JOBIT: O’Brien, James M. “Mike” [MC1956 RIP]


James M. “Mike” O’Brien

July 01, 1934 – April 24, 2015

James M. “Mike” O’Brien, age 80, a resident of Naperville, IL since 1996, formerly of Oak Lawn, IL, died Friday, April 24, 2015 at his home. He was born July 1, 1934 in Schenectady, NY.

Beloved husband of Jane Burke, whom he married November 26, 1977, loving father of Timothy “Tim” O’Brien of Oswego, NY and Terence “Terry” (Dawn) O’Brien of Plainfield, IL and adored grandfather of Leah, Caleb and Ethan O’Brien, devoted son of the late James M. and Mary Ann O’Brien, beloved brother-in-law of Tim (Karen) Burke and Anne Burke, fond uncle of Bridget Burke and friend of many.

Mike grew up above the library in Scotia, NY where his mother was the town librarian. He was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY, Manhattan College in New York City and received his master’s degree in library sciences from Syracuse University. Mike served as Assistant Director of the Cleveland Public Library, Director of Oak Lawn, IL, Public Library and retired as Director of the Suburban Library System, Burr Ridge, IL. He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Naperville.

The family wishes to thank Mike’s loving caregiver’s, Lillian Namara, Lukasz Mezyk and Donna Gaspero.

Funeral Information

Visitation Monday, April 27, 4:00-8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville.

Services will begin Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 AM from the funeral home and proceed to an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

Future Inurnment: SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Naperville, IL.

For more info please call 630-355-0213.
Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 525 W. Monroe St # 900, Chicago, IL 60661, (312) 421-4500,


O’Brien, James M. “Mike” [MC???? RIP] 


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Dear John,

           I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1983.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Dear John,

           I mistakenly reported the wrong class for James M O’Brien it should be 1956.
I had the wrong James M.

               Sorry about that!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Be easier if folks put their class years in the obits. Laugh. But then you’d have nothing to do.]

O’Brien, James M. “Mike” [MC1956 RIP]

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

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JHQ: April 2015 Manhattan College Monthly is online


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JOBIT: Rulnick, Richard [MC???? RIP]


Richard Rulnick

Richard Rulnick of West Springfield, MA, passed away on April 22, 2015, surrounded by his family.

Born in 1924 in Hartford, CT, he moved to Springfield, MA as a young child, and worked in his father’s store, Rulnick’s Market, in the north end of Springfield.

He attended Manhattan College in NYC, and proudly served in World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. 6th Army’s Pacific Theater of Operations. Rich was the recipient of many combat awards and medals for his notable military service. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War and a member of the American Legion.

He worked for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT, before retiring in 1987. Dad devoted his life to his family.

He raised eight children in West Springfield with his wife, Hazel (Perrault), who predeceased him in 1992. Together, they instilled strong values and humility in their children.

Missing their parents are: Lorraine Bregoli of Kennebunk, ME; Joanne Sharp of Westfield; Richard Rulnick of Springfield; Steven Rulnick of Westfield; Cathy Sharon of Somers, CT; Diane Gentile of Southampton; Donna Zades of Westfield and John Rulnick of Charlton. He also leaves his loving daughters-in-law and sons-in-law. His ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren brought him a constant source of joy and great pride.

Along with his late wife, Rich now joins close family friends, Andy and Tootie Chase, who also passed too soon.

Dad was deeply loved, and his strength, leadership and sense of humor will be profoundly missed. All services will be private. The family welcomes donations to the VFW on his behalf. The Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Home
Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home
1043 Westfield Street West Springfield, MA 01089
(413) 732-2278

Published in The Republican from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2015


Rulnick, Richard [MC???? RIP]


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Dear John,

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

           May he Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JOBIT: Joyce, Brendan E. [MC1953 RIP]


Brendan E. Joyce

Brendan E. Joyce, of East Dennis, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

As his name denotes, Brendan had the classic wit, wisdom and verve of an Irish sage. Father, tomato farmer, historian, husband and friend he cut through the nonsense of the world with brilliant insight, humor and canny common sense.

Brendan loved his country, his town, his neighborhood and his family His country will remember him for 30 years of service in the US Army Medical Service Corp earning a Bronze Star and Vietnam Service Medals.

His neighborhood and town will remember him for his passion for history and untiring commitment to the Dennis Historical Society, Jacob Sears Library and the Quivet Neck Homeowners Association as well as his hospitality and support of local civic causes.

His family will remember him for his intelligence, his love of opera, wine and cooking, his gardens and his wit.

Brendan, a biochemist, received a BS from Manhattan College, a MS from Virginia Poly Tech, and a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco.

He was the grand host of many feasts and lively debates and we are thankful for being the recipients of his generosity, his handiness and knowledge.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen A. (Duffly) Joyce and his daughter Kathleen Joyce.

The Last Chance Stand has closed but we will always remember that Nothing beats a peach on the beach, except maybe two.

Burial with full military honors will be held Wednesday, April 29, at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA at 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jacob Sears Library, in memory of Brendan Joyce, PO Box 782 East Dennis, MA 02641. For guestbook and directions, visit

Published in The Barnstable Register from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2015


Joyce, Brendan E. [MC???? RIP] 


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

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Dear John,

          I believe that Brendan is a member of the great Class of 1953.

            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry about your Classmate. Know how I feel when I read my Class.] 

Joyce, Brendan E. [MC1953 RIP]

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ADMINISTRIVIA: News has been very thin this week


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