Tag Archives: MC1958

COMMENT: Brown, James J. (MC1958) on D-Day


Jim commented on JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on D-Day

Good Afternoon All,
On this special day, June 6, 2019, when we celebrate and remember the Allied Landing at …

Many of us old timers who as children remember the war, have sent the younger members of out families the names of their relatives and ages who served at that time. Since most have passed away, it brings the message home and creates a dialogue.

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Brown, James J. (MC1958)

[JR: Sadly, old soldiers never die, they just fade away.  And, all too soon everyone forgets the lessons of history.  Thanks for your comment. ]

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COMMENT: Brown, Jim [MC1958] urges patience


Jim Brown ‘58 commented on JFACEBOOK: Lodato, Ray (MC1984) has solution for Covington Catholic HS

I hope no one takes this the wrong way, and I apologize in advance …

We should all be proud of the Catholic students. How well they kept their cool when under attack. They should be a lesson to others who rush to judgement and look to dish Catholics students who only wanted to visit Capital

[JR: True.  As with all inet “stories”, time seem to clear away “the fog of war”.  Like Fake News, we need to let the “truth” come out.]

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JFOUND: Lagana, Joseph R. [MC1958] Ellis Island Medal of Honor Database



Ellis Island Medal of Honor Database

Joseph R. Lagana
President & CEO
 Society Member*
Heritage Italian
Location NY
Honored 2002

Joseph Richard Lagana,born to Frank and Annette Lagana in the Bronx, ultimately grew up, along with his brother, Michael, and two sisters, Rozanne and Paulette, in White Plains. During Joseph’s childhood and adolescence, it was his father who provided for the family with his electrical contracting company (established in 1924) and his mother who had the responsibility of taking care of the children.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army 101st Signal Corp., but remembers his first basic training as having been served with the nuns at St. Francis of Rome, the Priests at Cardinal Hayes and the Irish Christian Brothers at Manhattan College. Having survived those experiences, the Army training was easy!

Joseph began his career by expanding the family business into Rockland County while, at the same time, enriching his life by marrying MaryGrace Giresi in 1962. Together they raised their children: Joseph, Robert, John, Michael and Marielena in West Nyack. All of their sons are married: Joseph to Christine Ceva (have three children, Gabrielle and Christopher, and Luke), Robert to Joanne Striano (have five children, Michael, Nikki, Michelle, John and Dominick) and John to Anne (have three children (Zoe Ann, John Robert and Louie Joseph), and Michael to Kerry Libertino, (have two children, jake and Emma Grace). Joseph’s daughter, Marielena is married to Angelo Monaco (have three children, (Ava Mary, Amanda, and Thomas).

Joseph founded Lagana Electric, Inc. in Rockland in 1960, which he then operated along with his father and brother. Together, they co-founded Mid-Hudson Electric in 1964, expanding their services to the surrounding counties. In 1975, Joseph also co-founded Standard Telephone, a private telephone sales, installation and service company operating within the northeastern United States. He continued to acquire and form several other service and manufacturing companies through the years — always being innovative and well ahead of his time with some of his unique business methods. In 1987, several of these companies were acquired by a public company, which was listed on the N.Y. Stock Exchange.

In 1990, Joseph purchased and completely restored a landmark former leather mill, built in the late 1800’s, now known as The Mill At Nyack in which he created an executive suite complex known as Custom Executive Office (CEO). In 1996, Joseph converted an old waterside factory into a Victorian-style cultural center, known as the Nyack Seaport. It has facilities for concerts, shows, private events, a children’s museum, later a children’s learning center and a fine restaurant; Lena’s, overlooking the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge. In November 2005 the business portion of the Nyack Seaport and Lena’s Restaurant were sold to another family oriented business professional. A 100-year old apartment building on Broadway and a village building of approximately the same vintage in Nyack were completely renovated and restored. Joseph also founded an importing company, MaryGrace’s Antiques & Country Pine, which was operated by his wife, MaryGrace. While successfully establishing and running these businesses, Joseph is also the managing shareholder in Hudson Valley Partners, which owns several commercial and residential buildings.

Much of Joseph’s time is taken up with his involvement in a third generation family business, United States Information Systems, which company installs, maintains and services sophisticated copper and fiber voice and data communication systems. USIS has earned a well-deserved reputation in the communications industry based upon its professionalism and service and is well known throughout the technology industry. Recently a new division was established which is devoted to the design and construction of cell sites and antennas and the maintenance needed for such sites. Joseph leads these companies with the invaluable support of his sons and partners, Robert, John, Michael and Joseph who provide the operational skills, knowledge and good business sense needed for their continuing growth and success. USIS recently consolidated all of its operations into a headquarters base at 35 West Jefferson Avenue, Pearl River, New York.

Joseph demonstrates his strong commitment and pride in his profession, his heritage and dedication to serving the community by giving his time, energy and support to participate in organizations, and in most cases, serving in a leadership role.

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Lagana, Joseph R. [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1958.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lagana, Joseph R. [MC1958]

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JOBIT: Poling, John Daniel [MC1958] 2018-Jul-20 by Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


Good Afternoon All,

Thank you Bill Marshall, Lou Calvelli and Kathleen (  Bill Marshall’s Sister) for sharing the obituary of Fellow Jasper, John Daniel Poling ’58 BA. John, a United States Navy Officer (Retired Captain, U. S. Navy Reserve) was called home on July 20, 2018. We pray for John, his Wife of 57 years, Virginia, their Children and Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Visitation will be today Monday, July 23, 2018 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at the Doyle Funeral Home, Morristown, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at The Church of The Assumption, Morristown, N.J. at 10:00 AM. The Family have shared the attached Obituary. If you are unable to open the attachment and would like a copy, please reach out to me. Thank you. God Bless. 

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)


Capt. John Daniel Poling, Sr.

John Daniel Poling of Morristown, age 81, died on Friday, July 20, 2018 at home.

Dan was born in the Bronx, NY on February 14, 1937 to William J and Constance (Reynolds) Poling. He was educated at parochial schools and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High school before earning his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Manhattan College in 1958.

He joined the US Navy and attended OCS in Newport RI and was commissioned as an Ensign. He served on several ships out of Norfolk VA including the USS Boxer and USS Valley Forge. Shortly after sea duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he transitioned to the reserves and continued to serve our country until he retired with the rank of Captain in 1983. After his active duty service, Dan worked for Western Electric and AT&T in New York while earning his Master’s degree in Economics from NYU. In 1987, he made a career change and went to work for the Archdiocese of New York as the Director of Finances for Parishes and Schools. After residing in Cortlandt Manor NY for many years, he retired to Morristown in 2003.

Dan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia (Parker) and his children John D (Maureen) Jr of PA; Stephen (Eleanor) of NY and Laura (Paul) Santoriello of Morristown NJ. In addition, are his grandchildren John D III, Brian, Sam, Philip, Ashley, Casey, Lauren, Ryan and Colleen. Above all he treasured his family and found great joy in spending time with them. His kindness and spirit of generosity will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Dan was a member of the VFW and American Legion as well as a very active member of the Knights of Columbus and a trustee of The Church of the Assumption in Morristown.

Visitation hours will be held at the Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Ave in Morristown NJ on Monday, July 23rd from 4 pm – 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, 91 Maple Ave, Morristown on Tuesday, July 24th at 10 am.


Poling, John Daniel [MC1958]

Guestbook: http://www.doylefh.com/obituaries/John-Daniel-Poling?obId=3161662#/celebrationWall

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COMMENT: Brown, Jim [MC1958] pays me a compliment



You have done more than any Alum I know keeping us informed about our fellow Jasper’s over the years. I hope to thank and shake your hand as you as you celebrate your entry into the Golden Jaspers.

Time to get out of the cave.

Jim Brown ‘58

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[JR: Well, I’m a nerdy introvert and, as I’ve explained, I don’t participate in “organized religious activities”.  Walking down the aisle in the Chapel would be hypocritical.  Last reunion I went to 25 years ago, I sat outside with some other of my like-minded classmates.  Don’t want to do that again.  I do this as a service to my fellow Jaspers.  And, the funniest part is that the “development office” (aka fund raisers) really object to my activities since it “scoops” their efforts.  I know many at Alma Mater don’t share that opinion.  I tried to explain the concept of “first help; then, be helped” to them many times but they rejected that advice.  Dona Nobis Pacem. ]

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COMMENT: Brown, Jim [MC1958] about “golden jaspers”


Jim Brown ‘58 commented on POSITRACTION: “The roo’s life was important’

2018-Apr-29 https://www.goodnewsnetwork. org/teens-mount-rescue- operation-for-helpless- kangaroo-stuck-in-neck-deep- mud/ Teens …

Jasper John

Does the ‘68 mean this is your fiftieth anniversary since graduation??

Then welcome to the Golden Jaspers. You certainly have been a major part of our memories of what it means to be a Jasper. Look forward to seeing you next month.

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[JR: Yes, it’s been 50 years.  I’m not sure that I’m going yet.  If at all.  I don’t think I’m the type of person who can go and be at peace with being there.  Still have a ton of unresolved issues with the Church and the institution.  Don’t feel very “golden”.  Besides as an ITSJ, I’m much more comfortable in my basement at my keyboard.  Laugh!]

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JOBIT: Muellers, Ted [MC1958] sunning streak since ’68



Long IslandSee how he runs: Rockville Centre man has had a 50-year streak

  • Ted Muellers has put his best foot forward in local race each year since 1968.
  • Ted Muellers running with his son, Brian Muellers,

Updated December 1, 2017 10:49 AM

Before the running boom, before everybody and his uncle seemed to be doing a marathon, before $200 running shoes and stores to sell them, before Frank Shorter and Dr. Ken Cooper, there was Ted Muellers.

It was Thanksgiving Day 1968, when the then-32-year-old Muellers lined up with a bunch of local high school students and ran a course of about 2 1⁄2 miles through the streets of Rockville Centre. Muellers, who had been a half-miler in high school in Queens and at Manhattan College, was one of three “old men” who ran along with the kids in that informal race.

Fifty years and two event incarnations later, Muellers, 81, is still running the lineal descendant of that original Turkey Trot. Since 1978, it’s been the Rockville Centre 10-kilometer (6.2 miles); a 5k (3.1 mile) event was later added to the program. The race is now held on the second Saturday in November — and Muellers has been there for every one of them. Counting the 10 years of the Thanksgiving Day version of the race (1968-1977), the 30 editions of the 10k he ran and the 5k that he has done as a concession to age for the past decade, and that adds up to 50 years.

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Muellers, Ted [MC????]

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Dear John,

                I believe that Theodore is member of the class of 1958.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Muellers, Ted [MC1958] 

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