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: Meagher, Brother Ray [MCfaculty RIP] on 2017-Jul-18


Good Morning All,

Tom McCarthy has just shared such sad news. Brother Ray Meagher FSC was called home early Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Brother Ray was a good friend to me and several others of our Prayer Group and Community, I am deeply saddened. His musings and letters/writings were always in my mind words to live by. He was loved and respected by all and gave of himself very graciously and always helpfully. I will miss Brother Ray as I am sure so many of us will. Something that he used to say resonated and stayed with me for many years in trusting God, ” When you come to the end of the cliff, do not be afraid to go over. God will teach you how to fly or He will catch you.”

I have used that phrase many times in Seminars I have delivered and I still see many writing those words down. Brother Ray was considered one of our best Speakers at our Manhattan College Reality Retreat. We pray for Brother Ray’s soul and remember him with fondness in the sure knowledge that he is at rest in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. Good Man, Himself.

The following Quadrangle Link will take you to a well written piece on Brother Ray. If you intend to attend The Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, please check. The article states Mass will sart at 10:00 AM but may actually start at 9:30 AM.

Thank you Tom. Thank you all. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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The Quadrangle links to a nicely written piece:

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Brother Raymond Meagher
October 21, 1942 – July 18, 2017

Brother Raymond Meagher, FSC, Ph.D a De La Salle Christian Brother for 55 years, died peacefully at the age of 74 on 7/18/2017.

Born in Bronx, NY on 10/21/1942, Br. Raymond, after completing his primary and secondary education, entered the De La Salle Christian Brothers Novitiate, Barrytown, NY, on 9/1/61.   Br. Raymond earned an BA in Biology at The Catholic University, Washington, DC , in ‘66,  before becoming involved in active ministry, an MA in Counseling Psychology from NYU in ’71, an MSW from Columbia University in ’78 and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University in ’96, all while engaged full-time in ministry.   

Br. Raymond was a member of many prestigious honor societies and prominent professional organizations, including among them Pi Beta Kappa, National Association of Social Workers, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society.

Br. Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Jeremiah & Ann [Carney] Meagher and his brothers, Donald & Stephen.  He is survived by his brother & sister-in-law, Gerald & Madeline, of Brookfield, CT, his niece, Catherine Costella, a grandniece & grandnephews, a cousin, Mary Schlatch, and other relatives & extended family.

While his appointment to Manhattan College covered 24 years in the Manhattan College School of Education before his retirement in June, Br. Raymond’s other assignments included St. Peter High School, Staten Island, NY; Lincoln Hall, a Residential Treatment Center in Westchester County, NY; and St. Raymond’s Parish, Parkchester, Bronx, NY.

There will be a wake at Christian Brothers’ Community Residence, 4415 Post Road, Bronx, NY, on Friday, 7/21st, 4 pm-8 pm.  The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on the Manhattan College Campus, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, on Saturday at 9:30 am, with a viewing before the Mass. Interment will follow immediately at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the De La Salle Nursing Development Fund, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Riverdale-on-Broadway, Inwood, New York.

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MOBIT: Feeney, Grace [MCstaff RIP] on 2017-Jul-15


From: Mike McEneney
Date: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:07 PM
Subject: Grace Feeney RIP

Hi! I received a phone call from Larry Feeney, one of Grace Feeney’s son’s, telling me that Grace passed away yesterday, July 15th. Grace was the voice of the Manhattan College Alumni Society for many years. She was the pleasant voice that answered that phone and was always ready to assist any Alum that called. The last few years Grace was confined to a nursing home where her presence was hard to ignore. She will be missed by many. Her wake will be on Wednesday July 19th at The Williams Funeral Home on Broadway and 231st Street from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9. The Masswill be Thursday morning (Time to be announced) at St Barnabas RCChurch at 241st and Martha Ave in Woodlawn. Please keep Grace and her family in your prayers. May She Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953) 

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Good Afternoon All,

It is with sadness that I share news from Larry Feeney through Mike McEneney, that Larry’s Mom, Grace Feeney, was called home on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Mike was on the money when he referred to Grace as the voice of the Manhattan College Alumni Society for many years. She truly was that pleasant voice that answered the phone and was always ready to help any Alum that called. She was a master of one liners, a quick wit and a smile that welcomed you on the phone or in the office. Many of us knew, loved and respected Grace. My Wife Peggy once said to me, after meeting Grace, I can see why you think the world of Grace, a very special Lady. The last few years of Grace’s life were spent in a Nursing Home where as Mike said, her presence was hard to ignore. Grace will be missed by so many.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at:      
Williams Funeral Home                                                                                           
Broadway and 231st Street                                                                                           
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM                                                                                           
7:00 PM to. 9:00 PM

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, 7/20/17 (time to be announced) at:                                                                                                  St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church                                                                                             
241st Street and Martha Ave.                                                                                             
Woodlawn, N.Y.

We pray for the repose of Grace’s soul and for her Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that they find comfort in the sure knowledge that Grace is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace. God Speed Grace.

Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Feeney, Grace [MCstaff RIP]

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MOBIT: Marino, Audrey Jennings [MCfacultyspouse RIP] on 2017-Jun-07


Audrey (Jennings) Marino

It is with great sadness that the family of Audrey (Jennings) Marino, of Rockville-Vernon, announce her death on June 7, 2017, at the age of 82.

Audrey will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Patricia and son-in-law, Jonathan Dewald, of Toronto, Ontario; sister Rae Jennings of Dallas, Texas; brother, Dean and sister-in-law, Carol Jennings, of Tolland; sister-in-law, Lois Jennings of Walpole, Massachusetts; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Pasquale Marino; and brother, Craig Jennings.

A native of the Boston area, Audrey was a lifelong political activist, feminist, cat lover, and Red Sox fan. In her 20s she worked at Northeastern University as a secretary and later as administrative assistant to the Dean of Business, and that is where she met her future husband Pasquale Marino, who at the time of his death was Dean of Engineering at Manhattan College. After they married she remained active in politics and was deeply committed to various progressive causes, including women’s equality, reproductive rights, and education reform. Her longstanding interest in politics found apt expression in recent years when she regularly had her comments published online by the New York Times.

Audrey and Pasquale were married for 20 happy years before his sudden death at age 48. After her husband’s death, Audrey spent several years living with the family of Dean and Carol Jennings, and helped to raise their two daughters, Andrea and Stacy, with whom she became very close. Late in life, Audrey became part of the community at Florence Mill Apartments. Her family and friends will always remember her open-mindedness, humor, warmth, and compassion.

Funeral service and burial will be private.

Published in Journal Inquirer from June 10 to June 14, 2017


Marino, Audrey Jennings [MCfacultyspouse RIP]


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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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