2003-01-18 / Obits

Obituaries

Hamilton Boykin


Hamilton Boykin
Environmental Aide

Hamilton Boykin, born in Dallas, Alabama, was a 20-year resident of the Rockaways who died on December 23, 2002.

Hamilton worked as an Environmental Aide for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; mother, Junior Carter; sons, Hamilton, Jr. and Morris Cosey; daughters, Linda Thompson and Regina Boykin-Wallace; sisters, Martha, Dorothy Johnson, Kerrie McKay and Wendy Carter; brother, William; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends.

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

John Gilbert Bunch, Jr.
Computer Operator

John Gilbert Bunch, Jr., born in Harlem, New York was a 40-year resident of the Rockaway community who passed away on January 3, 2003.

John was employed as a computer operator and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway.

He is survived by his wife, Gussie L; children, Derek O, Darlene and Joe S; sister, Laura Chambers; brothers, Thomas and Richard; six grandchildren; four nephews; 5 nieces; and a host of other family members.

Interment under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral, Inc. was held at All Saints Cemetery.

Linda Joe Butts
Nurse

Linda Joe Butts, born in Ganserville, Georgia, was a long time resident of the Rockaways who passed away on January 9, 2003.

Linda was employed as a nurse for many years.

She is survived by her daughters, Arkisha, Tyis and Lilith; grandson, Sequan; brothers, Douglas and Michael; and a host of other family members and friends.

Disposition under the direction of Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home, Inc. was held at Oxford Hills Crematory.

Gertrude S. Cassano
Retired Secretary

Gertrude S. Cassano, born in Brooklyn, was a 66-year resident of Breezy Point who died on January 12, 2003.

Gertrude worshipped at St. Thomas More Church and was a retired secretary who worked at Long Island University.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Cassano.

She is survived by her sons, Richard and Robert Cassano; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

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

Dorothy J. Goss
Dearly Missed

Dorothy J. Goss, who resided in the Rockaway community for many years, died on January 12, 2003.

While a resident, Dorothy worshipped at St. Rose of Lima, and worked for the United States Postal Service in the Rockaways for over 25 years. She also was a member of the Columbiettes and the 500 Club. Dorothy was one of the original residents of the old "Bruce Road."

She is preceded in death by her husband Matthew.

She is survived by her children, Joan and husband Jack Dowd; Matthew, and Kathleen and her husband Sheldon Rothman; grandchildren, Debra, Eileen, Virginia, Alyssa, and Robert; great-grandchildren, Kelly, Sean, and Shannon.

Interment under the direction of the Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Home was held at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Eddie Harper, Jr.
"Butch"

Eddie Harper, Jr., born in Detroit, Michigan, was a long time resident of the Far Rockaway community who died on November 13, 2002.

Eddie was employed as a maintenance worker.

He is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Harper, Sr. and Dolly Harper.

He is survived by his son, Eddie L. Johnson; daughter, Chanta L. Harper; brothers, Larry, Stanley, and Troy; sisters, Patricia Smalls, Virginia Memminger, and Linda and Shawn Harper; 3 granddaughters, Keona, Malika and Charisma; and a host of other family members.

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

Eloise Celestene Hermonstyne
Homemaker

Eloise Celestene Hermonstyne, born in West Bank Demerara, Guyana was a long time resident of the Rockaway community who passed away on January 1, 2003.

Eloise spent the majority of her life caring for her family and attending the Pilgrim Holiness Church.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Stella Stanford.

She is survived by her children, Sylvia, and Dennis and Joan; sister, Millicent Halley; brothers, Leon and Compton Reid; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Julia Higgins
NY Telephone Retiree

Julia (nee Kiggins) Higgins, a Rockaway resident for 26 years, coming from Roxboro, Loughrea County, Galway and then the Bronx, passed away on December 14, 2002.

Julia was a seamstress for many years at Alexander's Department Store in the Bronx before working and retiring from the New York Telephone Company. She and her goddaughter, Mary Dever-Kelly, were very active in many Rockaway civic activities.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Higgins.

She is survived by her children, Eleanor and Harold Daly, Thomas and Shirley Higgins, Michael and Sarah Higgins and Judy Higgins; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in America, Ireland, England, and Australia.

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

Jack Jaffe
Owner, Channel Drive
Service Station

Jack Jaffe, born in Rockaway, was an 83-year resident of the community who passed away on January 10, 2003.

Jack was the owner of the Channel Drive Service Station. He was a benefactor at Peninsula Hospital Center, and a member of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during World War II. He served as a flight engineer working with B-17's.

He is survived by his wife, Estelle Jaffe.

Interment under the direction of Boulevard Riverside Funeral Home was held at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Springfield Gardens.

Richard P. Mooney
Loved By Many

Richard P. Mooney died on January 12, 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee Hujsa); daughter, Kim Mooney and husband Tim Doyle; brothers, Terrence, James, John, and Joseph of Rockaway Beach; and other family members Mary Hujsa (nee Hullihan), Robert Hujsa, Janice Salmeri, Fina Rauti Hujsa, and Danielle and Diandra Salmeri.

Interment under the direction of the Redden Funeral Home was held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

John T. O'Rourke
Retired Firefighter (FDNY)

John T. O'Rourke, born in Manhattan, was a 31-year resident of Rockaway Park who passed away on January 15, 2003.

John worshipped at St. Francis de Sales Church and was a retired firefighter with the New York City Fire Department's Rescue #1. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Rita O'Rourke; and brother, P.F.C. Patrick O'Rourke.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Keenan) O'Rourke; son, Terrance P. O'Rourke; sister, Catherine Coleman; and stepson, Joseph Sheehan.

Viewing will be held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, January 18, 10:30 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Kellie Arthurs Petrano
Formerly of Rockaway

Kellie (nee Arthurs) Petrano, a resident of Penbrook Pines, Florida, coming from Rockaway, passed away on December 17, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Petrano; daughter, Samantha Petrano; mother, Ann Petrano; sister, Michele; in-laws, Bart and Theresa King; the Laurain family; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Fawn Poveromo
Homemaker

Fawn (nee Malin) Poveromo, born in Brooklyn, was a 42-year resident of the Belle Harbor area. She died on January 10, 2003.

Fawn spent her life as a homemaker and was a member of the Board of Directors and volunteer for the Philip Port American Cancer Society (35 years).

She is preceded in death by her mother, Estelle Poveromo.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Poveromo; father, Joseph Malin; sons, Michael Poveromo and wife Elke, and Paul Poveromo and wife Lori; and two grandchildren, Luke and Matthew.

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

Michael Poveromo
World War II Veteran

Michael Poveromo, born in Brooklyn, was a 42-year resident of Belle Harbor who passed away on January 14, 2003.

Michael was the proprietor of the "John and David Beauty Salon" in Cedarhurst. He proudly served his country as a member if the United States Navy during World War II.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Fawn, who died several days earlier.

He is also survived by sons, Michael Poveromo and wife Elke, and Paul Poveromo and wife Lori; sister, Helen Farina; and two grandchildren, Luke and Matthew.

Viewing will be held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on Saturday, January 18, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.

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

Margaret C. Romano
Secretary

Margaret C. Romano, born in Manhattan, was a long time resident of Rockaway Beach who passed away on January 16, 2003.

Margaret worshipped at St. Francis de Sales Church and was employed as a secretary.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Amerigo (George) Romano.

She is survived by her nephew, James Gordon; and niece, Carol Gordon.

Viewing will be held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, January 18, 9:45 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Alexander J. Shea
World War II Veteran

Alexander J. Shea. A life long resident of Rockaway Beach, died on January 12, 2003.

Alexander valiantly served his country during World War II as a member of the Second Marine Division. As a result of his service to the country, he was later awarded the Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Violet; children, Christine Gambino, Diane Pennisi, Alex and Michael; grandchildren, Karen Tuohey, Joseph Gambino, James Tuohey, Lauren Shea and Michael Shea; sister, Margaret-Ann; cousin, Mary Kenney; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Rita M. Shea
Loved By Many

Rita M. Shea (nee Dempsey) passed away on January 14, 2003.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond F., Sr.

She is survived by her children, Raymond F., Jr. and Elizabeth Jakubowski; siblings, Donald Peacock and Anne Donohue; 8 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Viewing will take place at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be conducted on Saturday, January 18, 9:30 a.m., at St. Thomas More Church.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Patrick's Manor, 863 Central Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Brother Charles Walke, S.M.
St. John's Residence for Boys

Brother Charles Walke, S.M., of the Marianist Community at St. John's Residence for Boys, died January 10.

Brother Charles had lived and worked at St. John's for the past 22 years. Born in Muncie, Indiana, he entered the Society of Mary (Marianists) professing his first vows in 1932. Last year, he celebrated 70 years in religious life. During his life, Brother Charles was involved with farming and maintenance. Prior to coming to Rockaway, he spent 33 years as Director of Maintenance at the Marianist Novitiate in Marcy, New York.

He is survived by his sister, Bertha Wagner; and brothers, Otto and Allie Walke and Ernest Clemons. His great uncle was Rear Admiral Henry Walke, who was a major figure during the Civil War.

Interment under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc. was held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.


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