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Michael O'Flynn

Born Feb. 12, 1935, in County Louth, Ireland, Michael Oliver O’Flynn was the son of Michael I. O’Flynn and Helena Mary Theresa (McDevitt) O’Flynn. A professor of electrical engineering at San Jose State for more than 40 years, he also taught in SCU’s Department of Applied Mathematics. Michael was a passionate collector of sports cards and collectibles as well as a devoted horseracing enthusiast. As a younger man, he enjoyed playing tennis and jogging. Later in life, he delighted in taking long walks around his neighborhood, where he was known to keep a pocket full of cat and dog treats for any animal he happened upon. Michael died on the morning of June 19 at the age of 82. He is survived by his brother, Colman O’Flynn of Ardee, County Louth, Ireland; sister Frances O’Flynn of New York; son Michael and Veronica O’Flynn of Antioch; granddaughter Nelly O’Flynn of Antioch; many other loving nieces, nephews, and relatives; and preceded in death by his son, Brendan O’Flynn. 

submitted Jul. 6, 2017 9:59A
Christiaan Lievestro

Colleagues and students alike have long cherished Christiaan Lievestro, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, for being a remarkable and patient teacher, faithful friend, and a man deeply committed to the goals of Jesuit and Catholic higher education. He died on June 19 at the age of 91. Having received degrees from SUNY Albany and Harvard, Professor Lievestro began his teaching career at Harpur College and Drexel University. He came to Santa Clara in 1969, where he taught in the English Department until his retirement in 1994. His courses included a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and interdisciplinary honors courses. In 1993, he received the Outstanding Advising Award by NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising. The award was a testament to his generous dedication to his students. In addition to his professional and personal contributions to SCU, Professor Lievestro’s legacy will live on through the Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro Prize—made possible by his generosity. It will be awarded to a graduating English major for excellence in the student’s portfolio of English essays.

A gifted and beloved teacher, Chris believed that the job of a teacher is “to liberate the student from the teacher.” He did it well. Over the course of his career, Chris nurtured, challenged and inspired thousands of students. He was a faithful friend to college classmates, family members, professional colleagues and former students over multiple decades. His handwritten letters were blessings to receive … often including carefully selected newspaper clippings, and always infused with words of encouragement and love.

Recognizing Chris’ many talents and his commitment to the humanities and interdisciplinary thinking, an associate described him as “the reincarnation of the ‘Renaissance’ man.” Chris made the most of his brilliant and ever-curious mind. Fluent first in Dutch, then English, French, and German, he was a voracious reader and lifelong learner. As a teacher and friend, Chris lovingly inspired students and friends alike to be liberated … and to live richer and more beautiful lives.

Christiaan Theodoor Lievestro, 91, of Los Gatos passed away in San Jose on June 19. Chris was born in Ballston Spa, New York, on May 22, 1926 to Dora (Klumper) and Berend Lievestro.

A Bachelor of Arts graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Chris studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Holland, before attending Harvard, where he earned his Master of Arts and doctorate. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his studies, he sang with the Boston and Philadelphia Orchestras, took the stage with multiple theater groups, and performed in Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.; Convention Hall, Philadelphia; and at the Lincoln Memorial.

As an English professor at SCU, Chris taught a collection of self-designed comparative literature classes and numerous interdisciplinary honors courses. His Bloomsbury Group Seminar and Time Seminar were among his favorites. He penned, edited, and reviewed numerous articles in his field of comparative literature.

Upon his retirement, he commented, “I love to teach and I think I did well with it, but I don’t have to be vulnerable standing in front of people all the time anymore, which is lovely.” Yet he continued to teach as a beloved friend and mentor to his many colleagues and former students, sharing his wisdom and insights about history, literature, and life.

Chris is survived by his two sisters, Joan (Lievestro) Tarbox and Bert (Lievestro) Finch, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved partner, John Dilkes, and his brothers, Berend Lievestro and Louis Lievestro.

In lieu of a memorial, donations can be made to the Humane Society (Chris was a dog lover) or the Lievestro Prize for best portfolio of work by a graduating senior English major. Donations may be sent in care of the English Department at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053.

submitted Jul. 6, 2017 11:26A


GRD Law '51
Paul William Bachan

Paul William Bachan J.D. ’51 was a loyal and true friend to many. His generosity, care and willingness to help out when needed were deeply appreciated by all who knew him. He was born at the family ranch in Watsonville on May 8, 1926, to Luke G. and Marie P. Bachan. He attended Watsonville public schools and graduated from Watsonville High in 1944. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he enrolled at SCU and received his law degree in 1951. Bill married Karen M. Hansen after a three-year romance on June 20, 1950. They soon moved back to Watsonville to set up their home and begin raising their family. He practiced law in Santa Cruz County from June 12, 1952, through April 30, 2008. He was the senior partner of Bachan, Skillicorn and Marinovich, and then became “Of Counsel” with the firm of Allen & Allen.

Dedicated to public and community service, Bill was a past president of the Watsonville “20–30 Club,” served as chief assistant district attorney, 1956–59, was a past president of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association. Bill served on the board of directors at Watsonville Federal Savings and Loan Association and its successor, Monterey Bay Bank, from 1954 through 2001. He also served on the board of trustees of Watsonville Community Hospital, Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, and the board of fire commissioners of the Salsipuedes Fire District. He was a life member of the 32rd Marine Division Association, a perpetual member of the Marine’s Memorial Association, and a member of the Military Order of The Purple Heart. He served on the Santa Cruz Board of Education and on the Santa Cruz County Parole Board. He was a board member of the Pajaro Valley Historical Association, and he served on the Landmark Restoration Corporation, which facilitated the restoration of St. Patrick’s Church after the 1989 earthquake.

An avid hunter, Bill was also active in Duck’s Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association of which he served on the state board of directors for six years. He derived great joy through all his years of hunting with friends as well as his sons and grandsons. Bill enjoyed playing tennis for many years and was a founding member of the Tennis Club of Rio Del Mar. Besides the joy of sharing life with their four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Bill and Karen also enjoyed the company of their four-legged family members, including black Labrador retrievers, “Yorkies,” and a papillon. Bill was a member of the Knight’s of Columbus, and he and Karen are members of St. Patrick’s Parish. One of his great passions was the San Francisco Giants. His kids and grandkids loved going with their dad and grandpa to Giants’ stadiums to cheer on the “orange and black.” Karen and Bill also shared a love of travel. They explored the United States extensively, including annual trips to Hawaii with friends and family. Highlights include trips to Europe, Canada, South America, Mexico, and South Sea Islands.

Bill died peacefully at home on June 15. He was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Catherine “Kate,” and his brother, Luke. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen; his four children: Paul (Betty), Ginny (Scott) Taylor of Watsonville, Kris (David) Franceschi, and David (Valerie) of Aptos; his cherished eight grandchildren: Tina (Matt), Ryan (Andrea), Jaime (Patrick), Matt, Blane, (Kylie), Joel, Brad, and Jarred; 10 great-grandchildren: Avary, Kyalie, Gabby, Tiernan, Taylor, Jack, Cruz, Charlie, Brooklyn, and Weston; his sister, Allis Marie (Bob) McCormack of San Mateo; nieces and nephews; and by numerous beloved cousins, including Joanna Jurich, Luane Vidak, and Cathy Schimpler. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Bill’s caregivers, including Lucy, the Visiting Angels, particularly Maureen, Roberta, Jennifer, and Crystal. Also, Hospice of Santa Cruz County provided much appreciated and caring end-of-life support to Bill and his family.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 3:39P


James O'Rourke

James Kent O’Rourke ’52 was born May 26, 1930, in Colusa, California, to Harold and Elizabeth O’Rourke. After graduating from high school in Colusa and earning his B.A. in history from SCU, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and quickly completed Officers’ School in time to serve in the Korean War. On June 28, 1958, he married Claire Gail Garrison in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to various posts in the U.S. During this time, Jim earned his master’s from West Texas State University. He and Gail moved overseas, where he served two tours in Vietnam. Retiring from the Marine Corps in 1978, he started a construction company in Alexandria, Virginia, and became very active in the revitalization and preservation of historic Old Town Alexandria. Jim passed away on March 4 at Belvoir Woods Heath Care Center in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Some of his favorite times were spent bird watching in his beautiful garden, cheering on his grandson at baseball games, and listening to his granddaughter play clarinet. Jim is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gail. He is survived by his brother, Charles Lawrence O’Rourke, nephew Ryan O’Rourke and niece Paula O’Rourke Calderone, daughter Gratia O’Rourke Barnett, and grandchildren Claire and Jacob Barnett.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 2:44P


UGRD Engineering '53
Daniel F. Connell

Daniel Francis Connell ’53 was born in San Francisco to Joseph and Marjorie Connell on Nov. 16, 1930. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1949, and in 1953 he received his B.S. in electrical engineering. Dan served in the U.S. Army before working as an aerospace engineer for more than 40 years, retiring from Lockheed Martin in 1996. An active amateur radio operator, he also held a lifelong passion for trains, which in later years included the D&D backyard garden railroad. Dan and his wife, Denise, loved traveling and took many cruises—Alaska being one of their favorite destinations. He passed away on April 9 and is survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 7, 2017 2:22P


UGRD Engineering '55
John Cheatham

John (Jack) Cheatham ’55 was born on July 26, 1933, in Long Beach, California, to Ernest and Orissa Cheatham. Raised in Long Beach with his brother, Ernie, and sisters Patty and Jayne, he attended St. Anthony’s High School, where he not only met his wife, Raylene (Laughlin), but also made lifelong friends, enjoying class reunions and many get-togethers and celebrations. Jack attended Loyola University in Los Angeles for two years before transferring and graduating from SCU. Jack and Raylene married in 1955, and shortly after, Jack served in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Lewis in Washington. The couple moved back to California, making their home in Garden Grove, where they raised their four children. Jack worked for more than 35 years in the aerospace industry and was very involved in space shuttle missions. While in retirement, Jack enjoyed traveling, golf, spending time with family and friends, and taking care of his two dogs. Jack died on June 19. He is survived by his son, John (Mary) Cheatham; daughters Susan (Bob) Zaniboni and Tammy (Don) Naslund; five grandchildren, one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. His daughter, Julie Phillips, predeceases him. 

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 4:36P
UGRD Engineering '55
Anthony Escover

A California native, Anthony J. Escover ’55 was not only a successful engineer but also an accomplished farmer. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory and received a mechanical engineering degree from SCU. He worked for FMC for well over 30 years and oversaw such projects as the Bradley Tank and the coal mining equipment division. His work took him around the world as his group developed improved processes for mining coal. Anthony was a true family man and very proud of his six children: Cathryn (Warshawsky) ’81, David (deceased) ’83, Lorraine (Otis), Janette (Johnson), Joan ’86, J.D. ’90, and Yvonne (O'Connor). He also had 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He instilled in them the value of hard work and the pride that comes from doing a job well. He will always be remembered for boating, camping, fishing, and hunting trips with his family.

While engineering was his livelihood, farming was his passion. He built a home on acreage surrounded by walnut trees as well as a green house, where he grew tomatoes hydroponically. He taught his children how to build things and grow fruits and vegetables. Upon retiring, he moved to Hollister, where he initially planted macadamia nut trees on his ranch. A severe freeze wiped out the crop, and he ultimately planted several varietals of grapes. He called his vineyard Idyll Time and wineries like Pessagno, Calera, and Leal turned his grapes into exceptional wines. Anthony passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Dec. 8, 2016. His children remember fondly his “truisms,” where he established his answers for everything. These sayings have been passed down from his children to his grandchildren and will forever be attached to so many memories. They were part of everything—from his daily life to the famous 4th of July parties and wonderful vacations with his children and grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 11:09A


UGRD Leavey Business '67
Patricia Fierro

Patricia Blake Fierro ’67 was born Nov. 8, 1934, in Santa Clara to Frank J. and Alice Roscoe Blake. Her father, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced law in San Francisco. He later joined his brother, Leslie, as co-publisher of the Santa Clara Journal. As the youngest of five siblings, “Patty” was the beloved baby of the family. Brothers Robert, Frank, and Tommy and sister Mary Alice preceded her in death. Patricia married Arthur Fierro in San Jose in 1953. They had three children: John, Carole, and Scott. Later, she and Art would divorce. While raising her three children, she graduated from SCU. Patty began working for Santa Clara County in 1968 as an accountant for the County Parks and Recreation Department. In the early 70s, she transferred to Valley Medical Center, where she served as assistant personnel officer and employee relations representative. She was appointed deputy county executive for employee relations in 1980 at the age of 46. Her promotion made her one of the highest-ranking women in county government. In 1987, she was named Woman of Achievement in Government and Politics in Santa Clara. That same year, she attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Pat retired in October 1992 after 24 years of service to Santa Clara County and the State of California. She left her career in public service well-respected and distinguished. She moved to Bigfork, Montana, to be close to her family. Patty loved her life in Montana and rarely missed one of the grandkid’s football, basketball, volleyball, or tennis games. She was well known and adored as “Grandma Pat” by almost everyone who knew her. She valued education and was a member of the Bigfork School Board from 1997 to 2006. She also loved golf, watching the latest television series and movies, was an avid reader, and loved politics. On June 13, Patty passed away at her home in Bigfork. She leaves with each of us her unconditional love, value of family, generosity, kindness, and wisdom, which will be carried on for generations to come. Surviving Pat are her son, John Fierro and wife Stacey of Sacramento, daughter Carole and husband Larry Hill of Bigfork, and son Scott Fierro and wife Doe of Bigfork; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 11:46A


UGRD Engineering '70
Gerald Henry Quilici

Gerald Henry Quilici ’70 was born at Palo Alto Hospital on June 29, 1948, to Henry and Bruna Quilici. He spent his childhood years in Mountain View, attending St. Joseph’s Catholic School and St. Francis High School. He graduated from SCU with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Jerry became a registered civil engineer and worked for the County of Santa Clara, primarily in the Land Development Engineering Department, for 34 years. Following his retirement in 2004, he changed careers and worked as a tax preparer for McFarlane, Cazale & Associates and for Petersen & Associates. Jerry met his wife, Louanne Bergna, while she was working in the County Planning Department, and they married at Mission Santa Clara in 1979. Jerry was active in dog training and obedience trials for over 20 years and was a member of the Standard Schnauzer Club of Northern California. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was an avid follower of the SF Giants, SF 49ers, and Golden State Warriors. He and Louanne enjoyed traveling—and whenever they were in a city with an MLB team, they would take in a game, sometimes even touring the ballpark. Jerry was able to go to spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2016. Jerry was happiest when he was with his family and friends, drinking a Manhattan. Jerry passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 7. After successfully battling brain cancer (CNS Lymphoma) three times since 2011, Jerry succumbed to complications of pneumonia. He remained a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather through the end. Jerry is survived by Louanne Quilici, his loving wife of 37 years; daughters Lauren Quilici (Travis Hinkle) and Tessa (Justin) Parks; grandsons “JJ” Parks and Conrad Hinkle; mother Bruna Quilici; and sister Judy (Steve) Ehrat. He is predeceased by his father, Henry Joseph Quilici.  

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 12:13P
C. Alan Parbury

C. Alan Parbury ’70 was born on Aug. 13, 1947, in San Jose, the only child of the late Charles Byron and Ethel Noakes Parbury. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and graduated with a B.S. from SCU. After graduation, he pursued careers in the financial and real estate investments markets in addition to sales. Sports were his passion, with baseball and golf being his favorites. After a hand injury ended his pitching career, he turned to golf. He won local championships and became a scratch handicap player. He served two terms as chairman of the board of governors at Crow Canyon Country Club—also serving on the greens, tournament, and handicap committees. He was a NCGA rules official for local tournaments and volunteered on committees for the PGA and LPGA. In 1992, he received an appreciation certificate from the U.S. Open Championship for his dedication and volunteerism. He passed away on June 15 at ManorCare Health Services in Walnut Creek at the age of 69. He is survived by Shirley A. Buxkemper, daughter Cynthia Parbury, stepdaughter Jamey Moore, wife Carole, and their son, Rowan.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 2:59P


UGRD Engineering '71
Michael Emery

Michael George Emery ’71 was born to George and Marjorie Emery on Nov. 18, 1949, in Poughkeepsie, New York, migrating to Los Gatos in the 1957. He attended St. Mary’s School, St. Francis High School, and SCU. Michael was passionate about radio. He was an FCC-licensed engineer and in 1972 was one of the co-founders of KKUP 91.5FM community radio, which still serves the South Bay today. Michael was also an original volunteer with the Los Gatos Disaster Aid Response Team, where he spent many years supporting the community—including during the Loma Prieta earthquake. He retired from IBM after 15 years of service. Michael passed away on June 28 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue; four sisters: Lisa Patten, Ellen High, Megan, and Jennifer Emery; stepsons Dwight and Michael Cornwell; and several nieces and nephews.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 11:39A
GRD Law '71
Barbara Nicoara

Barbara Lucy Nicoara J.D. ’71 was born on Aug. 3, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, and married John Nicoara in 1956 during her senior year at the University of Michigan. They welcomed her first child, Joe, in 1957. John’s career took their young family to San Diego, California, Denver, Colorado, and finally to his job at Lockheed in Sunnyvale in 1962. By 1964, the family had grown with the arrival of James, Peter, and Anne Marie.

Barbara graduated from SCU with a law degree by attending night classes while raising her four children as a single parent. She practiced family and criminal law and gained valuable political experience while running political campaigns in San Jose. She inevitably came to the attention of California Assemblywoman Leona Egland and was hired to run Leona’s San Jose office. Eventually, the County of Santa Clara hired Barbara to work in labor relations and negotiating labor contracts. She retired in 1985 and began a private consulting business.

In 1975, Barbara found a kindred spirit in George Lewis, who shared her love of civic engagement. Their first date was to a very romantic SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association!) event. George and Barbara were married in 1977, bringing George’s two sons, David and Tim, into the fold. While George was employed at MH Engineering in Hollister, he and Barbara purchased 40 pristine acres in Paicines, California, and for a time lived on the property in a trailer with their two dogs and cat while they built their home.

Living in the country did nothing to deter Barbara’s community involvement. She joined the Methodist Church and remained an active, contributing member for the rest of her life. She also was an active member of Chadeish Yameinu, a Jewish Renewal Community in Santa Cruz. In 1986 she was appointed to the San Benito County Arts Commission and became a founding member of the San Benito Oriana Chorale, an organization that still thrives. Over the course of her long and industrious community involvement, Barbara served on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation board and spearheaded its Northside Challenge Campaign, raising $762,000. She also served on the seniors’ council for Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and the diabetes collaborative. In conjunction with her work on the collaborative, Barbara began “Fit for Kids,” a yoga program designed to promote exercise and good nutrition at Calaveras and R.O. Hardin elementary schools, which continues to serve hundreds of kids each year. She helped form a singing group, The Old Time Religion Singers, who for years performed monthly at county convalescent and retirement homes. In addition, she campaigned for walkability improvements in new commercial developments in Hollister.

In 2006, the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce awarded Barbara “Woman of the Year.” She had a fierce and omnivorous intellect, was courageous, and could disagree with someone without being disagreeable. She loved books, music, and trailer camping with George and their dogs. She was a loyal and steadfast friend and a beacon of hope and resolve to those lucky enough to have known her. After a long and meaningful life, Barbara died on June 14 at her home in Hollister. She is survived by her husband, George, their six children, 12 grandchildren, and a sister, Elizabeth Hackett, of Detroit Michigan.

submitted Jul. 13, 2017 3:22P


Karen M. Stabeno

Karen Mullings Stabeno M.A. ’72 was born May 9, 1945, the day after the Allies declared WWII victory in Europe. Her parents, Maurice and Katey Mullings, were both extraordinary people. Her sister, Peggy Mullings Ruff, was born five years later. Karen grew up in Garland, Texas, and graduated from Garland High School. She met her husband, Don, in study hall her junior year in high school. They were married on Aug. 6, 1965. Karen graduated with a degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1966 and completed her master’s at SCU in 1971. Karen and Don moved to San Jose in 1968, but returned to the Dallas area in 1971. She taught at Garland High School and Union School in San Jose, but later took a “20-year sabbatical” to raise her children. It was time well spent. In 1995 she reentered the workforce as a professor at DeVry in Irving, Texas. Karen loved her years as a teacher and was a wonderful model to her students at all levels she taught.

Karen gave birth to her first child, Amy Kathleen Stabeno Houghtaling, on Dec. 19, 1975. Her son, Andrew Lee Stabeno, was born on Jan. 16, 1980. She loved her children unconditionally with a joy and passion that never waned. Karen grew up in church her whole life, but truly came to know the Lord on a Sunday morning after hearing Angel Martinez, an evangelist, clearly share the story of the gospel at Orchard Hills Baptist Church in 1971. Karen and Don were active members of Forest Meadow Baptist Church and Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas. As they transitioned to living full time at their Lake House at Texoma, they became more and more active at Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro.

Karen taught children’s church for her children at Forest Meadow Baptist Church and even volunteered at Georgetown Baptist Church the Tuesday of its Vacation Bible School, three weeks before she died. A true lover of the stories of God, she read missionary stories to her children growing up. Although this was probably not her intention, God used these stories to spark a passion in them for the gospel that has led both overseas to share His story. Being a Camp Fire girl as a child in a group led by her own mother, Karen also led Camp Fire groups for her daughter, Amy. She was a second mother to several of her children’s friends growing up, and loved them all well. Karen’s son, Andrew, was married to Carrie Conner on Dec. 18, 2004. They have five children: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden. Karen's daughter Amy married Michael Houghtaling on Aug. 10, 2014. Karen passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family shortly after midnight on June 27. Blessed with good health her entire life, she was diagnosed with cancer on June 13 and Jesus took her home two weeks later. Her passing was virtually pain-free. She was sad to leave us all so soon but very excited about being present with the Lord. Karen is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She leaves behind her husband, Henry Don Stabeno; her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Michael Houghtaling; her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Carrie Stabeno; her five grandchildren: Nathaniel, Jacob, Abigail, Ezra, and Eden; her sister and brother-in-law, Mike and Peggy Ruff; her niece, Lacey Ruff Zuhoski; and a host of friends and family who will miss her greatly.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 12:27P


Andrea Conway

Born in San Jose, Andrea “Punky” Conway ’73 learned what it meant to be a strong, independent woman from her mother, Sylvia “Skipper”, who was widowed when Punky was 5 years old. Skipper also instilled in Punky the importance of family, as she was very close to her own siblings, who played a vital role in her children’s upbringings. Punky was blessed to grow up with many cousins, attending St. Clare Elementary School and Mother Butler Memorial High School with them. While at SCU, Punky made lifelong friends through the Foxy Ladies Powder Puff team and met the love of her life, Patrick Conway. Pat and Punky married on Oct. 5, 1974, in the Mission Church. Punky walked down the aisle with flowers in her hair; she was not to be outdone by Pat, who was sporting a powder blue tuxedo. As newlyweds and young parents, Pat and Punky maintained close friendships with their college friends. They spent summers vacationing together on camping trips in the Chambers Landing area of Lake Tahoe, where they taught their children card games and camp songs. The family also spent many summers at Skipper’s beach house in Capitola, which is still a very special place for the family.

Punky had always dreamed of being mother to a large family, and as it turned out, she was very well suited for it. Living in San Rafael, she assumed the role of mother for not just her seven children, but also cared for countless children from the neighborhood. She was selfless and always willing to offer a helping hand, whether driving a carpool, assisting with homework, or just opening her home. Once all of her children were in school, Punky was able to pursue her passion for reading and working with children as a librarian at Vallecito Elementary School. She retired in 2000 and moved to Waukee, Iowa, when Pat was named CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Shortly after the move, Punky rediscovered the great outdoors and trained for competitive sports through a very active lifestyle. She competed in half marathons, lifted weights at Spartan Strength, practiced her net game at Lifetime Fitness and Aspen Tennis Club, drove the ball at Des Moines Golf, and played doubles at Palm Valley Country Club. As a reward, Punky liked to treat herself to a skim mocha with half the chocolate and no whip, which would accompany her on strolls around the local lakes. In her downtime, she was a voracious reader who appreciated all genres and styles. As her children have attested, Punky (aka “Grandma Munky”), especially loved reading to her grandchildren. She also surrounded herself with women who loved what she loved: tennis and reading. In 2001, her tennis friends formed the Courtside Critics, a book club for tennis and book lovers.

Punky was a devoted mother, loving wife, adoring grandmother and inspiring friend to many. She was adventurous, full of life, and eager to get outside—often the first in the family to explore a new trail or park. While she loved the outdoors, she seemed happiest helping and supporting others. This generosity and compassion often extended beyond friends and family, including support for the Anawim Housing’s Women Empowering Families program, which provides safe, affordable homes for women and families—many of whom are single mothers. She was also a member of Prism, a women’s networking and social interaction group that focuses on creating awareness of community issues and needs and developing contacts with others in business. But paramount to all activities she joined was the intent to have a good time while bettering the community and herself. Punky passed away suddenly but peacefully on June 11 while hiking through Walnut Woods Park in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is survived by her husband, Pat Conway; seven children: Michael, Kevin (Samantha), Alison (Jason Vogt), Betsy (Chris) Fryday ’04, Brian (Megan), Dan (Katie Griffen), and Kaitlin (Jeff) Thompson; nine grandchildren: Amelia, Andrew, Nathan, Elliott, Declan, Vincent, Joseph, Brynlee, and Cooper; and siblings Charlie (Leigh), Rosie (Clive) Hallatt, and Jerry. Punky is now in heaven playing Shanghai and eating lots of chocolate with her parents, Skipper and Bob Nurre, as well as nephew Joe Nurre.

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Edwin J. Rosenblatt

A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, California, Edwin J. Rosenblatt ’74 was born and raised in Whittier, California. He graduated from St. Paul High School and SCU, obtaining a dual teaching credential in English and history and working as a teacher in his first career. Later, he became a business marketing consultant, traveling throughout the country and abroad. He had his own marketing business, EJR Consulting, for the remainder of his work life. Ed liked good food and cooking, reading, and following current events in politics. He enjoyed sports, including swimming and tennis, and especially surfing, which he loved most of all. Ed was happiest and most at peace when he was riding his board on the waves. His favorite charity was the Surfrider Foundation, with which he was involved and volunteered his time. Ed passed away on May 22 at age 64 after a long illness. He is survived by three sons, five siblings, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 12:37P


Kathryn T. Tsushima

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend, Kathryn Toriko Tsushima ’75 was born Sept. 27, 1954, in Columbus, Georgia, to Robert and Jeanne Tsushima. Although Kathryn grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to “the Mainland” to attend SCU—and in 1976, while completing her master’s in special Education at San Francisco State University, she met Daniel Keller. They married on Aug. 18, 1978. She worked as a special education teacher, market researcher, and most notably a passionate school librarian. Kathryn was an avid reader, traveler, volunteer, and mahjong player. Respiratory failure following thoracic surgery took her from the Keller and Tsushima families on June 29 at 62 years old. She is survived by husband Daniel, son Brian (Leslie), grandchildren Liam and Kana, daughter Marisa (Paul), parents Bob and Jeanne, and brother Michael. 

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 12:08P


GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Pauline O. Sanchez

Pauline Sanchez ’77, M.A. ’79 was born in Glendale, Arizona, moving with her family to Mountain View as a youth and residing there for over 70 years. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1956 and earned her B.S. in sociology and master’s in counseling psychology from SCU. She spent the majority of her career in banking and loan processing. Her hobbies included travel, reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting, tennis, and golf. Pauline also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her beloved dogs. She passed away May 13. Pauline is survived by her children: Debra, Paula, Adam, and Christopher (and canine companion Toto); her sister, Margaret; beloved cousin Sally; grandchildren Amy, Chris, Andrew, JJ, Ashley, and Josh; great-granddaughter Ella; former husband Jose; sons-in-law Michael, Jesse, and Ron; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; dear friends April, Charlie, Jelani, Mary Ann, Heidi, Donna, Bonnie, Paul, and many more. Pauline is beloved by many and will be missed until the end of time.

submitted Jul. 10, 2017 12:33P


John R. Quinn

John R. Quinn ’79 was born in Riverside, California, to Elizabeth Constance (Carroll) and Ralph Joseph Quinn on March 28, 1929. As the youngest of four children by many years, John was raised largely by his eldest sister, Rita, and by his siblings, Graham and Constance, after their mother entered the workforce. Elizabeth worked as a secretary for the Riverside County Tax Assessor to support the family following their father’s death in 1953. After completing high school, John entered the seminary for the Diocese of San Diego. He was sent to Rome to complete his studies, and received his degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr. Quinn was ordained to the priesthood in Rome for San Diego on July 19, 1953. He was initially assigned to serve at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside. In the years that followed, he taught systematic theology at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in San Diego and served as president of St. Francis College Seminary in San Diego. In 1964, he was appointed provost of the University of San Diego College for Men. He soon orchestrated the merger between the men’s and women’s colleges, leading to the creation of the University of San Diego. On Oct. 21, 1967, at the age of 38, Fr. Quinn was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego. His episcopal ordination followed on Dec. 12, 1967.

While auxiliary bishop, he served as pastor of St. Therese Parish in San Diego. On Nov. 30, 1971, during the fall meeting of the bishops’ conference in Washington, D.C., he learned from the Apostolic nuncio of his appointment as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. On Dec. 13, 1972, that diocese was split, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was created. Early in 1973, he became archbishop of Oklahoma City, and in 1974, was asked by Pope Paul VI to participate in the 1974 World Synod of Bishops. Archbishop Quinn returned to his roots in California with his installation as the sixth archbishop of San Francisco, succeeding Archbishop Joseph McGucken on April 26, 1977. Within the year he was elected by his brother bishops to a three-year term as president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. On Jan. 27, 1981, Archbishop Quinn oversaw the establishment of the Diocese of San Jose, redefining again the boundaries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Over the decades that followed, the archbishop participated in two additional synods in Rome. He served for five years as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy, and in 1983, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as pontifical delegate for religious life in the United States. As pontifical delegate, he was charged with bringing U.S. bishops together with men and women religious and with examining the causes for the decline in vocations. In San Francisco, he focused on social justice among many other responsibilities, quietly working with Catholic Charities to address the challenges faced by the underprivileged and underserved. Together with Catholic Charities, he reached out early with support for those with HIV and AIDS. On Dec. 27, 1995, after leading the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for 18 years, Archbishop Quinn retired. He took up an appointment as visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Campion Hall, and in 1996, he delivered the Campion Hall Centennial Lecture. His lecture was written in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint (that they may be one), and led to the 1999 publication of Archbishop Quinn’s first book, The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity, winner of a Catholic Press Award. In 2000 and 2001, the archbishop was a member of the faculty of the University of San Diego, where he held the John R. Portman Chair of Roman Catholic Theology. He later taught at Santa Clara University and at the University of San Francisco, and was a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

The archbishop remained an intellectual giant in the wider Catholic Church, writing on many subjects, including the empowerment of bishops’ conferences, the appointment and transfer of bishops, the establishment of dioceses, questions of liturgy, and matters of Catholic practice and observance always within the framework of Catholic communion and unity. His second book, Ever Ancient, Ever New: New Structure of the Communion in the Church, was published in 2012. Archbishop Quinn contributed to many publications, including the Jesuit magazine America, to which he began contributing in 1968. He gave a powerful address to the National Federation of Priests’ Council, published by the magazine on May 3, 2010.

In his later years, Archbishop Quinn become internationally known for his scholarly writing. He lived in retirement in Menlo Park, traveling frequently to lead retreats and give talks until this past November when he fell ill in Rome. After two months in a Rome hospital, he returned to San Francisco via air ambulance for additional intensive care treatment before receiving rehabilitation and specialized care at the Jewish Home of San Francisco. Just before his illness, he had completed a book on the First Vatican Council of 1870 that will now be published posthumously. He is predeceased by his siblings and by his niece, Mary Elizabeth (“Pat” Bash), but is survived by his sister Rita Bash’s children: Bill (Julie), Ralph, Stephen Roger, and John (Cheryl), all of Riverside; and is survived by his sister Constance DeJarnette’s children: Dennis (Carolyn), Michael (Ellen), Carroll Evers, Gregory (Adrienne), Judy, and Leslie (Jeff) Astel, of California, Washington and Oregon.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 4:02P


GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Robert Bathiny

Robert Bathiany MBA ’82 was born on May 1, 1945, and passed away on April 17, 2015. He was a resident of Alameda, California.

submitted Jul. 5, 2017 3:55P


UGRD Leavey Business '89
Paula Jean Kozlak Evan

Paula Jean Kozlak Evan ’89 was the most kind-hearted, loving, and compassionate person you could ever meet. A graduate of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as SCU (with a degree in accounting), she lived her life following Mother Teresa’s motto: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Paula passed away at home with her family by her side on June 19. Her strength through her difficult bout with cancer was courageous and inspiring. She will be sorely missed because she was everyone’s best friend (there was nothing she wouldn't do for a friend.) She was truly one in a billion! Paula is survived by her loving husband, Tom, and two beautiful daughters, Kate and Emma Larson; stepchildren Stephanie, Chris, and Ryan Evan; parents Bill and Kathy Kozlak; siblings Ann (Rob) Moore, Sue (Toby) Richards, Katie Kozlak Graif, Bill Kozlak Jr., and Joe; as well as 12 nieces and nephews.

submitted Jul. 6, 2017 9:27A


Paul Sweeny

Entering this world on Jan. 3, 1978, in Spokane, Washington, Paul Sweeny ’00 was the first of three sons born to Kevin and Donna Sweeny. A few months after birth, Paul and his parents moved to Seattle, Washington, where he would spend his first four years before the family moved to Modesto, California. It was in Modesto that Paul began to shine in school and athletics. He made friends easily and enjoyed his life in the sun and on the little league baseball fields of California, where he showed his energetic personality and natural athletic ability. After sixth grade, his family moved back to Spokane, but Paul vowed one day he would return to California. In Spokane, Paul attended All Saints Catholic Middle School and Gonzaga Preparatory School, where he excelled in academics and sports, grew to a towering 6 feet 4 inches, and developed what would become his lifelong friendships. Upon his high school graduation, Paul cemented his promise to return to California and attended Santa Clara University where he tried out for the basketball team and made it as a walk-on his first year, followed by a partial scholarship as a sophomore. Paul loved basketball, and because of his fortitude and perseverance in the sport, learned many valuable lessons that served him throughout his life. After graduating with a major in English and a minor in journalism, Paul’s love of writing took him to New York City to work for CBS News, first as an intern and then as an associate producer for 48 Hours Investigates. He relished his time in New York and took in all the city had to offer as a bright, young 23-year-old. Paul was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers came crashing down, and he worked ceaselessly to cover the breaking news while witnessing the frightening and gut-wrenching reality of the city’s attack.

After living in New York, Paul moved back West and tried his hand in the entertainment industry in and around San Francisco and then in Los Angeles. One of his favorite stories was about a chance meeting with Judd Apatow at a farmer’s market where Paul was selling cherries. Equipped with charisma and confidence, Paul approached Apatow about his desire to work in the film industry, and their conversation soon led to an interview in Mr. Apatow’s limousine, followed by a job videotaping behind-the-scenes footage on the film Super Bad and others. Working in LA was a fun and exciting time in Paul’s life, but eventually the pragmatist in him yearned for stability and steady employment; he soon accepted a position as group sales representative at Metropolitan Life, which took him to Boise, Idaho for training. Merely a month after moving to Boise, his 28-year-old brother, Brian, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Three months after that, defying statistical chance, Paul was also diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 29. He took this challenge as he had every other challenge in his life, and that was with an iron will, positivity, and determination that his diagnosis was not going to get the best of him.

After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation in Spokane, he went back to Boise to finish his training and then on to Seattle, Washington, to pursue his new career. He excelled at Met Life and worked there until April 2014, when he landed his most sought-after job with Delta Dental of Washington in Spokane as a senior account executive. Upon his return to Spokane, he bought a house he loved and met and fell in love with Meagan Ciesla, a beautiful young woman both inside and out. She gave him even more of a reason to keep on fighting and she took on the challenge with fervor. Together they never gave up hope and in the end of his life she comforted him with tenderness and loving care. We will be forever grateful that he found such love in his lifetime. Paul was a very loving and devoted brother to his two brothers, Brian and Kyle. He had an especially significant bond to Brian who predeceased him four years ago on June 29, 2013. Even though they experienced similar journeys, Paul was always more concerned for Brian than for himself. During Brian’s last months of life Paul drove from Seattle to Spokane every weekend to help his brother get through his last days. It was difficult for Paul to see his brother’s decline knowing he might follow a similar path, but his love for Brian surpassed his own fears.

Paul left this world and all who loved him on July 10 surrounded by his family and girlfriend after a valiant 10-year battle with brain cancer. His competitive spirit—whether he was playing basketball or Yahtzee, his favorite board game—will never be forgotten. He was positive, happy, fun loving, and always excited about life. He was also articulate, loved language, and was not one to avoid a debate, which at times was exasperating. He had a twinkle in his eye and a bit of mischievousness about him; both got him into trouble at times, but more often than not, his antics would make you smile and shake your head.

His parents, Kevin and Donna Sweeny, his brother, Kyle Sweeny, and his girlfriend, Meagan Ciesla, all of Spokane, survive Paul. Aunts and uncles Sharron Quigley, Mary Saad (Paul), Joanne Sweeny (Les Benoy), Patrice Sweeny (Mike Carper), Margaret Malloy, Suzanne Sweeny, Janice Winninghoff (Jack), Dennis Sweeny, Dick, Lee (Sherrie Holland), John, Frank, and Bob (Mary) Urbaniak also survive him. Paul’s family is comforted knowing he has been reunited with his brother, Brian, his grandparents, Raymond and Gladys Urbaniak, Jerome and Lillian Sweeny, and with our loving Father. His family also has so much gratitude for Dr. Kirk Lund and all the nurses and staff at the Rockwood Cancer Treatment Center who took exceptional care of Paul. Most have journeyed with the family for 10 years and two sons, making what has been unbearable almost bearable. Paul’s family is also grateful for the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Spokane in-home hospice care and Hospice House, where Paul lived out his final month of life. 

submitted Jul. 17, 2017 9:52A

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