2000-05-27 / Obits

Thomas Howie
Of Far Rockaway

Thomas Howie died Sunday, May 14, 2000.
Thomas was very loving and devoted to his family and friends. He had a word of wisdom for everyone he met.
Widower of the late Earlie, Thomas is survived by his son Charles Howie; grandsons Jeffrey Artis and Devone Howie; granddaughter Shanek Howie; great-granddaughters Ashley Artis, and Deonna and Shakira Artis; special friend Doris Artis Burnes; and a host of relatives and friends.
Private services were held under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, Inc., of Inwood.

P. Richard Megali
From Breezy Point
Mass of Christian Burial for P. Richard Megali was celebrated on Wednedsay, May 24, 2000, at St. Thomas More Church.
Richard was a World War II Army veteran who later became a law attorney. He was a longtime Breezy Point resident and member of the St. Thomas More Holy Name Society.
Widower of the late Victoria, Richard is survived by his sister Marie; sister-in-law Mary Megali; niece Joanne Druery; nephew Philip Megali; and great-nieces and nephews Bart Druery IV, Danielle Duplin, Christina Megali, Brian Megali, and Laura Megali.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway, was held at St. Raymond’s Cemetery.

Elizabeth Newsome
Formerly of Far Rockaway
Service for Elizabeth Newsome was held Saturday, May 20, 2000, at First Baptist Church, Waverly, Virginia.
Elizabeth was born to the late Willie and Delia Jones of Waverly, Virginia. After moving to Far Rockaway, she worked for the Gamerov family of Rockaway Beach for over 33 years. She retired in the early 1980’s.
She was one of the founding members of the New Hope Baptist Church in Hammells. She was a devoted and faithful member for more than 40 years. Her dedication and commitment to the church and service rendered on the Deaconess Board, the Missionary Society, and Senior-Choir were recognized through many certificates, plaques, and honors.
Elizabeth moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1993.
She is predeceased by her four brothers, and most recently her sister, the late Pearl Barrow.
Elizabeth is survived by her devoted son George Newsome; daughter-in-law Thelma Newsome; grandsons Gary (wife, Amanda) and Michael (wife, Patricia); great-granddaughter Taryn L.; god-daughter Cheryl Belle Pough; sister Mary Prince Wilson; sister-in-law Blanche Jones; special friends Annie Mae Long, Hazel and Sheila Lilliston; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends in Virginia and New York.
Interment under the direction of Jones/Peace Funeral Service, Inc., of Stony Creek, Virginia, was held at Church Cemetery.

Regina Peyton
Formerly of Rockaway
Mass of Christian Burial for Regina Peyton was celebrated on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at St. Mary’s Church in Bethel, Connecticut.
One of 12 children of the late James and Bridget Moore Larkin, Regina was born in Greenwich Village, New York. She was a graduate of St. Catherine’s Business School and began her career as personal secretary to Leo Solomon of Solomon and Brothers Insurance in New York City. She later worked in Human Resources at Peninsula General Hospital in Rockaway Beach.
Regina was a Rockaway Beach resident for over 50 years. She was an active member of the Columbiettes for over thirty years and an active member of the Golden Age Club at both St. Camillus and St. Frances de Sales Churches. She was also a former Treasurer for the Marinists Fathers at St. John’s Home and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
For the past seven years, Regina made her home with her daughter and son-in-law Mary and Joseph Connolly and three of her grandchildren: J.P., Matthew, and Christian, in Connecticut.
She is predeceased by her husband, the late Joseph A. Peyton.
In addition to her daughter Mary and her family, Regina is survived by another daughter and her husband Regina and John Dawson of Jupiter, Florida; nine additional grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Of her eleven siblings, which included eight brothers and three sisters, she is survived by two sisters, Kathryn Callaghan of New York City and Veronica Dwyer of Florida.
Interment under the direction of Bethel Funeral Home, of Connecticut, was held at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New York.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Regina’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Loretta Ventura
Of Roxbury
Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta Ventura was celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2000, at St. Genevieve’s Church.
She was a Roxbury resident for 50 years, coming from Brooklyn. She was a devoted wife and mother.
Loretta is survived by her husband Lewis; sons Peter and Paul; daughters Danielle Wolf and Patricia DiBenedetto; brother Patrick Stewart; sister Dorothy Stewart; and five grandchildren.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Inc., of Rockaway, was held at St. John’s Cemetery.

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