three with valor, as well as a Bronze Star. He returned to Vietnam with Air America for three years, met his wife, Sherry, in Saigon, and then worked around the world in Iran, Mexico, the Arctic, Morocco, the Bahamas, and Saudi Arabia.

Raymond joined Trump Airlines in 1984 and later served as Donald Trump’s personal pilot.

He retired from the N.J. National Guard in 2006 as a CW5 master chief warrant officer – the highest rank achievable by an Army warrant officer – with over 20 years of service.

A skilled carpenter and builder, and devoted lover of all things mechanical (especially classic cars), he passed away in the 1961 Chevrolet Corvette he meticulously restored piece by piece.

No man can be summed up in a single paragraph, least of all Raymond Ferrante. He was a true wealth of knowledge and possessed wisdom, wit, strength, work ethic, loyalty, and integrity that was apparent to all he encountered. Raymond will be remembered as an uncommonly generous and selfless man, never thinking of himself and always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be profoundly missed.

A beloved husband, father, son, and friend, he leaves behind a family bereft: his wife, Sherry, daughter, Nancy, and sons, James and Warren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name are made to the Army Aviation Association of America, the NJARNG Yellow Ribbon Program, or a national veterans’ charity of one’s choosing.

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 26, 2015


Ferrante, Raymond Paul [MCattendee RIP] 

Guestbook: same link

[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, VietNam interrupted many plans. It was a national tragedy for my generation — for those that went, stayed, or evaded. A good many of those who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. Seems like he found his passion and wife as a result of the war. Dona Nobis Pacem]

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

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MOBIT: Pinto, Angelo J. [MCstaff RIP]


Posted: Sunday, April 5, 2015 9:52 pm

FLEISCHMANNS — Angelo J. Pinto, 85, died Friday, April 3, 2015, at his residence.

Angelo was born April 30, 1929, at Queens, the son of Vito and Vincenza (Rutigliano) Pinto.

He married Nancy Ciraldo on Sept. 18, 1955, in Bronx.

Angelo served his country as a member of the United States Army from Jan. 12, 1951 to Dec. 29, 1952.

He was a talented wood maker and owned and operated the MAR Cabinet and Wood making business in the Bronx.

He also was employed by Manhattan College as physical plant supervisor.

Angelo enjoyed hunting and moved to Fleischmanns in 2008 to enjoy that sport.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Pinto; two daughters and their spouses, Toni Ann and Paul Egan and Lisa and Dan LeMontagne; five grandsons; and two sisters, Marie and Theresa.


Pinto, Angelo J. [MCstaff RIP]

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

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MOBIT: Theisen, Elizabeth ‘Liz’, spouse of Theisen, Chuck [MC1957]


Elizabeth Theisen

Elizabeth (Liz) Henze Theisen of Naples, FL passed away March 16, 2015. Liz was born October 2, 1937 in New York City, the fourth child of Mary Murphy Henze and Raymond Henze. She was graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Vincent in Tuxedo Park, New York where she made many life long friends and attended the College of Mount St. Vincent for one year. Her college career ended when she met Chuck Theisen, a senior at Manhattan College on a blind date. She took a bit of convincing, but Chuck finally won her over and after he finished college and received a commission in the Navy they were married on December 26, 1957.

For 57 years Liz was the epitome of the biblical wife: loving spouse, caring mother and later, strong business woman. Liz, while busy raising 4 children, always found time for volunteer work; in her children’s schools and running CCD religious education programs, even building one from the ground up at one base. Liz was especially committed to her work at the Navy Relief Society where she was presented the Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor given to a volunteer. In addition to thousands of hours volunteering, Liz reestablished a closed chapter at one base, recruited volunteers and helped countless young sailors.

Liz’s management skills, developed during her volunteer work, were put to good use in 1982 when Chuck retired from the Navy and they started a consulting company, HFA, Inc., with Liz as President. The company grew gradually from a staff of 6 parttime workers to a work force of over 250 employees. In 1995 Liz was named the Small Business Person of the year by the Small Business Administration. The company became the favorite supplier of Ordnance and Explosive Waste services, cleaning up left over unexploded ordnance at target ranges throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to clearing closed U.S. Army sites, HFA won contracts to clean up factory sites for Dupont, Hercules and Morton Thiokol. In the final year before they sold the company, HFA was awarded a contract by the Israeli Defense Forces to clean up a factory site at which nitro-cellulose was manufactured.

While running the company Liz still found time to mother a special needs foster child who had severe learning disabilities. After 3 years Jennifer went from a 10 year old with little cognitive development to a functioning young lady who could read and write at the 2nd grade level. Jennifer went from an angry, withdrawn little girl to a self-confident teenager.

In retirement in SW Florida Liz’s devotion to children continued when she became a Guardian ad Litem representing children removed from their homes for various family problems. She also volunteered as a tutor teaching English to Hispanic workers at Shadow Wood.

She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck; and her children, Chuck and his wife, Mo, Mary Beth, Elizabeth, and Jeanne and the joy of her life; her grandsons, Jason and Joseph.

Liz was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond; and her sister, Ursula. Her sisters, Sr. Mary Adele Henze and Catherine Henze Surlis; and many nieces and nephews, will miss Liz. Her loving, caring presence will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held, Wednesday, March 25th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Liz’s memory to either the Sergio Jimenez Scleroderma Research Fund at Jefferson University ( & click on Memorial and Tribute Giving) or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (

Published in Naples Daily News on Mar. 24, 2015


Theisen, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ [MCspouse RIP]


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Dear John,

I believe that Chuck is a member of the Class of 1957.

May Elizabeth Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Theisen, Chuck [MC1957]

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

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Message from Charles Theisen, Jr.

Thank you for your kind thoughts. We have a great Manhattan community here in SW Florida and Liz was hostess to the Pipe band members.

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