2000-01-08 / Obits

Veta Mae Levine-Alston
From Far Rockaway

Service for Veta Mae Levine-Alston was held on January 4, 2000.
Veta Mae was born in Helena, South Carolina to the late Jack and Minnie Caldwell.
A true matriarch of great strength, she was loved by her relatives, community and friends. She devoted her time and talents to her daughter and her grandchildren.
Widow of the late Leroy Alston, Veta Mae is survived by her daughter Veta Glenn; grandson Edward Glenn; granddaughter Dawn Glenn; sister Audrian Smith; brother-in-law Arthur Smith; devoted cousin Josie Dennis; great grandchildren Aklana and Ishmeal Glenn; nephew Gregory; niece Mina Nunn; and a host of extended grand nephews, grand nieces and friends.
Interment under the direction of Lawrence Funeral Chapel, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Florence Marie Breen
Rockaway Park Resident
Florence Marie Cheney-Breen died on December 31, 1999.
Florence lived in Rockaway Park since 1960, coming from Manhattan. She devoted many years to caring for her husband who suffered a stroke. In the last year and a half she was able to travel to visit family and friends in Florida, Wisconsin and California. She will be missed by everyone she touched.
Florence is predeceased by her daughters the late Kathleen Sheridan and the late Maryann Lesko.
Widow of the late Nicholas "Sonny" Breen, Florence is survived by her son Michael (wife, Eileen); and daughter Peggy Waldoch (husband, Steve); 12 grandchildren; one great grandson; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Private services where held under the direction of Max A. Sass and Sons Funeral Home of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Clarice Awelia Browne
Woman Of Adventures

Mass of Christian Burial for Clarice Awelia Browne was celebrated on Friday, December 31 at St. Gertrude’s Church in Far Rockaway.
Clarice was born in Guyana. She lived with her husband on Hog Island for many years. She worked as a farmer, caring for her cattle and other live stock. She was also a great fisher. She was truly a woman who enjoyed nature.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Joseph J. Boughal
From Breezy Point
Joseph J. Boughal died on January 1, 2000 at Community Hospital in Brooklyn.
He was a Breezy Point resident for 34 years, coming from Brooklyn.
Joseph served in the Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was a Fireman First Class.
Joseph worked for the New York Telephone Company as a supply chauffeur. He was a member of the Queens Borough Masonic Lodge and the McLoughlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Reverand John Ide conducted private services at Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc.
Interment was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Hubert T. Bromley
Rockaway Park Resident

Mass of Christian Burial for Hubert T. "Bobby" Bromley was celebrated on Wednesday, January 5 at St. Camillus Church.
Hubert was a lifetime Rockaway Park resident. Around town he was known as "Bobby The Plumber."
Bobby served in the United States Army from 1956-1959. He was a PFC.
He is survived by his long-time companion Helen McGill and family; sisters Norah DeSalvo, Eileen Bromley and Kathryn Kennedy; brothers Gilbert and Thomas.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Frederick Cuffie
From Rockaway Park
Frederick Cuffie died on January 4, 2000.
He was a Rockaway Park resident for 20 years, coming from Brooklyn.
Frederick was an auto mechanic. After his retirement he went to work for the Department of Parks as a full-time auto mechanic in Rockaway.
He is survived by his wife Gertrude (nee Middleton); sons Frederick, jr., David, Peter and Constance; daughters Rosetta Fentress, Cherry Jones, Anitta Watkins, Mary Zellman and Hilda Turner; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arrangements will be made under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc.

Thomas Ralston Daniel
Devoted Family Man

Service for Thomas Ralston Daniel was held on Monday, December 27 at Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church in Brooklyn.
Thomas, also known as Danny, was born in Freetown, Antigua. He was the second of ten children born to the late William and Althea Daniel.
Danny met Rose Hillie Atkins in St. Lucia while working for the Shell Oil Company. They married in 1959 and subsequently moved to London, England. There he was employed my London Transport at night and learned the plumbing trade by day. Danny and Rose were blessed with three daughters. The family remained in London until 1972 when they moved to Brooklyn, New York.
Danny was a caring father who could always be depended on to be supportive and non-judgmental. He was a husband who always provided proudly for his family. He was a brother and uncle who was always active in family events, and a friend who was truly reliable and fun to be with.
Danny is survived by his wife Rose "Hills"; daughters Wendy, Sybilla and Avril; son-in-law Leslie Douglas; grandchildren Danielle, Dominique, Stephanie, Alexis, Dimitiri and Kailah; siblings Henley, Noel, Seldon, Neville, Eric, Ethyln, Bernice and Hermie; and his many loyal friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn.

Nora Ellen Little Dixon
From Rockaway Beach

Service for Nora Ellen Little Dixon was held on Thursday, December 23.
Originally from South Carolina, Nora Ellen resided in Rockaway Beach.
She was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she served the church in many capacities. She was known in the community as "Ms. D" or "Granny."
Nora Ellen is predeceased by her son, the late Eugene Oliver.
Widow of the late Oliver Luther Dixon, Nora Ellen is survived by her daughters Loretta D. Stewart, Pamela L. Dixon-Johnson and Minnie E. Dixon-Pinckney; sisters Fannie Mae Gaither, Bennett C. Williford and Floride Wardlaw; brother Fredrick T. Little; grandchildren Machelle, Qwintina, Letitia, Chinique, Willie, Eugene, Elliot and E’she; great grandchildren Anthony, Darnell, Tishawna, Tyson, Xavier, Ma’isah, Darius, Samari Kayla, Kemani and Ruqayya; special children Ronald Bas, Ce Cee, Kahlief; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck.

Bobbie Jean Francis
Loved By Many

Service for Bobbie Jean Francis was held on Thursday, December 30.
She was born to Ray Woods and Catherine Harris in Moorhead, Mississippi. She left the South for New York. There she was employed as a domestic worker for several families who loved and knew her well. She dedicated over 30 years of service to one family and over 20 years to another family.
Bobbie touched many lives by her gentle and charming spirit. She was known to be hardworking, dedicated, warm, compassionate and full of laughter.
She is survived by her husband Fareed; sons Shakir, Terrell, Mitchy and Shawn; daughter Kathy; grandchildren Shakiera, Shana, Malik, Octavia, Tierra, Najha, Tyanna, Shakima, Shaquille, Cheyanne, Destiny, Elijah, Shakia, and Jaden Nasir; sisters Anita, Melba, Verdell, Saphonia, Delphine, Debra, Janice and Elizabeth; brothers Ray, Leroy, John, Terry, Curtis, and Elvis Lee; and a host of relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood, was held at All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck.

Mary Samuels-Grant
Family From Here

Service for Mary Elizabeth Samuels-Grant was held on Thursday, December 22.
Mary was born to William and Maggie Grant in North Carolina. She worked faithfully at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church until she relocated to New York. She joined Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
She attended beauty school and also received an Infant Nurses Certificate. She was fond of babies.
Mary is predeceased by her five brothers.
She is survived by her sisters Grace Atlas Lumpkin of Queens and Dorothy A. Bullock of South Carolina; sisters-in-law Ruth Grant and Mae Bell Grant; nieces Janice McDaniels, Claudette Wilkins, Patricia Smith, Margia Judy, Gloria Arato and Yvonne Smith; nephews Robert Grant Lawson, Marlowe Grant, Donald McDowell and Joseph E. Lawson; 18 grandnieces and nephews; four great grandnieces and nephews; two godchildren; and a host of friends and relatives.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens.

Deborah J. Knight
Loving Wife And Mother
Service for Deborah J. Knight was held on Tuesday, December 28.
Originally from Buffalo, Deborah moved to New York City to work as a security officer in the airport. She later became a home attendant, taking care of the elderly. From there she started working in Brookhaven Beach Health Related Facility as a receptionist.
Deborah was a loving, affectionate person. She always had a kind heart and loved everyone around her.
She is survived by her loving husband Johnny; daughters Tascheen, Maila and Kim; stepdaughter Tameekia; son Kenny; stepson Juni; grandchildren Jasmine, Sherill and Dasquan; step-grandchildren Naji and Jamierah; and sister Inez Gomez.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Cassandra Lee Lane
Retired Postal Worker

Service for Cassandra Lee McCants Lane was held on Friday, December 24.
Cassandra, also called Kittie or Cat, attended Manhattan Community College and NY Technology Seminary in New York City. She retired from civil service with the United Postal Service after 15 years.
She was a giving person who loved to feed others and to sing and dance.
Cassandra is survived by Rev. William A. Lane, pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Manhattan; daughters Norma Gean and Margo Cassandra; son James Alexander; grandchildren Michele, Natalie, Bernard, Frank, Charmain, Tyrone, Susan, Saneek, Tanya and Nefa; cousins Samuel and Merci Flowers, Olethia Fields and Bernice Cromity; great-grandchildren Megan, Justin and Blake Gray, Lewis Haz Bethea, Dana M. Hilliard, Stephanie Lane, Cassandra Lane, Marcus, Dornisha and Tyann Bethea; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Amityville Cemetery, Amityville.

Johnsie King Robinson
Loved To Help Others

Service for Johnsie King Robinson was held on Tuesday, December 28 at Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church in Long Beach.
She was born in Martinsville, Virginia to the late John Robert King, sr. and Ollie Gilbert King.
Johnsie was a member of Christian Light Baptist Church and was the Women’s Day chairperson for eight years. She was also a member of the Nurses Unit, Vacation Bible School, North Park Association, Civil Association Just Friends and Les Dames Congenial.
She worked as a certified Nurses Assistant for Home Care Bar Service for 30 years.
Johnsie is survived by her husband Alfred Paul Robinson, sr.; son Alfred, jr.; daughters Olivia "Jeannie" Lawrence, Patricia Robinson Kemp and Shirley Strong; brother John Robert King, jr.; sisters Shirley Stockton, Faye Harris, Margretta Taylor and Patricia King Saunders; uncle John Q. Gilbert; aunts Belle G. Dandridge, Ruth King and Costella Hamlin; grandchildren Adriane King, Andr’e King, Atane’ King, Vanessa Ruddick, Gwen Graham, Keyshia Kemp, Brucie Robinson, Tanisha Robinson, Paule Robinson, Deja Robinson and Alfred P. Robinson; great grandchildren Javon Walker, Sherlisa McHenry, Richard Lucus, LaKeesha Graham, Kristal Brantley, Jerome Brantley, Kyla Dunlap, Alia Dunlap and Anthony Kemp; godchildren Johnsie Deann Carter and Byron Anthony Washington; life long sisters Gwen Samuels, Louise Carter, Mary Hyman, Carol Anderson, Rebecca Fulton, Jacquetta Odom, Aurdey Preston, and the late Jimmie Lee West; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Greenfield Cemetery, Hempstead, New York.

John Serfert
Far Rockaway Resident

Mass of Christian Burial for John Serfert was celebrated on Saturday, January 8 at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church.
John was a Far Rockaway resident since 1976, coming from Brooklyn.
Born in Germany, John worked in this country as a waiter.
He is survived by his wife Mary (nee Doyle).
Private services were held under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc.

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