1999-08-28 / Obits

Geneva Sarah Brown, Family Here

Funeral services for Geneva Sarah Brown were held August 15 at the First Church of God in Christ, St. Albans.

Born in South Carolina, Geneva moved to New York and became an active member in the First Church of God in Christ Church in St. Albans. She died August 10, 1999.

She is survived by sons Michael Glen Brown and Rev. John Brown; daughters Sherry L. Ferrell, Lisa A. Brown (both of Far Rockaway) and Shirley A. Brown; sisters Clara Davis, Martha Waymer, Mary Pryor; brother Joseph Gatson, brother-in-law Thomas Waymer of Far Rockaway; daughters-in-law Barbara Brown and Patricia Brown; 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home of Inwood was in Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Santee, South Carolina.

Watee Chandipersaud

Of Far Rockaway

Funeral services for Watee Chandipersaud were held August 21 at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Lawrence, New York.

Watee Chandipersaud died August 17, 1999.

A widow and housewife who resided in Far Rockaway, Wadee was born in Guyana.

She is survived by eight children.

Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Queens, New York.

Norris Kendrick Of Far Rockaway

Funeral home services for Norris Kendrick were scheduled for Friday, August 27 at the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home, Inwood. Viewing will begin at 6 p.m.

Mr. Kendrick died August 25, 1999. Burial will take place at a family plot in Georgia.

Ruth Eleanor King, Nurse

Funeral services for Ruth Eleanor King were held August 19 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, St. Albans.

Ruth began her career as a Nursing Assistant and later became a Licensed Practical Nurse specializing in Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. She had a special love for children and loved to travel. Ruth died August 16, 1999.

She is survived by husband Quincy; daughter Jeanine; grandchildren Tiffany and Lawrence; son-in-law Lawrence; brother Perry Morris and a host of other relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home of Inwood was in Calverton National Cemetery, Long Island, New York.

John Edward Respass

Retired Police Officer

Funeral services for John Respass were held August 22 at the King’s Children Ministries, Rockaway Beach.

Born in North Carolina, John moved to New York and became a police officer with the NYPD.

He is survived by his wife Alice; six children, 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home of Inwood was in Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey.

Leo Schiffer, 104 Years Old

Leo Schiffer, known as the Patriarch of the Schiffer family, died at his apartment in Rockaway Beach on August 8, 1999, at 104 years, 10 months, and seven days. Born in Austria-Hungary on October 1, 1894, Leo joined his family in New York after passing through the halls of Ellis Island on December 10, 1906. Like many European immigrants around the turn of the century, he began working to help support his family while still in high school. In 1918, tuberculosis took one of his kidneys, but remarkably his remaining kidney lasted another 81 years. He and his family lived in the Lower East Side and eventually moved to the Bronx. There he met Jean Greenberger and married in 1924. He had two sons, Jerry, who died in 1983, and Bernard, who lives in California. In the late 1960s, Leo and Jean moved to Dayton Towers East to be near their son Jerry and his family who were original residents of Dayton Beach Park in Rockaway Beach. Leo was known to the Rockaway community from his long walks on the boardwalk well into his 90s, his youthful appearance, wry sense of humor, and as an election inspector and a pool gate guard at Dayton Beach Park pool. He was a long-time member of the Odd-Fellows Lodge, Temple Israel of Rockaway Beach, and a life-long Yankee fan who was at the first opening day at Yankee Stadium. Although he saw all the great Yankees play since the early 1900s, his favorite player was Derek Jeter. Just this year, Leo was featured in a Brazilian television special on aging. When asked by the interviewer about his secret for living so long, Leo replied that it was his family. He explained that his family was close -- not just as close as two hands pressed together, but with the fingers of each hand interlocked together forming an unbreakable bond.

At his grave side service at Riverside Cemetery in Lodi, New Jersey, Leo was eulogized by his family and friends, led by his son Bernie. In 1986, Leo wrote a letter for his family and placed it in a sealed envelope marked: "This Envelope to be opened only on my Death." The message Leo left for his children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends reads as follows: I have lived a full life and a happy one, now I am on my way to Eternal Rest.

Leo Schiffer is survived by his son Bernard Schiffer and daughter-in-law Terrie of California; his daughter-in-law Alma Schiffer of Rockaway Beach; grandson Larry Schiffer, his wife Gail, and great-granddaughters Jessica and Jamie of Valley Stream; grandson Warren Schiffer and his wife Toni of Connecticut; grandson Eric Schiffer, his wife Karen, and great-grandsons Ian, Andrew, and Cole Noah of California; grandsons Daniel, Richard, and Thomas of California; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Gabriel Rodriquez, who as Leo’s dear friend and aide gave Leo years of devoted care and love.

Contributions may be sent in memory of Leo Schiffer to the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Augusta Simmonds

Of Far Rockaway

Funeral services for Augusta Simmonds were held August 19 at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, Far Rockaway.

Born in the Virgin Island, Augusta moved to New York and became an active member in the Bethel A.M.E.

The wife of Joseph Simmonds, she is survived by son Eleazer Hurdle; daughters Bernice Harris and Delta Stroman; son-in-law Albert and brother Hubert Hurdle; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Interment under the direction of the Chatmon & Benson Funeral Home was in Amityville Cemetery, Amityville, New York.

Diana Costa Virga

Raised In Arverne

A memorial mass for Diana Costa Virga will be held 10 a.m. on August 28 at St. Rose of Lima Church, Rockaway Beach.

Born and raised in Arverne, Diana attended St. Mary School and Far Rockaway High School. She died August 17, 1999

Diana was the wife of Vincent and the mother of Krista; she was the daughter of Millie and the late Louis Costa, she was sister to Louann (Russ) Esposito, Louis J. Costa, and Lorraine (Joseph) Randazzo.

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