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: 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]

Guestbook: None cited

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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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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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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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