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Joseph A. Graziano, ’70, RIP

Joseph “Joe” Graziano, Class of 1970, of Centennial, CO, died on March 21, 2023, at the age of 79.

A memorial service for Joe will be streamed on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 11:25 MDT. Go to  https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/index.php?data=MTY4MDE0NTgxNDI0MzcwOCZvbmVyb29tLWFkbWluJmNvcHlfbGluaw==

Published obituary:
Joe was born in Hoboken, NJ, to Eugene & Camille.
Joe is survived by his spouse, Barbara of Centennial and three children: Vanessa, Michael, and Mary.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Alexander, his nephew, Joseph, and parents, Eugene & Camille.
He went to high school at Regis Jesuit in New York City and graduated in 1961. He went on to earn a degree in Theology and a Masters of Divinity from Maryknoll Seminary, and a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder.
He was a financial advisor for Graziano Budny Wealth Management Group for 40 years. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid sports enthusiast, especially for the New York Yankees, and loved spending time with his family. He was involved in Catholic Charities & Denver Rescue Mission.

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Brendan “Bud” Branley, RIP

Brendan Richard “Bud” Branley (1928 – 2020) died peacefully at home in New York City on October 19, 2020, aged 91. Catholic missionary, civil servant, and scholar, he was known for his keen sense of social justice, intellectual curiosity, ready wit, and a tendency toward iconoclasm.

Published obituary in the New York Times, Oct. 19-20, 2020:

Born on December 8, 1928 in Rochester, Minnesota, Bud was the middle child of Edward Branley and Regina Hand. After college, he surprised his family by announcing his intention to join the priesthood. Bud was ordained in 1955 at Maryknoll, a seminary dedicated to training missionaries for service in Asia. Dispatched to Japan, he grew to love the culture and spent a total of 8 years there. In 1965, during a stint back in the U.S., he travelled to Selma to stand in solidarity with demonstrators.
Over time, Bud became disillusioned with the church, feeling that Vatican II did not go far enough in adapting practices for non-western laity. At a Kyoto Christmas party in 1967, he met Mary Clark. Leaving the priesthood, he followed her back to the U.S. where they wed in June 1968. Four days after moving into their house in Washington D.C., their first daughter, Maureen, was born, followed 17 months later by Deirdre.
Bud grew an advisory service for unemployed ex-priests into a career at the Department of Labor. On his first day as Head of Employee Training, he shocked his team when, shown a heaving inbox of documents, he swept them into the trash. “If it’s important, I’ll hear about it,” he told them. He stayed in the post for 20 years.
Bud nurtured a wide-ranging and revolving set of hobbies, from racquetball to carving African masks and Mexican bultos. In the early 1980’s his Polaroids won two successive prizes in the Washington Post’s Amateur Photography Contest. He taught himself ten languages, including Navajo and Russian. A voracious collector of second-hand books, he once used the opportunity of a daughter’s ski trip to build floor to ceiling bookcases in her bedroom to house them.
In the mid 1990s, newly retired and divorced, Bud relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he once again became active in the Church, helping to found a food bank in his parish. He also earned his third masters’ degree and, at 79, a Ph.D. in Art History, writing his dissertation on the intersection of Spanish missionary and indigenous visual cultures in 16th century colonial Mexico.
With declining health, he moved to New York City in 2010, to live near, and eventually with, his daughter Deirdre and her family. Dubbed “Pop Pop” by his grandchildren, he delighted neighbors and caregivers with his good humor and mentorship.
Bud is survived by his sisters Mona Price and Patricia Weingart, his two daughters, and three grandchildren, Ava and Feena Trujillo, and Zoe Pereira-Stubbs. Funeral service at Name of Our Lord Church, Manhattan. A Memorial Service is planned for 2021 in Washington, D.C. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, D.C.

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Rev. Coleman “Andy” Costello, ’68, RIP

Father Coleman J. Costello, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, was born Sept. 28, 1941, was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1967, and died Sat. Jan. 21, at age 81.

Born in Brooklyn, Coleman Costello was raised in St. Adalbert’s parish in Queens, attended high school at LaSalle Military Academy on Long Island, and studied at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Va. and St. John’s University in Queens. 

During the course of his priestly career, Father Costello served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar for St. Saviour (Brooklyn), St. Francis de Sales (Belle Harbor), St. Anthony of Padua (Brooklyn), St. Vincent de Paul (Brooklyn) and St. Andrew Avellino (Brooklyn). He also served as part-time chaplain of Holy Cross High School (Flushing). 

In the early 1970s, Father Costello transitioned from a role as a parish priest to a ministry working with young people struggling with drug and alcohol problems. 

That included establishing a not-for-profit referral agency called The Outreach Project. 

“Father Costello was very sensitive to the needs of people who were on the fringes of society,” said Msgr. John Bracken, who became good friends with Father Costello when both served as priests at St. Francis de Sales in the late 1960s. 

“He was a missionary, touching the lives of the people who needed to know the most that God loved them,” he added 

Msgr. Bracken added that Father Costello was a “warm, welcoming priest with a truly outgoing personality who always put smiles on the faces of those he came in contact with.” 

He spent his later years at the Bishop Mugavero Residence for Retired Priests in Douglaston, Queens. 

A funeral Mass for Father Costello was celebrated by Bishop Robert Brennan at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, New York, on Jan. 25, followed by interment at St. John Cemetery, Middle Village, New York. 

Timothy J. Houldsworth, RIP

Former seminarian Dr. Timothy “Tim” James Houldsworth passed away on December 5th.

Published obituary: His memory will continue to live on in those that knew and loved him. Timothy loved Jesus, his family, and friends. He never met a stranger and loved to spend time talking about God, his grandchildren, and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Tim was the son of Eleanor and James Houldsworth of Sidney, Ohio. He loved sports and played Football and Basketball in High School. He graduated as a Doctor of Optometry from The Ohio State University, and he joined the United States Airforce and served for 4 years then joined the Ohio Air National Guard where he achieved the rank of Major. He later attended Maryknoll Seminary where he studied to become a missionary Priest. He received a degree in Philosophy, however, after being found to not be “Priestly” material, he left Maryknoll along with others and joined “The Band of Brothers”. He returned to Sidney, Ohio where he met Charlotte “Harlee” Dondero and they were soon married. Harlee and Tim had two children Kay and Ken. They resided in Dayton, Ohio for many years where he worked at Wright Patterson Airforce Base until he retired in 1996 and moved to Saint Augustine, FL. Harlee and Tim spent hours walking on the beach together and sharing their love for Jesus with those they met. Together they worshipped at Hineni Messianic Fellowship in Saint Augustine, FL.

On December 5th Timothy was reunited with his mother, father, and two sisters, Katie Krueger and Jane Gleason, as well as many other friends when he made his way to Heaven. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Harlee Houldsworth, his daughter, Kay Smolin, and her husband, Eric, his son, Ken Houldsworth, and his wife, Karly. He was blessed with 8 grandchildren 3 from Kay and Eric: Rachel, Seaver and Eli and 5 from Ken and Karly: Link, Lark, Lyric, Legend and Liberty.

A celebration of his life will occur sometime in early 2022.

Reprinted from St. Augustine Record

Donald H. Londo, ’69, RIP

Former seminarian (class of 1969) Donald H.  Londo, 80, of Alpena (MI) passed away peacefully at home Thursday, December 29, 2022.

Published obituary: Don was born January 11, 1942 in Bay City, MI to the late Harold and Genevieve (Jenny) Londo. On August 29, 1964 he married Evelyn Bailey at St. Robert Catholic Church in Flushing, MI. Don was the manager for the Michigan Employment Security Commission in Alpena, Bay City, and Midland. He coached girls softball for several years, and enjoyed Cajun music. His greatest interest however was history, particularly the Civil War era. Don served on the Michigan Color Guard for the 150th anniversary at Gettysburg. He was also a member of the Sons of the Civil War Lockwood Camp #139 where he served as secretary and president. Don also authored a book on the history of Alpena Veterans of the Civil War which is awaiting publication. He was a lifetime member of the Alpena Exchange Club, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Don is survived by his wife; Evelyn, his children; Jon Londo, Jeannie (John) Pines, and Gary (Jennifer) Londo, his siblings; Gary (Jackie) Londo, Cathy (David) McDonald, Sharon Draves, and his grandchildren, Kael, Quinn, Brandon, and Dakota Londo. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Posen with Rev. Art Duchnowicz as celebrant. An hour of visitation will take place prior beginning at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will be at St. Casimir Catholic Church Cemetery in the spring.

Reprinted from Bay City Times from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2023.

John F.X. Crowley, ’59, RIP

John F.X. Crowley, ’59, died on February 2, 2023. Published obituary appears below.

Condolences to John’s wife, Hazel Swailes, 15023 W Greystone Dr,  Sun City West, AZ85375

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John F. X. Crowley was born 1/23/1931 in Brooklyn New York to Emma MaryEllen (nee Lynas) and John F Crowley.  He attended Saint Francis Preparatory School, Maryknoll College, Fordham School of Special Services and Saint John’s University culminating in an advanced degree in Social Work.

He worked as an Administrator for Queens County Mental Health Society, Queens Child Guidance Center, New Jersey Association for Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, and New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He also taught in NY Graduate schools.

John loved people and enjoyed traveling, hiking, fishing rafting and learning new skills.  He took many classes in New York and started collecting rocks and making silver jewelry.  After visiting Sun City West and seeing all the clubs and equipment, expedited his retirement and has enjoyed all his friends and activities since.

John leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Hazel Swailes, two sons, Richard Crowley (Edith) of Lindenhurst, NY and Kevin (Maureen) and their daughter Jacquelyn Crowley all of Brewster, NY.  He is survived by one brother, Edward in NY and many Nieces and Nephews.  One Brother Robert Crowley (Pat) and a Nephew Arthur Crowley (Charlene) preceded him in death.

Daniel J. Ahearn, ’64, RIP

Daniel J. Ahearn, Class of 1964, died on July 29, 2022. His published obituary follows.

I know the One in whom I have placed my trust. I’m convinced that God is powerful enough to protect what has been placed in my trust. (Timothy 1:12) In the early hours of Friday, July 29th, at the age of 84, Dan (Tucker) finished his journey of faith and service at home, on Hospice, with the loving care of his wife, Kathy. Dan lived a full and successful life, accomplishing all that he set his mind and heart on. As a young man, he spent five years in Seminary before deciding that was not his calling, and choosing instead a career in medicine, spanning 30 years, as his ministry. After an internship at Georgetown, Dan joined the U. S. Amy, and served with a special unit in Vietnam, achieving the rank of Major and receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces. Following discharge from the Army, his practice took him from Missouri to Indianapolis, Los Angeles and then to DuBois, PA, where he earned an MBA and moved into hospital administration. As VP and Chief Medical Officer of DuBois Regional Medical Center, Dan built a successful team of physicians and staff, earning the hospital several prestigious awards from the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania for excellence in patient care. Moving to Reno in 2007, Dan quickly jumped into community service, becoming the CEO of Health Access of Washoe County (HAWC) and was an instrumental force in merging the former St. Mary’s outreach programs with HAWC, to become Community Health Alliance. In his long career, Dan received may service and performance awards, but particularly cherished was the Michael O’Callaghan Humanitarian Award, presented to him by the Northern Nevada Human Services Network. Dan is survived by his wife, Kathy, his children, Christopher (Maria), Maria Ahearn Hatcher (David), Teresa Ahearn McSharry (Sean), Daniel (Lindsey), along with seven grandchildren, Andrea Mary, Aidan, Helena, Wyeth, Cian, Elia Rose, and Lev, and his sister, Sister Maria of Carmel. A celebration of life will be held at Carmel of Reno on November 11, 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Doctors Without Borders, The Salvation Army, or domestic violence charities.

Posted online on August 05, 2022

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal

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Paul Newpower, ’69, RIP

Paul Newpower, ’69,  age 81, passed away peacefully in the company of family on January 15, 2023, at 9:03 am. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Rose Newpower and brother Donald. Survived by wife Rebeca, son Elias, daughters Rose and Anabel, brother Tom (Betty), sister-in-law Margaret, grandchildren, cousins Mary (Jack) and John Murphy, 3 nieces and 3 nephews.

Paul was born April 14, 1941 in St. Paul, MN. After finishing high school in St. Paul, he went to university with his love for stars which is why he pushed to become an astronaut. After realizing that this was not his path he was given the opportunity to become a priest, but due to his longing and love for travel he ended up becoming an ordained Maryknoll missionary in 1969. He was sent to Bolivia where he learned Spanish and later Aymara because he needed to communicate with the rural people of Achacachi. Until his departure in 1977. He returned to the USA to continue his mission in the state of MN, then he traveled to different countries with the means of communication and seeking justice for their people. Until 1990 when he went back to Bolivia cochabamba. Where he inspired the women of Achacachi to have a voice, helped stabilize families and helped the youth to seek and reach their dreams. He also helped build a church and homes. In 1996 he married Rebeca who became his companion while serving the people. They chose to live in simplicity and had 3 children, returned to the USA in 2012 where he lived happily until he passed away. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Church of St. Casimir, visitation will begin at 10:00 AM.



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