JASPER JOTTINGS Week 52  - 2016 Dec 25    

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



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POSITRACTION: Kindness is its own reward



Former Nazi PoW Leaves His $500K Estate to Scottish Town That Showed Him Kindness
by McKinley Corbley - Dec 3, 2016

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Heinrich Steinmeyer was taken as a prisoner of war during his service as a Nazi soldier in WWII. His time as a PoW, however, provided him with friendships that would last until his death at age 90.

When he was 19, Heinrich was held at the camp in Cultybraggan, Comrie, Scotland and was stunned by the kindness he was shown despite his sordid military background. After the war ended, he frequently returned to Comrie to visit the people who befriended him.

When he died in 2013, he left his entire $488,000 estate to Scotland.

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It doesn’t say what his “sordid military background” was, but I think the photo is of an SS uniform.

Hard to imagine what a 19 year old could do that was “sordid”. But as we see today, anything seems possible.

I’d say that the Scotts must have had a positive effect on him and he repaid them.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JNEWS: Derba, Nick [MC2007] Maine Baseball Interim Head Coach



Baseball 12/17/2016 1:25:00 PM
Nick Derba named Maine Baseball Interim Head Coach

Derba replaces Steve Trimper, who accepted head coaching job at Stetson Bookmark and ShareOrono, Maine -- University of Maine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech has announced that Nick Derba will serve as Interim Head Coach of the Maine Baseball team for the 2016-17 season.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to be the head coach at Maine for the spring of 2017," said Derba. "From here on out, its business as usual. Our goals do not change as we will continue to work and build a victorious path towards the America East Championship. I appreciate the opportunity Karlton Creech has granted me and wish the best of luck to Coach Trimper."

Steve Trimper, who spent the past 11 years at the helm of the UMaine baseball team, will be named the head coach at Stetson University on Monday, Dec. 19.

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Derba, Nick [MC2007]

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JNEWS: Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Tilsa [MC????] Supv of PE New Rochelle


New Rochelle Board of Education appoints new Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, Pre-K-12th Grade
December 17, 2016 - 15:50
Posted in: New Rochelle Education

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The City School District of New Rochelle has appointed Tilsa Rodriguez-Gonzalez as the new Supervisor of Physical Education and Health, Pre-K-12th grade. The Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Rodriguez-Gonzalez at its meeting last night.

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Mrs. Rodriguez-Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree in education from Manhattan College and a master's degree in education in exercise science from Queens College.

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Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Tilsa [MC????]

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JOBIT: Carbery, Eileen T. [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Dec-16



Eileen T. Carbery
April 12, 1932 - December 16, 2016
Ewing Township, New Jersey                    
Eileen was born on April 12, 1932 and passed away on Friday, December 16, 2016.

Eileen was a resident of Ewing Township, New Jersey at the time of her passing.

She earned degrees from the College of New Rochelle Catholic University of America Manhattan College and Seton Hall University School of Law.

She was married to William.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday December 21 2016 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brenna Funeral Home Immordino Chapel 1799 Klockner Road Hamilton NJ. The Family will also receive guests at that time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Thursday December 22 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart 343 S. Broad Street Trenton NJ. Interment of Cremains in Washington Crossing National Cemetery Newtown PA will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Women for Women International Global Support Center P.O. Box 9224 Central Islip NY 11722-9224 a charity that supports women survivors of war.


Carbery, Eileen T. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

           I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Eileen.

                  May She rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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JOBIT: Haner, Kirk R. [MC1981 RIP] on 2016-Dec-16



Kirk R. Haner
December 16, 2016

Rexford, NY - Kirk Richard Haner passed away quietly in his sleep, early Friday morning, Dec. 16, 2016. He was 56 years old.

Kirk was a happy man. He loved his family dearly and would do anything for his children. They were everything to him and he was exactly where he wanted to be. Every time Kirk greeted someone they could hear the joy in his voice. He was always cheerful and saw each new day as an adventure.

Kirk loved to build with his hands. There was nothing he couldn’t fix and he never stopped tinkering. He became an engineer, graduating from Manhattan College in 1981. He worked for many years as an engineer until striking out on his own as a self-employed general contractor and building manager.

Kirk leaves behind so many people who loved him, all were tremendously fortunate to have been a part of his life. Survivors include his children, Justin, Chester, Kristi and Holly; parents, Richard and Barbara; sisters, Linda, Nanci, Judy, and Karen; brothers-in-law, Dave, Steve and Tim; daughters-in-law, Caitlin and Krista; the mother of his children, Peggy and his long-time girlfriend, Susan.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:15 to 10am Wedneday, Dec. 21, 2016 at the historic Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am by the Rev. Thomas H. Chevalier, pastor, with a reception immediately following. Kirk’s wishes were to be buried in Chatham Rural Cemetery, where many Haners have gone before him.

Donations may be made in Kirk’s memory to Habitat for Humanity Capital District, 325 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205, where he was planning to volunteer in retirement.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373).

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.


Haner, Kirk R. [MC1981 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/Batesville/guestbook.aspx?n=kirk-haner&pid=183131491

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

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Dear John,

                I have Kirk as the Class of 1982.

                     May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. At least we caught the obit.]

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MFOUND: Alma Mater and Gaelic Park mentioned



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Manhattan College, which owns Gaelic Park on West 240th just west of Broadway, keeps close wraps on views, since there’s an admission fee for most events here, but I was able to sneak in for a couple of photos. Named in honor of Riverdale’s large Irish-American population, it has been home to soccer, softball and hurling for decades; my father attended matches here. It has been home to Manhattan College Jaspers soccer team since 1991, when the school purchased the grounds. There is a dance hall and cultural venue as well. In the 1970s Gaelic Park was a lively rock venue; the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and Deep Purple have all appeared here.

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[JR: Some neat pictures of the subway. And comments about the diner.]

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COMMENT: Myers, Joseph Sutherland [MC1953 RIP] remembered


Joe Myers commented on JOBIT: Myers, Joseph Sutherland [MC1953 RIP] on 2016-Dec-15

2016-Dec-17 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-journalonline/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-S-Myers&pid=183111949 Joseph S.

Rest in Peace Dad. Joe Myers, Jr. Class of 86.

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) reports on NORAD


Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

Getting this out early for a change

NORAD website to track Santa on Christmas Eve- which starts earlier for him than it does for us

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for The Mantes family


Good Evening All,

Our prayers are needed for Tim Mante and His Family. You recall that Tim's Father-In-Law, Ed Murphy '57, succumbed to Leukemia on October 22. He was in our prayers. About one month before his dwrath, Mr. Murphy's Wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Primary Kidney and Secondary Lung Cancer. To say that these events are overwhelming would be an understatement. The Mantes have been and are primary care givers to Mrs. Murphy. Tim and his Wife, Mr. & Mrs. Murphy's Daughter, feel that though difficult on the mind and soul, there can be no better send off to Heaven, than to hold one's hand as they take their last breath and enter God's Eternal Embrace. Tim asks for our continued prayers For Ed, Barbara and the extended Murphy Family. They know there will be difficult times ahead but they hope and pray that with the Grace of Jesus, they will manage them as best they can. Please turn up the volume for this good family.

Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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COMMENT: Myers, Joe Jr. [MC1986] cites the memories


Message from Joe Myers:

Mr. Reinke: I am Joe Myers, Jr. also a Manhattan Alumni of 1986. My father Joe Myers recently died he was class of 1953. Just like to say thank you for the ministry you do on behalf of the alumni. I has two class mates die and you remembered them as well as you do for all alumni. My father loved Manhattan and he loved the Brothers!

Thank you again.

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Myers, Joe Jr. [MC1986]

[JR: Well, I appreciate your thanks and mention my efforts. I’d never be so egotistical as to call it a “ministry”, just something I blundered into. I’m glad I was able to honor your Dad, your friends, and all the past Alums. I continue to be amazed at their accomplishments.] 

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JEMAIL: Marshall, Bill [MC1967] reports on Kovac, Charles Vincent [MC1951 RIP]




Charles Vincent Kovac
December 12, 1927 - December 11, 2016   
Tustin, California

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Dear John,

              I received the note below from Bill Marshall,’67, relating to Charles Kovac’s wake and funeral.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
Date: December 20, 2016 at 3:59:44 PM EST
To: William Marshall
Subject: Re: [JasperJottingsEditorial] JOBIT: Kovac, Charles Vincent [MC1951 RIP] on 2016-Dec-11

Had 10 priests celebrating Funeral Mass for a 1/2 full 1200 capacity, La Purisima church. Family is big in size and numbers. Fond memories from oldest daughter's eulogy with "current events" by hospital chaplain's homily.
Rosary @ packed wake was led by our 90 yr retired Marine Deacon. About a dozen attendees offered eulogies of family, church, work, hospital, Charity & military experiences with Charlie.
It was a full life

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Marshall, Bill [MC1967]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) send Christmas greetings



Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

I am reminded that Advent is a season for exiles, like Mary and Joseph of old. In this part of the world exiles, refugees and displaced are a common sight The families in the Addis Hope program are also exiles from what most would call a normal life –they live on the margins of society – on mean streets - particularly our AIDS orphans. They are societal victims of failed policies that exclude them from whatever meager benefits society has to offer.

We, who enjoy the benefits of a better life, are also exiles when part of us has given in to values of consumerism and apathy; when another part of us feels out of place in a materialistic, power-centered world.

Advent is a time to reclaim what we have lost in our hearts. It is not meant to be a cozy, self-satisfied time in which we wait for “Baby Jesus” to be born, not some quaint idea comforting to the “unsophisticated”. The birth of Jesus is a historical event, Advent focuses, instead, on our own place of exile and whether or not this Savior who was born and lived on our earth has made a difference in our lives and also in the lives of those with whom we interact.

May the God of exiles reveal to us that part of ourselves in exile, the part that is wandering and needs to come home; May the God of exiles unite us to the dispossessed of the world through at least our compassion, if not our actions; May the God of exiles help us to see more clearly the aspects of our own selves and culture that keep us captive; May the God of exiles grant that our actions may lighten and console, may lift up the hearts of others to laughter; to peace in the midst of storm; to light in darkness.

All of us involved in the Addis Hope program are grateful to all our donor partners who, for us, are witnesses to God’s presence in our lives through their compassion and actions on behalf of children worthy of a better life.

For those who have not been in a position to assist the program financially, we have asked for their prayers for the women and children involved. We certainly have felt the strength of those prayers and are grateful for them. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, and certainly not denigrating prayer, we are still in need of more donor partners. So, if you can, kindly put us under your tree and pass on the message. Here’s how:

Write and mail a check payable to…

Brothers of the Christian Schools
(with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
Brother Timothy Froehlich
444 A Route 35 South
Eatontown, NJ 07724

By monthly bank transfer…

Brothers of the Christian Schools
(with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
Routing Transit Number - 031207607 (for PNC Bank)
Account Number - 805 999 7606
Request your bank to transfer by
Automatic Clearing House (ACH) not by wire.

Merry Christmas and may God’s choicest blessings be yours in the New Year to come.
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) Merry Christmas


Good Evening Dear Friends,

As we are preparing to welcome and Celebrate the coming of Christ our Savior, I take a moment to smile and remember each of you, your goodness of spirit and sharing, your commitment to our prayer group and the many hearts and lives you have touched. You are at the top of my Blessings List along with my Family and loved ones (you, as I have said before, qualify as both) and I am so thankful for each of you in my life. I call to mind and heart three most precious of God's gifts because they inform what we are as a group and the strength of our prayers. Our Littlest Jasper, Luke, with his all encompassing and embracing smile, his shades always optional; that little Charmer, Eloise, another smile that takes one's heart in joyful surrender; and Jackie, my favorite Diva, Song and Story writer, go Texas. What better way to Celebrate the Coming of our Lord than celebrating these three beautiful Children as his gifts and Glory. Merry Christmas. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: Merry Christmas?



Anger in France as locals are forced to take down a statue of the Virgin Mary that stands over their town because of a ban on displaying religious images

The statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in 2011 despite the national ban
An order to have it removed was made in January 2015 but was ignored
Now a judge has threatened Publier with a daily fine if they do not comply
Publier's mayor said it will be moved to private land within three months
By Paddy Dinham For Mainline
PUBLISHED: 12:06 EST, 4 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 4 December 2016

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A town in France has been ordered to tear down a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public.

A judge warned the town council of Publier - on the shores of Lake Geneva -  that it will be fined €100 a day if the marble effigy is not removed within three months.

The statue is owned by a Roman Catholic association and was installed in a park overlooking the lake in 2011.

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Merry Christmas.

Anyone remember when France was “Catholic”?

And, tell me that Catholics, Christianity, religion isn’t under attack?

So sad.

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