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JOBIT: Checola, Robert A. [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Jun-04r



August 25, 1928 – June 4, 2018
Warwick, NY

Robert A. Checola of Warwick, NY (formerly of Yorktown Heights) passed away peacefully on June 4, 2018 with his family by his side.

Born in Chicago, IL on August 25, 1928 to parents Anthony and Helen (McNicholas) Checola.

Robert, who was known as “Chic” to those who knew him, was a 1946 graduate of Bishop Loughlin Memorial HS in Brooklyn, NY where he discovered his love and talent in track and field. It was there that he was the National 1-mile Champion in ’46, and was part of the 2 mile Penn Relay Championship team in 1944-46. He was a 1950 graduate of Manhattan College where he continued to excel in both athletics and academics. He was honored with membership in the Pen and Sword Society. In 2000, he was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Hall of Fame for excellence in track and field sports.

Robert joined the U. S. Marines during the Korean War and proudly served with the rank of First Lieutenant and later served as Captain in the Reserves.

Chic modeled in the ’50s, and one could stumble upon his photo while browsing through Life Magazine or walking through Grand Central Station where a billboard of him hung.

He later began a career in business and was the Vice President of Buddy L Toys and an Independent Sales Rep.

Robert was married to the late Kathleen A. O’Donnell. Chic and Kathleen enjoyed 58 beautiful and exciting years of marriage together full of family and travel. He continued his travels even after the passing of Kathleen. He recently enjoyed spring break in Cancun!

Robert loved his wife, his friends, and his family, but maybe most of all, a good game of golf!

He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

Robert is survived by his son, Robert T. Checola and his spouse, Carlos Rodriguez of Kew Gardens, NY; four daughters, Patricia Godfrey and husband, Charles of Shrewsbury, MA, Susan Mastromatteo of Warwick, NY, Linda Checola of Worcester, MA and Karen McDonald and husband, Edward of Arlington, MA; 13 grandchildren: Tommy, Amy, Jackie, MaryAnne, Nicole, Katherine, Kristin, Caroline, Chris, Eddie, Casey, Erin and James; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Higgins and her husband, Robert of East Northport, NY; brother-in-law, Thomas O’Donnell of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. A Funeral Mass will be on Friday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephens RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick.

Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. To send an online condolence, visit www.lsvpmemorialhome.com


Checola, Robert A. [MC1950 RIP]

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JOBIT: Hafenmaier, Herbert Francis [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Apr-22



Herbert Francis Hafenmaier

Herbert Francis Hafenmaier passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018, surrounded by his immediate family.

He was the only child of Balthasar and Johanna Jung Hafenmaier born on the 12th of June, 1925, in New York City, New York. He spent his youth in Manhattan and then enlisted in the United States Navy, joining the greatest generation as a Radarman Second Class USN, aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Leslie L. B. Knox, throughout the south pacific. Upon his honorable naval discharge he was one of the many veterans who gravitated to the educational benefits offered by the government and was accepted at Manhattan College where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering degree, furthering his education at Columbia University with an MSEE, Rutgers University Labor Relations Program and Harvard Business School Marketing Management Program.

He began his amazingly diverse career with International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) as a Senior Engineer in NAVAIDS, where he designed ILS (instrument landing systems) and traveled to air force bases around the country to instruct personnel on their operation, (during which time he favored Texas locations, and became a reborn Texan, adopting a Stetson hat, Lucchese boots and bolo tie as his preferred dress). His outstanding field work recognized, he was transferred to ITT Federal Electric Corporation in Paramus New Jersey as an Engineering Administrator.

Involved in the operation and maintenance of the Distance Early Warning (DEWLINE) and White Alice defense systems, he spent extensive periods of time in the arctic. It was during this time he met the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Engineering, Catherine (Kay) Daleo, and discovered opposites really do attract, and after a brief engagement they were married. He was then moved to the state of Washington as Engineering Manager for the TITAN Facility, overseeing the silo missile installations.

Following his return to the east coast, and fluent in the German language, he became Project Manager for ITT U.S. NATO Communications Project, from Germany to Italy until completion. In 1966 he was then named Project Director of Logistics and Technical Information Support Services and an Apollo Member at The Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, where he established his first Texas home in the small village of Friendswood. In 1973 he left Friendswood to assume the Project Manager of Instrumentation Support Services position at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. While in Florida, he was appointed Chairman of The United Way in Brevard County and also sponsored and was active with the Junior Achievement student group.

During this time, he was visited by an Executive of the American Sterilizer Corporation, a leader in the hospital service industry, to consider leaving government service to assume the management of their service company. Always ready for new challenges, and after visiting their Erie Pennsylvania offices, he accepted their offer and began an illustrious career in the medical health field which included federal health care legislation and pioneering the use of personal computers. He also initiated an Associate Degree program in biotechnology at Edinboro State University. His experience with global affiliations played a large part in company expansion. After AMSCO was bought by The Steris Corporation he remained until his retirement in 1988 as Vice President of Service. He left Pennsylvania in 1992 and once again returned to Friendswood to establish what he referred to as his final frontier. With education always at the forefront, The Herbert F and Catherine C Hafenmaier School was established at Mercyhurst University, Erie Pennsylvania in 1995. His affiliations include Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, National Association of Service Managers, American Institute of Electrical Engineers, St Vincent Hospital Board of Corporators and American Association for Medical Instrumentation.

Herbert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Catherine (Kay), their three daughters Lisa Geronimo, Lynda (Hebert) Hafenmaier, Leslie Armstrong and husband David, son, Erich Hafenmaier and wife Dr Ann Marie Prazak. Grandsons Justin Geronimo, Michael Geronimo and wife Brooke, Matthew Geronimo and wife, Brittany, and granddaughter Julia (Geronimo) Bordelon and husband Mark. Granddaughters Christi Hebert and Courtney (Hebert) Wooldridge and husband Trent, and grandson, Dylan Hebert. Grandson David, and granddaughter Johanna Armstrong. Great grandchildren Emma Geronimo, Lucy Wooldridge, Oliver and Elliott Bordelon.

Friends are cordially invited to attend a visitation with the family on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, (281) 992-7200, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Queen Catholic Church, 606 Cedarwood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, with Rev. James H. Kuczynski, M.S. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 7801 Gulf Freeway, Dickinson, TX 77539. Following the burial, attendees are invited to a luncheon at the Mary Queen Catholic Church banquet room.

Memorial donations may be made to Mercyhurst University c/o University Advancement and The Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, 501 East 38th Street, Erie PA 16546, Mary Queen Catholic Church or to a charity of one’s choice .

Condolences may be sent to the Hafenmaier family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at http://www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

Published in Houston Chronicle on May 2, 2018


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Dear John,

I believe that Herbert is a member of the class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hafenmaier, Herbert Francis [MC1950 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Carragher, Sr. Catherine Edward [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Apr-23



Sister Catherine Edward Carragher, OP

Sparkill – Sister Catherine Edward Carragher, OP, of the Dominican Sisters, Sparkill, New York, died on April 23, 2018 in Dominican Convent’s Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. She was 99 years old.

Born in New York, NY on March 16, 1919 Kathleen was the daughter of Edward and Catherine Murphy Carragher. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on July 16, 1939 and received the name Sister Catherine Edward. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

Sister Catherine Edward received her BS in Education, Manhattan College, Bronx, NY 1950 and her MS in Education, City University of New York, 1954.

Sister Catherine Edward served in the Diocese of Brooklyn, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Brooklyn (1941-1965). From 1965-1970, Sister served in the Archdiocese of New York at St. Anthony School, Nanuet (1965-1966), then St. Ann’s School, Bronx (1966-1970). Returning to the Brooklyn Diocese, Sister taught at St. Teresa’s School, Woodside (1970-1972). She returned to the Archdiocese of New York, and from 1972-2003, she was at St. Brendan’s School, Bronx as teacher from 1972-1992, then as Librarian from 1992-2003 before coming to Sparkill.

Sister Catherine Edward is predeceased by her parents Edward and Catherine Murphy Carragher and her siblings Edward, Marie, Eileen, Theresa and Margaret She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth McNamara and nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Sparkill, NY, on Friday, April 27, 2018 10:30 a.m. Visitation is on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dominican Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention – Sister Mary Murray, President.

Michael J Higgins Funeral Service 321 South Main St. New City, NY 10956

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 25, 2018


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JOBIT: Schiess, Richard J. [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Apr-17



Schiess, Richard J.

After 90 years, Richard J. Schiess whistled his last song and left this earthly life in the early morning of Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Born in September 1927, he was a man both of his time and ahead of his time.

At the tender age of 17, he joined the Navy and served out the final months of World War II bringing soldiers home from battle. He returned home to Harrison, New York, the town where he was raised as the middle child of Charles and Hermine Schiess.

He graduated from Manhattan College in 1950 and married Caryl Corbetta in 1953. Together they went on to raise a large family.

Richard was one of the original Mad Men, that breed of New York Advertising executives who worked hard, played hard, and retired to the suburbs at night. In his role as father, he was known for changing diapers, giving baths, pushing strollers, and putting his children to bed, never forgetting to add a story and a song.

Richard’s fierce and independent streak, coupled with a dream of being his own boss, propelled him to move his family to Madison, Connecticut in l972 where he became the owner of a local retail business. Richard found his niche in small town life and greeted everyone with a whistle, smile, and a hello. Everyone would say that the words “devoted,” “hardworking,” and “reliable” characterized him as both a business man, a family man and friend.

In his later years, Richard enjoyed the pleasures of the front porch at Lake Sunapee, walks at Hammonasset beach, tending his garden and flowers at Act ll, telling jokes, buying gifts, and the antics of his dog Sassy. Richard volunteered his time and talents to both the Killingworth library and drove for the Madison community services. In addition to his family, his professional alumni group held a special place in his heart.

He was predeceased by his brothers Charles and Bobby. Richard will be dearly missed by his loving wife and his eight children who never missed celebrating a birthday, holiday, or a milestone with him. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Caryl and his children, Kate and David Summerlin, Mary-Caryl and Don Goff, Jean and Pete Menzies, Eileen Schiess, Amy (Leighton) Schiess, Christopher (Laura)Schiess, David Schiess and John and Michelle Schiess in addition to 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in June. Donations in Richard’s name can be made to Connecticut Hospice or the Killingworth Library.

Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 24, 2018


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COMMENT: Santangelo, Francis Frank John [MC1950 RIP] daughter responds


RE: Francis John (Frank) Santangelo 1929 – 2018

Message from Donna Mae Ellis ,

I am Frank Santangelo’s daughter. Thank you for your condolences and letting the alums know about my Dad’s death. Please send publication or link. Thanks.

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JOBIT: Varone, Joseph [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Apr-02



Joseph Varone
Hobe Sound, FL

Joseph Varone, 92, died peacefully on April 2, 2018 in Hobe Sound, Fl.

A proud WW2 Army veteran, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star Medal. Joe earned degrees from Manhattan College (BA) and Columbia College (MA) and taught Physical Education at Forest Hills High School from 1953-86, coaching championship teams in soccer, golf, track and bowling. Eventually becoming Chair and then Assistant Principal he was an active member of NYC’s Board of Education for 36 years.

He is survived by Marie, his wife of 67 years: daughter Jacqueline Ciano (and son in law John) of Syosset, NY: son Doug Varone of Manhattan: and grandsons John, Joseph and James Ciano.

Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 10, 2018


Varone, Joseph [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Varone, Joseph [MC1950 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Santangelo, Francis Frank John [MC1950 RIP] 2018-Mar-21



Francis Santangelo
February 16, 1929 – March 21, 2018

Francis (Frank) John Santangelo, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 21, 2018 in Manhattan Beach, CA. Born in Jackson Heights, New York, Frank graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Following his Korean War service, Frank was married on April 16, 1955 to Clorinda. Soon after, Frank was employed by Turner Construction Company. Turner relocated Frank frequently, which resulted in the Santangelos raising their daughter on both coasts and in the Chicago area.

Retiring after 35 years with Turner, Frank became a very active member of American Martyrs Church, including helping with building the gymnasium. Frank is survived by wife Clorinda, daughter Donna Mae Ellis, son-in-law Tom, grandsons Matt and Kevin, nieces, nephews and other family. He was preceded in death by parents John and Dominica Santangelo and his two older sisters.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2:00-6:00 pm on Sunday April 8, 2018 at Rice Mortuary, Torrance, CA. The Service will be held at 10:00 am at American Martyrs Catholic Church on Monday April 9, 2018. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.

Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com/obits.

Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2018


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Dear John,

               I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1950.

                       May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Santangelo, Francis Frank John [MC1950 RIP]

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

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