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Raymond (Ramon) Adames

   
Tappan Zee HS 1953 Graduate
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Donald F. Antonacci

   
St. Agnes Class of 19??
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John J. Antonacci

   
Tappan Zee HS 1954 Graduate
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Joseph W Antonacci Jr

 Joe Antonacci
Tappan Zee HS 1948 Graduate
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BIRTH DATE: Nov. 22, 1930; City: Astoria, NY
(Son of: Joe Sr. U.S. Army; eldest brother of: Robert, USMC, John, U.S. Army, Donald, U.S. Navy, and Ralph, U.S. Army)

CURRENT RESIDENT: Port Orange, FL

PRIOR RESIDENCES: Sparkill, NY; Piermont, NY; Rivervale, NJ; Ridgewood, NJ; San Diego, CA

Marital Status: Married Year: 1952; Wife, Caroline; Children, Caroline & Joseph; Grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexandra, and Andrew

EDUCATION: St. Agnes, Sparkill, N.Y.; Tappan Zee H.S., Piermont, N.Y.; Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.,Teaneck, NJ; B.S. Elem. Ed. William Paterson, Univ.; Wayne, NJ; M.A. Admin. & Spervision. El. Ed.; Principal's Certification; N.J. & PA

HONORS:   Phi Zeta Kappa (2yrs.);   Phi Omega Epsilon (4yrs.)

CAREER: Teacher, Somerville Public School, Ridgewood, N.J.; Retired: 1988

MILITARY SERVICE: United States Marine Corps,; Enlisted, 1951; Honorable Discharge, 1954; Served in, Korea, 1951-52 1st Marine Division; Member, 1st & 2nd Marine Divisions; Rank, Sergeant

"1951-52 IN KOREA"

CURRENT "OCCUPATION"; Seeking mastery of the stock market and traveling via Land and Cruise tours of The Caribbean, Hawaii, Central and South America and almost all of Europe.

Joe Antonacci,
May 22, 2013



Ralph Antonacci

   
St. Agnes Class of 19??
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Robert Antonacci

   
Tappan Zee HS 1949
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Dennis Bailey

   
Tappan Zee HS 1953 Graduate
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Lorenzo Calderon

   
Tappan Zee HS 1955 Graduate
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Gaspar Cipolla

   
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Gaspar Cipolla
Attended St. Agnes Sept. 11, 1934 to Dec. 24, 1938
G. Cipolla, Mr. Chip, is currently a Middle School Substitute Teacher in the Manalapan-Englishtown School District in New Jersey

Mama and Papa were born in Racalmuto, a mountain village just north of Agrigento, Sicily. I was born on Eldridge Street in Little Italy and baptized Gaspar (I like to believe after the 3rd King of the Magi) at The Church of the Nativity on the Lower East Side of New York City. We spoke only Sicilian, a dialect of Italian. It was 1934 when my mother died during child birth. I was about three and my brother Joey three years older. We were sent to St. Agnes, a home for boys in Sparkill.



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Ricardo C. Colon

   
St. Agnes (1960-1963)
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Ricardo (Richard) C. Colon
Ricardo (Richard) C. Colón

My name was Richard Colón at that time... now it is Ricardo C. Colón. I first arrived at St Agnes, with my brother Rudy, in 1960. My Brother Rudy was 8 yrs old and I was 6 yrs old. My Brother Eddie arrived in 1961. I and my brother Rudy were there for 3 yrs and Eddie was there 2 yrs. We all left St Agnes together in 1963. I was 9 yrs old when I left.

I was in Regina, as I remember. My brother Eddie was in Little Flower. I’ve forgotten what group Rudy was in. I don't really remember but a couple of guys from there and I will always remember the Sister Ann Bernadette.

I also remember Sister Mary Margaret, Mr. O'Brien, the coach, Mr. Glen and Mr. Coleman. I think Mr. Coleman was a guidance councilor or something like that.

As it was recounted to me, my mother was “Terminally ill” after contracting Tuberculosis. Sometime thereafter my father got the brilliant idea to see if the Church could help him to take care of us. He was an active alcoholic at the time and was as he told us, he was... "without any idea how to raise 3 boys on his own".

He took us, my brother Rudy and me, to the church and sat us down at a large table where we were given lots of green, plastic soldiers to play with until he was to return (yeah , as though he was really gonna return). Some long time later that day a nun came into the room and she ushered us into the first day at a new life in Sparkill, NY at the St Agnes Home and School for Children. “The House”

Aside from the regular day to day activities of life at the convent, I only remember a few things. I remember the spring bazaars, the church services, Color Wars, the trips to have our pictures taken with Santa Clause, trips to Bear Mountain, Coney Island and the rock lined yard where we played on a daily basis. Most of our general population interaction took place in “The Yard”.

I have only told this confession to close friends and family. I will tell you now of the guilt that I lived under for a short time while I was there. Once, while in the confessional, I decided that the crucifix that was in the confessional would make a great one for me to own. I decided to take it and I did so. Oh my goodness!!! You'd think the world was coming to an end!!! Here we are in the midst of the Cuban missile crisis and all they talked about all day was the missing Crucifix. Sister Mary Margaret then told us that If the Crucifix was not returned, whomever took the cross was gonna be struck down with a bolt of lightning and he would burn in Hell and live in everlasting torment and damnation for eternity.

Oh No. Not that!!!!! Well a couple days later while we were out in “the field”, I managed to sneak to the sister’s garden area, (as I remembered it). I dug up the Crucifix that I buried there a week prior. First chance I found I put the dirt covered crucifix back on the wall of the confessional and lived in relief of the curse she told us of. That was a very traumatic few days for me. She knew how to keeps us honest and I am glad for it.

I don't really remember much more than going to class and what our dorms looked like. The old wooden building smelled like wood. I remember the old white painted, steel bar beds with clean, crispy starched sheets and warm blankets, the partitioned walls that if you stood on the top of the steel headboard of your bed, you could see over into the next room. I also remember the archaic shower room with an overhead network of water pipes that spewed the scalding hot water that signaled when it was time to get out or get burned.

My favorite memory was that of the First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies that always included the overwhelming scent of the many beautiful flowers that were used during the ceremonies. I don't remember leaving The Convent and I have only returned to St Agnes once since I left as a 9 year old. While in my 30s, I was working as an Emergency Medical Technician. While returning from having transported a NYC hospital patient to an upstate hospital, I noticed a sign on the highway that pointed out the way to Sparkill, NY. I wondered if it was the same place where I had lived so many years ago. I decided to take a look..... I had my driver take the exit and follow the signs.

I was touched, to say the least, when I pulled up and saw the missing buildings and found “the field” that seemed so large when I was a kid. Now it looked like a small yard. The mountain that sported a satellite when I was a kid didn't seem as humongous anymore. Now it was more like a smaller hill. The pond, where we once ice skated, looked like little more than just what it is.... a pond. I remembered it as a lake, almost.

Once, years ago, while I was watching the Jerry Springer Show on television, I saw a man in the front row of the audience. He was wearing a T-shirt that had the wording on it saying “I’m a House Kid" .... Go figure!!! Small world, huh?

I now live in FL with my family. I have 3 kids. My oldest son Cory is an accountant in Little Rock, Arkansas. My younger son Marcus also lives in Florida. I pray that God continues to watch over me and my family as he did when he carried me to “The House” to be cared for until better arrangements could be made for me and my brothers, at his command.

My brother Rudy still lives in Brooklyn, NY. He served our country in Viet Nam and has been a model Citizen and Christian all his life. He lives with his wife, Julia Colón and his daughter Lisette Colón. He and his wife both work for the New York State; My brother Eddie lives in Tampa, FL. He has two children Stephanie and Christopher. He is unfortunately fighting the ravages of HIV. May God have mercy on his soul.

I love you guys whether I knew you or not as I feel a sort of kinship to all “House Kids.”

God bless you all. Priests, Sisters and all that participated in the care and upkeep of the St Agnes Home and School for Children and “The House Kids”

I welcome any correspondence from alumni and the like as I have not had the pleasure to converse about St Agnes with other House Kids.

God Bless you all



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Harry Connors

   
St. Agnes 1906 - 1912
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Harry Connors
Was at St. Agnes Home in Sparkill from 1906 to 1912. He arrived on July 19, 1906 lived there for 6 years. On June 28, 1912 he left St Agnes Home and was placed in a foster home by the Catholic Home Bureau.   Harry Connors was deceased on Nov. 27th, 1963.

He has 3 living children in Lock Haven, PA: two daughters, Joyce Montarsi and Donna Vonada; and Son, Harry J. Connor.



Mabel Cunningham

   
St. Agnes 1906 - 1912
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Mabel Cunningham
Was at St. Agnes Home in Sparkill from 1906 to 1912. She arrived on July 19, 1906 lived there for 6 years. On June 28, 1912 she left St Agnes Home and was placed in a foster home by the Catholic Home Bureau.  


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Robert Coyle

   
St. Agnes 1947 - 1951
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Doherty William

   
Tappan Zee HS 1955 Graduate
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Benjamin Feliciano

   
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Caesar Feliciano

   
Class of 19??
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Caesar Feliciano
Caesar was born in 1934. He arrived at St. Agnes in the summer of 1942 with brothers Pastor, Carlos and Peter. Caesar left the House in approximately 1948. Caesar died as the result of street violence on a street corner in the Bronx on his 15th birthday in 1949.



Carlos Feliciano

   
22 Yrs Old: 1957
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Carlos Feliciano
I arrived at St. Agnes on a very distressing day in 1942 with my brothers Pastor, Caesar and Peter. I took an immediate dislike to everything about the place including the food. We escaped from the House the same day but, unfortunately, we were brought back the next day. I guess I had always resented being sent to the House. Maybe that's why I got into so many fights with other kids there. I ran away again in the summer before starting the 8th grade, after a severe disagreement with the School Principal, around 1947. After a few years in the Bronx, I moved with my wife Olga to Los Angeles, "City of Lost Angels", CA.

Olga and I had 2 children, Evonne and Renne "El Burro". My second wife, Maria Cecilia, blessed me with three more children; Erick, Valerie and Carlos "Isaac". I have a total of 5 kids.

I worked much of my life as a fabric cutter in the garment business. I also owned and operated a hot lunch truck for a time. I retired on Social Security in 1994 and have been living a life of leisure ever since



David T. Feliciano

   
Photo: 1951 -1952    Class of 1955
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David T. Feliciano
Was born in New York City, NY on February 14th 1937, to Pastor and Juana Feliciano. He was at St. Agnes Home for Boys in Sparkhill, NY from 1945 - 1952 arriving with his brother Benjamin and after Pastor, Carlos, Caesar, Peter and before Moses. Seven Feliciano brothers were at St. Agnes and one sister, Naomi was at St. Dominic in Blauvelt, NY.

There was another oldest brother, Raymond and another youngest brother, George and a second oldest sister, Rachael who were not at St Agnes or St. Dominic.

David attended freshman year at Tappan Zee High School, Piermont, NY. He attended Morris High School in The Bronx, NYC, NY and graduated from Queens College, CUNY with a BA degree. He completed one year of post-graduate work in Business Administration at Pace University, NYC, NY.

Throughout his business career, as an Information Technology Professional, he completed numerous Computer Science courses, specializing in Application Systems Development and Application Systems Programming.

David and his wife Iris have five children, eight grand-children and three great grand-children (triplets). They have two sons, David Jr. and Thomas David; three daughters, Debra, Lizzette and Mercedes; two grand-sons, David 3rd and Thomas David Jr., six grand-daughters, Chervone, Elyse, Ashley, Celeena, Laurisa and Amanda; and triplet great grand-children, Donald, Paris and Chloe.

David played Quarterback for St. Agnes Football Team and played Second Base and ShortStop for the Baseball Team. In addition, he participated in all types of team and individual sports, while at St. Agnes, including Basketball, Volleyball, Boxing, Handball and Speedball (our home-grown version of Soccer Ball).

After leaving St. Agnes, he played Paddleball, a cross between Handball and Racketball, for over thirteen years.

David is currently a Roadrunner and has participated in this sport for over 22 years. He has completed 18 NYC Marathons, as well as, numerous races of 18 Miles,
1/2 Marathon, 10 Miles, 10k, 5 Miles, 4 Miles and 5k distances.

He has been approved as an entrant for his 19th NYC Marathon, to be run this year, on Sunday November 4th, 2006.



Moses Feliciano


   
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Pastor Feliciano

   
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Pastor (Pat) Feliciano
Born 26, August 1930, in the slums of New York before they were upgraded to Getto's. My hair was red so some well meaning misinformed malcontents called me "Rubio". I had major ear infections and all the other sicknesses which would normally kill a child, but I survived. It wasn't so much a will to live, but a determination of witnessing the other side of poverty.

A self discovery at the age of eight set into motion a personality trait I still have, I Like Women! At the age of nine, a social worker informed our family that we were poor and as such were entitled to assistance in the form of money for rent, food, and clothing. Help came in the area of child care that resulted in some of us ten kids going to St. Agnes Convent. I again proved my determination for survival, this time it was from a distortion of childcare, by a religious institution all in the name of God. My St. Agnes experience convinced me that I was not a suitable Catholic.

At the age of seventeen my liking for women reemerged. I experienced romantic love, but I really didn't know what to do about it. I became disenchanted with high school, the New York scene and decided to escape it. In 1948 I joined the Army "to see the world", and the women in it.

Three years of raising hell and taking backward steps, I met Bunny and changed direction.

Twenty nine years of Army service with proper navigation (Bunny). I retired at the top of the enlisted rank,,,,Command Sergeant Major. Worked five years in civil service, didn't care for it. Worked part time at Central Texas College as a math tutor, liked it, stayed fifteen years.

Presently in Virginia, like it, will stay put… I think.



Peter Feliciano

   
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Peter (Pedro) Feliciano
Born in New York City, NY on July 9 1935, to Pastor Feliciano and Juana (AKA Petrona Ochoa Lopez) Feliciano. My father was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1891. My mother was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1908 and immigrated to America in 1925.

Arrived at St. Agnes School in the summer of 1942 with brothers Pastor, Carlos and Caesar. I was the youngest at 7 years of Age. Within a couple of days of our arrival, we brothers made our "Great Escape" back to our home in Bronx, NY. The escape, while adventuresome, was short lived, being brought back to the "House" the next day. I remained at St Agnes from 1942 to 1951, leaving after my freshman year at Tappan Zee Hi.

I continued High School at Morris Hi, Bronx, NY. I then migrated to the "city of the angles", Los Angeles, CA. At age 23, I entered the Army, volunteering for airborne duty and eventually joined the 5th Special Forces Group (The Green Berrets), and later the 82nd Airborne Division, making about 40 training parachute jumps over a span of 14 years. I also joined an Army Sky Diving club and, at one point, the US Army Parachute Demonstration Team, Performing, at times, on the same billing with the US Navy's Blue Angels Jet Plane Demo Team. The Highest jump I managed to imvolve myself in was from a C130 transport plane from an altitude of 34,000 feet (about the altitude at which commercial airlines cruise), using a portable oxygen bottle during decent. I left the Army with the rank of Captain in 1973.

I have 2 children, (Laura and Daniel), 3 step children, (Heather Tristan and Millisa), 4 grandchildren, (David, Kyle, Felicia and Garrett), and one great grandchild in the hopper, scheduled for arrival in early 2006.

I retired on Social Security in 1997 and have done little of anything since.


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Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr.

   
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Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr.
A resident of Nyack and Clearwater, Florida, passed away on November 1, 2001 in Clearwater. He was 72 years old.

He was born in New York City on November 11, 1928 to John and Madeline (Schisler) Fromholz. Mr. Fromholz was a maintenance mechanic for the Nyack Public Schools from 1968-1993.

He was a member of the Jackson Fire Engine Company No. 3 of the Nyack Fire Department, serving as Captain, 1st and 2nd Lieutenants and Financial Secretary for 20 years. He was also a life member of the Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters Association as well as a member of the Saint Agnes Alumni.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, three sons, Stephen Jr. and John Sr. of Nyack and David of Walden, NY. A daughter, Deborah of Stony Point and six grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Madeline Overton of Walden, NY and Lenore Charboneau of Latham, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at 10:00 am at Saint Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Nyack with burial at the Tappan Reformed Church Cemetery in Tappan.

Visiting hours were held on Monday evening 7-9 pm and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Hannemann Funeral Home, Inc. in Nyack. The Jackson Fire Engine Co. No. 3 held Firematic Services on Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Funeral Home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Saint Agnes Alumni, c/o 9 Glen Road, Highland Falls, NY 10928.

Published: Sunday, November 4th, 2001



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Edward H. Keane

   
St.Agnes 1936 - 1941
 

(Deceased - Biography not available)


John M. Keane

   
St. Agnes 1936 - 1939

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Robert R. Keane

   
St. Agnes 1936 - 1943
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Thomas A. Keane


   
St. Agnes 1936 - 1946

(Deceased - Biography not available)


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James Lawson

   
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James Lawson
St. Agatha from 1930 to 1936, then St. Agnes. Joined the Navy in May 1941 and served in the South Pacific. Discharged in 1946 and settled out West. Managed a commercial laundry. Married Shirley Johnson, no children. Jim died in 1966.

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Gerald F. (Jerry) Merna

   
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GERALD F. (JERRY) MERNA

FIRST LIEUTENANT, U.S. MARINE CORPS (RET.)

Marine Officer, Postal Service Officer, Association Executive 

 

Jerry Merna was born in New York City, and at a very early age, together with his six brothers and one sister was raised by Dominican Nuns in two different Catholic Homes, St. Dominic’s Convent in Blauvelt, NY and St. Agnes Home in Sparkill, NY.  He dropped out of high school after his second year to enlist in the United States Marine Corps on his 17th birthday in April 1947. 

Following boot camp training at Parris Island, S.C. he served in all enlisted grades from Private (E-1) to Master Gunnery Sergeant (E-9).  In 1966 with 18 years of enlisted service he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant under the Marine Corps’ Outstanding Leadership Program, and only one year later, while serving in Vietnam, was promoted to First Lieutenant.  (Marine officers who come up from the ranks are referred to as “Mustangs.”) 

During his 22 years as a Marine Jerry Merna served in a variety of administrative, legal and infantry  positions and is a graduate of numerous military schools, including  Advanced Combat Training, Instructor Orientation School, and Naval Justice Courses in San Diego, CA.,  and Newport, RI. 

During 13 months of combat service in Korea (1952 - 1953) he was an anti-tank assault (ATA) infantry unit leader with Weapons Company,  1st Battalion 5th Marines, and later was a platoon sergeant with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on Outpost  “Vegas,“  one of the bloodiest engagements in Western Korea. 

14 years after serving in Korea, in 1966 Jerry served as a 36-year old Second Lt. for 13 months in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division.  Upon his return to the U.S.  he served as the Adjutant and Casualty Notification Officer for Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia while stationed at the Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, until his retirement in 1968.  

Jerry’s numerous military decorations and awards include two Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V,” the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Citation, the Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, an individual award of the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and unit award of the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He also has seven awards of the Rifle Expert and Pistol Sharpshooter badges. 

After retiring from the Marine Corps Jerry served for the next 18 years as a Senior Executive Service official with the United States Postal Service.  He was appointed Executive Assistant to the Postmaster General at Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C., one of only 34 Officers of the 850,000 member U. S.  Postal Service.  Following an assignment as the Acting Postmaster of Lynchburg, VA, Jerry was appointed Postmaster for the entire Northern Virginia region, one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.  For six years he directed postal operations at one of  the largest and most complex Postal Service field units that served two million customers with over 5,000 employees, 1,200 vehicles, and 155 post offices stretching from Arlington and Alexandria to Front Royal and Winchester.  This field office was also used as a model for demonstrating postal procedures and mail processing systems for industry,   congressional and international visitors. 

After retiring from the Postal Service in 1987 for the next six years Jerry implemented worldwide advertising, public relations and marketing activities as Director of Advertising for SIGNAL Magazine, the official journal of  the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) in Fairfax, VA.

He then was appointed a Vice President and Associate Publisher of National DEFENSE magazine, journal of the Arlington-based National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a major defense industry association with 28,000 individual members, and some 900 companies dealing with national security.  

While in the Marine Corps Jerry successfully completed all academic requirements for and graduated from the school he dropped out of, Tappan Zee High School, Piermont, New York.  Not satisfied with that, after years of night school, he went on to obtain degrees of Bachelor of Science in Administration and Master of Science in Personnel Management, at ages 43 and 47 respectively, from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.  He also completed Advanced Management Programs at the University of Southern California and the University of Virginia.  He served on the Boards of Directors for the National League of Postmasters of the United States, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA), and The George Washington University General Alumni Association. 

Jerry has been married to the former Dorothy M. Sedlack, his classmate at TZ High School of Piermont, New York, for over 53 years.  The Merna’s have two children:  Linda M. Figura of Alexandria, and Gerald T. Merna, of Sterling, VA., and two grandchildren.  Dot and Jerry reside in The Cascades, Potomac Falls, VA., where Jerry formerly served as Chairman of his homeowner’s Covenants Committee.



James Merna

   
Tappan Zee HS 1950 Graduate
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Richard Merna

   
Tappan Zee HS 1953 Graduate
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Robert Merna

   
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Thomas G. Merna


   
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Thomas G. Merna
Thomas G. Merna, 62 died May 7, 2000 of natural causes in San Francisco. Mr. Merna was born in New York City October 12, 1937. With five brothers and a sister, he was raised in St. Dominicës Home, Blauvelt, and St. Agnes Convent, Sparkill. Attended Tappan Zee H.S. in Piermont.

He moved to San Francisco in 1962 and was a long time employee at a retail establishment on Fishermanës Wharf. The devoted son of the late Geraldine Kraus of Portland, OR and the late George F. Merna of New York City, he leaves behind his dear brothers Gerald of Potomac Falls, VA; Robert of Walnut Creek, CA; James of Lanham, MD, Richard of Clinton, MD, and sister Vivian Rendes of Sun City West, AZ. His oldest brother George was killed in action in World War II with the sinking of LST-577. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Published: Friday, May 19th, 2000



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Robert F. Pulliza

   
France (1957); St. Agnes (1952-1953)
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ST. DOMINIC’S HOME FOR BOYS & GIRLS 1948-1952
ST AGNES HOME FOR BOYS 1952-1953

I was one of the boys from Saint Agnes who would have graduated from Tappan Zee High School with the class of 1956. You will find me in the 1953 year book as a sophomore. I was on the Tappan Zee football team (played 1st string right guard and nose guard) and had been selected for the 1st string all county football team in 1953. Mary Ann Rechtorovic and I were dating.

Unfortunately, my Father obtained a court order in December, 1953 to have my brother Peter and I released from Saint Agnes into his custody. He took us to New York City to live. Later that month, I ran away from home and subsequently went to live at Saint Vincent’s Home for Boys in Brooklyn.

I enlisted in the Army in October, 1956, having never finished high school. I went through basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, combat engineer training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and was assigned to an engineer unit in Georgia. In August, 1957, I was transferred to an engineer unit in Germany where I served until February, 1961. Returning to the States, I was assigned to a post in Virginia. In 1962, after having earned a GED, I applied for and was selected to attend Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia.

After receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in early 1963, I was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas, which was destined for a 6 month rotation to Germany for training as a Platoon Leader. We left for Germany in June of 1963 expecting to be home by Christmas of the same year. When President Kennedy was assassinated in November, 1963, my unit was deployed on the East German border in anticipation of an attack by the Warsaw Pact and we did not get home until February, 1964.

By 1965, I was a 1st Lieutenant and was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea as an Infantry Battalion Logistics Officer. Retuning to Fort Riley, I was assigned to the newly activated 9th Infantry Division as a Company Commander. By this time I had been promoted to Captain. We trained from April, 1966 to December 1966 when we left for Vietnam. I stayed with the company until May, 1966 than went on to be a staff officer.

Leaving Vietnam in December, 1967, I was sent to the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning and than to the Dominican Republic as an Infantry Brigade Advisor to the Dominican Army. While in the Dominican Republic, I was promoted to Major and once again, was assigned to Vietnam as a Regimental Advisor to the Vietnamese Army.

While in Vietnam, I applied for and was accepted for a Boot Strap program which allowed me to attend college full time for up to a year to obtain a degree. I started taking college courses before I was commissioned and continued to do so when I could so I only had 6 months to go when I applied for the program. I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned a degree in Military Science and Business in 1973.

From school, I was assigned to be the Executive Officer at the Army Recruiting District at Fort Hamilton, New York. Mary Ann and I got back together again in 1974 while I was stationed in New York and we were married in August, 1975. We were transferred to Fort Sheridan, IL where I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management. We finished our military service at Fort Sheridan, Illinois and moved back to New York where we started our own business as small business consultants. Later, I was recruited to be a Vice President for the franchisor and we moved from New York to Maryland.

In 1994, Mary Ann and I moved to our newly built home in Spring Hill, Florida and have lived here ever since. I have 3 children from a previous marriage and Mary Ann and I have a daughter. We have also been blessed with three granddaughters.

My military awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters and various other awards for service in Korea and Vietnam.

In September 2006, my brother Peter W. Pulliza passed away. He was 67 years old. He had been at St Agnes for 6 months in 1953.
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Frank Jacob Rosenstine

   
Tappan Zee HS 1955 Graduate
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Frank Jacob Rosenstine
My name is Frank Jacob Rosenstine. I was born on April 29, 1937 in Bronx, New York.

From the 4th - 8th grades I was at St. Dominics in Blauvelt, New York. When I was in high school I was at St. Agnes in Sparkill, New York and attended Tappan Zee in Piermont, New York.

After high school I enlisted in the Navy on July 7, 1955 and my first ship was the USS Fort Mandan LSD-21. My next duty station was the Naval Air Station at Gitmo, Cuba. While I was stationed Castro stopped our water supply. There was no fresh water, but plenty of beer to go around. Next I was off to the Naval Reserve Training Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Two more ships to flow were the USS PONCHATOULA AO-148 and the USS DELIVER ARS-23.

On September 10, 1965 I married my wife, Marie and gained my instant family with three sons, ages 12, 11 & 5. Next I was on the USS CONE DD-866, and shortly after, on December 6, 1967 we gave birth to our daughter Lori.

My last ship was the USS SURIBACHI AE-21. My last duty station was the Charleston Naval Base from which I retired from the Navy, after twenty years of service, on June 6, 1975 as a Senior Chief Radioman.

Then I worked at the Charleston Naval Shipyard from April 12, 1976 through February 29, 1992 and the Naval Weapon Station from March 1, 1992 through September 3, 1997 from which I retired after twenty years of Civil Service.

In March of 2002 I had a massive stroke, which left me unable to communicate and I was almost completely paralyzed on my right side. After many months in both the hospital and a rehabilitation hospital, I was finally allowed to go home, but continued out patient therapy for over a year later. I now have complete, unassisted mobility, and work out at the gym almost every day walking anywhere from 5-9 miles on the treadmill. My speech is somewhat limited but I always find a way to get my point across, especially my jokes. This past April I participated in the Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk here in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a 4.5 mile walk across the Cooper River Bridge and through downtown Charleston. My daughter and I walked it together to celebrate my recovery from my stroke.

I now live in Goose Creek (near Charleston), South Carolina with my wife, Marie. We have four children, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren and we are enjoying retired life.



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Joseph R. Stanaitis

   
Tappan Zee HS 1955 Graduate
June 2005

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Joseph R. Stanaitis (a.k.a Robert Stanaitis)

I was an early out in 1955. I graduated in February and much later, I regretted the fact that I robbed myself of an additional few months of being a child.

I moved to the Big Apple in April 1955. Took few business courses At CCNY and NYU and then started my 44 year career in data processing BC (before computers) and telecommunications . I met my wife of 44 years in 1958 and wed in 1960.

You may remember me as Robert or Bob.. that in fact was my second name. My first name was Joe and for reasons too complicated to explain, I assumed the name of Joe in 1956 and have been Good old Joe since then which causes some confusion when I am with someone from now and come across someone from then,.

We moved to West Haverstraw in 1964 where I commenced my 40 years of commuting from a low of 24 miles of day to Orangeburg to a high of 140 miles a day to Brewster New York. We had one son in 1967 then after we moved to Warwick NY in 1971 was blessed with a second son in 1979. The older guy has been married for several years. The younger is still single and eligible. Both of them work locally remembering my many hours on the road instead of being home.

I was blessed with a kind of blue collar /white collar career. I usually hand carried and installed much of the equipment that I then operated and managed at each of the several companies I worked at. In early 1998 my company had been bought out and was closed down in early 1999. Ergo, retirement!

We enjoy going to B & Bs. We both belong to the local health club and work out on a regular basis. I spend my time doing some volunteer work, photography, woodcrafts, reading and gardening. Over the years, I became an excellent cook as my photo may indicate. I am now actively trying to lose some weight. I am a firm believer in moderation in all things "especially" moderation. We have a cat named Gabriel. Our home is built upon a knoll, upon a hill upon the side of a mountain. Thank God, we are still in good health.

Those who might remember me from those halcyon days of high school would remember a quiet studious person, I have changed. I am no long as quiet and reserved. Life is too good not to partake.

Since retiring I have been looking for people from that time. I found a few at Classmates.com. I remember sending a howdy to one of the guys in my class. His response was that he didn't remember me. After several other non or negative responses, I let my membership end. I have reconnected with many of my classmates from St. Agnes School where I am a member of the St. Agnes Alumni Association and we have a web site at http://www.stagnesalumni.org/



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John (Sammy) Tolins

   
St. Agnes 1943 - 1953
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Joseph (Joe) Wiska

   
St. Agnes (1947-1954)
Recent Photo: 2003

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Joseph (Joe) Wiska
WAS PUT IN ST. AGNES IN 1947 BY NEW YORK CITY WELFARE DEPT. BECAUSE I WAS TURNING INTO A JUVENILE DELINQUENT AT 8 YEARS OLD (CUTTING OUT OF SCHOOL AND STEALING FROM DEPT. STORES). (MOTHER WORKED - FATHER DEAD - ONLY CHILD). WOULD HAVE GRADUATED FROM TAPPAN ZEE 1957.

LEFT ST. AGNES AND TAPPAN ZEE IN 1955 AND WENT TO MACHINE & METAL TRADES H.S. IN NEW YORK CITY. QUIT HIGH SCHOOL FOR HALF YEAR AND WORKED FOR EAGLE ELECTRIC CO. (A UNION JOB - COULDN'T HACK IT SO I RETURNED AND FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL).

JAN - SEP 1958

WORKED FOR U.S. CASUALTY INSURANCE CO. AT 60 JOHN ST. N.Y.C. FOR ABOUT 8 MONTHS AS AN IBM TAB OPERATOR.
1958 - 1962






JOINED USMC SEPT 1958 FOR 4 YEARS. MET SALLY, A WOMAN MARINE, GOT MARRIED JULY 1960, AND HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 45 YEARS. WE HAD 5 CHILDREN - DENISE, THERESA, DEBRA, LORRAINE AND GREGORY (FINALLY GOT THE BOY!!). DENISE PASSES AWAY AT 8 MO. (CRIB DEATH) AND IS BURIED AT BEAUFORT NATIONAL CEMETERY S.C. THE OTHER 4 ARE STILL SURVIVING. HAVE 8 GRAND CHILDREN.
1962 - 1967


GOT OUT OF USMC AND PURCHASHED A MOBILE HOME IN MOONACHIE, N.J. GOT A JOB WITH U.S STEEL, 71 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY, AS AN IBM TAB OPERATOR.
1967 - 1968

MOVED TO GREENWOOD INDIANA AND GOT A JOB WITH HAAG DRUG CO. AS IBM TAB OPERATOR.
1968 - 1973


QUIT HAAG DRUG AND WENT TO WORK FOR BRYANT HEATING & COOLING AS A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER FOR 5 YEARS. LEFT AS A SYSTEMS PROGRAMMER.
1973 - 1987


MOVED BACK TO NEWTON NEW JERSEY AND GOT A JOB WITH ITT AVIONICS IN NUTLEY, NJ AS A SENIOR SYSTMS SOFTWARE PROGRAMMER.
1987 - 2003

BOUGHT CARPET CLEANING/JANITORIAL BUSINESS IN BEAUFORT SC. ("CLEANMASTER SERVICES")
2003 - ????






RETIRED AT 63. EVERYTHING IS PAID FOR - HOUSE - 1984 MOTOR HOME - 1990 CONVERSION VAN - 1995 OLDS SILHOUTTE - 1993 MERCURY VILLAGER - AND LOTS OF OTHER CRAP THAT WE REALLY DON'T NEED. IT IS "GREAT" NOT TO HAVING ANY PAYMENTS OTHER THAN UTILITIES. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE YOUNGER WORKING PEOPLE FOR OUR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE THAT WE ARE NOW RECEIVING.




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