Please remember in your prayers the special intentions from the Xavier High School community listed here:
- Fred Muhl `85 posted on Xavier High School - Middletown, CT's timeline:
"Please send prayers and good vibes for Erick Denizard class of 85 who is very ill and needs lots of love and support from everyone in the XHS family."
- The Reverend Robert P. Ricciardi, 67, pastor of St. Bridget's Church in Cheshire who passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at Yale New Haven Hospital.
- We pray for peace in the world.
- Fr. Greg Galvin, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Norwich, continues a diocesan wide prayer campaign on behalf of the nine seminarians currently studying for the priesthood in Norwich, including Xavier's former Dean of Faculty formation Peter Langevin.
You may submit Prayer Intentions here. We will post these for at least a month.
Here are the listings which we will be publishing in our next (Summer 2014) edition of Xavier Today. Please remember these deceased members of the Xavier High School community. We recognize here alumni, faculty and staff, and members of their immediate families (including grandparents). Please send us an email with news of any current deaths that you do not see listed here. Please include the date of death and where the obituary or announcement was published (newspaper or funeral home).
Michael Brian Skinner `91 (Yearbook photo), age 40 of East Hampton, beloved son of Judith Skinner and the late Wayne Skinner, died March 1st, at Hartford Hospital. Born Oct. 7, 1973, in Middletown, Michael grew up in East Hampton and was a 1991 graduate of Xavier High School. He attended Central Connecticut State University, where he received his teaching degree. Michael was employed as a dog groomer at Pampered Pets in Windham. At Xavier, Michael ran cross-country, indoor and outdoor track as a freshman and sophomore, participated in SADD as a junior, and worked as a member of the Musicals and Prom Committee in his junior and senior years.
Here are the listings which we have sent to be published in the Winter 2014 edition of Xavier Today.
Madelyn (Sullivan) Batchelder, 82, of Moodus, formerly of Middletown, died February 1, 2014 at Chestelm Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the mother of Clem Batchelder `71 and the grandmother of Sean Batchelder `08 and Ryan Batchelder `11.
Alphonse Battipaglia, 86, of Hamden passed away peacefully on January 7, 2014 at the Connecticut Hospice, Branford. He was the grandfather of Connor Milone `14.
Elizabeth (Chappell) Bongo passed away peacefully on December 22, 2012, one day before her 77th birthday, at the Port Saint Lucie Nursing & Restorative Care Center. Elizabeth, most commonly known as Betty, was the grandmother of Christopher Bongo `11 and Jonathan Bongo `16.
Kathleen (Foster) Brede, 82, of Portland died November 14, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Kathleen was the mother of David F. Brede `78. She was also the grandmother of David F. Brede, Jr. `04 and Michael B. Brede `07.
Pauline B. (Bourque) Breton, 78, of Durham passed away on January 6, 2014 at Wadsworth Glen Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown, CT surrounded by her loving family after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Pauline was the mother of Leo Breton `85.
Timothy F. Brewer III, M.D., 82, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Old Saybrook, CT, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2014. He was the father of Timothy Brewer IV `77, Kevin Brewer `78, and William Brewer `82.
Edmund "Ned" Burke `85 (Yearbook photo), age 47, of Fairfield, passed away January 30, 2014 after an 8 year battle with brain cancer. Ned was born in Hartford and raised in Wethersfield. He graduated from Xavier High School in 1985, Fairfield University in 1989 and received his MBA from Fordham in 1999. Ned had a fifteen year career in Corporate Communications/ Investor Relations with AIG in New York City. Ned had a love of sports, especially golf and the Boston Red Sox and found great joy in bringing friends together. He will always be remembered for his devotion to his wife, Michele (Carpentier) Burke, and children. Besides his wife and parents, Ned is survived by his children, Michael and Mia Burke. Donations in Ned's memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, C/O Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or to Xavier High School, Attn: Advancement Office, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457.
Anna (Spada) Carta, 85, of Middletown, Connecticut passed away on January 10, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at the Middlesex Health Care Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Anna was the mother of Carl Carta `70 and Robert Carta `71. She was also the grandmother of Michael Carta `13. Memorial contributions in Anna’s name may be made to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown, Connecticut, 06457.
Helen Mary Morariu Catalano, 85, of Middletown, CT passed away on December 31, 2013 after a brief illness with family by her side. Helen was the mother of Jude Catalano `75 and grandmother of Marcellus Catalano `89.
Robert "Bob" Ciarleglio, Sr., 79, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 1, 2013 after a long illness. He was the grandfather of Nicholas Maturo `14. Memorial donations can be made in Robert's name to the Xavier Fine Arts Facility Upgrade, Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457.
Angelina Emanuele, 88, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at Middlesex Health Care Center. She was the mother of Sal Emanuele Sr `73; grandmother of Dr. Sebastian Milardo `85, Nate Williams '88, Sal Emanuele Jr `97 and great-grandmother of Nicolas Favale `16 and Joshua Favale `18.
Ho Quey Eng, 94, grandmother of English teacher Mr. Timothy Eng, passed away on December 13, 2013.
Marion (Frazier) Feitel, 94 passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Middlesex Health Care Center. She was the mother of Past Director of Alumni Devlopment and history teacher Richard Feitel and Gregg Feitel `81. Marion was also the grandmother of Bryan Feitel `86.
Father Joseph G. Finnerty, 80, died surrounded by his loving family on January 28, 2014. Father Finnerty was Xavier's first chaplain. From 1963 to 1975, he served as chaplain to the Xaverian Brothers and chaplain and guidance counselor to the students at Xavier High School.
Father Finnerty was born in Roxbury, Mass. and entered Our Lady of Mercy Seminary in Lenox, Mass., in 1950. He received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and in speech and drama (1956) and a bachelor's of sacred theology (1961) from Catholic University in Washington D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich, on May 11, 1961, by the Most Rev. Vincent J. Hines, D.D.
Father Finnerty was assigned to St. Mary Church in New London, and then in September 1961, he became associate pastor of St. Joseph Church in Chester. While at Xavier, he became an elected member of the Clergy Council in 1966. Father Finnerty received a master of arts degree in guidance and counseling from Boston College in 1967. In 1975, he was appointed Pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Preston, and served there for 11 years. From 1985 to 1986, he studied at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., and received a degree in spiritual studies. From 1986 to 2009, Father Finnerty was spiritual director at Emmaus Spiritual Life Center in Uncasville. During this time, he conducted over 350 parish missions and numerous priests' retreats both in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. Additional duties included secretary of the first Priests' Senate, associate director of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, and director of Continuing Education and Formation Commission for the Clergy.
After retiring in 2009, he continued to celebrate Masses at parishes throughout the Norwich Diocese.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity that holds personal significance.
Leonard J. Fredericks, Sr., 79, of Middlefield went peacefully to his eternal reward on January 2, 2014. He was the father of Leonard J. Fredericks, Jr. `70 and grandfather of Trevor Fredericks `05, Aaron Fredericks, Esq. `06 and Alexander Fredericks `10.
Robert D. Johnson Jr. `87 (Yearbook photo), age 45, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia coupled with FSH Muscular Dystrophy at the Hospital of Central CT at New Britain General. Robert was born in Meriden and had been a Wallingford and Meriden resident. Rob was a 1987 graduate of Xavier High School and a 1992 graduate of Hartford State Technical College with an associate's degree in architectural drafting. He had been employed by the Wallingford Stop and Shop until his retirement a year ago. He is survived his wife Kathleen Taylor Johnson. Rob was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and a lighthouse enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling with Kate to various lighthouse locations, having visited most of the New England lighthouses and several in the Mid-Atlantic and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Anthony La Bella , 88, of Marlborough, formerly of both Portland and Middletown passed away peacefully on December 27, 2013 at Middlesex Hospital after a short illness. He was the father of Joseph La Bella `79 and the grandfather of James La Bella `16 and Michael La Bella `16.
Robert L. LaBissoniere `68 (Yearbook photo), age 63 of Coventry, Ct., passed away peacefully November 9, 2013 with family by his side. Born in Meriden, Ct., he was a graduate of Xavier High School and the Charter Oak State College where he received a B.S. in Health Studies. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he was a Combat Medic (Corpsman). He received his LPN license upon discharge. Bob worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Newington, CT as an Orthopedic Technologist.
Bob enjoyed the outdoors, playing pool with his buddies, motorcycles, and rooting for his New York Giants. He especially loved his four-legged boys, Zak, Harley, Trooper, Coal, Banff, and Sam. As a senior at Xavier, Bob was a member of the bowling team.
Bernadette (McPherson) (Etzel) LaPlace, 89, passed away at Southington Care Center on January 18, 2014. She was the mother of Peter Etzel `71.
Alice M. (Behenna) McRae, age 93 of Hingham, MA, formerly of Jupiter, FL, Hull and Stoneham, died peacefully November 24, 2013, at the Bridges by Epoch in Hingham, surrounded by her loving family. Alice was the sister of Brother Eugene Behenna, C.F.X., former faculty member who is in residence at Xavier.
Martin John Moore, 51, of Meriden, passed into eternal life on December 2, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Martin was the father of Brennan Moore `13.
John R Pryor Jr., 42, of Clinton since 1976, passed away unexpectedly on January 8, 2013. John attended Xavier High School until February 1988 and graduated from Morgan High School in 1989.
Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X., 85, a member of the Xaverian Brothers community in Melrose, died on November 9, 2013 following several years of declining health. Brother Robert was appointed first Headmaster of Xavier High School in Middletown, CT and led the school through its first four years, 1963-1967.
He graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1945 and then entered the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier. After graduating from Catholic University in 1951, his teaching apostolate first brought him to Flaget High School in Louisville, KY, which was followed by a return to Catholic University where he completed graduate studies in theology and philosophy. In 1975, he received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College.
His manifold career included teaching at the Xaverian Brothers Novitiate and at Ryken High School in Leonardtown, MD. He then served as Director of Studies at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers from 1960-1963. After his term as first Headmaster of Xavier High School, Brother Robert then served for several years as Novice Master and Scholastic Director at Newton Highlands. He also taught philosophy at Newton College of the Sacred Heart before returning to St. John's Prep where he taught philosophy and psychology for five years and advanced placement physics for ten years. From 1986 until his retirement in 1992, he served as Headmaster of Malden Catholic High School.
Annette B. Ward, 73, of Middletown, CT, departed this life December 28, 2013. Mrs. Ward was the grandmother of Derrick Ward `15. Memorial contributions may be made to “The Derrick Ward Education Fund”, c/o Liberty Bank, 315 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457.
Giuseppe Zacchia, 74, of Southington passed away January 21, 2014, at MidState Medical Center after courageously battling heart disease for 36 years. He was the grandfather of Joseph Zacchia `16.
For listings from previous editions of Xavier Today, we invite you to visit our Xavier Today Magazine library
and view the In Memoriam section found in each issue.