Donnell Davis, 38
Donnell Davis, a lifelong Rockaway resident, passed away on April 12. Davis worked as a cashier.
He is preceded in death by his father Clinton Davis, and sister Mary Hubbert Burks.
Davis is survived by his wife Sarah Glover Davis; mother Ida Mae Davis; daughter Latangela; sisters Bertha Nelson, Joanne Burey, Trisha Gilliard, and Virginia Maxwell; brothers Tommy, James, and Melvin Hubbert, and Clinton Edward Davis; aunts Debra Bradley, and Emma Pelt. Also survived by other family and friends.
Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home.
A mass was held at Far Rockaway Church of God in Christ.
Interment is at All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck, Long Island.
Paul Deramus, Jr.,
Paul Deramus, Jr., a Rockaway resident for several years, passed away on April 16.
Deramus, was born in Autaugaville, Ala. He was a sanitation worker.
He is survived by his wife Jessie Mae; sons Eric and Derrick; sisters Lula Motley, Leslie and Paulette Deramus; brothers James, Willie, John, and Charles Deramus, Ralph Williams; aunt Estelle Kelly; uncle Frank Deramus; seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, and many other family members.
Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with the mass at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel.
Interment at Deramus Cemetery, in Locust Bluff, Ala.
Margaret Dougherty, a longtime Broad Channel resident, died in Spring Hill, Fla. on April 16. Dougherty was born in Brooklyn, but lived in the Channel for about four decades. She was a mother and a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband Andrew.
Dougherty is survived by her three children: Andrew, Margaret Fox, both of Fla., and Eileen Minami, of Broad Channel; also survived by three sisters: Kate Chadwick, Liz Schmitt, and Gert Riley; 10 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held at a Florida funeral home, April 26.
PS 180 Teacher
Laura Guerino, a Rockaway resident for more than 15 years, passed away suddenly on March 27.
Guerino was born in the Bronx, where she also attended Bronx High School of Science. She came to Rockaway and began teaching earth science at Junior High School 180. About six years ago, she transferred to August Martin High School. She first taught biology and coached track, and then served as Dean of Students.
Guerino is survived by her brothers Serio, Richard, and their families.
Christine Beth Hess,
Born in Rockaway
Christine Beth Hess, who was born in Rockaway and has family living here, passed away on April 23.
She is survived by her father John Hess; fiancé Frank Santora, sisters Jeanne Gutierrez, and Laurel Santora; brothers John and Daniel Hess. Also survived by godsons and nephews Joseph and Daniel; nieces Nancy, Tara, Melissa, Jessica, Jean, Jaclyn, Jillian, and Jenna.
Visitation will be at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 137 Lawrence Ave., on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
A mass will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church, in Inwood.
Interment at St. John's Cemetery.
PS 43 Teacher
Alma M. Hutton, a Belle Harbor resident for 35 years, passed away on April 19.
Hutton was born in Brooklyn. She worked as a teacher in PS 43, in Far Rockaway. Hutton was an alumna of St. Saviour's High School and St. John's University. She was a member of the Catholic Teacher's Group, was a member of several organizations at St. Camillus, and St. Francis where she worshiped.
Hutton is survived by John "Jack" A. Hutton; children Thomas, Noelle, Erin, John, Joseph, and Kristin. She had four grandchildren: Emily, Liam Thomas, Annie Bernadette, Molly Mae.
Visitation was held at The Denis S. O'Connor funeral home. Burial was at St. John's Cemetery.
Carrie Jackson, a Rockaway resident for at least four decades, passed away on April first. Jackson was born in Augusta, Ga. She was a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her parents Carrie Roberts Barker and Smart Barker. Jackson is survived by her children Joelouis Jackson, Rebecca Williams, David Jackson, Ethel Hardwick (of Rockaway Beach). Also survived by two grandchildren: Stephanie Eccles, and Ethel; a great grandchild; a sister-in-law; and other family members.
Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a mass at the Gaffney Friendship Chapel. Interment at the Forest Park Cemetery.
Theodous "Teddy" Jones, a Rockaway resident for more than five years, died March 29.
He was born in Pine Bluff, Ark. Jones was a maintenance worker.
He is survived by two sons; daughter Renee; sisters Leslie, Francis, and Donna Jones, Pamela and Iona Daly; nieces Aisha, Alison, and Ashley; nephews Deon, Ernest, Travis, Jamie, Elijah, Simon, and Steven; three grandnieces, other family members, and friend Sherrie Scott, and her family.
Funeral services were conducted by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a mass at the Gaffney Friendship Capel.
Jones will be cremated by the Oxford Hills Crematory, in Chester, N.Y.
Cora Lee Keten, a Rockaway resident for nearly ten years, passed away on April 1.
Keten was born in Mayo, Fla. She was a homemaker.She is survived by her sons Johnny Brown, James Keten, Augustus Malone, brothers Sylvester, Doshier, Robert, Willie, Edwards Allen, Wesley, Eugene, and Jerry Thomas; sisters Gwen Edward, Juanita Cason and Casharo Thomas. Keten is also survived by other family members and friend Georgia Overton.
Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home.
Richard "Big Foot" Pirog,
Vietnam Vet, Painter
Richard Charles Pirog, known to many as "Big Foot," who lived in Rockaway for nearly 30 years, passed away on April 18. He was 56.
Pirog was born in Weehawken, N.J. He moved to Rockaway in 1975. Pirog served his country as a U.S. Marine during Vietnam. He belonged to the American Legion. He worked as a painter, made stained glass lamps, and liked surf-cast fishing.
Pirog is preceded in death by his father Charles Pirog.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Werlen Pirog; mother Marion Pirog; daughter Adrea Cummins, sisters Pamela Haemmerle, and Penelope Mercadante; grandchildren Timothy Patrick, and Nicholas Christopher.
Visitation was held at the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with the burial at Calverton National Cemetery.
Bennie Immanuel Randall, an infant whose family lives in Far Rockaway, passed away April 12.
He is survived by his parents Bennie Lee Randall, and Elizabeth Randall; grandparents Ramon and Maria Padilla, and Bennie and Nancy Randall; aunts Rena Randall, Lillian Cardoso, and Nora Crawford; uncles Carl Freelove, Ricardo Cardoso, and Reginald Freelove; godmother Lissette Bayon. Also survived by a host of other relatives and family friends.
A funeral mass was held at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel.
Interment is at Pinelawn Memorial Gardens in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Lifelong Rockaway Resident
Peggy Ann Shea, a lifelong Rockaway resident, passed away on April 20.
She was a parishioner at St. Francis De Sales Church.
Shea was preceded in death by her mother and father, Margaret Lyons Shea, and William Shea; sisters Martha Kelleher, and Rita McManus; brothers Al, Bill, Frank, and Robert Shea.
Shea is survived by a cousin, Mary Kenney; a niece Christine Gambino, and sister-in-laws Violet and Virginia Shea. Also survived by many other family members.
Interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Ethel Smith, who lived in Rockaway for most of her life, passed away on April 14. She was 90.
Smith was born in N.C. She was a St. John's Baptist Church choir member. Smith worked as a nurse.
She is survived by adopted daughter Jeanette Scott and her husband Lonnie Scott; a goddaughter, two home attendants: Ms. Doris, and Ms. Smith. Also survived by many friends.
Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a mass at the Gaffney Friendship Chapel.
Interment will be Forrest Park Cemetery, in Morganville, N.J.