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Katherine (Riley) James

Alumni Remembrance

Hi JFK alumni group......here is the information that Kitty's sister Christine shared with me in the Obituary of Kitty's life. Not sure how to post to the JFK alumni page on "remembrances." I actually am locked out of getting on...can someone direct me as to how to get back onto the site?

If anyone in the Wahoo area knows who the musical director of the New Generation group was please share with him...I have forgotten his name and any of the others in the New Generation who knew Kitty. We had an awesome group of singers back then with the group! and in the theater group with Mrs. Dillow.

Please keep Kitty in your prayers and also her siblings and family as they grieve for the loss of their loved one. Please share with others that you know from the college during the time we were students there 1971-1974. Christine also attended JFK but only for a short time so we have renewed old friendships.

Rich sends his best to everyone as well from here in Upstate NY.

Debbie and Rich



Here is what I sent to the Union Leader. Kitty approved it minutes before she fell asleep for the last time. How many of us get to do that?

Thanks for getting this information to those you think would want to know at JFK.

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Katherine Louise [Riley] James 1953 – 2015

On April 16, 2015, Kitty [Riley] James chose to end her 55-year battle with Type I Diabetes at her home in Nashville, TN. She was 62.

Kitty was born in Manchester, NH, to Paul Jordan and Frances Louise [Hartnett] Riley. Growing up in Manchester, the oldest of three girls, she was a participant of Blessed Sacrament, St. Anne’s, and later St. Joseph Cathedral. In her adult life, she was a decades-long follower of the teachings of the Church of Scientology, working for the organization for many years before retiring in 2012.

She attended Manchester schools [Blessed Sacrament School, McDonald School, Immaculata High School] before graduating from Manchester Central High School in 1971. She later attended Juliet Gibson School in Boston,MA, John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, NE, and Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO. For much of her adult life, she worked in the fields of legal and church administration.

She is predeceased by both parents, and is the widow of Fred James formerly of Boston MA. She is survived by her husband, Mike Walimaa of Nashville, TN; son Benjamin Moses, his wife Emily and their children Sylvia and Ari, of Charlottesville, VA; son Eddie Semrad of Dallas, TX; sister Christine Riley and her husband Michael Koza of Asheville, NC; her sister Karen Godzyk and her husband, Chuck of Tucson AZ, and their children Mark, Chris and Beth.

From her very early years, Kitty was known for her beautiful singing voice, her quick and contagious laugh, and her deep and abiding appreciation for very bad puns.

Kitty has requested that there be no formal memorial services. She has donated her body to scientific research
in Nashville, TN. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pediatric Research Fund of the Joslin Diabetes Clinic in Boston, MA.
Follow this link -- Joslin Clinic -- or mail check to Joslin Clinic, One Joslin Place, Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215.


If you would like the family's address to send a note you can request it from Lynette.


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Denise A. Mahoney

Alumni Remembrance

Denise A. Mahoney 

(June 3, 1951 - January 11, 2014) 
Denise A. Mahoney

A Funeral Mass for Denise will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter. Father Tom Kuffel will officiate the Mass.

Visitation for Denise will be held on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farmer Funeral Home in Exeter. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday at St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

Burial will follow the Funeral Mass in the Exeter Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the family to be designated at a later date.

Denise Ann Cerv Mahoney was born to Robert Henry Cerv Sr. and Phyllis Sithay Ann Pelton Cerv on June 3, 1951, at Lincoln, NE, and passed away January 11, 2014, at home in Exeter, NE at the age of 62 years, 7 months, and 8 days. She was one of 10 children in the family.

Denise was born in Lincoln, NE and lived there until she was 7 when her family moved Kansas City, MO. When she was 12 years old her father retired from professional baseball and two years later he took a job teaching and coaching at John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, NE. So when she was 14 she moved to Wahoo with her family and then attended Bishop Neumann Central High School and graduated from there in May of 1969. She then attended John F. Kennedy College where she majored in Elementary Education and met a young man from Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She graduated from John F. Kennedy College in May of 1972 and got married in June of 1972. Then both her and her husband went to Georgia to start their teaching careers and eventually made their way to Exeter, NE where they have made their home for the last 39 years. Denise spent 29 of those years teaching at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in York, NE where she touched many lives and was honored as Educator of the Year in 2012-2013 by the York News Times.

Denise was married to Robert J. Mahoney of Williston Park, New York, on June 17, 1972 and to them 2 children were born.

Denise was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church in Exeter, NE and throughout the years was very active in the Altar Society as well as a CCD teacher and a CYO teacher for many years. Her faith was extremely important to her and she found a way to live it every day of her life through her ability to love, laugh, and forgive. The most important people in her life were her family and friends and she made sure that they knew how much she loved them every day of their lives.

Denise was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis Cerv of Lincoln, NE, her maternal grandparents Chester Pelton and Pearl Pelton, her paternal grandparents Henry Cerv and Henrietta Cerv.

She is survived by her husband Robert J Mahoney Exeter, NE, her daughters Lisa Mahoney, Lincoln, NE, Brie Mahoney, Lincoln, NE, Sisters- Sithay Cerv, Fremont, NE, Sandy Harrington, Lincoln, NE, Karen Chambers, Oceanside, CA, Phyllis Willis, Baeshor, KS, Dawn (Todd) Ericson, Hawarden, IA, and Melissa (Randy) Lock, Blair, NE, Brothers – Robert H. (Mary) Cerv Jr., Alliance, NE, Joseph (Mary) Cerv, Overland Park, KS, and John (Maggie) Cerv, Gladstone, MO. Many nieces and nephews and cherished friends.

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Remembering Ed Mancini

Alumni Remembrance

April 28. 2013 12:01AM
Edmond Raimond Mancini
Edmond Raimond Mancini, 66, of Corning, NY, formerly of Eastchester, NY died Saturday, April 13, 2013, after a valiant battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for over twelve years.

He was born January 21, 1947, the son of Raimond and Jean (Cabaret) Mancini both who predeceased him.

He was also predeceased by his beloved son, Eddie, who died in 1988. Ed was a graduate of Eastchester High School in Eastchester and John F. Kennedy College in Nebraska.

Ed thoroughly enjoyed his new home in the Southern Tier where he moved after meeting his wife, Judith Cross.

He was a communicant of All Saints Parish and a proud member of the Corning Rotary.
Ed was a passionate, big-hearted, caring neighbor and friend who never hesitated to assist those in need.

Rally-at-the-Alley, Wineglass Marathon, Market Street activities, Rotary fund raising, hockey nights – Ed was there to volunteer to ensure success. “Valentines for Vets” was his endeavor which brought together scores of community members (mostly young people) to honor our nation’s veterans with valentines.

He was a cheerful helper whose only motive was to leave the world a better place.
In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Nicole (San Marco) Mancini, and their children, Edmond Trey and Maggie Rose; brother, William (Theresa) Mancini; nephew, Christopher Mancini, and many Mancini and D’Alessandro relatives with whom he enjoyed the exchange of family stories.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at St. Mary Church, 155 State Street, Corning, NY.

Interment will immediately follow on Friday May 5th, 2013 at St. Mary Mausoleum in South Corning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s name to the Salvation Army or to the All Saints Parish TV Mass ministry.

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National HS Hall of Fame

Announcements I am writing this as it appeared in the Des Moines Register newspaper earlier this summer.

"High Schools:  National hall honors pair of Iowa coaches

Two legendary southwest Iowa high school coaches, Treynor's Gail Hartigan and Woodbine's Phil Hummel, were inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's Hall of Fame last week.

Hartigan has coached basketball, volleyball and track at Treynor. She has won more than 600 career basketball games and won the 1994 state title. She shared the Des Moines Register's high school coach of the year honors that season."


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Dona "King" Grubbs

Alumni Remembrance

Dona J. "King" Grubbs, 65, of Virginia, formerly of Newburgh, NY died Tuesday, February 21, 2012.  Graveside services; 12 noon Friday, February 24, Woodlawn Cemetery, Newburgh.  Arrangements: BrooksFH.com 845-561-8300.  Published: 2/24/2012

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Jim Cantrell Watercolor Award

Jim Cantrell has won the 1st Place in Watercolor Award for his painting "Barn near Murphy's Park" at the prestigious “First Brush of Spring” Plein Air Event in New Harmony, Indiana.  Approximately 150 artists from around the country participated in the paint-out from April 15-17th sponsored by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.


Cantrell maintains his studio at the Bardstown Art Gallery, 214 W Stephen Foster Ave.  He has painted many local scenes in the Historic District as well as capturing numerous local people in his artworks.   His work can seen and purchased at the art gallery. 


For more information contact Jeannette Cantrell, Director, at 503-348-6488.


Image attached:  Jim Cantrell and wife Jeannette with his award winning watercolor.



Jeannette Cantrell, Director
Bardstown Art Gallery
214 W Stephen Foster Ave
Bardstown, KY  40004
Phone: 502-348-6488
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Manstedt’s influence reaches beyond his team at High Plains

General News


By Marc Zavala

Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 8:49 PM CST


Norm Manstedt has been around the sport of wrestling for a number of years.

And it doesn’t appear he isn’t going anywhere soon.

Manstedt’s High Plains wrestling team was one of 20 teams competing this weekend at the Fla*censored*er Fracas at the Heartland Events Center.

During his 41 years of coaching at Clarks and High Plains, he has produced 31 individual state champions, one team state title in Class D in 1972, and one runner up finish in Class D in 1978.

Manstedt said wrestling has always been a part of his life.

“It’s the one thing I have been successful at year after year,” Manstedt said.

A few of Manstedt’s wrestlers have taken that next step in becoming head coaches. In fact, there are two coaches competing in the Fracas that have wrestled for Manstedt. Those coaches include his son, Gothenburg coach Eric Manstedt, and Grand Island Central Catholic coach Marc Starostka.

Norm Manstedt said he’s happy to see former athletes get into coaching and making an impact on the wrestler’s lives.

“That’s really neat to see,” he said. “To know that they are trying to do the same things that I have taught them. I hope they are picking on some other things as well because I don’t have them all figured out. I know both Eric and Marc have used the same philosophy that I have.”

Eric said he owes his coaching success to his dad.

“He’s always been a big coaching influence on me in terms of my coaching style in how I talk and treat my kids,” Eric said.

Starostka, who won a state championship for Norm Manstedt in 1983, said the same thing, but also added that he also teaches kids more about life than wrestling.

“I don’t think I have time to discuss how much Norm has meant to me and what it was like wrestling for him,” Starostka said. “He’s always been a mentor of mine and I still always call him. He’s a teacher about life. He’s a believer of every kid, whether you are good or bad. He’s got the ability to make you believe in him as a coach in the lifestyle. He’s a life builder.”

Eric also said there’s been a lot of talk around the dinner table about wrestling, which is something Eric said his mom, Janet, didn’t mind.

“I think she was more of a wrestling fan than me and my brother Mitch have ever been,” Eric said. “She grew up around the sport with her brothers and nephews. She would sit front and center and scream at the top of her lungs. We are just a wrestling family.”

Norm Manstedt is involved in a areas when it comes to wrestling. He is one of the original members and president of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and also started the Nebraska Invitational Dual Team Championships held in Columbus every year.

“I don’t know if we would know how much impact he has made for the sport,” Eric said. “I tried to ask my dad how much of the stuff he is involved in. He hasn’t just been trying to get Clarks or High Plains better, it’s about trying to get the sport in Nebraska better for everybody. He really has influenced a lot of kids.”

Norm Manstedt hopes the wrestlers get more from the sport than wins and losses, like the lessons learned from competing in the sport.

“I hope what they get out of it is to be successful not just by winning,” he said. “The sport takes daily work. The wrestlers will face many challenges in their life and they know they will have to work hard every day to get better in practice to prove themselves. A lot of things in life might not be as difficult as what they are facing right now. The thought process is being prepared every day to go to work. Every kid I have coached have been fun to have, whether they have been good or bad.”


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address book

General News

 Lynette, I am wondering if you still have the database of addresses of alumni. 

I have lost track of Kathy Corwin Hunt and would like to know if you have an

e mail address for her? The last postal address I have is Fremont, Calif., but I

know they were moving...How is everyone handling the heat this summer?  Thinking

of getting a swimming pool for an afternoon chill out.....like Texas.......Is there any talk of another reunion

in 2013 or 2014?  I can help somehow.....

Cyndy Lammert

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