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Union Catholic Alumni Memorial


The Union Catholic Alumni Memorial video board, donated by the Class of 1979, is prominently located in the main lobby of school.  The display scrolls continuously throughout the day, exhibiting names of faculty, staff, students and alumni who have passed away.  This helps ensure that they remain forever in our hearts. 


This newest edition includes all names received through October 10, 2022.  Click on the video below to watch; faculty/staff names are displayed first, followed by each class year beginning with 1966.


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Mrs. Grace Kruthers 

UC 1969-1995

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The UC community prays for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Grace Kruthers, who served countless numbers of students in her role in the UC Library from 1969 - 1995, and passed away on September 21, 2023.  


Grace Catherine Kruthers

( September 21, 2023 )

It is with gratitude and love that we pay tribute to our mother Grace Catherine Kruthers.  She was deeply loved as a mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, and a valued friend.

She was born in 1925 in Jersey City, parents Paul and Mary, at home on Catherine Street.  She married the love of her life, Robert Francis Kruthers.  They knew each other for virtually their entire lives, as the Kruthers family bought the house next door when Grace was 4 years old.  They were just short of their 73rd wedding anniversary when Bob passed away in 2021.

After many years as a mom, Grace worked for 31 years at Union Catholic High School, where she enjoyed working with the students.  She maintains friendships with some of these students to this day.

Grace was predeceased by all of her siblings and all of Robert's siblings and a very special niece Kathleen Healy Morrissey.

Grace leaves behind her oldest daughter Susan Kruthers, her son Kensington Moore, his wife Aimee, and their son Conrad Kensington Moore.  Great Grammy Grace had a special bond with great grandson Conrad and took great joy in the time she spent with him.  He loved showing her things and reading with her.

Grace leaves behind her daughter Patty Kruthers and her son Daniel Grant.

She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and their spouses.  She had special bonds with Ted Calefati and his wife Ellen, Mary Beth Willis and her husband Hoyt, Joyce and Ray Stoveken and Peter and Carol Healy.

Grace had many close friends who will miss her.

The visitation will be on Monday, September 25, 2023 at the Rossi Funeral Home, Scotch Plains, from 4-7pm.  A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, Scotch Plains, at 10am.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the National MS Society or the Fanwood Rescue Squad.


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Sister Marlene Fritz, RSM 

UC September, 1981- June, 1983

Sister Marlene served the UC Community as Director of the Career Center and taught German.

Sister Marlene Klara Fritz, age 89, died peacefully on July 13, 2023, at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung. Sister Marlene grew up in Sayreville with her sister, Katherine Boehm, and credited the roots of her vocation to her devoted parents, Carl and Klara Fritz. She attended Our Lady of Victories School, Sayreville, where she met the Sisters of Mercy, who were her teachers. She graduated in 1951 from the now-closed St. Mary High School, South Amboy, where the religious sisters were again her instructors.

After entering the Novitiate in 1953, she attended Georgian Court College (now University), Lakewood, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in German studies. A lifelong lover of the German language and culture, Sister Marlene was thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to Germany when she received a Fulbright summer scholarship and lived in Munich, Ansbach, and Osnabruck.

Upon her return to the United States, she attended Middlebury German School in Vermont, where she earned a master’s degree after graduating from its rigorous German immersion program. Sister Marlene then taught in several New Jersey High Schools: St. John School, Collingswood, Camden Catholic High School, Camden (and then Cherry Hill), and Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville.

She had the joy of returning to Germany to teach English at an all-boys school in Dortmund for one year and then returned to the States to resume her German teaching career at St. Mary High School, South Amboy, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, and Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains.

In 1983, Sister Marlene took courses in school administration at the University of Texas and taught German at an all-girls school while living in San Antonio.

Upon her return to New Jersey, Sister Marlene served as assistant directress at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, and assistant principal at Marylawn of the Oranges Academy, South Orange.

Following her career in education, Sister Marlene served as a clinical supervisor at Seton Hall University, South Orange, and then associate director for the New Jersey Office of Development of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy. She also volunteered for the Somerset County Library system as a teacher of German for adults. 

In 2021, Sister Marlene became a permanent resident of McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, NJ, where she resided until her death.

Sister Marlene is survived by her sister Katherine Boehm, her nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as the Sisters of Mercy who loved her so much!

Donations in memory of Sister Marlene may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1645 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, at Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount Saint Mary, 1645 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069, Watchung:

Wake: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Home Prayer Service: 9:30 a.m.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield, NJ





Mr. Frank Mollenhauer 

UC 1966-1973


Francis X. Mollenhauer (Frank) of Richboro, PA, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family on Friday, July 14, 2023.  He was 80.

Frank was the beloved husband of 34 years to Donna Kenny Mollenhauer.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Curley Mollenhauer and the brother of the late Kenneth Mollenhauer.

Frank attended St. Peter’s Prep High School and Seton Hall University.  Frank played many sports and watched even more.  He taught Math and coached baseball and basketball at Union Catholic High School and made many lifelong friends who still credit him as their “favorite teacher ever.”  Frank worked nights at International Paper Company’s packaging plant and ultimately accepted a position in New York where he met Donna.  Donna and Frank were married in 1989 and moved to Richboro in 1996.  Frank’s life was filled with fun, laughter, and friendship, but his love for his family was the center of his life.  He prided himself on speaking truthfully and honestly, being his own person, and saying what he believed.  His many friends knew Frank was always there with a joke and a smile.

In addition to his beloved wife Donna, Frank is survived by his loving children Matt, Nicole, and Leah Mollenhauer and Leah’s fiancé Derek Smith.  He is also survived by his sister Terry Mollenhauer-Fay and her husband Jack.

Frank’s family will receive family and friends on Wednesday evening, July 19, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00PM and again on Thursday Morning, July 20, 2023 from 10:00am until his Funeral Service 11:00am in the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Rd.) Richboro, PA 18954.  His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association (heart.org) and the Bucks County SPCA (buckscountyspca.org).







Coach Rico Parenti 

UC 1969-1973




Americo C Parenti “Rico” 90 of Scotch Plains died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday March 7, 2023. 

 Visitation will be on Tuesday March 14, 2023 from 4pm - 8 pm at the Rossi Funeral Home 1937 Westfield Avenue Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Service will be at the Funeral Ho

me on Wednesday at 10:30 am. Interment to follow at St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be made in Memory of Rico Parenti to the Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation .  http://give.michaeljfox.org

  Rico was born in Plainfield, NJ and raised in the East End.  A 1952 graduate of Plainfield High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Afterwards Rico attended Seattle University playing 4 years on the basketball team as a point guard with NBA Hall of Famer Great Elgin Baylor.  He graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  

  Rico returned back to his New Jersey roots and married his love Nancy. They soon built a home in Scotch Plains where they would raise their sons and live out their married life.  

  He began his teaching and coaching career in 1960 at St. Benedicts High School in Newark and then went onto Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains where he had great success. Eventually Rico returned to his Alma Mater Plainfield High School where he would teach for 30 years, before retiring in 2002.  He was the Mens Head Basketball Coach from 1973 - 1986. In 1987 and 1988 he was an assistant Coach at Immaculata where his son Michael was playing.  Rico took a short break from coaching so he could enjoy watching his son’s Angelo and Michael play in the same backcourt in college at Southern Connecticut State University.  Afterwards, he returned to Plainfield for another 3 years. During his years as Head Coach at Plainfield High the team won 10 Watchung conference Championships, 10 Christmas Tournaments, 2 Union County Championships, 2 Group 4 State Championships and 3 Sectional Championships.  Rico was inducted into the Plainfield Hall Of Fame in 2002. On February 26, 2007 he received a great honor when the Plainfield High School gymnasium was renamed The Americo “Rico” Parenti Gymnasium. During his career he received many awards such as Coach of the Year from The Courier News 7 times, Star Ledger twice, Union County Coach of the year 6 times. Daily News Coach of the year and numerous awards and recognition from various organizations. 

  In addition to his basketball career, Rico was also one of the best fast pitch  softball pitchers around. One of the greatest wins he ever had was beating the King and his court. Rico was very active and loved to exercise  at  the SPF YMCA. He was a long time member of the North Plainfield Italian American Club.

  He and Nancy loved their grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to cheer them on. He was always there to share his wisdom of the field and court. He is survived by his 2 loving sons Angelo and wife Eileen, Michael and wife Anna, four cherished grandchildren Blake, Evan, Sebastian and Alessandra. He is also survived by his sister in law Dolly and many caring nieces and nephews.

  The family wants to thank and express deep gratitude to his primary caregiver Eileem and also to Veronica and Aliany.  
He was blessed to be assisted by such caring professionals. 






Father Paul Manning 1/25/34 – 3/7/23

UC 1975-1976


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Reverend Paul R. Manning, 89, of Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence, West Palm Beach, FL passed away after a lengthy illness. Born and raised in Newark (Vailsburg), NJ, he was predeceased by his parents Gerald Manning and Lillian (Morrison) Manning. Surviving are his brother, Robert and wife Tina of York, ME, niece Francine Pidgeon and husband Bill of Davie, FL, nephew Duane and significant other, Thayer Kelley of South Hero, VT. Also, godson Mark Sanchez and dear friends Eileen Butka, Luis Sanchez and family, Fr. Jack Holian, Fred Roden, Mario Mangila, and many other friends, former students, and fellow priests.

Fr. Paul Manning studied at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, NJ and was ordained into priesthood on May 25, 1959. He spent many years as a teacher of Mathematics at Seton Hall Prep, South Orange, NJ, Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains, NJ and Oratory Preparatory School, Summit, NJ. Fr. Manning went on to become Headmaster at Oratory Prep from 1992- 1994. He was also the weekend assistant at St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church, Summit, NJ for many years.

Fr. Manning held BA and MA degrees from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, a STB degree from Catholic University, Washington, DC, and MA and Ph.D. degrees from New York University, where he studied at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Science. The Archdiocese of Newark named Fr. Manning, Math Dept. Chairman at Oratory Prep, Summit, NJ as the outstanding Catholic School Educator in 1998.

As a member of Oratory Prep staff beginning in 1976, Fr. Manning taught French, Latin, Spanish, Greek, Religion, and Mathematics, his true love. During his tenure at Oratory Prep, Fr. Manning was moderator of the school yearbook, The Aries, the Math Club, the Chess Team, and the French Club. As coach of the tennis team, he led the varsity team to first place in the Mountain Valley Conference Championship. After 19 years as tennis coach, he retired with 214 wins. As moderator of the Math Club, he guided his team to 1st place in the Tri-State Math League 1997-98.

Fr. Manning was the recipient of various educational awards. In 1986 he was named finalist for the Presidential Award in Mathematics in NJ. In 1991 he was awarded the Princeton Prize for secondary school teaching, presented to him at Princeton University. The Engineering School of Manhattan College honored him as Outstanding Mathematics Educator in 1992. He was also named the Tandy Scholar in 1993.

In addition to his dedication and love of teaching others, Fr. Manning continued to further his own education. He was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for Humanities to study Latin and Greek at Harvard University in 1992. In 1997 he was named Fulbright Scholar and studied in the Fulbright Classics Seminars in Rome and Naples.

He retired to sunny West Palm Beach in 2004, where he enjoyed dining out with family and friends, walking on the beach, lounging and reading poolside, and attending operas, especially those by his favorite composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Along with his brother Robert, he was a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He also enjoyed many fun trips taking his niece and nephew on great getaways.

For all the lives that were touched in some way over the years by Fr. Paul, he will be missed.

A visitation for Fr. Manning will be held Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center, 5411 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417. A funeral service will occur Monday, March 13, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Lourdes Noreen McKeen, 315 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. A graveside service will occur Monday, March 13, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, 10941 Southern Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fr. Manning’s name to the Macular Degeneration Association, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd., Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34232, www.macularhope.org.




Bette "S" Schnitzer 2/9/29 – 5/11/22

UC 1963-1999

It is with a sad heart that we share news of the passing of Mrs. Bette Schnitzer. In more than 50 years of Union Catholic history, there are but a handful of people who can be considered UC legends. Mrs. Bette Schnitzer is unquestionably one of those. Her legendary persona developed much as her name and her hairstyles evolved over time. She arrived at Union Catholic as Mrs. Elizabeth Schnitzer, but became better known as Mrs. Bette Schnitzer. A decade or so later, she was lovingly referred to by the students as “Mrs. S.” By the time she retired in June of 1998, she had achieved rock-star status and was identified by just a single letter – “S”.
The name progression was representative of her ability to move with the times and to adapt to changes. “S” was the first lay teacher hired by Union Catholic Girls High School. She accepted a position as Physical Education teacher in a school building that did not yet have a gymnasium. The first physical education classes were held in Room 110, where the girls learned dances like the polka and the tarantella. The outdoor exercise regime consisted of running up and down the piles of construction dirt. “S” managed to borrow equipment from local schools so that the girls could learn gymnastics. To quote an article in the June 1966 edition of the girls’ school newspaper, The Spirit, “obstacles were the elements upon which she thrived.”
As the school grew, so too did the athletic offerings and the athletic successes. While her myriad of professional accomplishments are laudable, “S” is best remembered for her engaging personality and her love of the students. She was always their biggest cheerleader. In the course of her illustrious 35 year career, she attended incalculable UC games, both home and away. You knew when “S” was in the stands, as she energetically sounded words of encouragement. She found you afterwards to pat you on the back for a win, or to lift your spirits following a loss. In a personal chat with “S” she shared that “If you got through to one kid it was worth it; you had made a difference. “ That one simple statement summarizes her teaching philosophy.
Funeral arrangements will be private, but a Celebration of Life will be held early fall at Union Catholic; details to follow. The formal obituary is included in this post.
Those of us blessed to share our UC years with “S” will instantly flash to a happy image or special memory of Bette. Below is a link to a google form where you can share your favorite memory or photo of “Mrs. S.” These memories and images will be part of the Celebration of Life. https://forms.gle/vKa1wrL17N9WDUa97
In addition, Bette’s family has established a UC scholarship in her memory. You may contribute through the link https://www.unioncatholic.org/apps/pages/supportuc or by sending a check payable to Union Catholic High School (subject line > IMO B. Schnitzer) to: Sister Percylee Hart -1600 Martine Ave - Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.
The love and encouragement shared by “S” made a true difference for so many UC students. That is the hallmark of a genuine legend, one whose impact resonates forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.



Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, O.P. 11/12/27 – 12/30/21

UC 1962-1969

The UC community prays for the repose of the soul of Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, OP, a Sister of St. Dominic of Caldwell for 76 years, who passed away on December 30, 2021 at the age of 94.
Sister Elizabeth Michael was one of the six “founding” Dominicans who came to Union Catholic Girls High School when the doors first opened in September 1962.  Sister taught a variety of English and writing classes, and served as moderator for Encounter yearbook, Oasis literary magazine, and National Honor Society. Sister Elizabeth Michael earned her BA in English and French from Caldwell College, an MA in English and Philosophy from the Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Philosophy from Drew University. Upon leaving UC after the 1968-1969 school year, Sister became a Professor of English at Caldwell University. Sister Elizabeth Michael was an accomplished published poet, whose brilliant teaching inspired generations of learners.  Sister maintained her ties to UC, and attended the 50th Graduation Anniversary celebrations for the Classes of 1966 and 1967.
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Sister Doris Ann Bowles, O.P.

3/22/1922 – 11/1/2019

UC 1968-1978

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Sister Doris Ann Bowles, O.P.  Sister Doris Ann served as Vice Principal of Union Catholic Girls High School (1968-1970) and then as Principal (1970-1978). We join together in prayer for the repose of her soul.
The following names will be added to the next edition of the ALUMNI MEMORIAL BOARD VIDEO:
* Thomas Brennan '71
* Jeffrey Brown '82
* Ken Buniewski '85
* Lori Ann DiRienzo '89
* Kevin Duddy '74
* Sister Marlene Fritz, RSM, faculty
* Jennifer Durkin Gonzalez '89
* Todd Hoblitzell '73
* Jane Purkis Kearney '84
* Grace Kruthers, staff
* Richard Kukla '96
* Robert Kukla '92
* Karen Dolan Kupratis '74
* Father Paul Manning, faculty
* Christopher McGinn '85
* James McLean '69
* Frank Mollenhauer, faculty
* John Odulak, faculty
* Rico Parenti, faculty
* Gregory Ritter '75
* Kathleen Holmes Tatsch ‘77