2000-03-04 / Obits
From Breezy Point
Helen was a Breezy Point resident for 30 years, coming from Manhattan.
Widow of the late Thomas, she is survived by her son Richard; grandchildren Vanessa and Eric; and many nieces and nephews from the Jamin and Regan families.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside.
Charles J. Dennehy
Of Rockaway Beach
Mass of Christian Burial for Charles J. Dennehy was celebrated on Monday, February 28 at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Charles was a Rockaway Beach resident for 14 years, coming from Botanical Square, Bronx.
He served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 and later worked as an auto-body mechanic for the Ford Company.
Charles is survived by his wife Dorothy (nee Williams); brother Geoffrey; sisters Terry McDonald and Helen Welden; five nieces and six nephews.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.
Violet J. Fadde
Of Rockaway Beach
Mass of Christian Burial for Violet J. Fadde was celebrated on Friday, March 3 at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Violet was a Rockaway Beach resident for 25 years, coming from Brooklyn.
Widow of the late Joseph, Violet is survived by her son Joseph; sisters Florence Nidzgorski and Ireen Mackiewicz; grandchildren Joseph, Lori and Jessica; and great-grandchild Joseph.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.
Loved By Many
Service for Erlene Harris was held on Wednesday, February 23.
Erlene attended Francis Lewis High School. She was outgoing and softspoken, yet a firm decision making person who loved and cared for all.
She is survived by her significant other Ronald Grogan; her children Leroy, jr., Pamela, Robert, Ronald, Taurus, Reginald, Natasha, Nicole, Randy and Nasasha; 10 grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; two stepsisters; and a host of other friends and relatives dear to her heart.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Amityville Cemetery, Long Island.
Nellie Morris Knight
Devoted To Her Family
Service for Nellie Frances Morris Knight was held on Saturday, February 26, 2000.
Nellie left Virginia in 1955 and moved to New York. She graduated from Bronx Community College, York College and Queens Borough Community College. She worked for Queens General as a pediatric nurse for over 20 years.
Nellie is survived by her sons Clyde, jr., Larry E., Raymond W., Randall L. and Michael A.; brothers James and Alfred Morris; sisters Evelyn Bolue, Marie Williams and Mary Adams, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loyal family members and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Oxford Hills Cemetery, Chester, New York.
From Far Rockaway
Mass of Christian Burial for Maria Lemus was celebrated on Wednesday, March 1 at St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway.
Maria was a devoted mother who spent her life taking care of her children and her home.
She is survived by her children Carlos E. Alfaro, Elsa Lemus and Vilma Gonzalez; sisters Mary Lemus, Ester Lemus and Tita Lemus; grandchildren Shelia, Jose, Ivan Gonzalez, Jessica Lemus, Vanessa Lemus, Donna, Mitchel Lemus, Alex Gonzalez and Brandon Alfaro.
Interment under the direction of Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington.
From Rockaway Park
Benny Mammes died on Sunday, February 27, 2000 in his home at the age of 88 after a short illness.
He was born in Manhattan and came to Rockaway at the age of eight when his father opened an ice cream parlor. He always helped his father with the business.
Benny was an avid bicycle rider. His talent led him to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles where he placed eighth. He served in World War II as a staff sergeant. From 1920 through 1968 he was a partner with his father in Mammes’ Ice Cream, a well-known Rockaway ice cream parlor. He worked for Hegarty and Co. for over 25 years while running the parlor from May to September as well. Benny also worked at Gateway National Park’s Breezy Point Unit at Riis Park from 1975 until 1998 as a Team Leader, first as a seasonal employee. After four years he worked full-time until he retired at the age of 86.
Benny was a member of the Rockaway Park Businessmen League from its inception over 50 years ago. His life was his family and his work.
He was the beloved husband of Nancy for 50 years before her death in August of 1995.
Benny is survived by his loving children Diane, Michael, Patrick and James; grandchildren Randy, Jimmy, Robbie, Caitlin and Kyle; his daughters-in-law; and his sister Margaret Brown.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Dunne on Wednesday, March 1 at St. Camillus Church in Rockaway Beach.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, Long Island.
Regina Mary Powell
Service for Regina Mary Powell was held on Thursday, March 2.
Regina was a graduate of the New York City school system. She attended Manhattan Community College and went on to become a telephone operator and later a dental assistant.
She lived her life enjoying her children, friends and family.
Regina is survived by her mother Annie Powell; father Newman Powell, sr.; loving children Terence Powell, Everett A. Fortune, jr. and Kisia Glover; granddaughter Amani Drew; sister Joyce Powell; brothers John, Andrew, Darryl and Patrick Powell; sisters-in-law Sally, Emily and Phyllis Powell; adoptive grandfather David Beaker; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Interment under the direction of Chatmon and Benson Funeral Home, Inc. was held in Staten Island.
Daniel G. Thompson
Of Breezy Point
Mass of Christian Burial for Daniel G. "Danny" Thompson was celebrated on Monday, February 28, 2000 at St. Thomas More Church.
Father Jack Cullinane of St. Genevieve’s Church was the celebrant, and Monsignor Connolly and Reverend Hugh Byrne concelebrated the mass.
Danny passed away on Wednesday, February 23 at Long Island Jewish Schneider Children’s Hospital.
Danny is survived by his loving parents Gary R. Thompson and Joan (nee Fitzgerald); half-sister Keri Brugger; brothers Patrick Thompson and Gary R. Thompson, jr.; aunts Lynne O’Donnell, Patricia Scanlon, Karen Potter, Linda Strong and Deborah Kurosz; uncles Kevin Fitzgerald and Steven, Michael and James Thompson; and grandparents Helen Thompson of Breezy Point and Patrick and Winifred Fitzgerald of Neponsit.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery, Holy Innocents Section.
Of Far Rockaway
Service for Leon Tyler was celebrated on Wednesday, March 1, 2000.
Leon worked maintenance for the New York Telephone Company.
He is survived by his wife Judith and his daughters Erica Tyler and Victoria Lewis.
Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Calverton National Cemetery.
Formerly From Here
Former Rockaway resident Bernard Wander, a retired postal worker, passed away February 24, 2000 in North Miami Beach, Florida.
Bernard was the son of Benjamin and Pauline Wander who ran a barbershop of Beach 67 street in Arverne. He was a graduate of Far Rockaway High School and played varsity football for Coach Dennis Hurley.
While working for Rockaway’s Playland, Bernard did repairs on the roller coaster, operated the Rocket Ride and the famous 13 Spook Street.
As an Army lieutenant during World War II, he dispatched war supplies to Russia while stationed in Iraq.
His wife Lenore, also deceased, was from Cleveland, Ohio.
Bernard is survived by his son Barry, a veterinarian in Kendall, Florida; grandchildren Robert and Carly; sister Rose Hatten of Hollywood, Florida; and brothers Aaron of Baltimore, Maryland, Jack of Belle Harbor and Sidney of Baiting Hollow, New York.