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Mary L. Cashman, 8/27/2015
Michael J. Clark, 10/15/14
Kelly Lynne Gartley, 8/25/2008
Victor T. Gronenthal, 1/23/2015
Richard G. Higgins, 7/29/2014
Peter A. McKenna, 8/7/2015
Kurt E. Nagel, 9/8/2008
Michael T. Sheppard, 2/27/2015
Mary Tucker, 3/15/2009

Mary L. Cashman

Mary Louise (Ruzicka) Cashman passed to the open arms of Jesus on August 27, 2015.

Mary grew up in Mundelein and devoted much of her life to helping others. She was the founder and CEO of Changing Tomorrow Today Foundation (CTTF) for orphaned children in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mary attended Carmel High School, Southern Illinois University, and obtained Master's degrees from DePaul and Norwich Universities.

Beloved daughter of Paul and Wanda Parker; devoted mother of Nickolas (Allison) Ruzicka and Kaytlin Ruzicka, and stepmother of Kelli (Ruzicka) Clark; loving sister of Kathleen (Norman) Bruvold, Margaret Ely, and Valerie (James) Parker; beloved wife of Richard Cashman and living example for his children Stephanie (Shane) Stewart and Craig (Lauren) Cashman; dear aunt to many nieces and nephews and their children.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations made to Changing Tomorrow Today Foundation, 27 Cedar Lane S, Putnam, IL 61560.

Visitation is from 10-11:30 AM. Thursday September 3, 2015 at The Chapel, 1966 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL. Funeral service will begin at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

Michael J. Clark

Michael J. Clark of Weymouth, died suddenly October 15, 2014, at the age of 28.

Mike was a 2004 graduate of Weymouth High School. He later earned his bachelors degree from Westfield State University and his masters degree from Norwich University. He worked for Northeast Security of Newton as a client manager. Mike was an avid runner, snow boarder and all around fitness enthusiast. He was passionate about the Boston sports scene and followed all four major sports closely. Most of all, Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was the cherished son of John H. and Christine B. Clark of Weymouth; loving brother of Tracey Mansfield and her husband Michael of Carver, Tim Clark and his wife Cady of Boonville, Ind., Jeremy Clark of Weymouth, and Amy Elder and her husband Brandon of Tell City, Ind.; loving companion of Kori Papsadore; grandson of the late Robert and Vivian Burns and John and Esther Clark; proud uncle of Lucy and Grace Clark. Mike was also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service in the Avalon Apartments Function Room, 152 Shipyard Dr., Hingham, Monday at 7 p.m.

Donations in memory of Mike may be made to the N. E. Organ Bank, 60 1st Ave., Waltham, MA 02451, or to SICU Menino Pavilion, c/o Boston Medical Center Office of Development, 801 Mass Ave., Floor 1, Boston, MA 02118.

Kelly Lynne Gartley

Kelly Lynne Gartley, 47, died August 25, 2008, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL. She was born in Stuart, FL and was a lifelong resident of the Treasure Coast.

Kelly was a graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She was the community services coordinator for the city of Port St. Lucie for the past three years and a member of the Council on Social Agencies.

Survivors include her son, Mark Gardner of Port St. Lucie; daughter, Suzanne Stewart of Port St. Lucie; brothers, Tony Gartley of Ohio, Danny Gartley and Donny Gartley, both of Port St. Lucie, Jack Gartley of Tennessee, Terry Kible of San Diego and Ty Kible of Melbourne; sisters, Michele Kiefer of Stuart and Melissa Logan of Bell; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Gartley; and her parents, Jack and Wilma Gartley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 22594, West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

Victor T. Gronenthal

U.S. Army Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal, 31, passed away on January 23, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Victor was born on February 24, 1983 in Wilmington, Delaware to Colette Trouvé of Bear, Delaware and Bruce Gronenthal of Smyrna, Delaware.

Victor married Erika Glausen of Long Island, New York on June 24, 2005 in West Point, New York. Victor was a devoted husband and a loving father to his two sons, Kai Victor (3 years old) and Finn Trevor (8 months old). Victor grew up in Bear, Delaware. He graduated from William Penn High School in 2001. While in high school, Victor served as a U.S. Senate Page for Senator William V. Roth, Jr. He attended the prestigious United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2005. After graduating from USMA, Victor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Victor earned a Master's Degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2011. Victor excelled in multiple leadership positions while in the Army and commanded Soldiers in both combat and in garrison with distinction. Victor served admirably during his three overseas combat tours, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. All who knew Victor will miss his infectious smile and gregarious personality. He was an avid cyclist, pinball machine restorer, and outdoor enthusiast. He will be missed the most by his loving family.

Victor is survived by his two sons whom he loved deeply, Kai and Finn, his dedicated wife Erika, his mother Colette, father Bruce, and his brother James Gronenthal.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 8th, 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00- 9:00pm at Bryant Funeral Home, located at 411 Old Town Rd., East Setauket, New York. The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 9th at 10:00am at the funeral home, interment following at Calverton National Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a college fund donation for Kai and Finn be made to the Victor Gronenthal Memorial Fund at Condolences may be left on online guest book at 

Richard G. Higgins

Richard George Higgins, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, July 29th at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

Rich grew up in New Jersey and went on to Catholic University in Washington DC, where he met his wife Jean. They were married in 1972 and moved to Maine where he enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving as a Bosun's Mate and his crew's rescue swimmer.

 He attended the University of Maine, Orono and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Civil Engineering. He was recruited by the Boeing Company and then Rich and Jean moved to Seattle in 1979. Rich started as an engineer on the 757 Wing Stress Design Team and served in a series of jobs, including his favorite position, Chief Engineer of Maintenance. He ended his career as Vice President of the Americas for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

 While with Boeing, his lifelong love of history helped him establish long term friendships around the globe from Europe to Asia to South America. Rich began serving on the University of Maine Engineering Department Advisory Board in 2002 and joined the Board of Visitors providing oversight for the University of Maine system in 2012. The Engineering Department Materials Testing Laboratory at Orono is named for Rich and Jean.

 Rich retired from Boeing in 2005 and moved to Santa Fe with Jean. He served on the Board of the Santa Fe Opera, chairing the Infrastructure Committee and serving as the historical consultant for next year's new production of Cold Mountain. He further pursued his lifelong interest by receiving his Master's degree in Military History from Norwich University. He led numerous staff rides for the US Military at Pecos National Historical Park, which enabled him to meet young officers whose units were deploying to Afghanistan, teaching them the importance of terrain in battle tactics. He also spearheaded the building of a trail on the Glorieta battlefield at Pecos National Historical Park, which was dedicated in 2009.

 Most importantly, Rich was known for his sense of humor, diversity of interests, sharing and telling of stories, and his relentless pursuit of knowledge.

 Rich is survived by his wife Jean of Santa Fe, NM, his sister Georgene Aranowski, his brother Mark Higgins (Nancy), and his daughter Colleen, of Denver, CO.

Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435

Peter A. McKenna

First Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna, Jr., age 35 of Bristol, an Army Special Forces soldier for 17 years, died Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan, during a complex attack on a coalition facility.

He was the son of Peter A. and Carol A. (Fennell) McKenna of Bristol. Andrew was a Special Forces Operations sergeant, assigned to First Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. A lifelong resident of Bristol, Andrew entered the Army on July 24, 1998, as an infantryman following his graduation from Mt. Hope High School, Bristol. Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Studies from Norwich University this year and is a graduate of the Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course and Senior Leader Course. In addition to his parents, he is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the brother of the late Patrick A. McKenna and grandson of the late Harriet Correia and the late John and Muriel McKenna.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St., Warren, RI. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, from 3 to 8 p.m. in St. Mary of the Bay Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, ℅ Citizens Bank, Bell Tower Plaza, 576 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI 02809, or to the Wounded Veteran Retreat Program, P.O. Box 619, Parkton, NC 28371, or online at For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to

Kurt E. Nagel

Kurt E. Nagel, age 57, passed suddenly Monday, September 8, 2008 at Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital in Illinois. He was a resident of Romeoville, IL since 1978 and was formerly of Des Plaines. Kurt was a veteran of the US Navy and a Romeoville Police Officer retiring in 2007 after 22 years of service. Kurt graduated with a master's degree in Justice Administration from Norwich and was presently teaching Criminal Justice for Phoenix University.

He is survived by his loving wife, Portia Nagel; and was the devoted father of Mercedes Nagel and Sean Nagel; dear brother of William (Laura) Nagel, Dennis Costello and Kathleen (Doug) Collet; fond uncle of John, Jenny, Grant and Kaitlyn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Costello, Betty and Jesse Barajas, and Alfred Nagel.

Michael T. Sheppard

Michael Timothy Sheppard, age 55, passed away on February 27, 2015.

He was born November 4, 1959 in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Norma Joy Goff and Roy Connor Sheppard. Tim was a member of Avondale Baptist Church and SGI-USA. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1978 to August 1983. Afterwards, Tim continued to serve our country in various roles and locations around the world for the Department of Defense. He also was a member of the Air Force Reserve and Navy Reserve. He was active in the American Legion and Lions Club. He was also Special Constable and a supporter of the community library in Belize where he and his wife lived the past 5 years following his retirement. Tim enjoyed exploring, fishing, gardening and spending time with his beloved pets Lido, Mocha and Mr. Rum.

Tim is survived by his wife, Yumiko Ozawa Sheppard; son, Joshua Sheppard; mother Joy Goff; father and step-mother, Roy and Kathy Sheppard; brothers, Connor and Chris Sheppard.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 6 from 5-8 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, where a celebration of Tim's life will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society

Mary Tucker

Mary Tucker, who completed the degree requirements of the MSOL program this past November, passed away on March 15th, 2009 at 5:45pm, after a sudden and unexpected health condition. She was to receive her degree at the 2009 School of Graduate Studies Commencement.

We have come to learn a lot about Mary through her participation in the program; much of it inspirational. Over eighteen months of study, Mary overcame her share of personal hardships, but in her own humble, self-effacing way, she marched on, overcoming the challenges with spirit and determination. Even during those times of juggling the duties as mother, school administrator, and graduate student, it was Mary who would find the time and strength to help others. She truly adored her classmates and felt very much a part of the Norwich family. She so looked forward to seeing everyone at graduation.

It has been said many times that mere words cannot express our truest feelings under such sad circumstances, but it can be said that Mary Tucker is one of the brightest stars that can be seen in the universe of humanity and for that we are thankful to have known her.


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