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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) Arrangements for Deacon Francis Flood [MC1954 RIP]


Dear John,

Below are the arrangements for Deacon Flood class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.

> Subject: Arrangements for Deacon Francis Flood, RIP
> I regret to inform you of the passing of Division 15 Chaplain and long-time member of the Tara Color Guard, Deacon Francis “Frank” Flood. Please see the arrangements for his wake, church viewing, Mass of Transferal and Funeral Mass below:
>> Wake
>> Monday , 5/13
>> Massapequa Funeral Home – North Chapel
>> 2 to 4PM, 7 to 9PM
>> At the request of Frank’s family, there will NOT be a Hibernian Wake Service. The family feels that the funeral home will be very crowded and a service might hinder visitors from paying their respects. All members are encouraged to attend on their own. Sash is optional.
>> Church Viewing
>> Tuesday, 5/14
>> St Rose of Lima Church, 4-7PM
>> Mass of Transferal, 7:30PM
>> Division 15 Members will meet at the church at 6:45PM. ALL brothers are strongly encouraged to attend the viewing and the Mass to say farewell to our worthy Chaplain as Hibernians. Please wear your sash.
>> Funeral Mass
>> Wednesday, 5/15
>> St. Rose of Lima Church, 10AM
>> Burial at Grace Cemetery
> A telephone calling post will follow this email. Please forward this email on to any brother and sister Hibernians who may not be on my email list or registered for calling post messages.
> Thank you.
> —
> Ken

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Frank J. Flood, Deacon at St. Rose of Lima and Massapequa Water Commissioner

June 06, 2019
By Carolyn James
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Deacon Frank J. Flood

Deacon Frank J. Flood

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi begins with these words: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy.

Frank Flood, a longtime resident of Massapequa Park, veteran and Deacon at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, lived those words every day.

“My dad lived a life of service, but his dedication to St. Rose brought him the most satisfaction,” said his son Michael. “My dad taught me character, not by words, but by his actions. He taught me always to do the right thing.”

Deacon Frank J. Flood Jr. died May 8, 2019. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Flood was born in New York City on May 18, 1930, the son of Francis and Margaret Flood.

He was raised in Bayside, Queens and served in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he attended Manhattan College where he received a degree in civil engineering. He then graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s degree and went on to work for the Department of Health in Nassau County in 1957. He then moved to the Department of Public Works in 1967 where he served as the Director of Environmental Engineering from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.

His commitment to his community extended to his work on the Board of Commissioners in the Massapequa Water District from 1995 until his death. He also served on the Massapequa Park Village Planning Commission from 1975 to 1985 and as a Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor from 1985 until 1995. He was an inaugural member of the Color Guard AOH Division 15, marching in countless St. Patrick’s Day parades in NYC and all over Long Island and later served as the Division’s Chaplain, and was also a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. On May 21, 1994, Mr. Flood was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and served as an acting Deacon at St. Rose of Lima until his passing. In recognition of his service to the Massapequas and St. Rose, Mr. Flood was inducted into the Massapequa Hall of Fame in 2010.

Those who knew him best, remember a man whose faith moved him to action.

“He was good friend, a good community person and this community has lost one of its greatest leaders,” said his longtime friend John O’Brien of Massapequa Park.

“Massapequa lost a true community icon in the passing of Frank J. Flood. He was an exemplary family man, friend and neighbor who always put the needs of others ahead of his own,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “Frank was always willing to devote his time, energy and his considerable talents to the advancement of our general welfare. I was inspired by his incredible work ethic and his tireless commitment to excellence.”

“Our father believed the world, and all that is in it, is a gift from God and it is our responsibility to protect and preserve what God has provided us,” said his daughter Mary Ellen. “For as long as I can remember, my father always gave the peace sign to everyone he greeted. It was his way of saying hello or goodbye, and wishing them well.”

As a Deacon, Mr. Flood served at Masses, performed baptisms and weddings. “He received as much grace and joy as the people he was serving,” said his daughter Jennifer.

“My father connected with people,” said his son Michael. “He truly had a calling to serve others.”

He also was very devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, baptizing many of them, marrying a few and spending Sundays with them, attending their Communions, graduations, sports events and Eagle Scout ceremonies, taking extensive trips to see and be with them. “He kept a schedule of all of the birthdays hanging on his kitchen cabinet,” recalled his son Michael.

“He was a true man of great humor, someone you could count on for good advice and enjoyed a life well lived,” said his brother-in-law Marty O’Dea.

“If my father was honest, he would say his greatest accomplishment was marrying my Mother. She was his North Star, providing him emotional support, spiritual guidance and unconditional love throughout their 59-year marriage. Mom provided him the opportunity to devote so much of his life to serving the community” said his son Frank.

He is survived by his children: Kevin and his wife Maureen of Poquoson, Virginia; Mary Ellen Demarco and her husband Joseph of Orange Park, Florida; John and Eileen of Center Moriches, Michael and Vivian of Stewart Manor; Frank and Lisa of Huntington; Martin and Lauren of Amityville; Jennifer Caldwell and her husband KC of Fairfield, Connecticut, as well as by his grandchildren: Lauren and James, Elizabeth and Eric, Michael and Cameron, Patrick and Katie, Kathryn and Mark, Kevin, John, Matthew, Ryan, Michael, Liam, Aidan, Brady, Mary Catherine, Kieran, Emma, Katelyn, Luke, Nora, Hannah, and Anne, and his great grandchildren, Brendan, Michael, Anne, Grace, Andrew, Michael. He is also survived by his sister Peggy Anne Devine, sister-in-law Sheila and brother-in-law Tullio. His nieces, nephews and extended family in Ireland and his friends and longtime neighbors Kristine and Steve Hernandez also survive him.

His wife Maureen (nee O’Dea) predeceased him in 2017. He was also predeceased by his parents Francis and Margaret Flood and his siblings Gerard Flood and Elaine (Flood) Moranzoni. His brother-in-law Michael Devine also predeceased him.

Mr. Flood reposed at the Massapequa Funeral Home Inc. North Chapel, 1050 Park Blvd. (at Clark) Massapequa Park Mon., April 15, 2019. The following day at St. Rose of Lima Church a Mass of Transferal was said, followed the next day by a Funeral Mass. Interment with military honors was in Grace Cemetery, Massapequa.

The family has requested that contributions on Mr. Flood’s name be made to St. Rose of Lima Parish Outreach. 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa NY 11758.

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JOBIT: Fitzgerald, Patrick John [MC1954 RIP] 2019-Apr-14



Patrick John Fitzgerald (1932 – 2019)

NASHUA – Patrick John Fitzgerald, 86, of Nashua, passed away Sunday morning, April 14, 2019, in his home after a brief illness.

Born in New York, N.Y., on Oct. 10, 1932, he was a son of the late John and Ruth (Rogers) Fitzgerald. Patrick grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Power Memorial Academy. Patrick furthered his education at Manhattan College and later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Rivier College, now Rivier University in Nashua.

An electrical engineer, Mr. Fitzgerald had been employed with Microsemi in Lawrence, Mass., for more than 40 years.

A resident of Nashua since 1972, he previously made his home in Carle Place, Long Island, N.Y., for many years. In his leisure time, Patrick was an avid reader, and enjoyed golfing and taking long walks. Patrick was a devout Catholic and a communicant of St. Christopher Church.

Family members include his wife, April (Geer) Fitzgerald; his six children and their spouses, Brendon and Anthonicia Fitzgerald of Beverly Hills, Calif., Damien Fitzgerald of Hanover, Md., Patricia and Mark Dwyer of Merrimack, Adrian and Michelle Fitzgerald of Cary, N.C., and Edmon Fitzgerald of Hudson, and the late Christian Fitzgerald and his wife, Melissa Fitzgerald of Chesterfield, Va.; three step-children and their spouses, Eric and Diane Hinckley, Lyle Hinckley and Dawn Griska, and Jean-Louis and Sarah Cormier; his former wife, Catherine Fitzgerald of Nashua; 19 grandchildren; a brother, William Fitzgerald and his wife Jean of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Frances Fitzgerald of New City, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Ralph Heineman of Plainview, Long Island, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and son, Patrick was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Kevin Fitzgerald; two sisters, Mary Heineman and Margaret Rooney; and a daughter-in-law, Patty Fitzgerald.

SERVICES: Calling hours are Tuesday, April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Farwell Funeral Home, 18 Lock St., Nashua.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m. from St. Christopher Church, 62 Manchester St., Nashua. Friends are invited to attend and will gather at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The PLUS Company, 19 Chestnut St., Nashua, NH 03060.

Farwell Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. (603) 882-0591. http://www.farwellfuneralservice.com.

Farwell Funeral Service, Inc. 18 Lock Street Nashua, NH 03060-2218 (603) 882-0591

Published in Union Leader on Apr. 16, 2019


Fitzgerald, Patrick John [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fitzgerald, Patrick John [MC1954 RIP]

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JOBIT:O’Brien, Thomas Michael [MC1954 RIP] 2019-Apr-12



Thomas O’Brien
1932 – 2019 Obituary 

Thomas Michael O’Brien, age 86, formerly of Trumbull, died on April 12, 2019 in his home.

Tom was born on October 2, 1932 in the Bronx, NY. He proudly attended Regis High School in Manhattan. He went on to attend Manhattan College, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and Union College where he earned his MBA. After college, Tom was an officer in the Navy. He then went on to have a long and prosperous career with General Electric.

Tom is survived by his wife, M. Clare O’Brien ( Foley), his five children Thomas (Sharon), Mary Beth (William) Fessler, James (Barbara), John and Cathy (Matthew) Skinner; his 15 grandchildren: Kyle, Blair, Kara (Michael), Nicholas, Andrew, Erin, Colin, Scott, Liam, Christopher, Lauren, Abby, Casey, Dylan and Becky and great-grandchild, Connor; his sister Maureen Golden and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend his funeral services on Wednesday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. directly at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Shelton Rd., Trumbull for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. Friends may call on Tuesday, April 16, from 4-8 p.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd., Trumbull.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas M. O’Brien ’50 Endowment at Regis High School, ATTN: Office of Development, 55 E. 84th St. New York, NY 10028 or (regis.org/give.)

Published in New Canaan Advertiser on Apr. 13, 2019


O’Brien, Thomas Michael [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Brien, Thomas Michael [MC1954 RIP]

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JOBIT: Hall, Robert Daniel [MC1954 RIP] 2019-Apr-10



Robert Daniel Hall
September 8, 1932 – April 10, 2019
Akron, Ohio

Robert was born on September 8, 1932 and passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Robert was a resident of Akron, Ohio at the time of passing.

Bob graduated from Wappingers Falls High School in 1950 and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in 1954 from Manhattan College in New York City.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the Finance Department while stationed at the Army Personnel Center in Oakland, CA.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, April 15th at 12 p.m. at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Inurnment will be Tuesday, April 16th at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Services in care of The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333 (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel) Visitation at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on April 14, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Bob Hall to support cancer research and patient care to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via http://www.jimmyfund.org/gift.


Hall, Robert Daniel [MC1954 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Homko, Robert M.[ MC1954 RIP] 2018-Dec-28



Robert M. Homko

Town of Poughkeepsie – Robert M. Homko, 87, residing in the Town of Poughkeepsie, died on December 28, 2018, unexpectedly at home.

Mr. Homko retired from Central Hudson Gas & Electric after a career as a Tax Specialist and Internal Auditor. A CPA, he was a graduate of Manhattan College and New York University.

Bob was a certified Track Official, officiating track and field events in the Dutchess County area. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion and VFW.

He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Church in Hyde Park.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline, as well as his three children, Andrew Homko and wife, Margaret, Alyson Homko-Schank and husband, Scott, and Christopher Homko and wife, Rebecca; and three grandchildren, Leah Schank, and James and Matthew Homko.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Thursday, January 3rd at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peter’s Parish, 185 Hudson View Dr. Poughkeepsie.

Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Poughkeepsie.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorial donations be made to your favorite charity .

Arrangements are by Sweet’s Funeral Home, Hyde Park. To send an online condolence or for directions please visit http://www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Dec. 31, 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019


Homko, Robert M. [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of the Class of 1954.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Homko, Robert M. [MC1954 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Schutta, Edward J. [MC1954 RIP] 2018-Dec-21



Edward J. Schutta
January 10, 1933 — December 21, 2018
Dec 23, 2018

CHESTERTOWN — Edward J. Schutta, MD, 85, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at his home.
Born Jan. 10, 1933 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Francis and Dorothy (Kelly) Schutta. Ed served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in Fort Hood, Texas from 1961 to 1963. He graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelors of Science degree and from Downstate Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine. He did a fellowship with Dr. Carlo Valente studying genetics. He trained genetic counselors for Sarah Lawrence College. His hobbies included golfing, he was known as ‘Straight ahead Ed,’ fishing in the back woods, reading about WWII history, puzzles and the New York Giants. He was past president of the Home School Association at St. Helen’s Catholic School in Howard Beach. He was a lector at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church for many years. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his son, Gregory Schutta; one brother, Francis Schutta; three sisters, Patricia Schade, Dolores Burke and Regina Schutta. 

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Carmela ‘Millie’ (Curatelli) Schutta of Chestertown, whom he married June 21, 1958; two sons, Edward Schutta of Mystic, Connecticut and Christopher (Leigh Ann Clark) Schutta of Clinton, Connecticut; one daughter, Donna (Charles) Boss of Queensbury; one daughter-in-law, Catherine Schutta of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey; one brother, Joseph (Carol) Schutta of Malverne; two grandsons, Jeffrey and Tyler Boss; and one granddaughter, Alexandra Schutta.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, Chestertown, with Rev. John O’Kane, Pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the spring at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project support.woundedwarriorproject.org or 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Arrangements are entrusted to Barton-McDermott Funeral Home, Inc. 9 Pine St., Chestertown, NY 12817.


Schutta, Edward J. [MC???? RIP]

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

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Dear John,

             I believe that Edward is a member of the Class of 1954.

                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Schutta, Edward J. [MC1954 RIP]

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JOBIT: Wertis, Robert John [MC1954 RIP] 2018-Nov-30



Robert John Wertis
June 1, 1931 – November 30, 2018

Robert John Wertis, 87, of Raleigh, died peacefully surrounded by family at WakeMed Hospital on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Born June 1, 1931, in Yonkers, NY, Bob was the son of Genevieve Paprochi Wertis and Joseph John Wertis. He earned a B.S. degree from Manhattan College in 1954 and was fiercely proud of his alma mater; once a Jasper, always a Jasper! From 1951 to 1954 Bob proudly served in the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leader Corps and was Active Duty from June 1954 to June 1956 as a First Lieutenant (Semper Fi!). He was a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans. Bob began a 35-year-career with IBM in 1956, retiring in 1991 as a Senior Product Planner.

Bob lived a life of principle, purpose, and perseverance. Always faithful, he was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh. Notable involvement in faith ministries for St. Francis include but are not limited to: past Parish Council member, co-leader with his wife, Dorothy, on the first team for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program, and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. In 1966, Bob became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis under the jurisdiction of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, Endicott Fraternity. Bob was also involved in the Cursillo movement for many years. He was a lifelong patron of St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School, helping to ensure that God’s children on the Eastern Navajo Reservation were able to meet their daily survival needs and maintain their dignity. In addition, Bob was a dedicated volunteer at WakeMed for more than 25 years.

An incredibly intelligent man, Bob was an avid reader (including the Encyclopedia Britannica). He enjoyed working on the daily crossword puzzle and was a baseball enthusiast; loved those Yankees!

Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy Gould Wertis. He is survived by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved without conditions. His eight children and their spouses include: Bobby and (Patty) Wertis, Julie and (John) Fox, John and (Christine) Wertis, Liane and (Allen) Watson, Joseph and (Monique) Wertis, Elizabeth and (Miguel) Casas, Frances and (Eddie) Clark, and Dorothy and (Jimmy) Roche. He was proud of his fifteen grandchildren: Sidney, Andrew, Jay, Caroline, Megan, Bobby, Zachary, Luke, Mary Claire, Meredith, Mollie, William, Julia, Carly, and Olivia; and five great grandchildren: Lucy, Callum, Duncan, Sean, and Jack. Bob is also survived by his brother: Richard and his wife (Sandra) Wertis of New York and sister-in-law: Eva McGeehan of Colorado as well as many nieces, nephews and first cousins on Wertis and Paprochi sides, living in CA, CO, FL, MN, NC and NY.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, NC. Interment will be in the St. Francis of Assisi Memorial Garden and Columbarium. Family will receive friends immediately following the Interment.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Transitions LifeCare and/or St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School. Online condolences may be offered at http://www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com

Published in The News & Observer on Dec. 3, 2018


Wertis, Robert John [MC1954 RIP]

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