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Neal Michael McLane, ’69, RIP

Neal Michael McLane, Class of 1969, died on Sept. 14, 2022. Neal was born on March 26, 1942.

Condolences to Doreen McLane, 3601 Whispering Woods Ter, Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

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Published obituary: Neal Michael McLane, 80, of Baldwinsville, NY, passed away unexpectedly at Crouse Hospital on Wednesday, with loving family members around, including his spouse of 54 years, Doreen. He was born in Auburn, NY, to Andrew and Florence (Cuddy) McLane. Neal was a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Class of 1960 and Maryknoll Seminary in 1966. He married the love of his life, Doreen (Putnam) McLane on October 7, 1967. Neal worked for Byrne Dairy in Syracuse, NY for 35 years, retiring in 2008 as a Vice President and Director of Human Resources. He engaged in numerous volunteer roles with organizations such as Jail Ministry, the Board of Empower Federal Credit Union, and various youth focused athletic and civic programs. Neal was also an active parishioner of Christ the King Church since 1971, serving on multiple committees. All said, the bedrock of Neal’s life can be captured in three words – Faith, Friends, Family. His kindness and compassion were felt by everyone he met. Neal’s life has been deeply guided by his faith in God and his relationship with the Catholic Church. His friends meant the world to him. Whether playing bridge, golf, talking or listening, Neal loved his friendships. The greatest love of Neal’s life was his wife Doreen, and their family. Neal and Doreen were a “marriage made in heaven.”

They raised four children, Cara (John) Redmond, Andrew (Sara) McLane, Matthew (Megan) McLane and Brendan (Pam Quinn) McLane. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; Mary Grace, Mark, Jack, Ryan, Noah, Rory, Gary, Alice, Sam and Lucy and 3 brothers; Michael (Elizabeth) McLane, Brian McLane and Terry (Brenda) McLane. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kevin, and sister, Maura. They were all deeply influenced and loved by Neal… the husband, father, grandpa, brother and father-in-law.


Interchange volumes 20 through 42

Back issues of Interchange from Vol. 20 (2000) through Vol. 42 (2022) are available in one compiled PDF.  Select
IC-001 in the Archives section of the Interchange website.

This PDF can be downloaded and searched using Acrobat Reader (free to download from adobe.com). Try downloading the file and searching for your name or a topic such as “Bedford” or “celibacy” or “Vatican.”

And remember that you can translate all pages on the Interchange website by clicking the red Translate button in the bottom right-hand corner. Par example (for your French speakers):Ce PDF peut être téléchargé et recherché à l’aide d’Acrobat Reader (téléchargement gratuit sur adobe.com). Essayez de télécharger le fichier et de rechercher votre nom ou un sujet tel que « Bedford », « célibat » ou « Vatican ».”

The three front-page articles in Interchange Vol. 20, No. 1 are

  • “Retired Priests Offer Final Sacrifice.” Article from The Daily Review, Haward, Calif.
  • “Vic Hummert’s Haiku: Sounding the Alarm for Mother Earth”
  • “Studying China’s Catholics, “by Richard Madsen

Richard “Dick” Francis Higgins. ’59, RIP

Richard “Dick” Francis Higgins, Class of 1959, died on September 12, 2022 (his 90th birthday).

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Formal obituary from the funeral home:

Richard (Dick) Higgins was born September 12, 1931 in Glen Ridge, NJ to Edward and Louise Higgins. He passed on September 12, 2022, on his 91st birthday.
Dick served as a Maryknoll Missionary for 20 years. He mostly spent time in the Philippines, where he ministered to the local communities and built schools. After leaving the Maryknoll community, Dick taught for Atlantic Cape Community College on the Jersey shore. Later, an opportunity with Southern Company Services brought Dick and his wife, Eileen, to Atlanta. At Southern Company, Dick conducted Management Training classes in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Dick’s zest for teaching and his faith were a key role in teaching adult education classes for many years at St. Aquinas Catholic Church. Retiring from Southern Company, Dick found his ideal job as director of Seniors Enriched Living (SEL) in the Roswell and Alpharetta Area. Dick spent 23 years in this position expanding the program to a higher level of education with retired professors and business leaders who volunteered their teaching time. The organization grew to 400 participants at the time of his retirement from SEL in 2018.
A person with a thirst for learning and knowledge, Dick was a voracious reader who loved to discuss history, religion, and current affairs. He so enjoyed the art of conversation. Always a sports fan; cheering on the Braves, Notre Dame, Auburn (WDE), basketball and any game that his grandchildren were playing in.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Maloney Higgins; his parents; and his brothers, Edward, Paul, and Robert.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Anne; his daughter, Mercedes Sanker (Steve Midas) of Chesapeake, VA; his stepsons, Brian DeStefano (Lisa) of Cumming, GA and Kevin DeStefano (Audra) of Auburn, AL; and the “Magnificent 7” grandchildren, Tatum, Michael and Aveary Sanker of Chesapeake, VA, Connor and Declan DeStefano of Cumming, GA, Aubrey and Paisley DeStefano of Auburn, AL; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 10:00am with a reception to follow. Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102 or North Fulton Charities, 11275 Elkins Road, Roswell, GA 30076.

Michael E. Pufall, ’64, RIP

Michael Erwin Pufall, class of 1964, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Rainey Hospice House, Anderson, SC.

Mike’s wife, Candy, wrote:  I would like you to know that Michael Pufall lost his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on October 9th. He had been in hospice for one month after two weeks in the hospital and a year in the memory care unit of a senior facility here in Hartwell. His last month was full of blessings as he was in a lovely facility with an excellent staff and in no pain. His brother and wife were able to spend two days at his side before he passed and I was blessed to spend the last day with him alone except for my priest who came in and said final prayers with the two of us. Thank you for keeping him in the loop about your classmates. I know he appreciated your messages. Blessings to each of you. Candy

Condolences to Candace C. Pufall, 569 Tahoe Dr., Hartwell, GA 30643-3886.

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Published obituary: Michael Erwin Pufall was born on February 4, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI, to the late August Pufall and Kathryn Altmeier Pufall. Michael was retired from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he was a professor. He proudly served our country in the United States Army.
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife, Candace C. Pufall of the home and siblings, Kathryn Sangiovanni and Peter Pufall.
To honor his request, Michael was cremated and no formal service will be held at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Coile and Hall Funeral Directors, 333 E. Johnson Street in Hartwell.

Walter J. Stinson, ’59, RIP

Walter John Stinson, Class of 1959, died on October 7, 2022, at the age of 94.

Photo shows Walter Stinson waving to residents who lined the streets for the University Heights Memorial Day Parade of 2018. (Photo Courtesy of Caleb Shuster)


Published notices follow:

Longtime University Heights community coordinator, senior services manager Walter Stinson dies at 94

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Oct. 14) at Gesu Catholic Church for longtime resident Walter Stinson, whose decades of service to the city included work as its first community coordinator.

Stinson had the honor of having University Heights’ then-new park named after him in 2019.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native died Oct. 7 at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sara; son, Paul; and two grandchildren.


Walter John Stinson, beloved husband for 47 years to Sara, dear father of Paul (wife Elizabeth), loving grandfather of Luke and Evangeline, cherished brother of the late Jerome Stinson and Mary Burke.

In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to the Maryknoll Fathers, 55 Ryder Rd., Ossining, NY 10562. Please meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Gesu Catholic Church at 11 AM. Interment Lake View Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Walter at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) THURSDAY 3-7 PM. On-line obituary and guestbook at www.DeJohnCares.com.

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