2003-01-25 / Obits

Evelyn Mauss

Renowned Activist

Renowned Activist

Evelyn Abrams Mauss spent much of her life fighting against war. Mauss, 87, lifelong peace activist, scientist, wife, mother and grandmother died on Saturday, January 18, 2003.

For more than 30 years, Mauss, a long-time resident of Rockaway, was a professor of physiology at the NYU School of Dentistry. She was a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council, focusing on childhood lead poisoning.

She was the chairperson for the Rockaway chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and spent her last day handing out leaflets urging a lasting peace for the world.

Mauss also worked with the local chapter of the NAACP and with church groups to bring the diverse groups in Rockaway together.

She is survived by her husband, Irving Mauss, MD; children (spouses), Steven and Edith; Susan and Paul; Peter and Phyllis; granddaughter, Anna; and her brothers (spouses), Mason and Margot, Herbert and Marilyn Abrams and their families.

A memorial service was held in her honor at the West End Temple on January 20, 2003.

Roseann Bennett
Counselor

Roseann Bennett, who was born in Rockaway Beach, died on January 17, 2003.

The life-long resident of Rockaway retired from St. John's Episcopal Hospital as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor. Bennett was a long-time parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; her brother, Jack Fitzgerald; and sister, Catherine Royce.

She is survived by her sons, Michael, Peter and Thomas; daughters, Patricia Bennett and Susan Hegarty; brother, Thomas Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Christine Kurosz, Rosann Kurosz, Tracey Stahl and Crystle Schultz; and her three great-grandchildren.

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

Bishop Mestilla Foss
Led Pilgrim Union Church

Bishop Mestilla Foss, who led the Pilgrim Union Church in Brooklyn for many years, died in October of 2002.

Bishop Foss, who lived in Rockaway for more than 20 years, was born in Jamaica, West Indies. She held a masters and a PhD in Theology, was a dynamic preacher and served the church for more than 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Deaconess Foss of the City Mission Church; and sister, Bishop Perry.

She is survived by her sisters, Bishop Rosa McCall and Helder Ruby Bradford; niece, Madge Williams; and many other nieces, nephews and her church community.

Funeral arrangements were handled under the direction of the Cox Funeral Home.

Sam Konsker
Retired NYPD Detective

Sam Konsker, a life-long resident of Neponsit died on January 20, 2003.

Konsker was a retired New York City Police Department Detective who was awarded the DEA Honor Legion in 1976.

The Navy veteran of World War II is survived by his wife, Shirley (nee, Smith) Konsker; daughters, Kim Kolterman and Lynn Shear; grandchildren, Kristin, Lindsay, Alexa, Madison and Jillian; and his friend, William Turkish.

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

George J. Leib, Jr.
Ex-Chief, Rockaway Point
Volunteers

George J. Leib, Jr., a resident of Breezy Point for 30 years, died on January 18, 2003.

Leib, who was a parishioner at the St. Thomas More Church, was a member of the Catholic Club, the chairperson for its golf outing and a past chief of the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department. He worked as an electrical contractor with his own company, George Leib and Sons.

Lieb is preceded in death by his wife, May (nee, Keating).

He is survived by four sons, Robert, Richard, Gerard and Peter; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.

Virginia Madden
50-Year Resident

Virginia Madden, a resident of Belle Harbor for fifty years, died on January 20, 2003.

Madden, who was a long-time parishioner at St. Frances de Sales Church, was a member of the Seabreeze Senior Club, the Golden Age Club at St. Camillus and the St. Rose of Lima Senior Club.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William; and daughter, Rosanne Madden.

She is survived by her son, William; daughter, Virginia Madden; and grandchildren, Coleen Madden, Jennifer and Bill Mincher, William Madden and Kristine Madden.

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

Muriel Dorothy McDonald
Beloved Homemaker

Muriel Dorothy McDonald, a resident of Rockaway Park for 17 years, died on January 16, 2003.

Muriel was a parishioner at St. Frances de Sales Church in Belle Harbor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. McDonald; and siblings, Isabell Hage, Hazel Lennon, Howard Smith, John Smith, Lawrence Smith and Thornton Smith.

She is survived by her sons, John and Kevin; daughters-in-law, Maureen and Kerry; son-in-law, Martin; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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

Eileen Murphy O'Connor
Loved By Many

Eileen Murphy O'Connor, 62, died on January 17, 2003.

Born in the Bronx, O'Connor lived in Rockaway for more than 40 years and was loved by many in the community. It was said that she never looked down at anybody nor had a bad word.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael; and brother, Dennis Murphy.

She is survived by her sons, John and Patrick; daughters, Margaret, Regina and Kathleen; brothers, William, Tom, Robert and Kevin; and sisters, Patricia and Kathleen.

Interment will be buried in St. Charles Cemetery under the direction of Denis S. O'Connor, Inc.

Francesco Romanello
Inwood Resident

Francesco Romanello, 75, long-time Inwood resident, passed away on January 21, 2003, at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Romanello was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa.

He is survived by his children, Maria Antonia, Giuseppe, Carmella, Anna Marina, Jennifer and Salvatore; and his grandchildren, Rosanne, Francesco, Marco, Arianna, Jennifer and Salvatore.

Interment under the direction of the Lawrence Funeral Chapel was held in Filandari, Italy.

Al (Bud) Stenson
Broad Channel Resident

Al (Bud) Stenson of West 12 Road in Broad Channel, the manager of the old Shell garage, Demerest and Stenson's on Cross Bay Boulevard and East 1 Road, died at his retirement home in Kissimmee, Florida after a long bout with lung cancer On June 18, 2002 at the age of 85.

He leaves behind his wife, Marie (nee, Miller), a long-time resident of Broad Channel and an owner of Miller Hardware on East 9 Road.

He leaves also a son, Albert, of Greenbelt, Maryland and two daughters, Caroline Kurtz of Cochecton, New York and Ann Littler of Rochester, New York. He leaves as well three grandchildren, Kristen and Mark Stenson and Caryn Littler.

Interment was at the East Cochecton Cemetery.

William Zwick
Retired Marine Engineer

William Zwick, a 40-year resident of Breezy Point, died on January 16.

Zwick, who was a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church, was a retired marine engineer with the Bureau of Shipping.

A U.S. Army Veteran, Zwick was born in Brooklyn.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marie; and daughter, Theresa Zwick.

Zwick is survived by his sons, William and Joseph; and 5 grandchildren.

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


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