John Fallon, RIP!

John Thomas Fallon, Jr., 74 of Columbus, OH, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Jack Fallon, brother Michael Fallon, nephew Brian Lange and brother-in-law Robert Overman.

John will be greatly missed by sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy Overman of Columbus, OH, Pat and Clark Lange of Ava Maria, FL, Chris and Mike Hilty, Suzy and John Echenrode and Michelle and Bill McGarity all of Columbus, OH, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as many extended family and friends who he loved dearly.

John attended Immaculate Conception School, Bishop Watterson High School and North High School. He then served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, when he was honorably discharged. He then spent his adult life working in the food and beverage industry working in bars and pubs in Columbus and Buckeye Lake. A loyal Buckeye fan, John loved to collect Buckeye memorabilia. But his real passion was gardening which filled him with much satisfaction in recent years. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial service will be at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel, 9571 High Street, Lewis Center, OH on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM and graveside burial immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John Fallon to Immaculate Conception Church Grotto Restoration Fund, 414 E. N. Broadway St., Columbus, OH 43214; or to The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System (757).

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Robert “Bob” Cotter

Robert Ross “Bob” Cotter, age 72, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his home. A retired educator, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and coach. With a career spanning 40 years, Bob was a former principal at both Fairborn High School and Warren High School and served most of his tenure at Marysville, where he taught and was assistant principal at Marysville High School. His coaching career included varsity football and varsity wrestling. For many summers, he was the Marysville Municipal Pool manager and sports editor and writer for the Marysville Journal Tribune. A 1967 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree from Wright State University. Bob was skilled in so many areas, as he wasn’t afraid of hard work. He was a dearly devoted husband, father and grandfather.

An avid reader, golfer and Neil Diamond fan, he was known for “never knowing a stranger” and his storytelling. Bob loved to help and serve others. His positions of servitude included, an honorable discharged member of the US Army, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, …

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Underwood Funeral Home [Marysville] where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville, Ohio.

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Our deepest condolences to classmate Kathy and family! Save us a place, Bob!

Mark Barrett, Gone Ahead

Mark J. Barrett, age 72, passed away on December 8, 2021 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Mark graduated from Bishop Watterson in 1967 then became a MP in the Army and was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism. He furthered his education and was a graduate of Park College class of 1976 and Capital University class of 1982.

He originally started March 30, 1970 as a Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office—he was promoted to a Sergeant October 7, 1979—was promoted to Inspector… He retired January 31, 2014 as Chief Deputy.

Friends may call Tuesday, December 14 from 4pm – 7pm at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 West Broad, where service will be held at 10:30am Wednesday, Fr. Leo Connolly officiating.

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Sail On, Mary Lynn!

Mary Lynn (Hall) Stillinger died early Friday morning, November 26, 2021 at Brookdale Marysville after a brief illness. She was a fighter till the end; she is now looking over her loved ones as a very special guardian angel. Mary Lynn was born September 29, 1949 in Columbus to the late Lawrence and Mildred Hall. She was also preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Joan Hall. She was a graduate of the Mount Carmel School of Nursing and was incredibly proud of being a registered nurse.

A very spiritual lady, her faith meant a lot to her throughout her life, and her love of angels embodied her love for her faith. She treasured Lake Erie, and spent her free time boating up at Marblehead with her husband, Mike Stillinger. While she loved many aspects of her life, nothing compared to the love Mary Lynn held for her grandbabies and being their Mimi. They were her greatest joy.

Read Mary Lynn’s entire obituary at Ingram Funeral Service.

So Long, Joe Segna

Joseph Patrick Segna, age 72, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021. … Joe was a soulmate to Diane for over three deacdes. He was also a son, brother, uncle, great uncle, “bonus” father & grandfather, friend, and cherished colleague across many industries.

Joe graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University with a degree in Architecture. For five decades Joe worked as an Architect and founded Segna Associates. He served on the Board of Directors for the North YMCA for 25 years and he was also an active member at St. Christopher Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, traveling, and celebrating life with family and friends. Joe was admired by many for his work ethic, charitable heart, wisdom, and compassionate nature.

Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Schoedinger Northwest, 1740 Zollinger Road, 43221. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 1420 Grandview Avenue, 43212. If you would like to share photo memories of Joe’s life, please send to josephpsegnatribute@gmail.com, by Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Read full obituary »

RIP, Carmine Menduni!

Carmine Louis Menduni, age 72, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2020. Carmine was born in Columbus, Ohio to Christina (Morelli) and Louis Menduni. He was a devoted husband to Michelle (Shelley) Werner for fifty cherished years. Carmine loved life and relished it fully. He delighted in history, a good whiskey or cigar, his wife’s manicotti and traveling. He was devoted to his faith, family and was passionate about his work. He was the proud owner of Columbus Art Memorial, a family-owned company for 99 years. His impact can be seen throughout Columbus’ hospitals, colleges, churches, memorials and sculptures. Read complete obituary »

Michael Vincent Buscemi

Our honorary classmate, Michael Vincent Buscemi Jr. (1948-2021) went home peacefully to the Lord on the last day of August 2021 and was laid to rest this week. Mike’s career had taken him to Alaska where he started and raised his family. After a quarter century, he relocated to Ohio for the last several decades. Let’s please keep Mike and his family in our prayers.

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From all your friends in Bishop Watterson Class of 1967, RIP, Brother Mike!

Nira Ann (Porter) Chambliss

Brooktondale, NY – Nira Ann Chambliss (nee Porter), aged 70, died 15 July 2019 in Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York. She was born at White Cross Hospital in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, 11 March 1949, daughter of James Joseph and Marjorie Ruth (Wood) Porter. She is survived by her husband, Cian Sturdy Chambliss, whom she married at Brooktondale, Tompkins County, New York 26 June 1999…

Nira attended Sacred Heart school 1st and 2nd grades, then Holy Name school 3rd through 8th grades. She graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in June 1967. She attended Ohio State University for many years, accumulating enough hours to graduate but not enough in any discipline to obtain a degree. She finally found her calling when she applied for a job at R. S. Fling & Partners as a computer operator. Read Nira’s entire obituary »

God’s Golden Shore, Mike Hilliard

Thomas Michael Hilliard portrait
Mike Hilliard, RIP

Our classmate—and great friend—Mike Hilliard passed on Leap Day after an extended illness. Our prayers are with, and condolences extend to, his whole family. Mike was one of the kindest and gentlest men we knew. His warmth, caring, and smile will be greatly missed. We excerpt from today’s Columbus Dispatch:

Thomas Michael (Mike) Hilliard, age 71, passed away February 29, 2020. Graduated from Bishop Watterson High School and University of Cincinnati. Preceded in death by mother, Shirley Paananen; son, Todd Hilliard; daughter, Michelle Hilliard; brother James Hilliard. Survived by wife of 37 years, Jean Hilliard; son, Jason (Holly) Hilliard and their children, Patrick, Max and Quinn; daughter Jessica (Nick) Grundy and their children, Alysha and Kenna; daughter Carly; and sister Jan Reeve. Mike had many lifelong friends and enjoyed years of touch football, golf league, and creating great memories. He loved music and dancing and trips to Canada with his family and friends. He was especially proud of his induction into Bishop Watterson’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Friends may call Wednesday [March 4] from 4-7 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 4661 Kenny Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 7179 Avery Road. Private burial at a later date. Read full obituary »

Coach John (Bud) Dorrian

John E. Dorrian, age 80, beloved son, brother and uncle was called to heaven on March 25, 2019. Born in Columbus, Ohio on October 3, 1938, John was the youngest of eight children born to Irish immigrant parents Hugh Joseph Dorrian and Anna O’ Flaherty. John grew up on Campbell Avenue in the Franklinton neighborhood. From a very young age John excelled in every type of athletic adventure. He played every sport available to him in Sunshine Park winning first place in the 50 yard dash and The Knights of Columbus State of Ohio free throw shooting competition just to name a few. His nickname was Shag because he was always shagging baseballs. Growing up he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he attended grade school. He graduated from Saint Charles Preparatory High School with excellent grades and outstanding athletic achievements. He went on to play baseball for The University of Notre Dame playing varsity baseball under Coach Jack Kine. He also made the freshman basketball team as a walk on. John used to say with a smile “the basketball team had 16 members and I was the 16th”.

After graduation John went on to earn his Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in education administration. He was a member of the Shamrock Club and marched in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for many years.

Professionally John was a teacher at Saint Charles, Buckeye Valley and Bishop Watterson High School. During his 10 years of teaching he coached baseball, basketball and football. His student athletes affectionately called him Coach Bud. Throughout his life members of his teams would always come up to him and thank him for the life lessons he taught then through sports. After retiring from coaching John worked for the State of Ohio and was a computer programmer with C.A.C. for 28 years. John continued to teach in retirement coaching adult immigrants to read and preparing tax returns as a volunteer for AARP. He also enjoyed traveling to Ireland visiting many cousins in the Counties of Galway and Donegal. John continued to play competitive baseball well into his thirties until he turned his full athletic attention to golf. 

The most important part of John’s life was his faith in God and his family. He was a devoted member of Saint Thomas More Newman Center and loved the friendship of the Paulist Priests, especially Father Vinnie. For over 60 years Uncle John has organized the annual ‘Uncle John Easter Egg Hunt and Dorrian Family Reunion’. It cannot be overstated how important this event has become bringing together an entire family now numbering close to 100 people. John spent his last few years happy and well cared for at the Wesley Glen Retirement Home, where he was affectionately referred to as Uncle John by everyone. Read entire obituary»