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: Dobransky, Catherine M. [MCstaff RIP] 2018-May-14


Catherine M. Dobransky

Irvington – Catherine M. Dobransky, 88, a longtime resident of Irvington passed away on May 14, 2018. Born and raised in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Dobransky. Catherine was an Associate Registrar at Manhattan College in Riverdale for over 47 years. She was a devout Catholic and lived her life serving others.

Catherine is survived by her brother Rudolph (Lorraine) Dobransky and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Emil, sister-in-law Margaret and niece Jeannie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 16 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.

Mass of the Resurrection Thursday 10AM Immaculate Conception Church, Irvington. Visiting Thursday 8:30-9:30AM Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry.

Published in the The Journal News on May 16, 2018


Dobransky, Catherine M. [MCstaff RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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

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MOBIT: Miele, John Anthony [MCxfaculty RIP] 2018-Apr-28


John Miele’s obit retired faculty

reported anonymously

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March 2, 1924 – April 25, 2018
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Amissville, Virginia

John Miele, 94, passed away Wednesday morning April 25, 2018, in Warrenton, Virginia. He was born March 2, 1924, in Brooklyn, NY.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Spencer, son, Michael, daughters Alice and Sandy Rae, and grandsons, John and Michael.

John, a former resident of Hopewell Junction, New York, was a proud Navy veteran who served honorably in World War II as a radioman on PT Boat 462 in RON 31, and in the Korean War. He spent many years as a psychology professor at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, part of that time as Chairman of the Psychology Department.

John was active in following national and foreign affairs from an issue and values standpoint and enjoyed cooking and reading about American history,

Friends may call on Monday, April 30 from 9-10 AM at Moser Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM. interment with honors provided by the VFW Post 2524 to follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to PT Boats. Inc. P.O. Box 38070, Germantown, TN, 38183, phone (901)-755-8440 in memory of John Miele.


Miele, John Anthony [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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MOBIT: Zenz, Frederick A. [MCfaculty RIP] 2018-Feb-28


Frederick Zenz (1922-2018)
By Site Editor on March 3, 2018

Frederick A. Zenz, 95, a Philipstown resident since 1972 and noted chemical engineer, died Feb. 28, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in New York City, he began an illustrious career in 1942 with the M.W. Kellogg Co. as a process development engineer after receiving his bachelor’s in chemistry from Queens College. He later earned a masters degree in chemical engineering from New York University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Polytechnic University.

In 1944, he began working for the Kellex Corporation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project, the World War II research and development program that produced the first nuclear weapons.

From 1946 to 1962, he worked for HRI, M.W. Kellogg and Stone & Webster Engineering. In 1962, he became an independent consultant. During his career he also taught at Manhattan College, during which time he became the technical director of Particulate Solid Research Inc. (PSRI) and founded and served as technical director of Analogies in Matters of Science (A.I.M.S.) from 1989 to 2007.

He authored at least 90 scientific papers, 18 book chapters, countless research papers for PSRI and A.I.M.S. and held 20 patents. In 1960, he co-authored one of the most influential books in engineering, Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems. His third and most recent book was published in 2015.

He was recognized as one of 30 notable authors of groundbreaking chemical engineering books and one of the 100 notable chemical engineers of the modern era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He had a great passion for his field in engineering coupled with a strong work ethic, working until the last weeks of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth; three children, Dennis Zenz, Jonathon Zenz (Donna) and Terese Olsen (Jim); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Fredric Zenz.

Information provided by Clinton Funeral Home.


Zenz, Frederick A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Frederick was a member of the faculty at Manhattan.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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MOBIT: Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP] 2018-Feb-25


Robert Joseph Burke Sr.
MARCH 16, 1922 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018

“Life Is But A Wink In The Eye Of Time”

Robert Joseph Burke, Sr., age 95, of McLean, VA and Northport, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the loving arms of his daughters at home in New York. Born March 16, 1922 in Hells Kitchen, NY, he was the only child of Nelle Burke. Robert graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine in1940 and attended Manhattan College for 2 years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with the US Navy in 1942, serving aboard the TBF Avenger aircraft in the South Pacific. Robert was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart. In 1947, Robert married his devoted wife of 45 years, Cecelia O’Rourke Burke, and together they raised 5 children. He enjoyed a very successful business career, including the role as Executive Vice President for Giant Food, Inc.

Robert was the loving father of 5 children; Kathy Burke Rhodes (John), Patricia Ann, Therese Lee, Robert Joseph, Jr. (Terry) and Michael Anthony, Sr. (Rosemary) and cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. A funeral Mass will follow on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 PM at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN. Online condolences may be made at


Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [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 went to 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: Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College passed


Manhattan College1 hr · 
Manhattan mourns the passing of Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College. May he rest in peace.

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Good Afternoon All,

Tom Delaney shared the very sad news that our Past President, Tom Scanlan was called home today, February 10, 2018. A very sad day forour Manhattan College Community. Tom died of complications of his Open Heart Surgery about ten days ago. Details as to his wishes for Visitation and Mass Of Christian Burial are not yet available and I will share them as soon as I have them.. 

Many of us considered Tom a friend, all of us were thankful for what he accomplished for the College. He protected our Values, shared our Faith. And Beliefs and, yes, many of us feel he saved our College. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Thank you God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Manhattan College Mourns Passing of President Emeritus, Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC
The longtime president of Manhattan College passed away at age 72.

Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College, passed away on Sunday, February 4, at the age of 72. 

The 18th president of Manhattan College, serving from 1987 to 2009, Br. Thomas helped to navigate the College through a difficult financial period in the 1980s to become the institution it is today. During his 22-year tenure, the College’s enrollment increased by 120 percent and received accreditations by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). 

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, said: “In the time that I have come to know Br. Thomas, I developed a deep appreciation for his visionary side … Brother’s decisions were grounded firmly in a deep faith and in the Lasallian mission. He made bold and courageous decisions grounded in that faith.”

Under Br. Thomas’ leadership, the College transformed into a largely residential campus while still preserving its commitment to serving first-generation students. The College also saw several enhancements and expansions under Br. Thomas, including the opening of Horan Hall, Lee Hall and the Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Library.

Br. Thomas came to Manhattan College from Bethlehem University in Palestine, where he served as vice chancellor and chief executive officer. Prior to that, he was director of finance and education for the New York Province of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Br. Thomas also served as a teacher, vice principal, and principal at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, N.J.

Born in New York City, Br. Thomas received his B.A. in physics from The Catholic University of America, his M.A. in mathematics from New York University, and his Ph.D. in business administration from Columbia University.

Br. Thomas received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal in 1986. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He also received the Good Scout Award from the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1995. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He also received a Community Leadership Award from the New York City Community Board 8 in 1998 and an Interfaith Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community Council in 2003. In addition, Br. Thomas was a member of the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In 2016, Br. Thomas was awarded the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, named in honor of the influential former Notre Dame president, and typically given to a former college president who has made outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education through service and academic work.

“Being a Catholic college president is one of the most complex and challenging roles in our nation. To succeed takes a true team effort, and my most critical ability was to say ‘I need your help.’ And I was gratified, both at Bethlehem University and at Manhattan College, by the extremely positive response of so many talented individuals,” Br. Thomas said upon receiving the Hesburgh Award.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Wilfrid Auger; niece Pamela Auger-Thornton, and nephews Peter Auger, Vincent Auger, and his wife Karen. Additionally, Br. Thomas is survived by great nieces Christelle Auger and Cassandra Thornton, and nephew Evan Thornton, as well as many beloved cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

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Good Evening All,

You have received the sad news of the passing of Brother Thomas. The Link below is the statement and Obituary shared by President Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College. It speaks of Brother Thomas and his contributions not only to Manhattan College but to the Lasallian Tradition at large and the many that he touched in his lifetime. 

Brother Thomas was a Friend, a Mentor, an Educator, an Administrator and wherever he went, a hard act to follow. He will be missed. 

Brother Thomas was asked a few years back by a school mate of his, a Fellow Jasper and member of the Manhattan College Retreat Team, Don Bane, if he would be willing to join us as a speaker at our Retreat and to our good fortune, he said yes. Many of us consider him to have been one of our best speakers throught the 26 years we have celebrated our Manhattan College and Friends Retreat. I don’t recall him using notes, he was entirely extempore and totally well prepared and held our attention. At some point during his witness, it became evident that we, the attendees at that Retreat, were impressed and all wanted to hear more about his successes. He shared some more of his witness with us and in wrapping up he said, ” ……..I am just an Administrator.” One thing that his Friends, Family, colleagues and Community will agree with, Just is not a word that would be used to describe Brother Thomas. He will be missed and not forgotten. God Speed.

We pray for the repose of Brother Thomas, his Sister and Brother-in-Law, Helen and Wilfred Auger and their Family, Brother Thomas’s Friends and Community as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Brother Thomas was predeceased by his Parents, Thomas and Anna Scanlan and his Brother, John.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

In case you have difficulty opening the Link, Visitation will be in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on Friday, February 9 from 3 PM to 8 PM and Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Celebrated in the Chapel on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 AM. Following the Mass, a Buffet Lunch will be served in Smith Auditorium. Interment will be on Monday, February 12 at 10:00 AM in bate of Heaven Cemetery, located at 10 West Steve s Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532.

Link: archive/2018/02/manhattan- college-mourns-passing- brother-thomas-scanlan.php

If you have difficulty opening the Link and would like a copy of President O’Donnell’s announcement, please  send me an email and I will send you a copy.

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

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MOBIT: Leggett, Patrick Joseph [MCattendee] on 2018-Jan-10

2018-Jan-15 obituaries/ poughkeepsiejournal/obituary. aspx?n=patrick-leggett&pid= 187817239&fhid=30230

Patrick Leggett

Rhinebeck – Patrick Joseph Leggett, 90, a longtime Rhinebeck resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. 

Born on May 5, 1927, in New York, NY, he was the son of the late James J. and Rose Ann (McGowan) Leggett. Patrick married Eleanor A. Rasco on June 23, 1956 in Redford, NY and she survives at home in Rhinebeck. 

Patrick received his education at Catholic University, Hunter College and Manhattan College. He taught Latin and English for 30 years in the Rhinebeck School District and was an active member of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Formerly a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers Order (Brother Brendan Thomas), he taught for six years in parochial schools. 

Patrick was a devoted husband and father who especially loved family gatherings. He had a great appreciation for classical music, opera and the beauty of nature. A longtime communicant of Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck, Patrick also volunteered at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

In addition to his loving wife of 61 years, he is survived by his children, Michael Leggett of Oneonta, NY, Christopher Leggett of Rhinebeck, NY, Maureen Nicholson of Rhinebeck, NY, Timothy (Jennifer) Leggett of Stanfordville, NY, and Peter (Maureen) Leggett of Red Hook, NY; his daughter in law, Carmen Leggett of Suffolk, VA; his grandchildren, Brendan, Beatriz, Amaya, Bethany Rose, Christopher, LeighAnne, Ian, and Liam; his great grandchildren; along with extended family and friends.

His son, Kevin Leggett, and a brother, Bernard Leggett, predeceased him.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes in Rhinebeck on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 3 to 7 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at Church of the Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck, NY. Fr. Douglas Crawford will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Rhinecliff.

Memorial donations may be made in Patrick’s memory to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, P.O. Box 238, Lincroft, N.J. 07738. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2018


Leggett, Patrick Joseph [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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MOBIT: Lappano-Colletta, Eleanor Rita [MCfaculty RIP] 2018-Jan-09



Lappano-Colletta—Dr. Eleanor Rita. Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Scientist and Proud Fordham Alumna passed away January 9, 2018 at the age of 87.

She was a longtime resident of Riverdale, NY and Jackson, NJ. Born in New York City on January 12, 1930 she was the daughter of Mary and Ernest Lappano. Eleanor graduated from George Washington High School in New York City and continued her studies at Fordham University where she received three degrees: B.S. in Chemistry (1951), M.S. in Biology (1953) and a Ph.D. in Biology (1955), being one of the first females to have a PhD conferred in Biology from Fordham.

After completing her doctorate she held faculty positions at numerous medical schools and research institutions including: New York University Medical School; Rockefeller University, Downstate Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, Sloan Kettering Institute and New York Medical College. She continued her love of research, science and education while working at the Museum of Natural History as an Animal Behavior Research Associate, as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Manhattan College and as a Development Scientist at Lever Brothers.

Additionally, Eleanor was honored to serve on the National Advisory Research Council at The National Institutes of Health.

Eleanor enjoyed painting, reading and traveling the globe making many friends along the way. From PTA President to politics, she was always up for an engaging conversation or spirited debate.

Forever in our hearts, she will be missed by all. Eleanor was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years Archangelo Colletta and a sister Lillian Savastano. She is survived by her sister Maria Redo of New York, NY, children Mary Cregan (David) of Atlanta, GA, John Colletta (Renee) of Destin, FL, Gina DiGuglielmo (Anthony) of Long Valley, NJ and four adoring granddaughters Daniella, Alissa, Caitlin and Audrey.

A Celebration of Eleanor’s Life will include a visitation on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road, Chester, NJ (908) 879-3090. A 10am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 15 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Flanders, NJ. A private burial will take place at Brigadier General Doyle Cemetery at a later date. For online condolences visit

William J. Leber Funeral Home 15 Furnace Rd. Chester, NJ 07930 (908) 879-3090
Published in The New York Times on Jan. 11, 2018


Lappano-Colletta, Eleanor Rita [MCfaculty RIP]


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

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