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: Fitzpatrick, Francis “Frank” Anthony “Fitz” [MP1970 RIP] 2019-Feb-18


Frank Fitzpatrick
1952 – 2019 Obituary

Francis “Frank” Anthony Fitzpatrick, age 66, entered his eternal home in heaven on February 18, 2019, passing away peacefully at home after an eighteenth month battle with throat cancer. Love for his family and his unshakable belief in God gave him peace to leave his battle behind.

He was the youngest child of Francis Fitzpatrick and Loretta Lunning and the brother of Judi Calhoun and Gail Lyons. Frank was born a “New Yorker” on November 7, 1952 but became a “California boy” at 17 years old when he moved to California to attend college. He received his Bachelor of Science in Criminology from UC Berkeley followed by his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC. In 1974, he was hired as a Criminalist in the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Crime Laboratory where he worked for thirty years, retiring in 2004 as the Laboratory Director.

After his retirement, Frank formed his own successful forensic consulting business where he provided national and international forensic agencies with training and assessments of their forensic quality systems.

Frank will be remembered by his family, friends and associates for his many admirable qualities. Frank was incredibly intelligent with a vast depth of knowledge in many subjects, but perhaps his most memorable trait was his sharp wit and often unexpected dry sense of humor.

Frank is survived by his wife of 10 years Maggie, or as he called her, “his everything.” He is also survived by his daughter, Veronica; son, Frankie; his grandchild, Francis Charles “Charlie”; and his sisters Judi and Gail.

Frank’s memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 21st, 1:00pm, at his church, Eastside Christian Church, 3330 E. Miraloma, Anaheim.

The family gratefully declines flowers but would be honored to have donations made in Frank’s name to the child sponsorship ministry of CMF, International. Donations can be made by check to CMF, International and mailed to Eastside Christian Church, 3330 E. Miraloma, Anaheim, 92806, attention Arty VanGeloof, Director Global Compassion.

Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 3, 2019


Fitzpatrick, Francis “Frank” Anthony “Fitz” [MP1970 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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MOBIT: Mary P. Cadigan, wife of Cadigan, Joseph [MC1941 RIP]


Mary P. Cadigan | March 28, 2019

Mary P. Cadigan died peacefully at home in Garden City at the age of 94. She was born an only child to Dr. John and Irene McCaffrey in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help and The Mary Louis Academy. As a child, she enjoyed summers at Spring Lake NJ.

Along with the teachings of her mom and dad, her education and faith took a strong hold on her and determined her future life. While in high School, her family moved to Floral Park where she attended and graduated from Sewanaka High School in 1941. At a time when most women went to work, Mary attended and graduated from Adelphi University in 1945 when the campus consisted of only 3 buildings. She was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta National sorority until her death. Being a young motivated woman, she continued her education and earned her master’s degree in teaching at Columbia University. Columbia was where she borrowed a book from a classmate, Joseph Cadigan. Upon the return of the book, he jokingly asked her to take him out to lunch, and he quickly became the love of her life. He had been a lieutenant in the Navy during WWII, graduated Manhattan College and was also getting a master’s in education. They married in 1947 at Our Lady of Victory in Floral Park with a reception at the Garden City hotel. Joseph was the principal of Stewart Manor School for many years, he assumed principal and administrator positions in Elmont and Port Washington and post retirement worked for the Garden City School District Adult Education.

Their mutual values of God, family and education were part of the recipe that bonded them together. They married and had 7 children whom they cherished dearly. Their first test of strength and faith was when they lost their son Jeff at the tender age of five from cancer. Mom always reminded us, that “children are lent to their earthly mothers and we all belong to God”. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph, another son, John, her daughter Mary Conroy and her grandson, Kevin Conroy. Through it all, she continued to be a pillar of faith and strength for her family. She stopped teaching in Baldwin upon the birth of her first child. In later years, when her children were grown, she returned to teach homebound students in Baldwin. She raised her family in Garden City and enjoyed summers at her home in Connecticut at The Candlewood Lake Club.

She was active in the Mercy League, St. Joseph’s Rosary Society, Long Island Panhellenic, Girl Scouts, CCD as an instructor, her children’s school events and many additional community organizations. Along with her husband Joe, she was a Eucharistic minister for the homebound of St. Joseph’s Church in Garden City. She was determined to attend Annual Kappa Alpha Theta Christmas Teas at Adelphi and class reunions until her last year. She was honored to be photographed with Robert A. Scott the president of Adelphi at her 70th college reunion in 2015.

Mary continually modeled faith, love, and respect for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she loved unconditionally. She laid a foundation of strong morals and values for her family to carry on in her legacy.

All who knew her were aware that she never missed an opportunity to share a lengthy, detailed story. Whether it made you laugh or made you cry, the story left people in awe due to her phenomenal memory of people, places, dates and events. She never intentionally tried to be humorous but, in the end, her words and thoughts always made others laugh. She loved being in the company of others, especially children and she loved family parties! Around the house you could often hear her singing and humming old tunes. In her later years she mostly looked forward to spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her so much joy and a reason to carry on. As she always said to them “You light up my life!”

Until her death, she prayed everyday with intentions for family, friends, her home health aides and even strangers she saw on the news. Every night she prayed for the homeless, poor, sick and misdirected. Mary always sincerely thanked God for her wonderful life and her so many blessings.

A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph’s in Garden City and Holy Rood in Westbury. With a reception of family and friends at the Garden City Country Club. Mary is survived by Jay (Pam), Jerry (Bette), Irene (John), Lori (Bob) son in law John Conroy, 21 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. She was adored by all and will forever be in our hearts.

The family thanks Garden City friends especially Kip Owen, Gerry Kelly and Eileen Casey for taking time to visit her and to all those that reached out to our family since her death. In her memory she would like you to please visit lonely neighbors and children in cancer hospitals. Donate blood or give to St. Jude’s Children’s hospital.

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Cadigan, Joseph [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

The late Joseph is a member of the class of 1941

May Mary Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cadigan, Joseph [MC1941 RIP]

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MOBIT: Baker, Catherine V. [Jasper Wife and Mom] 2019-Mar-25


Dear John,

Below is a full Obituary for Catherine.


Catherine V. Baker
July 8, 1932 – March 25, 2019

We cherish our memory of Catherine Veronica (Guldner) Baker who passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at her home at Sunrise of New City. Born in Bronx, NY to Margaret (McKenna) and John Conrad Guldner, she attended St. Barnabas High School, and in 2011 she was inducted into the St. Barnabas High School’s Hall of Fame. She attended Hunter College and worked at Springs Mills in Manhattan until her marriage to Richard G. Baker in 1954, six days after he returned from service in Korea. Their strong faith and love for each other, as well as their devotion to serving others formed the foundation for all who were blessed to know them during their 61 years of marriage.

Cathy leaves a legacy of love with her children: Richard of Spring Lake, NJ, Theresa (Mark) Ferretti of Spring Lake, NJ, Mary (Jim) Kelly of Tomkins Cove, NY, Peggy Baker of Bardonia, NY and Stephen (Jackie) Baker of Mahwah, NJ. She is pre-deceased by her daughter, Kathleen her husband, Richard and her siblings, Bob and Ruth. She is survived by her brothers John (Carole) Guldner, Thomas (Donna) Guldner, and sister Fran (Tom) Crammer.

Catherine was beloved Nana to 10 grandchildren, Mark, Kathleen, Michael, James, Laura, Daniel, Matthew, Robert, John, and McKenna, their spouses and 5 great grandchildren, Madeline, Gabriella, Noah, McCall, and Henry.

A meeting with Mother Theresa of Calcutta, now Saint Theresa in the fall of 1975, forever inspired her devotion and tireless work as founder/director and member of the Board of Directors of Birthright of Rockland County. She ultimately served as the New York State Regional Consultant for Birthright International. Cathy touched the lives of many through her faith filled service and contagious smile. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Birthright of Rockland County in Nanuet, NY. (

Visiting hours will be held at Higgins Funeral Home, New City, NY on Thursday March 28, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9. A Funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Nyack, NY.

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Widow of Richard Baker ’52, Mother of Stephen Baker ’88

Baker, Catherine V. 

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MOBIT: Power, Stephanie [MCmom RIP] 2019-Feb-22


Stephanie Power

Stephanie Power, beloved partner, mother and daughter, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2019 in her home in Fairfield, CT after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was 51.

Stephanie will be remembered for showing us all what it truly means to be a loving family member and friend. She approached every day with optimism, energy and enthusiasm no matter what circumstances life brought. Stephanie’s life was devoted to her two sons, Blake and Cameron, her best friend and partner, John Peteshel, and her other family members and many, many friends.

A thoughtful and genuine person, Stephanie always remembered to celebrate others’ finest moments and was there for them during their most difficult times. She loved to bring people together from all parts of her life, and she planned and orchestrated countless celebrations for family and friends.

Stephanie loved to travel and she enjoyed planning trips that brought her family to all corners of the globe, though her favorite place was Disney World. No sooner had she returned from one adventure than Stephanie began planning the next outing for her family. Whether it was driving her yellow Mustang, ballroom dancing, taking flying lessons, swimming with dolphins, riding a motorcycle, trapeze lessons with her boys, or regular get-togethers with her close girlfriends, Stephanie lived life to its fullest and reveled in sharing those adventures.

Born and raised in Bronxville, NY, Stephanie moved to Fairfield 20 years ago to raise her family. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and her master’s from Fairfield University. Stephanie was a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the founder and co-owner of Key Therapy, LLC in Monroe, CT. She started her career as an elementary school teacher, and her love of people, entrepreneurial spirit and boundless energy led her to many places. She became a concierge and sales executive at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City and later started several businesses—organizing children’s birthday parties, Play Tots and a nursery school based at the Easton Community Center. She was an active volunteer at her sons’ schools. The common thread in her work and life was a desire to help and bring joy to other people, especially children.

In addition to her partner, John, and sons, Blake Maquat (Manhattan College sophomore) and Cameron Maquat (Hopkins School senior), of Fairfield, Stephanie is survived by her loving parents, Conrad and Michele Power, of Bronxville; her siblings, Suzanne Power-Morris and Timothy Power, also of Bronxville; brother-in-law, John Morris; her adoring Godson and nephew Connor Morris and niece June Power; former husband, Robert Maquat, of Easton, CT; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by paternal grandparents Blake and Mary Power and maternal grandparents Michael and Gertrude Florkowski.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. in the Church of Saint Joseph, 15 Cedar Street, Bronxville, NY, with the interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Hawthorne, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gift Processing, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400 in Phoenix, AZ 85016. For travel directions or to sign her online guest register, please visit

Published in Connecticut Post on Feb. 25, 2019


Power, Stephanie [MCmom RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

[JR: The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow future alum and the family at this time. As CMSV alum, who may be know to Jaspers of her age, as well as a Mother to a Jasper, she was way too young to pass. Alma Mater has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. We are sorry for your loss.]

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Good Evening All.

We pray for the repose of the soul loving Mother of Sons, Fellow Jasper Sophomore, Blake Maquat and Hopkins School, New Haven, Ct, Senior Cameron Maquat. Stephanie was called home too soon on February 22, 2019 after a long struggle with Breast Cancer. We pray for Stephanie, her Partner John, her parents and Sons, her Family and Friends as they mourn their loss. She will be missed by the many that knew her. This accomplished woman always had the good of others in her heart. She was 51 years old. Her Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life was held last Wednesday at the Church of Saint Joseph in Bronxville, N.Y. Her Family shared the following Obituary. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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MOBIT: Vecchio, Alfred [MCxfaculty RIP] 2018-Dec-04


Alfred Del Vecchio, White Plains’ longest serving mayor, dies at 95
by Richard Liebson, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
Published 4:00 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018 | Updated 4:01 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018

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WHITE PLAINS — Alfred Del Vecchio, who led White Plains through what at the time was the second-largest urban renewal program in the country and served as mayor for 18 years, died Tuesday morning. He was 95.

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A former engineering professor at Manhattan College and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Del Vecchio’s desk at City Hall was usually buried under blueprints, technical papers and building designs.

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Vecchio, Alfred [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Good Morning All,

From Jasper Jottings, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Former Professor, Alfred Del Vecchio.Dr. Del Vecchio, an institution in Manhattan College Engineering, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Mayor of White Plains, N.Y. for 18 years, was called home on December 4, 2018. Some of us remember Professor Del Vecchio well from our time at Manhattan. We pray for him, his Wife of 73 years, Clair, their 7 Children (one of their children predeceased him), 17 Grand Children and 9 Great Grand Children as the Famiky mourn the loss of their loved one. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 AM, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y. The Family have shared the following link for his Obituary and information on Visitation, December 8, 2018. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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MOBIT: Sue Anne, wife of Scanlon, Thomas P. [MC1959]


Sue Anne Scanlon 
1931 – 2018 Obituary 
August 13, 1931 – October 1, 2018

Sue passed away peacefully in the company of her husband of 63 years Deacon Thomas P. Scanlon and after two weeks of loving goodbyes and visits from friends and family at the Jerome Home in New Britain, CT.

She was born during the Great Depression, the second daughter in a close-knit family of five. Born in Reading, PA the family relocated four times following her father’s employment. They lived in Eau Claire and Sparta, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, PA and ended up in Crestwood, NY. Because of these early experiences she developed a strong sense of family, valued her friendships, her Catholic faith and developed her positive attitude in hard times. “Count your Blessings” was her mantra throughout her life. And as the elder sister of three younger mischievous siblings, she developed a nurturing, loving spirit.

Sue graduated from Roosevelt High in Yonkers, NY in 1948 having studied pre-nursing and was accepted at several schools, but events of the times disallowed that dream and so she went to work NYC as a secretary, model, and expert “Wrapper”. Five years later, on a blind date she met Tom Scanlon, the love of her life. They married in 1955. It was as a wife and mother of five children and aunt to more than a dozen nieces and nephews that she realized her calling was that of nurturer. She and Tom teamed up to see Tom graduate from Manhattan College in 1959.

Sue worked, typed papers, helped Tom study and delivered two children before graduation. They moved to Granby, CT in 1961 to open the Arthur Anderson Office in Hartford, CT with a third child in tow and soon two more children arrived. Sue was very active in all the PTA activities in her children’s schools and her neighborhood “The Glen” association and in the Ladies Guilds of St. Therese Parish in Granby and later at St. Bernard’s in Tariffville. Her abiding faith was emblazoned in her spirit!

Through her words and actions she followed Jesus. She constantly wondered at the demonstration of God’s love for us in the flowers in her garden, the birds and bears at her feeder, the sunrises and sunsets on Cape Cod and the smile of a baby. She exclaimed often “How could anyone not believe in God? Just look!” She humbly pursued acts of kindness, offering friendship and kind words and deeds to everyone. She gave rides to the elderly, made prayer shawls, cooked and hosted dinners for friends, and babysat for friends’ and families’ children when needed. She provided constant support to her husband Tom in his calling as a Catholic deacon at St. Mary’s and St. Bernard’s in Simbury, CT.

Her most profound testimony to her faith was the example she set in the tragic loss of her young daughter Suzy and later her son Tom. She shared her coping philosophy with anyone asking for her advice. Her belief “I firmly believe in the promise of an eternal life where we will all be together again. We have to continue living for the rest of our family and do the best we can do on earth.” She received great comfort from her devotion to Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Even after several strokes she held each bead of the rosary despite not being able to speak. Sue believed you use your God given talents for a purpose. She especially encouraged her daughters and granddaughters to pursue their educations and careers. That they be independent minded and marry for love, because they wanted to not because they needed to. Likewise she wanted her sons and grandsons to enter into marriage partnerships and to respect their wives. She went back to work after 28 years to help with college tuitions at CIGNA.

And oh how she loved and advocated for her husband Tom, partners to the end. As their medical needs mandated, they moved from their much loved home of 52 years in Granby. She bravely made the move first to Cheshire Hillside Village and 2 years later to Mulberry Gardens, where she was tickled to be crowned Miss Mulberry Gardens’ 2016 (she was never one to focus on physical beauty).

But the biggest challenge was to downsize to one bedroom at Jerome Home in New Britain, CT. Sue resolved to focus on what they could do to brighten the lives of other residents and to help the staff. Again she focused on the blessing of still being with Tom. They often went to sleep holding hands between the two beds pushed together as close as allowed.

Sue leaves her husband, Thomas P. Scanlon; her daughters, Katherine Rawden and her husband Lou of Darien, CT and Jeanne Anderson and her husband John of Cheshire, CT; her son, Christopher Scanlon and his wife Glynnis of Milford, CT; and seven grandchildren, Thomas A. Scanlon, Katie Suzie and Louie Rawden, Zoe and Jack Anderson, and Sara and Matthew Scanlon; her brothers, Stephen and Michael Palen; a brother-in-law, Robert Lindgren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Bernice; a son, Thomas Vernon; her mother and father, Vernon and Bernice (Roy) Palen; her sisters, Patricia Waddill and Mary Lindgren; a brother-in-law, George Waddill; a sister-in-law, Jean Palen; and a nephew, Bobby Lindgren.

Her family will receive friends on Friday, October 12, 3-7 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m., at St. Therese Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, Tariffville. Memorial donations may be made to Jerome Home, Attn: Employee Tuition Reimbursement Fund, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06052. For online condolences please visit,

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 7, 2018

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

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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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