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MOBIT: Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


Dear John,

I believe that he is an attendee as I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Melvin.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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April 16, 1935 – March 11, 2014
Highland Mills, NY

Melvin L. Decker, Jr. of Highland Mills, NY passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born on April 16, 1935, he grew up with his parents, Katherine M. and Melvin L. Decker, Sr. and his younger brother, Martin “Joe”, all of whom have predeceased him. He lived in East Elmhurst, NY and Cedar Grove, NJ and spent many summers in Lake Placid, NY. Indeed, some of his favorite memories originated from his working at the “North Pole”. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, he attended Manhattan College, and eventually began working at Sage Instruments, which was where he developed his desire to be an entrepreneur.

In 1962 he married MaryAnn Lawrence. Shortly thereafter, they built their home in Highland Mills, where they raised their five children. There they opened OPTI-QUIP, Inc. in 1970, specializing in bulbs and equipment for research microscopes, and employing many local residents over the years. Mel loved to talk and had an uncanny ability to find a solution to any problem, making friends all along the way. Mel’s favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Befittingly, in his song “My Way”, Frank Sinatra infamously sings ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.’ Mel truly embodied those words in every aspect of his own life to the very end.

In addition to MaryAnn, Mel leaves behind two sons: Larry with wife, Jennifer, Timothy with wife, Ellen; three daughters: Kim with Jeff Abrams, Bonnie with husband, Larry Hart, and Nancy with husband, Doug Monroe; six grandchildren: C.J. Marshall with wife, Samantha, Ashley, Brandon and Quinlan Hart; and Sydney and Martin Decker; and one great-granddaughter: Amelia Marshall.

A Funeral Mass in honor of Mel will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall, NY, with burial in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY. As he wished, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held later.

Donations in Mel’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Attn: Brother Thomas, Treasurer, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or the Woodbury Fire Department, PO Box 643, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or http://www.ssqfuneralhome.com


Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [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, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. With a 50+ year marriage, that’s a characteristic I see in a lot of Jaspers.]

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MOBIT: McDonald, Louis C. [MCattendee RIP]


Louis C. McDonald
By Star staff | February 7, 2013 – 1:17pm

Louis C. McDonald, who retired from a career in distribution and freight management to live in Montauk and fish aboard his boat, the Hattaduit, died on Tuesday at home on Old West Lake Drive. He was 77 and had lung cancer, his family said.

Mr. McDonald, who was known as Lou, was a member of the Montauk Friends of Erin and active with the Montauk Lions Club, among other organizations. He was a past commodore of the Wyncote Club in Huntington, an honorary member of the Joseph J. Gorman Knights of Columbus in Syosset, and a member of the Glendale Kiwanis Club.

Mr. McDonald and his sons were frequent competitors in the Montauk Boatmen’s Association shark tournament, winning it three years in a row at one time, his son Brian McDonald of Dix Hills said. His father would always donate half his winnings to the tournament charity, Mr. McDonald said.

Though he did not take charter passengers, Mr. McDonald said, his father had passed the lengthy examination to get a Coast Guard captain’s license.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1936, in Jamaica, Queens, to Louis White McDonald and the former Anne Genevieve Edel. He grew up in Queens Village, where he attended school and met his future wife, the former Joan Estelle Booth, while in high school. He attended Manhattan College for one year.

The couple married young, having five children. In addition to Brian McDonald, they are Kathleen Nikifor of Hopewell Junction, N.J., Ralph McDonald of Ronkonkoma, Daniel McDonald of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Gerard McDonald of Cudjoe Key, Fla. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A sister and a brother died before him.
Visiting hours for him will be at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Cremation will be private.

The family has suggested memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.

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McDonald, Louis C. [MCattendee RIP]

[JR: Sounds like a good man. And worthy of some Jasper prayers.]

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MOBIT: Tito, Joseph C. [MCAttendee RIP]


Joseph Tito, 88
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance
on December 15, 2012 at 9:04 AM, updated December 15, 2012 at 9:06 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Remembered as a loving uncle with a good sense of humor, Joseph C. Tito, 88, died Tuesday in New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center, Clifton.

He was born in the Bronx to parents who hailed from Naples, Italy, and was a toddler when he was brought to New Brighton, where he was raised with seven siblings.

Mr. Tito graduated from Curtis High School, and attended Manhattan College, where he played varsity basketball in 1941 and 1942, and was team co-captain in 1942.

His education was interrupted by World War II, however, and he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, seeing action in Italy.

After his military service, Mr. Tito studied at and graduated from Wagner College, where he was on the varsity basketball team in 1946.

First employed as a school teacher, he then worked for decades as a salesman at Sears, initially in Queens and then on Staten Island. He retired from Sears in the 1980s.

“He always quoted a joke, especially from his favorite comedians like Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason,” said his nephew, Daniel Tito. “He enjoyed spending Christmas and other holidays with his 15 nephews and nieces.”

A sports enthusiast in his younger years, Mr. Tito enjoyed swimming and golf, in addition to basketball. His nickname was “Jumping Joe,” a tribute to his skills on the court.

Vegetable gardening in his backyard was another hobby.

Mr. Tito was a longtime member of the North Shore Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Halloran Memorial Chapter, Disabled American Veterans.

The funeral will be Monday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, both West Brighton. Burial will follow in Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island.


Tito, Joseph C. [MCAttendee RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

[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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MOBIT: Leedy, Leonard “Gene” [MCAttendee RIP]


Gene Leedy
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Leonard “Gene” Leedy

BELLVILLE: Ability without dependability has no value. Gene Leedy was a dependable man. It was his great sense of dependability that gave Gene Leedy his worth. He was a man committed to his family and dependably served his country, church and community.

Gene went to be with the Lord Friday, November 23, 2012 from Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland. He was 89.

Born Leonard Eugene Leedy February 13, 1923 in Butler to Leonard Dell and Florence (Kunkle) Leedy, he was graduated from Bellville High School in 1940. Gene attended Manhattan College in New York, where he studied mechanical engineering, and left college to serve in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Stationed in London, he served as a cryptographic technician, and was moved to Berlin after the fall of the German army.

Gene returned after the war to marry his high school sweetheart Geraldine Clever on January 11, 1947. They remained lifelong Bellville area residents.

Gene dependably served the Tappan Company 44 years, first as a line worker, then piece work and electronic work, he did just a little bit of everything for the appliance manufacturer.

A dependable member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, he formerly served the church as youth group leader and usher. Constantly busy, Gene enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was active with his card club for nearly 60 years, and enjoyed an evening playing pinochle, poker or euchre whenever and wherever he could.

Gene will be remembered for his constant love and dependable support of his family that includes his wife Geraldine “Gerri” (Clever) Leedy; a son and daughter-in-law Steve & Laurie Leedy of Bellville; a daughter and son-in-law Becky & Al Szymanski of Medina; grandchildren Lane Leedy of Bellville, Allyson Leedy of Galion, Ryan Leedy of Bellville, Lauren Szymanski of Chicago, Philip Szymanski of Columbus and Bethany Szymanski of Kent; a sister and brother-in-law Marian & Clyde Bowman of Bellville; and a brother-in-law Lloyd Hall of Bellville.

The Leedy family will receive friends Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville, with Pastor Doug Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery, Ankenytown, where American Legion Post # 535 will hold graveside military honors.

Contributions in his memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Butler Nutrition Program or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Leedy family, and private online condolences to them may be made online at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

Published in the News Journal on November 25, 2012


Leedy, Leonard “Gene” [MCAttendee RIP] 

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/mansfieldnewsjournal/guestbook.aspx?n=gene-leedy&pid=161209829&cid=full

[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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MOBIT: Mulcahy, Walter John [MCattendee RIP]


Walter John Mulcahy

Mulcahy, Walter John

Walter John Mulcahy, 88, of Clifton Park and founder of Taft Furniture, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Troy, N.Y. on April 25, 1924. The son of the late James and Margaret Carroll Mulcahy, he was a graduate of Catholic Central High school class of 1941. Following his graduation he attended Manhattan College until the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps serving from 1942 to 1945.

After his honorable discharge, he received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College.

At the request of his parents he joined his father and began to sell used furniture. Walter’s optimism led directly to the origins of a very successful new furniture company known as Mulcahy’s Furniture on River Street in Troy. An urban renewal reconstruction of the River Front in Troy in the early 70′s put an end to Mulcahy’s Furniture and left Walter with an even greater ambition that led him to open and operate the first Furniture Warehouse and Showroom Taft in Albany, N.Y., which became one of the most successful stores in New York State.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Margaret Hayes Mulcahy of Clifton Park; three sons, Matthew Mulcahy of Clifton Park, John and his wife Nancy of Loudonville, and James Mulcahy of Saratoga; one daughter, Mary Mulcahy of Northville. Three grandchildren also survive him. He was predeceased by his daughter, Margaret Mulcahy; and his brother, Robert Mulcahy.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Northville Funeral Service, 401 Bridge St., Northville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Northville. Burial will be held in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. Condolences may be made to the family online at www. northvillefuneralservice.com.

Published in Albany Times Union from August 11 to August 12, 2012


Mulcahy, Walter John [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/timesunion-albany/guestbook.aspx?n=walter-mulcahy&pid=159070449&cid=full

[JR: We know that the War disrupted lives. A 59 year marriage sounds "Jasper-ish" to me. 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. Or new "realities" to deal with.] 

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MOBIT: Mitchell, Alphonso [MCattendee RIP]


Alphonso Mitchell, 72
Published: Saturday, July 07, 2012, 4:34 AM Updated: Saturday, July 07, 2012, 4:36 AM
Staten Island Advance By Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Lifelong Staten Islander Alphonso Batista Mitchell, 72, of West Brighton, the loving patriarch of three generations, died Thursday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.

Born and raised in New Brighton, he graduated from Curtis High School. He moved to West Brighton in 1960.

Mr. Mitchell attended Manhattan College, the Bronx, and earned his bachelor of science degree in social work and substance abuse counseling from the College of Staten Island.

He worked as a deck technician for the former New York Telephone Co. for 21 years, retiring in 1991. He also was a substance abuse counselor at Bayley Seton Hospital in Clifton until 2005.

Along with spending time with his family, Mr. Mitchell loved listening to jazz, watching sports, especially boxing, and reading newspapers and books.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Bessie; his daughters, Dorrell and Ayisha Mitchell; five brothers, Donovan, Raymond, Edward and Glenn Mitchell and James Moses; six sisters, Mary Pace, Caroline Mitchell-Davis, Calafa Hood, Margaret Brantley, Bea Clyburn and Mary McDowell; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton. Burial will follow in Silver Mount Cemetery, Silver Lake.


Mitchell, Alphonso [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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MOBIT: McCabe, James Patrick [MCattendee RIP]


James McCabe

McCabe, James

James Patrick McCabe, loving son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on July 6, 2012. He was 53 years old.

Jim was born on June 24, 1959 in The Bronx, to Lillian and James McCabe.

He was a caring and compassionate man whose smile could brighten anyone’s day. He loved spending time with his family and cheering on his favorite teams, the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. He loved Rock and Roll; Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers and The Boss.

Jim graduated from Spellman High School in 1977. He attended Manhattan College and graduated from Mercy College. He had a successful career as a paralegal in New York City.

He was a loving father to his daughter Jessica McCabe and her husband Amos Watts, and a wonderful grandfather to their children, Loren and Sloane.

He was also a loving father to Sona, the daughter of his former wife, Yvonne McKenzie.

He is survived by his six younger brothers, Chris, John, Matthew, Thomas, Peter and Kevin, and many nieces and nephews who will miss his annual birthday serenades.

We will miss him dearly, but thank God for the time we had with him to create the wonderful memories that we will cherish forever.

We find comfort that he is in Heaven with those who have gone before him, including his father, Aunt Rita, Uncle Jackie and Uncle Billy.

A wake will be held at Flynn Memorial Home on Central Park Avenue, on Monday, July 9th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Funeral Mass will be held on July 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am at Saint Mary’s Church, South Broadway, Yonkers, NY.

Published in the The Journal News on July 9, 2012


McCabe, James Patrick [MCattendee  RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=james-mccabe&pid=158421434&cid=full

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MOBIT: Durkee, Nathan [MCattendee RIP]


Nathan Durkee

Born November 5, 1982; left this world without warning March 9, 2012. Raised exclusively in the West County, Nate leaves behind hundreds upon hundreds of friends and family here, and as many more in New York, where he attended Manhattan College from 2001 through 2006. He excelled in the classroom and on the athletic fields of El Molino High School – was also editor of the school newspaper, member of the jazz band and class president.

With uncommon insight and unmatched enthusiasm for all that life offered, he embraced everyone he met without judgment or reservation. Amongst his many passions were baseball, fishing, sushi, magic, dominoes, the history of his immediate surroundings, and the history of the world.

All who were touched by Nate are encouraged to gather at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, 707-837-7620 at 1:00 p.m. Monday April 9, to honor and celebrate his life.Published in the Press Democrat from March 28 to March 30, 2012



[JR: "Attendee" subject to confirmation. Way too young.]

Durkee, Nathan [MCatendee RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/pressdemocrat/guestbook.aspx?n=nathan-durkee&pid=156737343&cid=full

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MOBIT: Baker, James Osborne Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


James Baker Jr. 
James Osborne Baker
Myrtle Beach

James Osborne Baker, Jr. passed away on February 8, 2012. He was born on October 15, 1946 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and grew up in Briarcliff Manor, New York. He graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in 1964, and attended Manhattan College. He received his B.A. degree from Coastal Carolina University in 1995.

Jim served with the U.S. Air Force for over 10 years. He was stationed in Danang during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. In Myrtle Beach, Jim work for AVX for several years. He also worked for Radio Shack before retiring.

Jim was dedicated to his family and his community. He was active with Boy Scout Troop 899 and enjoyed camping trips to Camp Coker. He was also a member of the Grand Strand Radio Club. He contributed to the American Radio Relay League and the SKYWARN weather alert system. Jim was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5086, and served as Grand Knight. He also enjoyed gardening, photography, and carving walking sticks.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Moss Baker, his sons Wade Aaron, Christopher Allen, and Anthony Moss, and his daughter Marissa Hope. He has enjoyed getting to know his grandchild, Stephen James. He is also survived by his siblings Robert, William, Pauline, Margaret, Thomas, Michael, and Timothy.

Visitation will be at the Myrtle Beach Funeral Home on Sunday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Services will be held at St Andrews Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach on Monday at 11:00 AM. A guest book is available at http://www.myrtlebeachfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Sun News on February 12, 2012


Baker, James Osborne Jr. [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 and Viet Nam, Republic of interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. There but for the Grace of God go I.]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/myrtlebeachonline/guestbook.aspx?n=james-baker&pid=155829336&cid=full

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JOBIT: Collins, Donald L. [MCattendee RIP]


Donald L. Collins

Donald L. Collins, 88, of Bushkill, PA, formerly of Dexter, NY, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, PA.

Mr. Collins was born in Alexandria Bay, NY on March 20, 1923, son of Carson C. and Frances Colin Collins. He attended Champlain College, Plattsburg, Manhattan College, Long Island, and Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

On December 7, 1942 he entered the US Marine Corp. His service as a Radioman included the Pacific Theater and the occupation of China, serving in Okinawa, Saipan, and Tarawa from September 1945 – March 1946. He was honorably discharged on March 30, 1946.

On April 19, 1952 he married Florence E. Shannon in Redwood, NY, followed by a 53 year legacy of love and marriage. Florence passed away on March 2, 2010.

He was a self-employed salesman in northern New York and a former parishioner of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Dexter.

Don and his wife volunteered their time and service for many years at the Mercy Health Center in Watertown. He was a classical pianist and his hobbies included crosswords and card games.

Mr. Collins is survived by his six children, Vicki M. and Joseph Contino, Bushkill, PA, Richard J. and Cathy Collins, Bridport, VT, Donna M. and Monte Provencher, Bridport, VT, Cheryl M. and Brian Davison, Blairsville, GA, Jay J. and Debra Collins, Winterhaven, FL, and Jon J. and Pamela Collins, Auburndale, FL; twenty-one grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his wife, Florence he was predeceased by his son, Dale J., his brother, David, and his sister, Patsy Eggleston.

A spring graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, NY at a time and date to be announced. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, NY.

Donations may be made in his name to The Right to Life Organization.


Collins, Donald L. [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.]

Guestbook: None cited

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