JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48  - 2016 Nov 27   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Election Day 2016 firsts



Historic Firsts and Achievements of Election Day 2016
by McKinley Corbley - Nov 9, 20162

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For starters, 52-year-old Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto became the nation’s first Latina Senator after beating Representative Joe Heck. A granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant and a former Nevada attorney general, Catherine will replace Democratic minority leader Senator Harry Reid.

Meanwhile in California, State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was elected as the state’s first freshman Senator in 24 years. Harris is the first black politician to represent California, the second black woman ever to join the Senate, and the first woman ever elected as California attorney general. The Democratic daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants will be replacing the retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer.

48 year-old Tammy Duckworth, a congresswoman from Illinois and the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, won the race for US Senate. An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs.  She defeated incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk.

Ilhan Omar became the nation’s first Somali-American legislator after she won a House seat in Minnesota. The 34-year-old succeeded with 80% of the vote, making her an important representative of the largest Somali immigrant population in America.

Finally, Kate Brown was elected as the nation’s first openly LGBT governor in Oregon. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey came out as gay in 2004, but he had already been elected – Brown, however, has made history as an outed bisexual woman.

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For all the yelling and whining about racist, bigoted, and a whole load of other epithets, it seems like the “Country” has moved along.


Will anyone in the media or politics admit this modest progress?

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JFACEBOOK: Annularia Elizabeth Jean [MC????] seeking a venue



Annamaria Elizabeth Jean

2 hrs Arlington, VA

Hey DC based alums looking for a place to watch MC games once the season starts. Any recommendations will travel.

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Annularia Elizabeth Jean [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I do not find any thing in my 'stuff' for Annamaria.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Murray, John Philip [MC1951 RIP] on 2016-Nov-14



John Murray
1928 - 2016

John Philip Murray, 87, died on November 14, 2016.

A resident of Albuquerque since 1959, the Sanitary Engineer, native to Pelham Bay, the Bronx, was fond of billing himself as a "cultural missionary". John, the younger son of Rose Anne (neeMcAdam) and Philip Murray of County Monaghan, Ireland and New York City was born in NYC on December 7, 1928. He graduated from All Hallows H.S., up the hill from Yankee Stadium. He received a BCE degree from Manhattan College in 1951 and a MSCE degree from Purdue University in 1952. He was a doctoral candidate of UNM circa 1970.

He married Edith Bellinger in Oakland, CA on Groundhog Day 1957. Their union was blessed with four daughters: Ann, Ruth, Catherine and Margaret, all born in Albuquerque.

While in active practice, he was a Registered Professional Engineer in N.M. and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Over half his Federal Service was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from which he retired in 1986.

While with the Albuquerque District, he acted as a Special Master for the N.M. District Court on the phase out of the 2nd St. Sewage Treatment Plant and was Project Manager for AGUA, the Albuquerque Greater Urban Area Water Resources Study, which served as precursor for subsequent studies. He then served as an engineer with the Albuquerque Public Works Department from 1986 through 2001. He also served as a Sanitary Engineer Officer in the USAF (1950s) and the USPHS (1960s). One of his Air Force assignments was with the Fifth Epidemiological Flight in Korea. Another was with the Surgeon's Office, HQ, WADF, Hamilton AFB, CA. With PHS, he was with the Indian Health Service here and was involved in the management of the PL86-121 (Sanitation Facilities Act) program.

He was active in the Irish-American Society and was a member of The Shrine of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Community.

He is survived by his daughters and families, Dr. Ann Siefert and husband Capt. John Siefert USN(MC)ret. and children Christine, Kevin, Catherine Rose, Eric, Rachel and Matthew of Coronado, CA; Ruth Murray of CO, Catherine Juveland and husband Olaf and daughter, Ann Violet; Margaret Mounho and husband John and children Sarah and Michael, all of Albuquerque. He is survived also by his sister-in-law Joan Murray of Central Islip, Long Island, her children: Diane, Lisa and Brian; first cousin, Eamon McAdam of Ireland; and a number of first and second cousins of Long Island, NY.

He is preceded in death by his older brother James Philip Murray. He was forever grateful for all the fine people who graced his life.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the Rosary being recited Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at FRENCH Lomas. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Road NE. Interment will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 20, 2016


Murray, John Philip [MC1951 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: O’Connell, Daniel A. [MC1960 RIP] on 2016-Nov-18



In Memory of
Daniel A. O'Connell
January 8, 1938 - November 18, 2016

Daniel A. O'Connell passed away on Friday November 18, 2016 at age 78.

He was born in New York City on January 8, 1938 to Daniel and Margaret Maher O'Connell. Daniel was a proud graduate of Manhattan College and worked for the New York City Department of Social Services.

In 1963 he married Mary Alice Heaney in Woodside, NY.

Daniel was a great fan of the New York Yankees.

He is survived by his wife Mary Alice, a son Matthew, a daughter Deirdre (Robert) Sullivan, a brother James and 2 sisters Margaret and Patricia. He was predeceased by his son Daniel K. O'Connell in November of 2015.

Visiting hours will be in the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday at 10am in Christ the King Church. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Whalen & Ball Funeral home 168 Park Avenue Yonkers, New York 10703 (914) 965-5488 www.whalenandballfh.com


O’Connell, Daniel A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that Daniel is a member of the Class of 1960.

                  May He Rest In peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Connell, Daniel A. [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: White, Kathleen [MC????] Prestigious Mitchell Scholarship



Tyler Swafford Earns Prestigious Mitchell Scholarship
Posted:Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:45 PM EST
Updated:Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:45 PM EST
November 19, 2018. 

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The US-Ireland Alliance selected the 12 members of the 2018 Class of George J. Mitchell Scholars following interviews held Washington, D.C.

Members of the class include a military veteran; a young man working for the City of Flint; a young woman working to combat food insecurity in Kansas; a quarterback for an NCAA Division 1 football team; a future doctor who seeks to provide quality healthcare services to transgender people; and a future economist who serves as a research assistant in the White House Office the National Drug Control Policy.

The scholarship program was created nearly 20 years ago by Trina Vargo, founder of the US-Ireland Alliance.  This year, the nationwide competition attracted 323 applicants (up 14% from the previous year) for the 12 scholarships named in honor of the former Maine Senator’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.  Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service and spend a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland.

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Kathleen White is a graduate of Manhattan College and holds a degree in History and Peace Studies. A social justice advocate, Kathleen joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college and served as Outreach Coordinator for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth where she worked on abolishing juvenile life without parole.  Her devotion to criminal justice reform began in college when she participated in a new Criminal Justice Ethics program on Rikers Island, where she studied criminal justice theories alongside inmates and debated possible reforms. Kathleen served as President of Just Peace, Manhattan College’s human rights and social action organization, and most recently worked as a Job Coach and Case Manager for Jersey City, helping residents returning home from prison reintegrate into their communities.  Kathleen will study Sociology at University College Cork.

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White, Kathleen [MC????]

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JNEWS: Procopio, James [MC1964] receives his medals



Vietnam vet gets long-awaited medals
James Procopio receives medals in ceremony at congressman’s office
By Hailey Van Parys hvanparys@gainesvilletimes.com
POSTED: November 21, 2016 5:36 p.m.

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When it came time for James Procopio to graduate from Manhattan College in 1964, he had three options: join the military, get married or move to Canada. He picked the first of the three, choosing to enlist in the U.S. Air Force right out of school.

The 74-year-old man served and was honorably discharged, but he never received his awards, medals or ribbons.

He was due an Air Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

“I explained that I wasn’t sure what happened to (the awards),” said Procopio, who was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y.

He was able to get the awards after he made a call to the office of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, in May. Procopio received them in a ceremony at Collins’ office on Monday morning.

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Procopio’s daughter who lives in Orlando, Fla., Kerry McGavin, her husband Jon McGavin and their three boys Jackson, 13, Collin, 11, and Hudson, 8, were all there to support him, as well as Procopio’s son Drew Procopio. Procopio’s other son, Scott Procopio, wasn’t able to attend the medal-giving.

Col. Jim Martin, a longtime friend of Procopio’s, also came.

During the Vietnam War, Procopio flew planes from his base in Charleston, S.C., to wherever the soldiers were at the time, a 20,000-mile round trip that he took two or three times a month.

“Someone was looking out for me (out there),” Procopio said. He would get a 24-hour notification that he would be taking an “eastbound trip,” which was Air Force lingo for Vietnam. He would fly from Charleston to Alaska to Japan and then to Vietnam, usually. Sometimes they would have to pick up troops or goods in various places in the U.S. before heading off.

He would bring troops what they needed, including flying a planeload full of toilet paper once, he said. When he would bring the goods, he was often called a garbage hauler.

More solemnly, Procopio said he also flew the dead and wounded back.

“They didn’t dare call us garbage haulers, then,” Procopio said through a few tears. The soldiers he carried back home were “the real heroes,” he said.

Palettes of four of five coffins, which were usually six deep, were loaded onto his planes by forklifts.

“It freaked me out … it was disrespectful,” Procopio said.

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Since then, however, Procopio worked as a security officer on a cruise ship and was able to take his wife to 103 countries.

“You made up for it,” Patty Procopio said to her husband.

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Procopio, James [MC1964]

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JOBIT: DeSimone, Vincent J. [MC1959 RIP] 2016-Nov-16



Home Innovator Vincent DeSimone Succumbs to Cancer Battle
Innovator Vincent DeSimone Succumbs to Cancer Battle
November 22, 2016
Nadine M. Post

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Structural engineer Vincent J. DeSimone—an innovator with an outsize personality known for his ability to creatively support his architect-clients as they curved, twisted and stretched their building envelopes—died on Nov. 16, just two weeks shy of his 79th birthday. The cause was cancer.

“He was a very knowledgeable, smart, competent professional and an outrageously funny guy,” says Richard L. Tomasetti, who worked with DeSimone in the late 1960s. “We just couldn’t wait to see what he would say next,” adds Tomasetti, consultant and founding principal of structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti.

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DeSimone received an engineering degree from Manhattan College in 1959 and an honorary doctorate from the school in 2009. He was a licensed engineer in 22 states and Puerto Rico. At his death, he was chairman and senior principal in charge of design for DeSimone Consulting Engineers, a firm he founded in 1969 in New York City.

His son, Stephen V. DeSimone, president and CEO since 2002, will take over as chairman. “For Vince, it wasn’t about accolades. It was about relationships and mentoring,” says Stephen, 50. “Younger architects and developers were his kindred spirits,” he adds.

The son describes his father as being without pretension. “He was a great partner and a better father.”


DeSimone, Vincent J. [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Patrick


Good Afternoon All,

Below is some information from Ainsley and Gerry regarding the very sad news of Gerry's Son, Patrick. It is a time for us to raise the volume for Patrick, his Parents, Gerry and Barbara, and his many loving and supportive friends. It is a difficult time for all and we are called upon to raise our voices in prayer for this good man. We pray for recovery, we pray for strength, love and God's Grace to ease the pain for Patrick and his loved ones. Thank you Ainsley, Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

-----Original Message-----
From: Ainsley Kelley
To: Gerry Clarke
Sent: Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: My Son's Failing Health

Good Morning Gerry,

We're so very sorry to hear about your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and your family. I've shared your email with Phil Colon '62, who runs a very large alumni prayer email chain. I have no doubt Phil will share message to this wonderful group of Jaspers to 'turn the volume up' for Patrick.

Regarding the Go Fund Me page, I would encourage you or your son-in-law to post the information on the Alumni Facebook wall, and/or the College's Facebook wall, so members of the College community are aware. Our offices have a policy that prohibits posting about fundraising efforts, but alumni and other members of the community are welcomed and encouraged to do so.

Again, I am so sorry to hear this news.

All my best,

Ainsley T. Kelley
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Riverdale, NY 10471
Phone: 718-862-7454
Fax: 718-862-8021

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On Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 9:08 AM, Gerry Clarke {Privacy Invoked} wrote:

Hello Ainsley,

I'm Gerry Clarke a graduate EE from the class of 1958. My classmate Bob Driscoll from '58 forwarded me your email address and hence this message.

Approximately 14 months ago, my then 43 year old bachelor son, Patrick (never married) was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. From that day to the present he has been through radiation months of chemo and numerous MRIs to get status of the tumor. During the same time he has been to numerous hospitals and cancer centers including Duke University Cancer Center, the National Institute of Health Cancer clinic and the INOVA Fairfax Cancer Center in Fairfax VA. His most recent MRI in October from NIH showed the tumor has progressed and he has reached the "end stage". He is now under hospice care coupled with additional care givers providing near round the clock care.

He has an excellent support group from his immediate family and his remarkable loyal cadre of friends.

My son-in-law took it upon himself to connect on the internet with Caring Bridge which is a social network and he set up a post directly sited to Patrick’s needs. There is a link he posted which provides family and extended family and friends an opportunity to assist with prayers and if at all possible financial assistance. Again this "go-fund-me" link was and is a total surprise to Pat's parents : Barbara and Me.

Below is the link. Bob Driscoll said you may wish to propagate the link to the Manhattan Alumni and other networks at Manhattan.

Here is the link to (Uncle) Pat's Go Fund Me account. Please share with whomever you'd like:


Gerry Clarke Class of 58

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Clarke, Gerry (MC1958)

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Update 3
Posted by Greg Fuhs
5 hours ago
As you've probably heard by now, Pat passed away on Monday, November 21 after his battle with brain cancer. While it was a long and difficult struggle over the past 14 months, he ultimately went peacefully and is suffering no more.

Particularly on this Thanksgiving Day, I want to once again thank everyone who has donated to this campaign. In just two weeks we've raised $7,650 from 61 people, which is over 75% of the way to our $10,000 goal. This outpouring of generosity has been a huge help to the Clarke family, and I can assure you that the funds are being put to good use.

The costs for Pat's hospice care and now his funeral services have been real and significant, and I am still hopeful that we can meet our fundraising goal to help ease the burden on Barbara and Gerry during this incredibly difficult time. In that spirit, I will leave this site open for further donations until midnight Sunday. If you have not yet donated, or even if you have and would like to give a bit more, I invite you to do so and to share this site with others.

Let's let Barbara and Gerry know that we stand with them in their grief, and are here to support them in their hour of need.

Also, in case you haven't heard, memorial services will be held for Pat on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Details are available at the following link:


God bless you all, and may our dear Pat rest in peace
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Reinke, F. John (MC1968)


Good Morning All,
I ask for your prayers for John as he will be going in for surgery this week to remove a Colon Polyp too large to remove lapriscopically. In speaking with John he said he was O'K with my sharing his thoughts on the importance of Colonoscopies. John's Maternal Grandmother died of Colon Cancer and his Mom had a near miss with her Polyp being in the same place as John's. Consequently, John takes his Colonoscopies very seriously. As John says " it stops a silent killer cold." Please keep John in your prayers as we pray for complete success with the operation with no repercussions or ill effects. I will keep you posted after the surgery. Thank you John for sharing. Thank you all for your prayers. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
[JR: Thanks Phil and all. As you can guess, I came through with relatively little trouble. It only hurts when I laugh or bend. Colon cancer is that silent killer. It killed Katie Couric’s young husband. In my case, it’s genetic. One doc called me “a polyp farm” after taking out 15 two years ago. It’s sad because a very simple disgusting procedure called a colonoscopy can detect, harvest, and eliminate them before they become cancerous. And they all do eventually. Being the typical fat old white guy injineer, I do my colonoscopies without the anesthetic so I can kibitz. It’s watching a TV as the doc steers through a bunch of twisty tunnels that look like the inside of a worm. When he spots a polyp, the doc lassos it and strangles it. Sometimes he has to snip and burn. I find it fascinating. Or you can elect to wimp out and sleep through the whole thing. In my case, it was like a golf ball tucked in a deep rough so they had to get it with laparoscopicly. I tell this story so that you can do it too. It’s really no big deal. And it can save your life. Dona Nobis Pacem ]  
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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Noreen's Mom


Good Evening All,

It has been a difficult time for Tim and Noreen Mante and their Famiky. A month ago today, We prayed for Noreen's Dad, Fellow Jasper, Edward Murphy '59 who was taken by Leukemia after a long and courageous battle. Noreen and Tim are now experiencing another very difficult time as they struggle with Noreen's Mom's Terminal Cancer. Please keep these good people in your prayers as they confront Mrs. Murphy's Cancer and pray for the best. We prajy for Mrs. Murphy and her loving Family as they place their trust in God once again during their time of need and pray for their peace of heart, mind and body.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Thanksgiving Day


Good Morning Dear Friends,

As we gather at table to give Thanks this Thanksgiving for our many Blessings, we also remember those that have been called home. We as we miss them give thanks for their having been part of our lives for a period of time and we celebrate that gift and Blessing. We are thankful for God's Bounty, for our freedom and loved ones, for those many in our Armed Services, living and dead that have given so much. We are truly Blessed. I count each of you as part of my many Blessings and am thankful for your being there with love and support for those many for whom we pray. Thank you. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Families.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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JOBIT: Suchicki, Edwin John [MC1951 RIP] on 2016-Nov-21



Edwin Suchicki
1927 - 2016

Ed, 89, was born 11-17-27 in Newark, NJ, and passed away 11-21-16.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey Kobs Suchicki; sons, Greg Savage (and wife Denise) and Steven Suchicki; grandchildren, Jason Savage, Kelly Frost (and husband Rob), and Natalie Savage; great-grandson, Willie Frost; and sister-in-law, Barbara Cantrell.

Ed attended Manhattan College on a basketball scholarship ('Big Sooch'), and served in the Army Paratroopers at the end of WWII before returning to complete his BCE.

He had a long and distinguished career as a civil engineer, starting with Edwards & Kelcey in Newark, and then in Houston for 32 years with the Texas Hwy Dept (now TxDOT) and 9 years with Brown & Root (now KBR). He received a number of awards for innovative bridge design and was responsible for many of the distinctive bridges throughout Houston.

Ed married the love of his life, Audrey, in 1956, and soon thereafter settled in her hometown of Houston. He enjoyed (inter alia) tennis, fishing, eating out, telling (and receiving) jokes, and trips to Las Vegas, Lake Charles and Gulf Greyhound Park, with his friends and family.

He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, who lived a strong Christian life, exuding honesty, integrity and goodness.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Reach Unlimited (www.reachunlimited.org), the operator of the Group Home and Activity Center that his son Steven lives and participates in, or the charity of your choice . There will not be a memorial service; a private inurnment will be held at Houston National Cemetery.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 27, 2016


Suchicki, Edwin John [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

       I believe that Edwin is a member of the Class of 1951.

           May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Suchicki, Edwin John [MC1951 RIP]

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JFACEBOOK: Picture of Evers, Margaret [MC1987], Evers, Maureen [MC1983], Marron, Meghan [MC1983]



2016 11Nov 24 Evers

Margaret Mary with Meghan Marron and Maureen Evers-Willox.
19 hrs Great Falls, VA

Margaret Evers 87 Maureen Evers 93 Meghan Marron 18 -

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Evers, Margaret [MC1987]

Evers, Maureen [MC1983]

Marron, Meghan [MC1983]

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JOBIT: Picco, Edward J. [MC1968 RIP] on 2016-Nov-23



Edward J. Picco
1946 - 2016

Edward J. Picco, 70, of Yorktown Heights died peacefully on November 23rd, 2016 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Ed was born on October 4th, 1946 to Edwin and Eileen Picco of the Bronx, NY. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Nancy, and sons Keith Picco of Pleasantville, NY and Kevin Picco of Pleasantville, NY. He is also survived by his daughters-in-law, Jen and Teri. He was known as Pop Picco to his four beautiful grandchildren: Kaeleigh, Kieran, Mackenzie, and Connor.

Ed graduated from Manhattan College and received his law degree from St. Johns University. In 1977, he started his private law practice in Yorktown Heights. He was seen as a trusted advisor to his clients and was highly respected by his colleagues. He loved practicing law and his sense of humor endeared him to all the people he helped. Ed loved to travel with his family and friends, especially to the Bahamas.

In honor of his life, the family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home in Yorktown Heights on Sunday, November 27th from 2 pm - 4 pm and 7pm - 9pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 28th, at St. Patrick's Church, Yorktown Heights, NY, at 10am. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to St. Raymond's High School for Boys in the Bronx, NY 10462.

Published in the The Journal News on Nov. 26, 2016


Picco, Edward J. [MC1968 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Hi John,

My long time best friend, our senior class president at MC, Ed Picco passed early this morning. I thought you were a good guy to tell.

Wishing you and your family a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.

Best regards,
Daly, Mike (MC1968)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Sorry about the loss of your friend. Seems like friends are irreplaceable. Best wishes back to you and yours. Just out of the hospital, recuperating and catching up.]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Ann Marie D


Good Morning All,

From Mike McEneney, we pray for Ann Marie D, the Widow of a long time friend and Fellow Jasper. Ann Marie has had a fall and is now in Rehab. We pray for her to regain her strength and get back home and all that is familiar to her. We pray for a full and rapid recovery . Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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ENDNOTE: The unique role that the Catholic Church in America in the destruction of the USA



Catholics, Cash, Corruption, and Collapse
By Christopher Manion
November 9, 2016

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All this is so well known that I can turn only to one dimension that is escaped wider notice.

Catholics, Cash, And Corruption

That dimension is the unique role that the Catholic Church in America has played in fulfilling Obama’s destructive dream.

Perhaps unwittingly, certainly witlessly, America’s Catholic bishops have paved the way for this destruction.
Long ago, Obama’s first grant for “community organizing” came from the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago. Ever since the Catholic bishops of the United States have cheered on this strategy of infiltration and inundation. They embraced the welfare state of FDR and LBJ and gave it their invaluable and coveted imprimatur.  In return, they were rewarded with untold billions of taxpayer funding for their nonprofits, what had once been truly independent Catholic charities, schools, and hospitals.

In fact, these once-honorable institutions have become just another gaggle of NGO’s – non-government organizations competing for federal money.

And they earn every penny, in subservience and silence.

Confronted with a secular culture of corruption and collapse, both financial and moral, our bishops chose not to combat it with the hard truths of the Gospel. Instead, they chose to endow it with what was once the priceless seal of approval of the Church.  As leading bishops now admit, they were repeatedly silent about the moral issues they were consecrated to protect. Meanwhile, the political factions whose agenda targeted those moral principles kept the bishops silent with their filthy lucre.

“What?? All of them??” you ask. Well, no: there were, and are some noble exceptions. But their opposition, if they could manage it at all, didn’t amount to a hill of beans.

Like us, they were ignored.

So Obama has succeeded in his campaign to eviscerate our liberty. But that victory could not have come to pass without the acquiescence, and often the support, of America’s Catholic Bishops. Witness the pirouetting Joe Biden and Tim Kaine, pro-abortion “Catholic” ornaments on the corrupt and rotting Democrat tree, who flaunt their faux faith in the face of a stunning silence on the part of Catholic prelates.
Well, haven’t Catholics noticed this? Yes, many have, usually in small doses. And they have acted. Thirty million Americans now call themselves “ex-Catholics.” They constitute the second-largest religious denomination in America. Millions of them left out of disgust, to be sure. But millions more left because they had been disdained and abandoned.

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[This is the first of a series on the role of the Catholic Church in the decline and fall of the Republic].

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This has been a point I have made in the past. The “King” (i.e., the Gooferment) has bribed the Church and overlooked the pedophila which has “neutered” the Church leadership.

So sad.

“Ex-Catholics” are the “second-largest religious denomination in America”!


So the “Secular Progressives” have destroyed the Catholic and Christian Churches. And as such have destroyed the American Republic.

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

So sad our downfall.

I think it began with the “free public schools” competing with Catholic Schools. And it all was lost form there.

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