2003-05-16 / Obits


Josephine Campbell
St. John
Obituaries Josephine Campbell St. John’s Home Secretary

Josephine Campbell
St. John’s Home Secretary

Josephine Campbell, a lifelong Belle Harbor resident, passed away on May 9, at North Shore University Hospital.

Campbell, a long time parishioner of St. Francis De Sales, retired from her position as secretary of the St. John’s Home for Boys in 1992.

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and her son Billy.

She is survived by her son Richard W. and her daughter Susan Bates. She leaves two brothers Edward and Bill Dillon.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Francis De Sales Church. Entombment followed in the family crypt at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, NY.

Dr. Rikta Amin Goldstein


Dr. Rikta Amin Goldstein passed away after a fierce battle with adrenal cancer, on May 5. She was 49.

She was the wife of Michael Goldstein, and mother to Justin and Alden. She was the aunt of Paul Graves, formerly of Rockaway, and Susanna Graves Teahan and Rosmarie Graves Wiedemer, of Rockaway, and the sister-in-law of Ruth Graves, of Rockaway.

Goldstein was an accomplished dentist, artist, and homemaker.

Brenda Jean Johnson
School Teacher

Brenda Jean Johnson "Precious," a lifelong Far Rockaway resident, passed away on May 2. She was 44.

Johnson was a schoolteacher, and a parishioner at St. John’s Baptist Church, in Arverne.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth; son Tyrelle; stepdaughter Kenya Frazier; parents-in-law Frances Mae and Richard Charles Johnson, Sr.; sisters Marilyn , Ida, Tanya, and Cheryl; brothers John and Jerome; aunt Minnie Moore; and nieces.

A mass was held at St. John’s Baptist Church, in Arverne. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens. Funeral services by Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home.

Geraldine Skelly Maher (nee Garvey)

F.B.I. Employee

Geraldine Skelly Maher (nee Garvey) died suddenly on May 8, in Durham, NC, while on a family trip.

A resident of Breezy Point, and formerly of Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan, and affectionately known as "Geri," she was born on May 29, 1918, in Park Slope Brooklyn to Catherine and Joseph Garvey. She attended St. Savior’s High School, and worked for many years at the F.B.I. where she met and married Joseph Skelly in 1947. Joseph predeceased her in 1975.

Maher later worked for Printing Industries of Metropolitan NY, as Director of Education.

She was the mother of Patricia Groarke of Garden City, Long Island, and Joe Skelly, Jr., of NYC, and mother-in-law to JT, Brendan and Gillian Groarke. Sister of the late Jean Hamilton, and aunt to Geraldine Flemming and Al Hamilton.

Maher was active in the Breezy Point Garden Club, Golden Age Group, Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, and taught CCD to Catholic youngsters at St. Thomas More RC Church.

Reposing at Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, in Brooklyn.

Hugh J. McCarthy, Sr.


Hugh J. McCarthy, Sr., who lived in Far Rockaway for the last 25 years, passed away May 3. He was 85.

Born in Manhattan, McCarthy lived in Toms River, NJ, before coming to the Rockaways. He worked as a parking garage manager for the Teamsters for more than 40 years.

McCarthy is predeceased by his wife Beatrice (nee Carney) and his son Hugh J. McCarthy, Jr.

He is survived by his son Michael McCarthy, of Lido Beach, Long Island; daughters Rosary Johnson of Conn., and Susan Mack of Calif. He had 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the William J. Leber Funeral Home, Chester, NJ. A funeral mass was held at St. Jude RC Church in Budd Lake, NJ.

Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Chester.

Mary E. Nagle

Mary E. Nagle, a 25-year Breezy Point resident, passed away on May 11.

Nagle, born in Bronx, was a homemaker. She was a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church.

Nagle was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P. Nagle.

She is survived by daughters Virginia Danaher, and Patricia McCormick; sons John D. Nagle, and Msgr. Joseph P. Nagle; grandchildren John Danaher, Tim Danaher, Michael Danaher, Brendan McCormick, Gerard McCormick, and Katherine McCormick.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home.

Interment at St. Raymond’s Cemetery.

William J. Rush
Sanitation Worker

William J. Rush, a Rockaway resident for four decades, passed away May 12.

Rush was born in Brooklyn. A parishioner of St. Camillus Church, he served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1954. He was a member of the American Legion #272, and worked for the Department of Sanitation.

Rush is survived by his wife Bridget (nee Hallock) Rush; daughters Mary Dee Healy, Bridget Rush, and Elizabeth Stewart; son William J. Rush, Jr.; sister, Mary Schwenderrmann; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home.

Interment at Calverton National Cemetery.

Robert Washington


Robert Washington, who lived in Rockaway for 20 years, died on May 4. He was 104.

Washington, who was born in Davisboro, Ga., served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as an exterminator.

Washington is survived by cousins Ella Lou Johnson, Jearlean Jackson, Cynthia Brown, Arlena McCall, Irene Drummer, Augusta Mitchell, Lester Stone, Bonnie Stone, and many other family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements by Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A mass was held at the Gaffney Friendship Chapel.

Interment at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.

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