Meet Your 2010 Grand Marshals
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Born under the Manhattan Bridge on October 24, 1924, John Dolan was the eighth child of nine. He lived with his parents, Kathrine Green and Joseph Chappy Dolan until he joined the service on February 5, 1943.

In 1954 he married Margaret Martin and is now the father of Edith Jachim, who lives in Pennsylvania, and Daniel Dolan, who he has been living with in Maspeth for the past 38 years. He also has four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

John Dolan served with the 60th Combat Engineers of the 35th Army Division as a Demolition Specialist. The Fighting 35th Division through 10 months of intense combat fought in the following battles: Arennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland.

John participated in all of these battles before he was age twenty-one. After V-E Day, John and the 35th Division boarded the Queen Mary for the voyage home. The vintage ship led a flotilla of six ships up the North River to Pier 90 that day to bring home 20,000 troops.

P.V.C. Dolan’s received the following awards: American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Jubilee of Liberty Medal presented by the French Government.

John is a Member of the Kowalinski Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.

Mary Anne Walter is a Maspeth native. Born and raised in Queens, she has always been an active member of the community. Mary Anne is the second of John and Anna Marie Verbil’s nine children and the wife of Michael Walter. She also has four daughters, Maegan, Sarah, Rachel and Hannah, and one son-in-law, Frank Garvey.

Mary Anne attended St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Maspeth and St. Nicholas High School in Brooklyn before going to Queens College for her Bachelor’s Degree and St. John’s University for her Master’s Degree to become a reading specialist.

An active member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Mary Anne has served on the Liturgy and Baptism Committees. She has also instructed CCD and Children’s Liturgy.

Growing up across the street from Maspeth United Methodist Church, she became involved with scouting when the pastor of the church asked her to sit with the Girl Scout troop until they could find a new leader. So in 1973, Mary Anne became the leader of Troop 4734. It took close to 30 years, but the church finally found someone to relieve her of her post.

She has worn many hats throughout the years in the Girl Scouts organization, including Cookie Captain, Family and Friends Manager, Calendar Captain, Magazine Captain, Council Trainer, and Event Planner.

Since service has always been an important part of scouting, she regularly organized numerous service projects: collecting hats, gloves, socks, and personal kits for veterans; Easter baskets and Christmas gifts for the homeless; and the placement of flags at veterans’ graves in the cemetery for Memorial Day. Currently she is a Service Unit Manager of Southwest Queens.

For her continued commitment to Girl Scouting, she has been honored with the Thanks Award from the GSUSA; the St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Medal from the Catholic Committee on Scouting; and the Girl Scout Leader of the Year Award from the Queens Federation of Churches.

As a member of the United Veterans and Fraternal Organizations of Maspeth, she has been the Essay Contest Chair since 2005 and implemented the poster contest in 2010.

Currently, Mary Anne teaches at P.S. 89 in Elmhurst. Recently, she organized an after-school program for the girls of the school. Mary Anne also serves on School Leadership and other committees in her school.

Before teaching at P.S. 89, she taught at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Greenpoint; Blessed Sacrament, Jackson Heights; and was the school librarian at St. Stanislaus Kostka, Maspeth.

She continues her activism in all aspects of community affairs. Through her continued involvement with the youth, she helps create the foundation of patriotism for our next generation.

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