Missouri News

The Easter Rising was commemorated by a march to the Republican Monument in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Past National President George Clough was joined by Missouri State President John Wilson and Ladies Missouri State President Loretta Sheerin and members of Divisions from St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Missouri and St Clair County, Illinois.

The program included the reading of biographies of some of the men and women who participated in the Rising and the reading of the Easter Proclamation.

The Monument was built to commemorate those who are buried there who participated in the wars for Irish Independence. The Commemoration has been held each year and plans are already being made for the special Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary in 2016. Those attending the 2014 National Convention in St. Louis will be able to visit the Monument while at the Convention.

In Memoriam

Jim J. Herlihy – Former AOH National Director, passed away at the age of 91 on October 13th, 2011. Born in Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland, and, of late, from Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of the late Hannah Marie Herlihy; loving father of Marian Goicoechea, Betty Thompson, Eileen Massumi, Colleen Herlihy, Erin Painter and Dan Herlihy; twin brother of Helen Marie Harnedy. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Jim was the founder of the John Fitzgerald Division in Arlington, Virginia – one of the first divisions in the State. He was very involved in the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick’s Day parade and numerous Irish events and causes in the Nation’s Capital.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington with many members of the AOH partaking in the AOH wake service and the Litany of Saints. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Irish Show, 111 N. Pitt St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

 “Foz” Ryan (December 7, 1930 – October 10, 2011)

Richard Frederick “Foz” Ryan, age 80, of O’Fallon, Ill., born December 7, 1930 in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away Monday night, October 10, 2011, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

Foz grew up in East St. Louis and he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville Illinois (SIU-E). He began his tenure in 1960 at Assumption High School, in East St. Louis, Illinois, where he taught and coached for more than a decade.

In the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Foz was the Illinois State President from 2005-2007, and was deemed the Hibernian of the Year and was one of the Past Presidents of Michael P. Keeley Division 1 St. Clair County, Illinois, where until his passing he held the position of Standing Committee Chairman.  As a loyal Hibernian, Foz spearheaded the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Belleville and was instrumental in establishing and promoting many of our major fund-raising events. A few of the more prominent ones are The Top of the Morning Run and The Irish Open Golf Tournament.

He initiated the Columbus Day Kids’ Run in O’Fallon, and the Knights of Columbus Turkey Trot to benefit Area 12 Special Olympics. Foz supported the Area 12 Special Olympics for more than 30 years, and served as a board member from 1985-1990.

Foz was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4239 in which he served in the Fourth Degree and as a past Grand Knight.

Foz was honored by the City of O’Fallon and St. Clair County, as July 5, 2011, was declared “Foz Ryan Day” in honor of his service to the community.

In 2001, Foz was awarded the Christian Service Award by the Belleville Diocese for his efforts in supporting children and young adults with economic disadvantages and/or disabilities.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann, nee Oppermann, Ryan. Surviving are his three children, Theresa (Ron) Rasp of O’Fallon, Timothy (Michelle) Ryan of Shiloh, and Patrick (Karla) Ryan of O’Fallon; grandchildren, Matthew and Clara Obernuefemann, Connor, Daniel, and Meghan Ryan, and Madelyn, Mackenzie, and Jonathan Ryan; and his half-sister, Sharon (Thomas) McGlasson of Ft Worth, Tex.

Michael P. Keeley
(August 19, 1932 – September 19, 2011)

Past Illinois State President Michael P. Keeley, Jr., age 79, of Belleville, IL, died on Monday, September 19, 2011 at his residence.

Michael was the past president and owner of Keeley Brothers Contracting Company in East St. Louis, IL. He served in the United States Navy after being commissioned from the NROTC. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Michael P. Keeley, Sr. Division I, St. Clair County, and past State Secretary of the A.O.H. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 592 and American Legion Post 2007, Swansea, IL. Michael was a member and past president of the Southern Illinois Contractors Association. He maintained membership in the Southern Illinois Builders Association and chaired the Equal Employment Opportunity committee. He was a member of Local 520 Operating Engineers Health, Welfare and Pension fund as a trustee and Michael was the general chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in St. Louis, MO.

Michael is survived by his wife, Joan, nee Becherer, Keeley; his children, Mary Agnes Sanders (fiancé, Dave Bukk), Ann (Phil) Green and Walsh (Rachael) Keeley; his grandchildren, Kate (Lukas) Schmid, Clayton Sanders and Elizabeth, Andrew, Clare, Mary C., Grace Green and Seamus, Brigid, Liam Keeley and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

William C. Monaghan of North Wildwood, N.J., member of AOH Division 1 Cape May County and formally from AOH Division 39 Philadelphia, Union Carpenter Local 1856, passed away suddenly on October 23 at the age of 67. 1ST LT. U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran, recipient of three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and Silver Star, he served his country and his community with pride and dedication. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (nee Maguire), children William (Donna) James, Kevin, Megan and the late Michael S Monaghan, Joy Strehle (William) Kathleen, Joseph and Kevin Aikens, also survived by nine grandchildren. Bill was an altar server and served mass at St Ann’s the morning of his death. Will be sadly missed by his family, friends and AOH/LAOH members.

Mary Nyhan

Mrs. Mary C. (Buckley) Nyhan, 96, a life-long resident of Lawrence, Massachusetts, passed on Friday, October 21st, 2011, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 20, 1914, in Lawrence, to the late John J. and Julia Mary (Cronin) Buckley.

Mary was educated in Saint Patrick’s grammar school and was a graduate of the Saint Patrick’s High School.

She was an attendant of Saint Patrick’s Church in Lawrence, she was a member of Our Ladies Sodality of Saint Patrick’s, and was a National Life Member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 8. Mary was also a member of the Bon Secours Guild and the Saint Claire’s Society. Mary worked at the Bon Secours Hospital as the secretary for the outpatient clinic for 17 years until her retirement.

She enjoyed and was proud of her Irish heritage, loved Irish music and Irish dancing. Mary enjoyed taking trips to Ireland to visit her family. She especially loved to follow her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in their expertise in Irish dancing of which she took great pride in. According to Mary’s family, she loved the beach and swimming, crossword puzzles, sudoku and politics. Later in life she took an interest in following sports, she was a multiple Boston sports fan. She especially took great pride and loved to spend time with her family. She would attend every ball game, wedding, graduation and just plain taking time to know each and every one of her family members, right down to the little ones. It was her life.

Mary was the wife of the late Charles F. Nyhan who passed in 2007.

Her family members include: Daughter: Sheila Marie Nyhan of Del Ray Beach Florida. Son: Charles “Chuck” F. Nyhan, Jr. of Truro, Cape Cod and of Del Ray Beach Florida. Daughter: Mary Ellen and her husband Donald J. Pelletier of Lawrence, MA. Son: John B. and his wife Pamela (Shattuck) Nyhan of Hampton, NH. Daughter: Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty and her husband Timothy J. Doherty of Lawrence, MA. Grandchildren: Donald and his wife Chloe Pelletier, Julie and her husband Robert Fiore, John Michael and his wife Colleen Pelletier, Michael Hall, Kristen and her husband Richard Doherty, Jonathan Nyhan, Christina and her husband Taylor Edler, Brian Doherty, Erin Doherty, and Scott Doherty. Great Grandchildren: Emilie, Gianna, Isabella, Jake, Benjamin, Lauren, and Ryan. Her sister: Sr. Marion Bernard (Hannah) Buckley, S.C. Sister-in-law: Jean Buckley of Lawrence, MA Brother-in-law: Joseph D. Nyhan of Del Ray Beach, FL As well as several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by her siblings Coneilus Buckley, John J. Buckley, former Mayor, Michael Buckley, Sr. Sheila Marie (Eileen) Buckley, SC, Timothy Buckley and Daniel Buckley.

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians held services at the Funeral Home.

For online condolences and other information please go to www.breenfuneralhome.com.

Her funeral mass was celebrated on October 24 in Saint Patrick’s Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity, 125 Oakland Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 and or Saint Patrick’s Church Parish, 118 South Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Bernard J. Sloan

Charter member of St. Patrick Division 1 Somerset County NJ, Bernard J. Sloan, — “Barney” to his countless friends — died on September 15 at his home in Somerville, NJ, after a valiant fight against cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial, presided over by AOH member Monsignor Seamus Brennan, was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. The large attendance included a guard of honor of fellow members from the Division.

Barney was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was so very proud of that. He later became a resident of Somerville for 50 years. He was the manager of Port Newark Marine Terminals for the Port Authority of NY/NJ, retiring after a 40-year career. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Philippines during their liberation. He received his BS and MBA from New York University.

His beloved wife, LAOH sister Helen (Callaghan) Sloan, predeceased him in 2008.

Barney was an Irish Catholic through and through and a steadfast parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville. He was a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Somerville, where he once served as the grand marshal for the AOH parade. Largely due to his untiring efforts, the work of  hundreds of unnamed Irishmen in building the Delaware and Raritan canal was properly recognized by the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission and a memorial gravestone was erected at Griggstown Cemetery.

He was also a life member of the Somerville Elks and the Knights of Columbus and devoted many hours to various charitable organizations and community events. Barney had many, many friends and was well-known for his wit and generosity.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Immaculata High School Foundation, 240 Mountain Ave., Somerville, N.J. 08876, or Jack’s Kids, c/o the Somerville Elks Lodge 1068, 375 Union Ave., Bridgewater, N.J. 08807.

Illinois News

The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois, held its 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11. There were a total of 68 golfers. The division raised over $3,200 — their most successful tournament ever — which will be donated to local charities and the Illinois Special Olympics. Richard “Foz” Ryan, the event originator, was unable to attend due to health reasons.

Division President Pat Hickey, left, and Golf Chairman Bob Simpson at the Division 1, St. Clair County, Illinois 31st Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 11.

Illinois News

The Michael P Keeley Division 1, St Clair County, Illinois held its 30th Annual Irish Open Golf Scramble on June 12, 2010.  There were 13 four man teams participating.  The event raised more than $2800 which will be distributed to local charities and the Illinois Special Olympics.  We were fortunate to have Richard (Foz) Ryan the event originator attend and socialize with the players.

President Gish Johnson (left) and Pat Hume (right) welcoming the players.