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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Lisa


Good Morning All,

John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, asks for our prayers for Lisa Dale Hammonds. Lisa is the Widow of George Semchyshyn (Rip), a Manhattan Prep Classmate of John’s. Lisa has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Lisa and her Daughter Kat Carver Semchyshyn are Facebook friends of John’s as well. John shares with us that Lisa and Kat have had a tough road to travel. We pray that the MDs are able to get this Illness under control and successfully treat it. Please keep Lisa, Kat and their Family in your prayers as we raise the Volume for Lisa. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Lisa Dale Hammonds

My cup runneth over…. Manhattan Prep-sirs are diverse and accomplished… And prayer power is the right path.

When I return to Texas my doctor will do additional blood work and tests for final confirmation… When CLL is caught early and the patient has a strong immune system many can manage it for years or decades…

As a physician’s daughter I understand how medical disorders mimic each other –especially in the beginning stages… So I am waiting till I am lucky enough for a good scenario and that it’s nothing worse…

Right now fatigue is my most difficult symptoms as I’ve been trying to complete moving… So specific prayer on fatigue issues would help me the most. Thank you for the prayer power.

If your classmate George was still here then I could tell him that I have one of my very good feelings about this and that would make him feel very assured…

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Lisa Dale Hammonds

Please don’t forget our 1st born, Nicholas! George was the envy of every father that week… He had the largest first born baby that was male!! –I heard the fathers making football jokes when they were wheeling the babies in the hallway… One father said you got a linebacker… In that hallway they all sounded like teenage boys…. George had such a smile and his chest was up and out like a peacock…. The morning we were checking out I told George –it’s a good thing we have to check out –because another baby has been born that weighs a couple of ounces more than Nicolas –so you lose your standing! There’s nothing more funny than real life!

And that boy was born in St. John’s Riverside Hospital Yonkers, New York –but we were living up the road from Manhattan College and practically across the street from the college dorm, so we just went right up the Sawmill Parkway when I went into labor…

This meant he was conceived about as close as you could be to Manhattan College and every morning George’s mother was working at Manhattan College in charge of all those chemicals and working with the chemistry professors as the NYU’s Bronx Campus had been sold… That was the only infant I ever saw strolled on the Manhattan campus… When the mother’s a Southerner then the security guard lets you go anywhere after hearing the sound of her accent…. Mrs. Sem and George had great times during those 5 years we lived there… And I loved the campus being close to us…

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Lisa Dale Hammonds

Well, I have a last comment. So you know about Georgia’s daughter… And George had a special moment as a father when what he told me a special fact about being the mother of this little girl.

George was very surprised –and his mother said the same is true for George’s father —because when he got a girl his heart were captured… He was blessed with a beautiful little girl named Katherine. And her strong will and tenacity were evident from the moment she was born –when she insisted on holding up her own head and got extremely irritated if you tried to help her. My nurse mother said that is completely abnormal and newborn infants cannot control their muscular movements yet. I told my mother that it must be an automatic reflex mother that was genetically implanted in this newborn infant.

George just started working for Bank of Boston, so we drove from Boston to Nashua, New Hampshire in Winter on Christmas Eve/Day when I went into labor for her birth. That fact is important to NYC Manhattan Prep-Sirs as there was no state tax in Hampshire then, so all of you alumni can imagine George’s happiness over that fact. And of course that would be the place we would soon be moving into with Georgia’s new job and in the middle of my pregnancy.

Manhattan Prep-Sirs will appreciate the fact that Georgia’s daughter decided she was not going to wait to learn to walk around the average age of 12 months. Like all the young men attending Manhattan prep, she wanted to rise above the normal expectations and perform above the normal mark! She tried to throw herself out of the childseat at six months of age, so she could get to the floor. Fortunately, I was number two in a line of six children and a couple of other aspects of my home life made it so I could realize almost immediately what she was doing.

(My father had done pediatrics so many years as a family doctor in a small town as part I have a normal family practice but did everything that a family doctor could do which included surgeries and births in the 60s. And my mother trained as a nurse Atlanta Baptist nursing school was running a very tight ship like a head nurse running pediatric ward/nursing school lessons 24/7 with the doctor checking in and following up on all situations Which of course included my dad being a father we had answer to like the principal and her mother was the teacher. And from what Georgia told me it appears my father’s disciplined was a great deal like the professors at Manhattan prep. We were also I was lucky enough that the small towns/Community was outside of Atlanta Georgia, so we were able to go in and out of Atlanta for the fun experiences like The Varsity. Or the great medical minds needed with Emory during an extraordinarily wonderful changing time in medicine in the 60s and the 70s, but still a time when many things had no treatments which I was made aware of my home life growing up.)

George did not believe me when I am informed him emphatically not to put the infant seat on the kitchen counters or tables. Only on the floors now, because Katherine is trying to throw herself to the floor to learn to crawl. However, George soon changed his mind and he was completely freaked out. BUT I am informed him we what we really should be freaked out about is the fact that –the mother knows with the infant is trying to do, so we’re not in an emergency room explaining how we do not leave our child unattended in an infant seat. Because no person working in the ER was going to believe the fact she is trying to throw herself out of the infant seat by throwing her weight forward. And thinking about it right now reminds me that there were no cell phones to capture this for our defense!

But the next part is what I had difficulty accepting and after two days of freaking out about it I just got over it. I guess some Manhattan Prep-Sirs Gene got passed to her as she decided to skip crawling and go for standing up in the middle of the room without anything helping her. And if you tried to help her then she started to have a Rumpelstiltskin irritation fit about it. And would insist on only being in the middle of the room to work on achieving his feat. So now it was the mother’s turn instead of the grandmother to say– this is completely abnormal –as some of my most joyful memories are helping three younger siblings learn to walk. And it’s a very joyful fun time as part of the baby’s development! It’s a wonderful time to interact with your baby until the moment they let go and no longer need your help (at which time the entire situation turns around to constantly be on your guard about this moving creature’s safety).

When I described the situation to George on what’s happens while he was at work my last comment was –I told her fine –go ahead –keep trying to stand up —I’ll sit here and fold the clothes on the floor all day and watch you continue to fall down.

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MOBIT: Strosser, George E. [MCmight_have_been RIP] on 2015-Sep-30



In Memory of
George E Strosser
January 8, 1923 – September 30, 2015

George Strosser, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, -in law, neighbor, fellow worker and friend passed away Wednesday, 3 months shy of his 93rd birthday.

George (born in Ossining hospital) was a life long resident of the town of Cortlandt; residing in Buchanan 70 years; attended Peekskill high school, where he excelled in football, co captained the 1940 team; was going to play for Manhattan College, when his father, Alfred Strosser (a prior light weight boxer from the Lancaster Pa, area) died suddenly. His mother, Florence Styles’s from Astoria Queens; graduated Hunter College.

George married the late Inza Gilman of Buchanan in 1942 (who pre-deceased him by 32 years, 9 months).

He volunteered for the WWII draft and was inducted in the United States Army where he served at West Point; teaching enlisted men and cadets to drive transport vehicles.

George and Inza had two children, Susan Strosser (Keon), Bridgeport Ct. and Kim Strosser, Sunnyside Queens.

Dividing his time between work, family and building his own home (initially), when the war ended. George was Lead Man, working shift work at Fleishmans, Standard Brands for 36 years, where he held positions as president and secretary of the Yeast Makers Local Union. He worked week ends (1 and 1/2 days) ~57 years for Curran and Rileys-Cole’s-Buchanan Hardware store. Part time days ~10 years, as a Laborer, for Frank Santulli (dec.) Construction, (while working 2nd and 3rd shifts); 11 years for Hendrick Hudson High School District, as a custodian (upon retiring); and 3 years for Combined Books, waiting to get on with the school. As exhausting as it may sound; on waking George (taking a cat nap), wanting him to do something, he’d get right up, without complaint, and simply say ok.

George enjoyed having picnics for family and friends. Helping his wife in her hobby, planting the whole front yard with her perennials; flowers in the Spring, rotating with a vegetable garden; watching Sports on TV; but more, his grandson, Patrick Keon (Longmont Co.) pitching in baseball games (George attending, most all); or visiting with his granddaughter and her daughters, Mrs. Delilah Keon-Heyman (Trumbull, Ct.).

In later years George would help his then dec. wife’s elderly widowed aunt and sister; taking them places, doing work around their homes. Also his son-in laws. George’s son, Kim, living home 10 years after his mother’ passing, keeping George company; upon moving, for years took George to the Best Restaurants in NYC (visiting sites after).

His devoted daughter’ Susan Strosser’s loving care these last 14 years was a comfort to George. Visiting faithfully, doing everything for her father; (as he use to, for her). “He was the best father”. His very good friend Wayne visiting, standing by him throughout George’s long illness. Helping him, us. George very much enjoyed visiting with his son; his granddaughter’s holiday family dinners, with all his great granddaughters; seeing his grandson when he came in; and his niece Gioia’s letters in the VA.

George, Loving: great grandfather to Arielle, Miranda, Lilah, Jolie, Casey and Elise Heyman; and Julia Keon; brother to Robert Strosser, Phoenix Az;. Alfred (dec). Loving uncle to.Robert Strosser Jr., Medford Or., Leonard Grasso Jr.(dec.), Tyrone Lou (and Barbara) Menga (both dec.),Kathy (Strosser) Buchwald, Azzusa Ca, Gioia Grasso (Dick) Cattabriga, Raymond (Nancy) Gilman, Jr., Donny Menga (dec.), Donny Gilman, (dec.) Deborah Gilman (John) Cassidy, James (Gerilyn) Gilman, Shawnee Grasso (Larry) Moschiano. Nancy(Strosser) Crimmins (dec.) John (Nancy) Gilman and Paulie Gilman (dec.). Brother In Law to Rachael (Gilman) Grasso (dec.), Leonard Grasso Sr (dec.), Don( Pauline dec.)Gilman Sr. (dec.), Rhoda Menga, Lancaster Pa., Louis Menga Sr. (dec.), Raymond (Marjorie dec.) Gilman Sr. Father-In Law to Thomas Keon. (Great)father-in law to Joel Heyman and Alicia (Berger) Keon.

The family wish to Thank All of George’s neighbors, fellow workers, friends, the NYS Veterans Home staff; Dr. Reyher for helping, supporting George in winning his severe battle for 14 years, that he valiantly waged, as a Diabetic Amputee. He enjoyed everyone’s camaraderie over all the years. Your prayers are appreciated.


Strosser, George E. [MCmight_have_been RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I would carry it as it says “was going to play for Manhattan College when his father . . .
died suddenly . . ” It appears that as a result he never made it to Manhattan.               

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Agreed. Like the men who’s education was interrupted by the WW2, he might have been planning to come back after his familial responsibilities were attended to but then the war. Sounds like a hell of a hard worker. Would have made a great Jasper.] 
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Good Morning All,
John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, came upon this good man and although he was not a Jasper, his intention was to play ball for Manhattan College and attend Manhattan. Upon the sudden death of George’s Father, George’s plans changed and he was unable to join the Jasper Family but with respect, we pray for the repose of his soul and for his Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. His Family have posted the following loving tribute. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Jack


Good Afternoon All, From John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, we have received a prayer request for Fellow Jasper, Jack {Privacy Invoked}. His Family and Friends ask for our prayers for Jack and we need to raise the volume to help bring healing to Jack. Please keep Jack, his family and friends in your prayers. Thank you John for bringing this to our attention. Thank you.God Bless. Phil Colon

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Msgr. James


Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers For Msgr. James Cassidy, a good friend of Mike’s and his Family. Msgr. Baptised  all four of Mike and Cathie’s Children and celebrated Mike and Cathie’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass. A good manI have had the pleasure of meetings. Msgr is in Calvary Hospital and not doing well. Mike and Ed McEneney visited with him yesterday and although he isnot well, he appeared to recognize them. Please keep Msgr. Cassidy, his friends, Family and Community in your prayers as we pray for his recovery. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Father Martin


Good Evening All,

From Mike McEneney, our prayers are requested for for the repose of the Soul of Father Martin Corry.

Father Martin was a long time part-time Priest at Mike’s Parish, St. Barnabas and later Pastor of St Francis of Rome Parish in Wakefield.

Please keep Father Martin, his Family and Community in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Patrice Liquori Athanasidy

I have been trying to write about Fr. Corry since Saturday. Nothing is coming close to doing this mentor, friend and honorary member of our family justice. I decided a glimpse or two over the next couple of days as we say farewell might work better.So today, just my senior year religion class.

I took Christian Humanism with Fr. Corry in senior year–a life-changing class. We read St. Augustine, CS Lewis, and Brideshead Revisted, just to name a few. We listened to music from Bruce Springsteen to opera. We had extra credit assignments which brought us to the top of the Empire State Building at night, and through it all Fr. Corry taught us we could find God there. He taught us to question, reason, and write. He taught us to think, but never forget to feel.

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Athanasidy Patrice Liquori (MC1988)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for three


Good Afternoon All,

Joe Quinn has asked for our prayers.

We pray for Brandon and his Family during their time of deep loss. Brandon, a young man, died unexpectedly last week. We pray for the repose of his soul as he is welcomed into the Kingdom Of Heaven.

We pray for Rosanne and her Marriage.

We pray for Pat Benvenga and his Family. Pat suffered a stroke this week. We pray for a full recovery free of complications.

Thank you Joe. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for two


Good Evening All,

I have a couple of Prayer Requests that were shared at our Retreat this past weekend.

From George Skau, our prayers are requested for for Ann Cronin, wife of John Cronin ’59. Mrs. Cronin is ill and dealing with several medical issues. We pray that the MDs are able to resolve those issues and restore some peace of mind to Ann and George Cronin.

From Tim Mante, a member of our Manhattan College Retreat Team and Father to two currently attending Jaspers (Daughters). Tim asks for our prayers for his Father-in-Law, Mr. Eddie Murphy, Class of 1957. Mr. Murphy, who resides in Florida, needs our prayers. He is a Leukemia patient currently under treatment. We ptay for the success of his treatments and that the MDs are able to bring the Leukemia under conyrol. Mr. Murphy is in good spirits with a positive outlook and looking forward to his 50th Vacation with his Manhattan College Classmates. Tim, too, now a member of that Vacation Group, looks forward to sharing the next Vacation, 49 years and counting. Please keep Tim’s Father-in-Law, Eddie Murphy and his Family in your prayers as we pray for a full recovery with no complications. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)