Mario Russo, the peninsula's premier dancer and a man affectionately known as "Mr. Rockaway," died on May 18, 2002. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was a 61 year resident of the Rockaway community.
Mario worshipped at St. Rose of Lima Church and worked as a carpenter along with his twin brother, Rocco. The two were long-time members of Local 45, AFL-CIO. He was a member of the United States Coast Guard during World War II, and also a 30-year member of Community Board 14. Recognized as a civic leader, Mario was active within the American Legion, Community Board 14 (where he was known as "Mr. Sanitation," and was an officer and a 60-year member of his union.
Russo is preceded in death by his sister, Mazie De Maio; and his brothers, George, Joseph, Rocco and Tony Russo.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Russo; sons, George and Steve Russo; and four grandchildren, Giannina, Vanessa, George and Anthony.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home Inc. was held at St.Mary's Star of the Sea Cemetery.
Alfred Averys was a resident of Roxbury for 58 years. He passed away on May 16, 2002, in Wellsville, New York. He was 87.
Alfred was employed as a bridge painter for Structural Steel Union Local 806. Upon his retirement, he was a local painter in the Rockaways.
He was a former volunteer fireman in Roxbury, and he enjoyed walking the beaches of Rockaway and riding his bicycle.
He is preceded in death by his three sons, Alfred, Charles and Robert.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Isabelle; two daughters, Lorraine Walsh and Janet Noblin; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Helen Cahill Bausch
Helen Cahill Bausch, born in New York City, New York was a 20-year resident of Far Rockaway, coming from Astoria. She died on May 11, 2002.
Helen worked as a restaurant and catering manager.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, Inc. will be held at Calvary Cemetery, May 25, at 11:15 a.m.
Loved By Many
Fletcher Dockery was a long time resident of the Far Rockaway community who died on May 20, 2002. He was 67.
He is survived by his wife, Alfredia Bush Dockery.
Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Long Island National Cemetery.
Caroline P. Durkin
Caroline P. Durkin (nee Mitchell), born in Syracuse, New York was a 38-year resident of the Breezy Point community. She passed away on May 16, 2002.
Caroline worshipped at St. Thomas More Church and work as a registered nurse.
She is survived by her husband, John J. Durkin; cousin, Richard Jackson; niece, Debra Roarbacke; and nephew, Reverend George Duffy.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Johns Cemetery.
Joseph Howard Jr.
Joseph Howard Jr., born in Far Rockaway, passed away on May 4, 2002.
Joseph was a member of the Wings of Faith Outreach Holiness Church, and he spent most of his life working as a laborer.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Sr. and Cecilia Howard; brothers, Benny, Shrief, Mitchell, and Robert; and sister, Francine.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Evangelist Bernice Smith; sons, Joseph III and Shahim Izey; stepchildren, Shanisse, Johnny, and Fred; sisters, Josephine and Cecilia; brothers, Clifford, Leonard and Bud; a host of grandchildren; cousin, May-Lizzy Robinson; and other family members.
Funeral arrangements were held under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc.
Sarah E. Jones
Sarah E. Jones, born in Dillon, South Carolina, died on May 17, 2002.
Sarah worked as a secretary and was a member of the following: the Hazy Grove Baptist Church Choir and Ushers Board; the First Baptist Church of Lawrence Trustees and Deaconess Boards, Kitchen Committee, and the church choir; the Community Club of Inwood; and St. Marks United Methodist Church of Rockville Center.
She is survived by her husband, Booker T. Jones; son, Anthony C. McRae; daughter, Sonya D. Blount; stepsons, Joseph A. and Gregg M. Blount; father, Reverend Mingo McRae Sr.; sisters, Annie M. Campbell and Minister Maxie McRae; brothers, Reverend Mack, Daniel, Lee, David, Reverend Alexander, Willie and Reverend Mingo McRae Jr.; close friend, Mary Dickers; and a host of other family members and friends.
Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Hazy Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in South Carolina.
Eugene J. McQuillen
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Eugene J. McQuillen, born in Brooklyn, New York was a life long resident of Rockaway Point who passed away on May 16, 2002.
Eugene worshipped at St. Thomas More Church and worked as a pressman for the New York Daily News for over 30 years. He was a member of the Brooklyn VFW Chapter and a United States Army veteran of World War II, which included service in Africa, Sicily, the Normandy Invasion and Germany.
He is preceded in death by his wives, Arline (nee Smart) McQuillen and Virginia (nee Penney) McQuillen; sister, Eleanor Lyons; and brother, Robert McQuillen.
He is survived by his son, Kevin McQuillen; stepson, James Brady; brother, Edward McQuillen; sisters, Patricia Polito and Marion Taylor; granddaughter, Mary Brady; grandsons, Matthew McQuillen and Sean McQuillen; and great-grandson, John Donelan.
Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at Long Island National Cemetery.