Frank Arasin Of Belle Harbor
Frank Arasin, a Belle Harbor resident, died at his home on June 3, 1999 after a long illness.
Frank was born and raised in Jersey City. He moved to the Rockaways in 1985 and was employed by Lehr Construction Corp. at the time of his death.
He is survived by wife Maureen; children A.J., Timmy, and Johanna; parents Alexander and Janet; brothers and sisters Tony and Pat Arasin, Mary and Dante Crisonino, John and Adin Arasin, Elizabeth Caley, Cathryn Arasin, Joe and Ginny McKeon, Jane and John McNulty, John and Pat McKeon, Charles McKeon, Chris and Mary McKeon, Tom and Peggy McKeon, and Margaret and Steve Stazko; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was predeceased by his brother-in-law Kenneth Caley.
Interment under the direction of Marine Park Funeral Home, Brooklyn, was on June 7 at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey.
Memorial mass for Frank will be held on October 2, 1999 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor.
Edmund Calabrese Of Belle Harbor
Mass of Christian Burial for Edmund Calabrese was celebrated on Monday, September 27 at St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor.
He died on September 23, 1999 at Peninsula Hospital.
Edmund lived in Belle Harbor for 40 years, coming from Brooklyn.
During 1970-1971 he served as chairman of the Queens County Convention of the American Legion. In 1988 he was awarded and appointed as the Legionnaire of the Year by the O’Connell Post. In 1992, the O’Connell Post appointed him as emeritus of the legion post.
For a number of years he was a member of the executive board of the O’Connel Post.
Edmund was also very involved with the Boy Scouts of America. In 1980, he received the award of merit from the Queens Council for his contributions to the Rockaway district. In 1981, he received a recognition award from the Rockaway district. In 1983, he received the Silver Beaver, the highest award presented to individuals from the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver award is made for noteworthy service of exceptional character to youth for registered scouters, cub scouts, and explorer leaders within Queens County.
He is predeceased by his wife, the late Grace; brothers Ralph and George; and sister Gerry.
Survivors include nephews Richard, Jack and Ken; great nephews Jay, Erik, Michael, Mitchell, and Mark; great-great nephew Christopher; nieces Lydia and Janet; and great nieces Joyce, Christina and Karen.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach, was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
Charles A. Cassano
Of Rockaway Point
Mass of Christian Burial for Charles A. Cassano was celebrated on Tuesday, September 21 at St. Thomas More Church, Breezy Point.
He died on September 19, 1999.
Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Rockaway in 1936.
He served in World War II in 1945 and spent his years employed as a freight forwarder/tariff compiler.
Charles was a member of the Catholic Club and Breezy Point security.
Survivors include wife Gertrude (nee) Caporale; sons Richard and Robert; daughters-in-law Jone and Coleen; and eight grandchildren.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach was held at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.
Constant Denni Of Arverne
Service for Constant Denni was held on Tuesday, September 21 by Reverend Joel Harvey at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach.
Constant died on September 19, 1999 at Peninsula Hospital.
Born in the Bronx, Constant came to Arverne in 1940 from Brooklyn.
He was an avid fisherman and painter.
Constant, the widower of Francis, is survived by sons Charles, Constant, Harry and Lewis, 15 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Private services were held.
John J. Doyle Of Rockaway Point
Mass of Christian Burial for John Doyle was celebrated on September 20 at St. Thomas More, Breezy Point.
He died on September 16, 1999.
Resident of Rockaway Point for 50 years, coming from the Bronx and born in Nov Scotia, Canada, John was an engineer for AT&T.
Widower of Rita M. Shea, he is survived by daughters Ann-Marie Doyle and Mary Rita Doyle; sons Jerard and Michael; sisters Kathleen Anderson and Etta; and six grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was predeceased by daugther Regina Marie O’Leary.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach, was held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Val Hala, New York.
Louis Giwertz Of Rockaway Park
Service for Louis Giwertz was held on Tuesday, September 21 by Rabbi Stuart Berman at Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach.
He died on September 16, 1999.
Louis was a resident of Rockaway Park since 1970. A postal worker, he served in the army airforce during World War II from 1942 to 1946.
Widower of Bessie Traktman, he is survived by sons Philip and William and daughter Harriet.
Private services were held.
Beryl Isadore Greenidge
Loved By Many
Service for Beryl Isadore Greenidge (nee) McKenzie was held on Friday, September 17 at Restoration Temple, Brooklyn, New York.
She died on September 14, 1999.
Youngest of seven children, she married John Greenidge in 1949. Through the years she worked at home, raising her eight children.
She migrated to the United States in 1978 from Guyana.
"Soaps," as she was affectionately called, is survived by children Frank, Terrence, Leonard, Beverly, Bryan, Karen, Mark and Sharon; grandchildren Leneur, Orin, Keisha, Johnnie, Desiree, Khary, Jerel, Darin, Melissa, Ashley, Jonniel, and Kandia; sisters-in-law Lynette Perry, Paulin Brammer and Elaine Lowe; brothers-in-law Herman, Oscar, and Seigefried; sons-in-law Joseph and Clinton; daughters-in-law Beverly and Sabrina; and nieces and nephews Rollox, Lorna Brentol, Janice, and Meagan.
Interment under the direction of Jereliah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at Amityville Cemetery, Amityville, New York.
Athell Jack Morgan, jr.
Of Far Rockaway
Athell Jack Morgan, jr., born in Far Rockaway to the late Athell and Mattie Morgan, died on September 11.
He joined the Islamic Nation in the early part of 1999. He was a faithful worker in the community.
Athell is survived by sister Sheila Morgan; brothers Gary and Darryl; aunt and uncle Earline and Samuel Morgan; great-great aunt Bee-Bee Morgan; nieces Kahshima Morgan, Shatasha, and Ilema; nephew Kas Morgan; and a host of cousins and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at Forest Green Cemetery, Morganville, New Jersey.
Patrick J. Raftery
Of Rockaway Park
Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick J. Raftery was celebrated on Friday, September 24 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor.
He died on September 22, 1999 at Peninsula Hospital.
Coming from Jamaica, Queens, Patrick moved to Rockaway in 1969. He was born in County Mayo, Ireland.
Patrick was a motorman with the New York City Transit Authority.
Survivors include sister Kitie from Cork, Ireland and Nel McLoughlin from Pennsylvania. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach, was held at Holy Sepulchre, Cheltenhan, Pennsylvania.
MaryAnn V. Snyder
Mass of Christian Burial for MaryAnn V. Snyder was held on Friday, September 24 at St. Rose of Lima Church.
She died on September 20, 1999 at University Hospital of Brooklyn.
MaryAnn was a hostess in the catering industry and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Broad Channel.
She is survived by husband Edward; daughters Anna Acosta and Nancy Robles; sister Janet Martinez; and grandson Reynaldo Edward.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway Beach, was held at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York.
Andrew "Avelino" Torre
Of Rockaway Beach
Avelino Torre, a longtime resident of Rockaway Beach, died on September 22. He was 98 years old and would have celebrated his 99 birthday on November 10.
Torre was born in Santander, Spain where he grew up until he immigrated to America, arriving at Ellis Island in 1918.
Prior to the Great Depression, Torre was employed at Stanley Works in Great Britain, Connecticut. After the depression, he moved to New Jersey and finally to New York where he worked on Park avenue. He finally achieved the "American Dream" when he became an entrepreneur in real-estate and owned the Laundromat on 116 street in Rockaway Beach.
In 1947, he met his surviving spouse, Josefine, and married her shortly thereafter. He is also survived by three daughters, Silvia, Adrianda, and Beatriz, as well as six grandchildren, Andrew, Alexander, Christopher, Lauren, Rebecca, and Luke.
Funeral services were held at Towers Funeral Home in Oceanside, New York, on Friday, September 24. Father Fred Pellegrini will celebrate the Mass of Resurrection at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside on Saturday, September 25.