The following story is courtesy of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. It was written by James Johnson.

Joseph Biehler, a Webster resident who has served in the New York Army National Guard for 30 years, has been promoted to brigadier general.

Biehler, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, took part in a ceremony Sunday at Fort Drum, Jefferson County, that marked the Harris Corporation finance senior manager's rise to one-star general.

One of six general officers in the New York Army National Guard, Biehler is now the assistant division commander for maneuver of the 42nd Infantry Division, based in Troy, Rensselaer County.

Command of the 27th Infantry Brigade Team, a position Biehler was in the last four years, was turned over to Colonel Christopher Cronin, a Victor resident who was commander of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry.

Biehler, who is married with twin sons, was commissioned as an infantry officer in May 1987. The McQuaid graduate served in eight positions, including rifle platoon leader and battalion commander before receiving command of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Owner of bachelor's degrees in accounting and management from St. John Fisher College, Biehler has received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, National Defense Service and Army Achievement Medals.

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Gage 61In your prayers, please remember the soul of Richard M. Gage. Mr. Gage is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1961. His brother, Walter Gage, is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1959.

Gage, Richard M.

Richard was born on January 7, 1944, and passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017, after a courageous 12 year battle with Prostate Cancer. Loving husband of Judy; Father of Jeffrey (Sabina), Peter (Nanci), Christian (Christy) and Melissa (Scott); proud grandfather of Jessica, Zachary, Amanda, Adam, Alyssa, Bradley, Shea, Sydney and MacKenzie; brother of Walter Jr (Nadine). Richard was predeceased by his parents Walter Sr. and Dorothea Gage and brother, Michael (Donna) Gage.

Richard was born in Rochester, NY and graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 1961. He began a 40 year career at Xerox Corporation at 19 years-old. While climbing the corporate ladder, Richard was very proud to have earned a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in 1982 from the University of Rochester. In 1996, Richard and Judy, as empty nesters, took their adventure to Chicago, IL where Richard was the Vice President of Administration for Xerox Corporation. In 2002, he retired from Xerox and enjoyed snow birding from Chicago to Fort Myers each winter until their full time relocation to Florida in 2010.

Richard was a talented painter, and enjoyed playing golf, watching Syracuse basketball and experiencing the Chicago Cubs championship run to a World Series victory in 2016. He loved spending time with his friends from Rochester, Boston, Chicago and Fort Myers. Most of all, he was happiest when surrounded by his family.

Anyone that knew Richard well was familiar with his creative wit and how tremendously gifted he was at generating smiles and making people laugh. In fact, one enduring question that troubled him for years was “Why is there no poker playing on an African safari?” We think he finally found the answer: “Too many cheetahs.”

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

James H. Growney 58 April 7 2017In your prayers please remember the soul of James H. Growney. Mr. Growney is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1958.

Growney, James H.

Growney, James Dr. James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr. passed away peacefully Friday, April 7th 2017 at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born in Rochester, New York to James and Doris Growney. The oldest brother of 9 children, his attribute as a leader, caretaker, and healer was formed from a very young age. Jim is a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School, Bellarmine University and Kansas City University. He married the love of his life, Carol Shore, on March 26, 1966, in Kansas City, MO. Jim was an army veteran of the Vietnam war, serving as a surgeon stationed along the river in Moc Hoa, Vietnam. He was a recipient of the bronze star. For decades, Jim touched the lives of many through his career being an anesthesiologist, a position that brought him the most rewarding fulfillment. Jim was a humanitarian, taking several trips to Guatemala throughout his life with a team of doctors to practice in villages with an absence in modern medicine. An avid golfer, he often took seasonal trips to Ireland, to enjoy some of the most exceptional courses in the world. All who knew Jim regarded him with possessing every quality of a gentleman, and an individual who truly lived for others. He is survived by his wife Carol, three children Shannon, James III (Kristi), and Sean (Rene), and grandchildren Matthew, James IV, Olivia, Ella, Sam, and Eden. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19th at St. Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. with Fr. Leonard Sudlik as Celebrant.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

Riesman 70In your prayers please remember the soul of William M. Riesman. Mr. Riesman is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1970.

Riesman, William M.

Palmyra: March 12, 2017. Survived by wife, Linda; his children, Rachel and Jacob; granddaughter, Violet; sister, Amy (Robert) Woessner; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.