2002-11-02 / Obits

Obituaries

James W. Brown

Obituaries

Minister

Reverend James W. Brown, born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, resided in the Rockaway community for more than 40 years. He died on October 15, 2002.

Rev. James ministered at the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Columbia, SC), and the New Hope Baptist Church in Rockaway - where he served on the Deacons and Trustee Boards. He also served as a Sunday school Superintendent, and Choir Director, and was a member of the Gospel Chorus, Male Chorus, and the Building Committee.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; son, James Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Henry Green; sister, Nettie Jeffery; 6 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; 4 godchildren; and many adopted children and loving relatives.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Amityville Cemetery.

Sally (Sarah) Confino
Loved By Many

Sally (Sarah) Confino was a 37-year resident of the Rockaway community who passed away on October 5, 2002.

Sally worshipped at the Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst and Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park. She was an active member of the JASA Senior Center as well. After an early retirement as an administrator for an import/export company, she became a dedicated volunteer with the Hammels Senior Center, affiliated with the United Irish Foundation. She assisted many ailing seniors with transportation, shopping and filling prescriptions for medications, in addition to a host of other tasks. In 1990, the Honorable Claire Schulman, then acting Queens Borough President, presented her with the "Senior Citizen of the Year Award." After working to help so many, Sally became handicapped due to a severe case of Parkinson's disease.

She is preceded in death by her brother, Jack Confino.

She is survived by her sister, Rachel Messinger; brother, Ralph Confino; sisters-in-law, Claire and Sylvia Confino; nephews, Jeffery, Jules and Edward Messinger, Dr. Joel Confino, Jules Confino, Dr. Jay Lednecky and Raymond Irizary; nieces, Marlene Lednecky, Eileen Bowers, Julia Irizary, Sharon and Renee Messinger; grand-nieces, Melanie Rachel Messinger, Ashley Victoria Messinger, Ashley Bowers, Arielle Confino, Jordana Confino, and Claire Lednecky; grand nephews, Jonathan David Messinger, Keith Tyler Messinger, Jarret Bowers, Alan and Ralph Abeel, Schuyler Confino, and Jason Lednecky.

Interment under the direction of the I.J. Morris Funeral Chapel in Hempstead, Long Island, was held at Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Thomas Mann
NYPD Officer

Thomas Mann, formerly of Bay Towers, and a resident of Baldwin at the time of his passing, was a New York City Police Officer at Brooklyn's 69 Precinct. He passed away due to complications from a serious injury he suffered in 1986.

Thomas graduated from Beach Channel High School in 1976.

He is survived by his daughter, Victoria; mother, Ann; brother, William; sister, Nancy; former wife, Kathleen; and many loving friends and relatives.

Funeral arrangements were handled under the direction of the Weigand-Pensa Funeral Home.

John J. O'Connor, Sr.
WW II Navy Veteran

John J. O'Connor, Sr., a long time resident of Rockaway Park, died on October 26, 2002 at the age of 89.

John was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, and raised in Athboy, County Meath, Ireland. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II on the USS William P. Biddle (APA-8) and the MS Bristogy. Later, he worked as a security chief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he worked for 26 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; son, John Jr.; brothers, Anthony and Seamus; and sister, Mary.

He is survived by his sons, Kevin and Brian; daughter, Eileen; daughter-in-law, Candy; son-in-law, Joseph Martin; brother, Matthew; sister, Peggy; and grandchildren, Tara and Theresa O'Connor, Dyanne Laiosa, and Christina and Erin Martin.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Howard J. O'Neill
World War II Veteran

Howard J. O'Neill, an 18-year resident of Rockaway Park, died on October 28, 2002.

Howard worshipped at St. Camillus Church and worked as an Account Executive. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II, and he was an active member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Helen T. O'Neill; sister, Madeline Gilmore; and many nieces and nephews.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc, was held at Calverton Cemetery.

Fay M. Porcella
Homemaker

Fay M. Porcella, a life long resident of Broad Channel, died on October 18, 2002 at the age of 75.

Fay spent the majority of her life providing for her family as a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her son, Sam Charles.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; sons, Frank, Thomas and Michael; daughters-in-law, Laurie and Joan; grandchildren, Michelle, Nicole, Danielle, Thomas, Daniel and Andrew.

Interment under the direction of Hillebrand Funeral Home, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Jeanne A. Sexton
Belle Harbor Resident

Jeanne A. Sexton, born in Rockaway Beach, died on October 25, 2002.

Jeanne worshipped at St. Francis de Sales Church and spent her life as a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James J. Sexton, Jr.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph Artnur and James J. Sexton III; daughters, Jeanne Marie Sexton, Regina Toomey and Mary Kostulias; and sister, Florence Lynch; 6 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were handled under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc.

Catherine M. Stellas
Rockaway Park Resident

Catherine M. Stellas, born in Ireland, was a 37-year resident of Rockaway Park who passed away on October 30, 2002.

Catherine worshipped at St. Francis de Sales Church.

She is survived by her son, Theodore Stellas; daughters, Denise and Tracy Stellas, and Susan N. Monahan; and 2 grandchildren.

A special funeral mass will be conducted at St. Francis de Sales on November 1 at 10 a.m.

Funeral arrangements were handled under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc.

George Storozynski
Banker

George Storozynski, brother of Daily News Editorial Board member Alexander Storozynski, passed away on October 26, 2002 after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 47.

George was an international investment banker and an architect of Poland's economic revival.

Born in Argentina to Polish exiles, George was raised in Belle Harbor. After a successful career with Barclays Bank in New York and London, he was tapped by Poland's post Communist government to privatize key industries such as Lot Polish Airlines and Polish Telecom.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his fiancée, Agnieszka; sister, Tina and husband Robert; nephews, Nicholas and Bobby; and nieces Tatiana and Sarah.

Gil Vazquez
Dearly Missed

Gil Vazquez, a long time member of the Far Rockaway community, died on October 26, 2002 at the age of 87.

He is survived by his wife, Salvadora Vazquez; children, Agustino Vazquez, Rose Hassan, Secondina Delgado, Pedro Vazquez, Estevan, Carmen S., Linda, Epifaivia Aviles and Carmen Rentas; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at Cypress Hill Cemetery.

Hector Vicens, Jr.
Far Rockaway Resident

Hector Vicens, Jr. passed away on October 28, 2002 at the age of 48.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Valerie Vicens and Kelly; sisters, Bianca Barrett, Connie Domingues, Vivian Diasparra, Janine Hewson, Mercedes Malave and Jocelyn Perez; grandchildren, Lexus Stockton, Anastacia Keener and Valveda Ocasio.

Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held at St. Charles Cemetery.

Thomas M. Wynne
Devoted Father

Thomas M. Wynne, formerly of Brooklyn, passed away on October 27, 2002.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Marion Dennen; and his grandson, Brian.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane; children, Michael, Betty Anne Howard and husband Donald, Thomas M. and wife Kathleen, and Maura Ellen Wynne; brothers, Phillip M, and John J.; and grandchildren, Nora, Matthew, Nell, Courtney and Kenley.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Mark L. Zwolinski
Chef

Mark L. Zwolinski, born in New York City, was a 28-year resident of Rockaway Beach who died on October 26, 2002.

Mark worshipped at St. Camillus Church and was employed as a chef.

He is preceded in death by his brother Lee.

He is survived by his mother, Joan Zwolinski; and brothers, Arthur and Kenneth.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at St. Charles Cemetery.


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