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MOBIT: Theroux, Michael E. [MCattendee RIP]



Michael E. Theroux

MERRIMACK – Michael E. Theroux, 67, of Merrimack passed away Aug. 17, 2014, at the Community Hospice Center in Merrimack after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on March 25, 1947, the son of the late Edward J. and Mary R. (Shea) Theroux of Beaufort, S.C., previously from Amherst and Nashua.

Michael was a longtime resident of Merrimack and graduated from Bishop Bradley High School in Manchester in 1965. He attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York, for one year before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. During his two years in the Marines, Michael did a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam, where he attained the rank of corporal.

Upon his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Michael went to work for Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack before the plant was even open for the production of beer. He was a faithful employee of that company for 37 years before his retirement in June 2007.

Michael married Linda A. Maskiewicz in December 1970.

Michael enjoyed sports, and in his younger years, played on many slow pitch softball teams. He was an avid Patriots and Bruins fan. Michael spent most of his early years residing in a Long Island suburb of New York City, where he developed a lifelong love for the New York Yankees.

Michael was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8641 in Merrimack and the American Legion Post 9 in Derry. He was passionate about his work with and for the VFW. He served in numerous capacities at his local VFW Post in Merrimack, including quartermaster, senior vice commander and surgeon. At the Department (state) level, in 2011-2012, Michael served as special aide-de-camp for the past national commander-in-chief of the VFW, Richard Denoyer, and as sergeant-at-arms at 2012, 2013 and 2014 Department conventions. At the time of his death, Michael was the current sergeant-at-arms of the Department of New Hampshire VFW for 2014-2015 year.

Members of his family include his wife, Linda A. Theroux; daughter Audra C. Theroux of Merrimack; daughter and son-in-law April and David Wisler of Manchester; grandson Dominic Theroux of Merrimack; and sister Mary Ellen Theroux of Beaufort, S.C..

SERVICES: Calling hours will be at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Merrimack with a “Celebration of Life” to follow at the Merrimack VFW. Interment will be at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

For more information or to sign an online guest register, go to rivetfuneralhome.com.

Published in Union Leader on Aug. 20, 2014


Theroux, Michael E. [MCattendee RIP] 

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/unionleader/michael-e-theroux-condolences/172176756?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. In this case, it was Viet Nam. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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MOBIT: Powell, William E. [MCattendee RIP]



William E. Powell
1922 – 2014 


William E. Powell, 92, of Windsor, beloved husband of 57 years to the late Mary (Pilonero) Powell passed away Friday, June 20, 2014.

Born March 29, 1922 in North Adams, MA, son of the late Alfred and Carrie (Bigelow) Powell he grew up in North Adams before moving to Windsor in 1955. After high school he worked for Pratt & Whitney but when WWII broke out, he joined the U.S. Army who sent him to Manhattan College for officer training. As the war escalated, they had William join the 69th Infantry 273rd Regiment Company F and he served over in France and Germany. After the war, he finished his college career at The University of Massachusetts receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

After his schooling, he worked for the State of Massachusetts Forestry Department, Hamilton Standard and retired from Aetna Life and Casualty as Supervisor of Safety Engineering.

William was an avid gardener and reader, he also was a man with a great sense of humor and always had a joke up his sleeve to tell. He took great pride in his grandchildren’s achievements from childhood through their adulthood years.

He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Powell, and his wife Linda of North Granby; a brother, Wayne Powell of North Adams, MA; two grandchildren, Marie Powell of Boston, MA and Nicholas Powell of Simsbury; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Jennings. The family would like to thank the staff of Meadowbrook of Granby for the care they provided to Bill the last few years and a special thank you to Betty for the special care and friendship she provided to him. Also, a special thank you to Gwen for her care to both Bill and Mary during the last years in their Windsor home.

His family will receive friends Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 9-10 AM at Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30 at St. Gertrude Church, Windsor. Burial with military honors will be in Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Windsor. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2080 Silas Deane Highway, 2nd Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave on-line condolences please visit http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 22, 2014


Powell, William E. [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.]

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

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MOBIT: Hollywood, John P. [MCattendee RIP]



John Hollywood, 95
Staten Island Advance 
on June 03, 2014 at 6:01 PM, updated June 03, 2014 at 6:03 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — John P. Hollywood, 95, of Westerleigh, a retired auto supplies purveyor, talented athlete, sports enthusiast and loving family man, died Sunday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton.

The lifelong Staten Islander was born in West Brighton and lived in that community until 1990, when he settled in Westerleigh.

He graduated from St. Peter’s Boys High School and attended Manhattan College’s former junior college on St. Peter’s campus.

Mr. Hollywood worked as a purveyor for Purolator Oil for 10 years. Prior to that, he worked for Greer Hydraulics in Queens.

He was the part-time sports director for 55 years at the Children’s Aid Society’s Goodhue Center, New Brighton.

A talented athlete, Mr. Hollywood enjoyed playing baseball and was a star pitcher who played semi-pro ball. He also loved music and sang professionally at venues on the Island, including the former Flagship Hotel in Dongan Hills.

An avid New York Giants football fan, he held season tickets and enjoyed tailgating at local games.

Mr. Hollywood was a parishioner of St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, Castleton Corners.

His wife of 50 years, the former Grayce Bauer, died in 1993.

Surviving are his son, John; his daughter, Kathy Hollywood; his brother, Francis; five grandchildren, and three great0grandchildren.

The funeral will be Friday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Teresa’s Church. Burial will follow in Ocean View Cemetery, Oakwood.


Hollywood, John P. [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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[JR: Amazing, another interesting facet about Alma Mater that I’d never heard about. A Junior College?]

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

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MOBIT: Murphy, Francis Xavier ‘Frank’ [MCattendee RIP]



Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy

By Staff Reports posted 15 hours ago May 29th, 2014

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Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy

Francis Xavier (Frank) Murphy, 86, retired illustrator for American Airlines. Survived by wife, Mary Betty, and daughters, Mary Jo Kinzie (Jack), Katie, Clare Mukerjee (Subir), Ellen (Steve Unterman), Kris, Molly (Karl Rambo), and Aileen (Paul Heilker); sisters, Margaret Hofmann and Elizabeth Murphy; sister-in-law, Leona Schwartz. Grandfather to Kimberly Mukerjee, Anthony Mukerjee, Sophie Unterman, Eli Heilker, Phoebe Unterman, Ellie Rambo, Madeleine Murphy and Olivia Rambo. Uncle to nine and great-uncle to many more. He grew up in Raleigh, NC, moved to New York City to attend Manhattan College at the age of 16. He served in Korea from 1946-1948 and returned to New York and married Mary Betty Keegan, with whom he thrived for more than 62 years.

Though he illustrated for a living, he also painted signs, silk-screened T-shirts, repaired VWs, worked night jobs, and finished his degree at TU, graduating at the age of 50. He loved annual family vacations: Blue Ridge Parkway, the northwest, the outer banks of North Carolina. He celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by sending shamrock stickers to his grandkids. He was too young for the Greatest Generation, so he invented his own generation.

He made up George The Bear stories every night when the kids were little. He was up late to talk when teenagers came home, and when they became parents, he was there to get to know his grandchildren. His door was always open to friends and anyone who wanted to drink coffee and talk. He was the best listener ever.

When Mary Betty’s health declined, he created a safe and vibrant world for her as long as he could. The man raised by two widows and two older sisters, then fathered seven daughters, was surrounded by the love of those women for whom he always will be, and actually originally was, the most interesting man in the world. He was one of a kind; no definition can capture his uniqueness.

Memorial and reception at family home Saturday, May 31st, 2-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, donate to St. John’s Health System Foundation: either the La Fortune Cancer Center Us Too Group or Hospice. http://www.stjohnhealthsystem.com/foundation. Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 918-585-1151. wwww.fitzgeraldivychapel.com


Murphy, Francis Xavier ‘Frank’ [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.fitzgeraldivychapel.com/fh/obituaries/tributes.cfm?o_id=2534952&fh_id=12471

[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, war interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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

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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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