2000-11-04 / Obits

OBITUARIES NOVEMBER 4, 2000 James Brennan Loved By Many

OBITUARIES
NOVEMBER 4, 2000
James Brennan
Loved By Many

Mass of Christian Burial for James Brennan was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church, Breezy Point.

James died on Sunday, October 29, 2000. He was a resident of Rockaway Park for two years and worked as a bartender in a tavern.

He is survived by two daughters, Kerrianne Cavava and Robin Brennan Seibal; one son, James P. Brennan; four sisters, Maureen Hennessy, Eileen Danaher, and Anne and Kathleen Brennan; and two brothers, John and Michael.

Services were held under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach.

Patrick Callaghan

Rockaway Park Resident

Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Callaghan was celebrated on Tuesday, October 23, 2000 at St. Francis DeSales Church in Belle Harbor.

Patrick was born in County Kerry, Ireland where he resided before moving to Rockaway Park. He has been a resident for 30 years.

Patrick worked as an outdoor technician for the New York Telephone Company for 34 years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Lynch Callaghan of Rockaway Park; four sons, Brendan, John, Patrick, and Robert; two daughters, Evelyn Forcina of Rockaway Park and Jean Callaghan; four sisters, Bridie Byrne, Kathleen Cahillane, Eileen Kennedy, and Ann McCarthy; six brothers, Brenden, Eugene, Jerry, Kevin, Michael, and Sean Callaghan; one grandson, Thomas Forcina; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Woods.

He is pre-deceased by one daughter, Mary Ellen Callaghan and one son, Thomas.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach was held at St. Charles Cemetery.

Marie Connolly

Former Resident

Marie Connolly passed away peacefully in her home in Port St. Lucy, FL on Thursday, November 2, 2000.

Marie was in her 97th year and was a former longtime resident of the Rockaway area.

Funeral services have not yet been finalized. For more information contact Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach.

Margaret D’Ecclesiis

Breezy Point Resident

Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret D’Ecclesiis was celebrated on Friday, November 3, 2000 at St. Thomas More, Breezy Point.

Margaret died on Monday, October 30, 2000. She was born in Brooklyn before residing in Breezy Point for 16 years. She worked as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education.

She is survived by her sister, Helen Hill; two granddaughters, Christiana and Diana D’Ecclesiis; one grandson, Michael D’Ecclesiis; and two daughter-in-laws, Mary-Jo and Regina D’Ecclesiis.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach was held at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Rhea Finkelstein

Long Time Resident

Rhea Finkelstein, a life-long community activist in the Rockaways passed away on October 23 at the age of 63. Born on July 17, 1937 to Sam and Esther Jaeger in Jamaica, NY, she relocated to Edgemere at an early age.

Rhea attended PS 106 and Far Rockaway High School, and graduated with a BA degree from Brooklyn College. In 1960, she married Howard Finkelstein and established residence in Far Rockaway.

Rhea was active in many causes in the Rockaways, including editing a local newspaper, The Bay Reporter, and serving as president of the Democratic Club, and as president of the Far Rockaway Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. She also was one of the organizers of the Far Rockaway High School 100 anniversary reunion and was a director of Congregation Derech Emunoh in Arverne.

Professionally she worked in the public relations department at Peninsula Hospital, before moving on to be associate director of public relations at Brookdale Hospital. Rhea was director of volunteers at Sephardic Bikur Cholim in Brooklyn and most recently, she was director of volunteers at Flushing Hospital.

Rhea was predeceased by her parents and her sister Linda. She is survived by her husband, Howard; their children, Bradley and wife Sandra, and Eric and wife Paige; her brother, Edwin Jaeger and his wife Gloria and their daughter Michelle.

Evelyn Goodman

Missed By Many

Evelyn Goodman was born to Dorcas and Bresford Griffith on October 8, 1931 at St. Mary’s Hospital and died on Monday, October 16.

Evelyn was the youngest of three siblings. They grew up in Brooklyn where Evelyn attended public schools.

She married Augustus Goodman and was a loving mother to three children. She grew up going to Baptist churches and continued throughout her adult life.

She is survived by her sons, Nathan and Marvin Goodman, Daughters-in-law, Deborah and Tatia Goodman; grandchildren, Monique, Berry, Nina and Shania; brother, Elmer Griffith and sister-in-law, Julia Griffith; nephews, Bruce Leggard, Kurt Leggard and wife, Vanessa, Eric Griffin and wife Elsie, Norman Griffith and Rodney Griffith; numerous cousins, relatives and friends.

Services were held under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home.

Clarence Lee Jeffery

Loved By Many

Clarence Lee Jeffery was born on June 20, 1929 to Lucy Burgess Jeffery and Lewis Jeffery of Rocky Mountain, North Carolina.

After leaving the US Navy, he came to New York. Clarence received a license to become a tailor and barber. He worked as a car mechanic. Later in life he opened his own rubbish removal business.

He is survived by one brother, Ovie Jeffery; one sister, Essie Gibbs; his children, Ovie Jeffery, Dawn Jeffery, Clarence Jeffery jr. Maurice Jeffery, Chevalier Jeffery, Kenny, Iesha, and Andre; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Services were held under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home.

Timothy Murphy

Belle Harbor Resident

Mass of Christian Burial for Timothy Murphy was celebrated on Friday, November 3, 2000 at St. Francis DeSales Church in Belle Harbor.

Timothy was born in Astoria, Queens before residing in Belle Harbor for the past 55 years.

Timothy died on Tuesday, October 31, 2000. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine; one daughter, Catherine Anne Murphy; two sons, Michael and Timothy; two sisters, Mary Gavin and Sister Marie Patrice.

He is pre-deceased by his father, Jeremiah Murphy; his mother Catherine McCarthy; one son, Patrick; one sister, Sister Mary Francis; and one brother, Patrick.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach was held at St. John’s Cemetery.

James O’Reilly

Broad Channel Resident

James was born in Broad Channel to Andrew and Molly O’Reilly on July 12, 1925. He attended St. Virgilius and John Adams High School.

James married Ann Cullen on September 1, 1950 and stayed a resident of Broad Channel. He worked as a construction engineer and fought the Japanese in the Pacific for 42 months as a United States Marine.

He died on Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at Long Island Jewish Hospital.

He is survived by five sons, James, Thomas, Eugene, Michael, and Stephen; one daughter, Anne Marie; and 11 grandchildren, James, Richard, Thomas, Daneen, Danny, Andrew, Christina, Reilly, Kera, Ryan, and Michael.

Leo J. Regino

Longtime Resident

Leo J. Regino died on Monday, October 30, 2000 at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn.

He was a longtime Rockaway Park resident. Leo served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; one son, Leonard Regino; two daughters Eileen Katz and Colleen Docherty; two grandchildren; and a group of dedicated friends.

Interment is under the direction of Denis S. O’Connor’s Funeral Home Inc., Rockaway Beach at Calverton Cemetery on Friday, November 3 at 12 noon.


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