Bernice Battle, From Queens
Bernice Battle, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Tolds, died November 21, 1999 at St. John’s Hospital.
Services were held Friday, November 26.
Bernice was married to Will Oliver Battle. They had six children together. The family moved to Queens in 1956. She became a faithful member of St. John’s Baptist Church in 1967. She also worked with the Missionary Board.
Bernice is predeceased by her husband Will Oliver Battle; sons Herbert, Theodore and Willie; and daughter Katie Grandberry.
She is survived by her sister Elmarie Jones; brother Mayo Tolds; children Blondie L. and Ernest L.; daughters-in-law Williemae and Cornie; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
Ferdinand Bird, Loved By Many
Ferdinand Bird died on Tuesday, November 23, 1999.
Known as "Jimmy" or "Dread," Ferdinand immigrated to the United States in 1978 and attended Far Rockaway High School and Medgar Evers College.
Jimmy worked at Haven Manor Nursing Home for the past 18 years in the dietary department. Over the years he made many close friends at his job. While working in the facility, Jimmy met and later married Nancy Clark, a former co-worker.
An easygoing, peaceful and soft-spoken young man, Jimmy will be remembered for his laughter and his positive outlook on life.
Jimmy is survived by his loving and devoted wife Nancy; son Isaiah; stepdaughters Jasmine, Alaya and Fatima; sisters Cynthia Fearing (Peggy), Delores Marshall (Girley), Sybil Bird-Jaggon (Precious) and Sharon Martin; brothers Durke Burton (Bobsie), Everton Bird (Tony), Kenneth Bird (Ken), Norman Bird (Jerry), David Bird (CB); mother and father-in-law Doris Clark Harris and Lloyd Harris; sisters-in-law Cynthia and Gayle Clark; brother-in-law Frederick Clark; uncles Neremiah and Eric Burton and Lincoln Bird; and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck, New York.
Hugh Carr, From Belle Harbor
Mass of Christian Burial for Hugh Carr was celebrated on November 29, 1999 at St. Francis de Sales Church.
Hugh was born in County Donegal, Ireland. He was a Belle Harbor resident for 23 years, coming from Brooklyn.
Hugh worked at the Rockefeller Center Garage. After his retirement he was an employee of Rockaways Playland.
Widower of Margaret (nee Campbell), Hugh is survived by his sons Frank and Stephen; daughter Peggy DeMatteis; grandchildren Keith, Kelly, Karen, Kevin, Kerry, Kraig, Brian, Chris, Allison and Amanda; great-grandchildren Ryan, Andrew, Cassie, Grace, Emily, Christopher, Thomas and Dane.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Frank (Sandy) Cullen, From Rockaway
Frank (Sandy) Cullen lost his battle with cancer on November 20, 1999 at St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway.
Frank, well known in the Irish community, lived in Rockaway for the past 50 years. He always had a table of odd and hard to find gadgets at every flea market in Rockaway and beyond. Everyone knew his generosity.
Sandy is survived by his close friend Melissa of Rockaway; brothers John and Anthony and their wives Carol and Josephine; a dozen nieces and nephews and their children Gabriell and Victoria Choute, Thomas Anthony and Michael Mero.
Mass of Eternal Rest was held at St. Camillus Church.
Interment was held at Pine Lawn National Cemetery, Farmingdale, Long Island.
Elaine Feller, Inspirational Teacher
Elaine Feller died on November 22, 1999 following a long illness.
She was 69 years old.
Elaine was a retired educator and a long-time Belle Harbor resident.
A master teacher, she taught for many years in the East New York School District. She took extended maternity and child-care leaves, earned a masters degree from NYU and returned to teaching under a second license. She retired from P.S. 108K in 1991.
During her leaves, Elaine was a PTA executive member of the Yeshiva of Belle Harbor during its formative years and was a volunteer reading teacher at P.S. 114.
Elaine possessed a quick wit, a zest for life, boundless love and courage and a generous spirit that will remain an inspiration for those who loved her and for those whose lives she touched.
She was the devoted wife of Irving for 43 years; devoted mother of Michael, Robyn, Alyssa and Paul; adored grandmother of Danielle, Zachary and Sam. She was also a loving aunt, cousin, sister-in-law and friend.
Rebecca Gentles, Worked At St. John’s
Services for Rebecca Gentles were held Wednesday, December 1. She died November 22, 1999.
Rebecca immigrated to the United States from the West Indies in 1970 to make a better life for herself and her family.
She was an intelligent woman who knew the importance of education. She re-educated herself, gaining a nursing assistance certificate which enabled her to secure a job at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. She worked there for 25 years and retired in 1996.
Rebecca was an active member of First Church of God in Far Rockaway for the past 18 years.
She is predeceased by her son the late Levi.
Rebecca is survived by her husband Joseph Gentles; son Winston; 10 grandchildren; sister Martha; brothers Joseph and Adolphus; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.
Formerly From Here
Frances Goldberg died in Ormond Beach, Florida on November 27, 1999 at the age of 83.
Frances was born on Beach 97 street in Rockaway Beach. At age five she moved to Arverne where she attended P.S. 42 and Far Rockaway High School.
In 1935 she married Sidney Goldberg. She worked for Grant’s Department Store in Far Rockaway and was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
She lived in Arverne and Edgemere before moving to Florida in 1969.
Frances is predeceased by her daughters Carol (1958) and Dorothy (1998).
She is survived by her husband Sidney; sons Ira (wife Betty) and Frank (wife Carol); son-in-law Joe Punczkowski; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother Arton Tomar of Arverne; sister Rose Mast of the Bronx.
Private services were held.
Helene Meekam, From Far Rockaway
Helene Meekam died on November 24, 1999 in Brookhaven.
She was 102 years old.
Helene worked as a housewife and a secretary.
She is survived by her nephews Fred Hashagen of Sayville and Herbert Hashagen of Seaford.
Services were held on November 27 at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel.
Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Devoted To Her Family
Services for Maggie Nell Denton-Minter were held on Friday, November 26, 1999.
She died on November 19 at Franklin General Hospital in Valley Stream, New York.
Maggie was a graduate of MTI Nursing School and established a career as a nurse’s aide at Surfside Nursing Home in Far Rockaway.
She was a member of Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in Inwood.
Maggie is survived by her husband Clyde Minter; sister Ruby Dell Johnson; brothers Will and Willie James; sister-in-law Faye Denton; children Lonnie, Donald, Sabrina, Randy, Michelle, Nicole and Jamel; grandchildren Shantalae, Qion, Khashala, Tiffany, Tyshawn, Shantaiha, Malachi, Keyondra, Deaondra, Jalessa, Jarel, Isaiah, Elijah, Tameka, Felicia and Christopher; great-grandchild London; daughters-in-law Pamela Denton, Chana Marchall, Monica Minter; sons-in-law Errol Francis and James Pruitt; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., was held at Rose Hill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey.
Formerly Of Belle Harbor
Mary Mongavin, 93, of Mendham, New Jersey died Friday, November 19, 1999 at the Holly Manor Nursing Home.
Born in County Mayo, Ireland, Mary was predeceased by her husband Patrick 36 years ago. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Mendham and was a resident of Mendham for the past 11 years, having moved there from Belle Harbor, New York.
Survivors include her daughter Fran Cleary of Mendham; grandchildren Kevin Cleary and Kathleen Salerno; great-grandchildren Daniel and Maegan Cleary, and Michael and Mariah Salerno, all of Mendham.
Services were held at St. Joseph’s Church, Mendham, on Saturday, November 20, 1999. The burial was at Hilltop Cemetery in Mendham, New Jersey.
Anne M. O’Rourke
Family From Breezy
Mass of Christian Burial for Anne M. O’Rourke (nee Donnelly) was celebrated at St. Columba’s Church in Brooklyn.
Widow of the late Walter Carroll O’Rourke, Anne is survived by her daughters Carroll, Mary Adesso and Ann Oswiecimski; grandchildren James Slowey, Dennis O’Rourke, Christine Sypulski, Charles O’Rourke and Suzanne Sypulski.
Interment under the direction of Marine Park Funeral Home, Inc., of Brooklyn, was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn.
Wilbert D. Robbins, From Lawrence
Wilbert D. Robbins died on November 23, 1999.
He was born in Jackson, Mississippi to the late Johnnie Mae and Wilbert Robbins.
Wilbert moved to Lawrence, New York in 1956. He was married to Nicie Mae West in 1966 and became a devoted father to her two children.
Known to everyone as "Sonny," he completed odd jobs for the community as a past time.
Wilbert is survived by wife Nicie Mae West, sisters Coteal Hoft and Annie Mae Sturdivant; brothers Hamp Thurman, Charles Thurman and Johnny Thurman; daughters Queenester Bowles and Angela Malachi; grandchildren Darryl Malachi, Wykim Brown, Kim Malachi, Danielle Kennedy and Doryan Baldwin; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Interment under the direction of Chatmon and Benson Funeral Home of Inwood, was held at Frederick Douglas Cemetery, Staten Island, New York.
Richard J. Velez
Rockaway Point Resident
Mass of Christian Burial for Richard J. Velez was celebrated on Wednesday, December 1 at St. Thomas More Church.
He died November 26 in the Brooklyn VA Hospital.
Richard served as a corporal in the Marines from 1951 to 1952 during the Korean Conflict. He later worked as a contracting officer for the FAA.
He was a Rockaway Point resident for 21 years, coming from the Bronx. Richard was a member of the Rockaway Point Catholic Club and the Rockaway Point Yacht Club. He also loved golf.
Richard is survived by his wife Florence (nee Dunn); daughter Arlyn Kelly; and grandchildren Brianne and Carolyn.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home was held at Calverton National Cemetery.