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: Hanna, Annabel Saiz [MCspouse RIP] on 2017-05May-17


Annabel Saiz Hanna
1947 – 2017

HANNA, ANNABEL SAIZ of Barrington, passed away with her family by her side on May 17, 2017, at the age of 69.

Annabel was beloved by all for her unforgettable warmth, boundless selflessness, and loving spirit. She cast a radiant light of pure love, she opened her heart to all, and she could make a stranger feel like family in a single greeting. Annabel’s legacy is her love and devotion to family, her depthless generosity, and her indomitable optimism and positivity.

Annabel was born November 24, 1947 in New York City, New York, to parents Alfonso and Clissi Saiz and brother Alfonso Saiz Jr. Her early childhood was blissfully spent between Manhattan and Cuba, from where her parents had emigrated. She attended Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York, where a blind date with a Manhattan College student would forever change her life.

From the moment Annabel and Mark met, it was love at first sight. He was a dark haired Irish boy from rural upstate New York, she was a vibrant blonde city girl, and they couldn’t have been more perfect for each other. Their love story was the likes of which were usually only seen in movies. Annabel & Mark’s devotion to each other for over 50 years is an inspiration to all. The beautiful family they would create is an everlasting reflection of their unique and unwavering love.

They married on June 1, 1968 in Riverdale, New York, and honeymooned road tripping across Europe. In 1970, they welcomed their first child Erik. Their second child, Todd, came in 1974, followed by daughter Erin in 1980, and son Ryan in 1983. In 1985, the family moved from Long Island, New York, to their waterfront dream house in Barrington, Rhode Island, which to this day remains the heart of holidays and family gatherings.

Throughout her life, Annabel was active in the community, supported countless charities, and ran a successful luxury linens business. But little would make her happier than seeing her beloved children find their soul mates and begin their own love stories. The addition of Erik’s wife Roxanne, Todd’s wife Karla, Erin’s husband Khushal, and Ryan’s wife Jessica brought her immeasurable joy, rivaled only by the welcoming of her cherished grandchildren Owen, Gabby, Gavin, Nico, Karoline, and Inez.

Annabel loved life deeply and fully, she wore her beautiful smile everywhere she went, and her unending positivity was legendary. She often and famously proclaimed everything she encountered as “the best ever.” And while everything wasn’t truly worthy of that designation, undoubtedly Annabel herself was. She was the best ever – the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and grammy ever.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 23rd, 4-8pm, at Perry- McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, 10am, at St. Luke’s Parish, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, Rhode Island. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, Rhode Island.

Flowers are welcome at the funeral home or church. Alternatively donations can be made in Annabel’s honor to Special Olympics Rhode Island ( or the Women’s Ordination Conference (

Published in The Providence Journal on May 21, 2017


Hanna, Annabel Saiz [MCspouse RIP]

Hanna, Mark [MC????]

Guestbook: Same link 

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Dear John,

            I believe that Annabel’s husband Mark is a member of the Class of 1968.

              May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hanna, Mark [MC1968] 

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

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MOBIT: Mom of McNulty, Joseph [MC1987] passes



Joseph McNulty
20 hrs · New Milford, NJ ·

On Saturday, 8 April 2017, we lost mom who was suffering from dementia. It was a long distressing way to see the woman who brought you into this world, held your hand as you grew, and not being able help her fade from your life over many years of decline. She never asked to go this way and she always was a strong and determined person even in her last days.

Mom’s wake will be on Tuesday 11 April, 2-4 & 7-9 at the Boulevard Funeral Home and her funeral will be Wednesday @ 9:30 AM at the Church of the Ascension.

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Dr. Anna M. McNulty
April 8, 2017
New Milford, New Jersey

Dr. McNulty passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Dr. McNulty was a resident of New Milford, New Jersey at the time of her passing.

She was married to Joseph Jr.

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McNulty, Joseph [MC????]

[JR: I just happened to catch this. So, I thought I’d pass it along.]

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

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Dear John,

             I believe that Anna’s son Joseph is a member of the Class of 1987.

             May She Rest In Peace,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McNulty, Joseph [MC1987]

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MOBIT: Conover, Donald Kitchell [MCadvisor RIP] on 2017-03-28


Donald Kitchell Conover
July 25, 1931 – March 28, 2017
Newtown, Pennsylvania

Don Conover passed away on Tuesday, March 28th near his home of thirty years in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was eighty-five years old. He went peacefully and in gratitude for a full life, knowing he was loved deeply by friends and family alike, and in the arms of Patti Kohlmayer Conover, his wife and true love.

Born on July 25th, 1931, in Brooklyn, NY, Don was the son of Earl, head of the Math Department at Poly Preparatory Academy, and Hazel, a homemaker who had once worked in the secretarial pool for Thomas Edison. He is pre-deceased by his older sister, Patricia Lott, and survived by his younger sister, Sally Andersen. He is also survived by his two sons, Malcolm and Paul, and Paul’s two children, Catherine and Matthew.

Most who knew him would describe Don as distinctly “old school.” Like so many from the so-called “greatest generation,” he had a sense of decency and humility, and a commitment to positive contribution that, to him, was more important than the accolades that came along with his accomplishments. In describing his own childhood, rather than focus on the privations of the depression or the war, he’d speak of his good fortune – subway trips with his father to visit the World’s Fair, visits to an uncle’s farm or, later, a simple beach house on the Jersey shore, attending Poly Prep on a scholarship and spending idyllic summers at Camp Hawthorne in Maine. Writing about his life, Don described himself simply as “a very lucky boy, growing up in the warm embrace of family, friends, school and church.”

Don graduated from Princeton University in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Later, in 1964 and 1965, he attended MIT where he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship and earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management. For most of his career, Don was in the Bell system, first with Western Electric and then with ATT. He served on the management team of several factories, including the famous Hawthorne Works in Chicago where he directed engineering and manufacturing of electro-mechanical switching equipment for the telephone network. He became Western Electric’s Director of Corporate Planning, a post he held for nearly ten years, and ultimately held the position of Vice President of Corporate Education for ATT, running the Corporate Education Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and heading up business education worldwide.

Like his maternal grandfather, Don was a “Telephone Pioneer” and took great pride in having helped to build something of fundamental value in our society. But, especially after the breakup of the Bell system, he worried about the erosion of loyalty between employers, customers, and employees. In time, he came to evaluate decisions against a deceptively simple mantra: “Choose actions that shorten response time and which increase trust.” The idea of shortening response time, and providing excellence in the customer’s terms, is easy to understand in today’s hyper-competitive world. The idea of increasing trust is perhaps more subtle. As organizational relationships are less defined by hierarchy or chain of command, what is the glue that can hold us together? For Don, that glue was an active effort to build trust and human caring across the organization. Modern thinking for an old school guy!

Don could also be considered ahead of his time in quietly rejecting the prevailing model of “the organization man,” a model suggesting that one could and should give all to the company and, in turn, could expect near complete fulfillment in that role. He was deeply satisfied in his professional life, but he also understood the importance of a balanced life.

For Don, that balance certainly included “giving back.” For years, he was an active member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton Rotary Club, serving as President for a term with each organization. He was a member or officer of the Board Advisory Group of the Girl Scouts, the Business Advisory Council of Manhattan College, the World Future Society, the Academy of Management, the American Society of Training and Development, and the Board of Directors for the Thomas Edison State College Foundation. After a long absence from any church, he came to St. Andrew’s in Yardley, PA, where he was a devoted member for nearly twenty years.

His idea of balance included a quiet passion for so many things! He built and flew kites and model planes with his boys, read thrilling poems and stories aloud to them, painted perhaps a hundred worthy canvasses, wrote stories and essays and reflections. Don stayed in deep touch, over great distance and time, with many, many dear friends. He joined discussion clubs and he respectfully sought out those who might think differently. He had a nearly lifelong obsession with Spain in general and the pageant of bullfighting in particular, becoming an officer in at least three taurine fan clubs. He worked out at the Newtown Athletic Club for decades. He was a tireless builder of sand castles with his grandchildren. He loved to snorkel. Even when he had turned frail, his grandchildren noticed how he would come alive with power, grace and fascination when underwater. He did his best, with his dear Patti, to travel every corner of the world. As long as they were together, it probably didn’t matter all that much, but Don was always planning a trip to somewhere new, and a return to this or that “favorite” place.In this and every favorite place, we will miss him.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 22, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 47 W. Afton Ave, Newtown PA 18940. 


Conover, Donald Kitchell [MCadvisor RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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

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MOBIT: Larizza, Louis Jr. [MCcoach RIP] on 2017-04Apr-02


Larizza, Louis Jr.

Louis Larizza, Jr., a lifelong resident of Port Chester died April 2, 2017.

He was born June 15, 1990 in Port Chester to Louis and Nella Tedesco Larizza. He graduated from Port Chester High School in 2008. and the went to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ where he played Division 1 basketball. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in communications. Louis was a site manger for Lazz Development in Port Chester. He was an assistant coach for Manhattan College Basketball.

He is survived by his parents Louis and Nella Larizza of Port Chester, NY., maternal grandmother Anna Tedesco of Port Chester, NY., sister Jenna Larizza of Port Chester, NY., brother Mouhamed Lo of Port Chester, NY., aunts Gina Larizza Ditrio and husband Tony of Norwalk, CT. and Renee Larizza of Stamford, CT., uncles Mark Larizza of Port Chester, NY. and Joseph Tedesco and wife Karen of Greenwich, CT., and several cousins.

Visitation will be 4-8PM on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM on Thursday April 6, 2017 at Our Lady of Mercy Church 260 Westchester Ave. Port Chester, NY. Entombment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Rye Brook, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Shatterproof 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park 1st Floor Norwalk, CT. 06851

40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY
(914) 939-0131

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 4, 2017 


Larizza, Louis Jr. [MCcoach RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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

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MOBIT: Conry, Catherine M. [MCxstaff RIP] on 2017-Mar-03


Catherine M. Conry
1922 – 2017

Catherine M. Conry of Croton-on-Hudson, NY formerly of Riverdale passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the age of 94. Catherine was born to James and Rose (Sheridan) O’Neill on July 25, 1922 in New York, NY. She was married to Patrick Conry until his passing in 1982. Catherine worked as a Customer Service Representative for NY Telephone in New York for 42 years and then for the Manhattan College Library for 15 years. She was a devoted parishioner of Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton and a member of the Croton Seniors.

Catherine is survived by her beloved daughters Kathleen Anne Conry Cantilena (Louis) and Maura Conry Koch (Mark), doting grandchildren Amy Rose, Christopher, Timothy, Patrick, Caroline, and Anna, caring sister Anne Hogan, adoring niece Christine Dichiara (John) and nephew Larry Hogan, cherished great nieces Kaitlyn (John) and Mary and great nephew James. Catherine was also predeceased by her brother Bro. Kevin O’Neill, FSC.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 2-8PM at Edward F. Carter Funeral Home, 41 Grand St., Croton on Hudson, NY. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 8th at Holy Name of Mary Church, Croton-on-Hudson, NY with burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Catherine’s brother to the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Elder Brother Care, The St. La Salle Auxiliary,, or mail to: Brother William Martin, FSC, Saint La Salle Auxiliary, P.O. Box 238, Lincroft, NJ 07738-0238.

Published in the The Journal News on Mar. 5, 2017


Conry, Catherine M. [MCxstaff RIP] 

Guestbook: Same link 

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We pray for the repose of the soul of a member of the Manhattan College Library Staff, Mrs. Catherine M. Conry. Some of us will recognize who Catherine was and remember her kind ways. Catherine was called home on March 3, 2017. We pray for Catherine, her husband, Patrick (predeceased 1982), their Children and Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. The Family have shared the following Obituary which includes Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial information, Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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MOBIT: Pe, Maung Hla [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2017-Jan-21



Nancy Harvier Forrester

Dr. Maung Hla Pe passed away Saturday January 21, 2017 at his home in Riverdale, NY. Dr. Pe was 96 years old. He had a brilliant mind, a great talent for teaching and a kind heart. Dr. Pe taught physics to the Pre-Med students and students applying to allied health professions at Manhattan College for many years. He retired in 1990. He will be missed.

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Forrester, Nancy Harvier [MC????]

Pe, Maung Hla [MCxfaculty RIP]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Nancy is a member of the Class of 1991.

         May Doctor Pe Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Forrester, Nancy Harvier [MC1991]

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MOBIT: Kassan, Steven I. [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2017-Jan-06



Ocala – Steven I. Kassan, 74, devoted husband of Roberta J. Kassan of Ocala, passed away January 6, 2017 in Ocala, Florida.

Funeral services were held at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida on January 11, 2017.

Steve was born in Queens, NY, on December 12, 1942, to Murray and Ida Kassan. He graduated from East Meadow High School and the State University of New York, in Farmingdale, NY with an Associate Degree in Aircraft Operations.

Steve entered the United States Air Force in November 1962 and completed a distinguished career, retiring after 22 years of service to his country. While in the Air Force, he completed a four year BA degree in Political Science at Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Steve flew 29 combat missions over Vietnam as a B-52D Electronic Warfare Officer. He completed Pilot Training at Moody AFB, GA in July 1968 flying the T-41A, T-37 and T-38. He went on to fly T-29s for the Navigator Training School at Mather AFB, CA. In October 1970, he was assigned to fly the C-130B Tactical Transport with the 772nd and 774th Tactical Airlift Squadrons, Clark AB, Philippines. He flew numerous combat sorties out of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. He also became an Emergency Action Controller at the 13th Air Force Control Center and flew VIP Transport, in C-47s and C-123s. Upon return from overseas, Steve became an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC, at Manhattan College, NY.

In June 1976, he began flying the C-130E and C-130H with the 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR. His next assignment was to the 322nd Airlift Division as the Chief Controller of the European Airlift Control Center, Ramstein AB, Germany. In April 1980, he was selected to be the MAC representative to the USAFE Readiness Center as Chief of Airlift Readiness. He arrived at McGuire AFB, NJ, in August 1981, where he became a Resource Plans Officer, and in August 1982, he became Chief of Resources Plans. Steve retired as a Command Pilot, with the rank of Major. He completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, National Security Management, Academic Instructor School, and Air War College. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Air Medal (2) and the Commendation Medal. He accumulated 300 combat flying hours as a Navigator/Electronic Warfare Officer and 300 combat hours as a pilot. He had a total of 5,000 flying hours.

After his military retirement, he worked as an Information Systems Manager for the State of New Jersey, Dept of Human Services, retiring after 20 years of service on April 1, 2005. He continued to fly light general aviation aircraft, obtaining a FAA ATP rating. He also spent a lot of time building two kit airplanes. In 2005, he moved to Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, FL where he flew for fun.

He is a member of the Quiet Birdmen, Order of Daedalians, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) (including EAA Chapter 216 and 812), Florida Aero Club, Air Force Association (AFA), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

He is survived by his wife, Roberta J. Kassan; sons, Mark, Andrew, and David; and grandchildren, Joshua, Breanne, Samantha, Jessica, Lucas, and Ashley.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2017


Kassan, Steven I. [MCxfaculty RIP]


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

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