2003-06-27 / Obits



Lois Sanders
Mother of City Councilman

Lois Sanders, mother of City Councilman James Sanders Jr., passed away on June 25, after a long illness.

Sanders was the church mother and an esteemed leader in First Church of God, where she also served as head of the usher board for many years.

Sanders is survived by her husband of over fifty years, James Sanders Sr., five children, grandchildren, her church family, and friends.

Services will be held at First Church of God, 14-25 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, on Wednesady, July 2. The wake will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Immediately following will be the "Going Home Service" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Interment will be on Thursday, July 3, at Long Island National Cemetery, at 10 a.m.

The councilman requests that condolences be sent to his district office: 220-07 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton, New York, 11413.

Victoria Bil

Victoria Claudia Bil, a ten-year resident of Broad Channel, died on June 17. She was 43.

She is survived by her husband John and loving son John Victor.

Mass was at St Rose of Lima. Bil was cremated.

Robert M. Boyle
Housing Authority Worker

Robert M. Boyle a lifetime Rockaway Park resident, passed away on June 17.

Boyle, a parishioner at St. Camillus church, worked as an elevator repairman for the New York City Housing Authority. He served his country, during the Vietnam War, in the U.S. Army.

Boyle was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elizabeth Gargon Boyle and Bernard Boyle; and two brothers Brian Boyle and Bernard Boyle.

He was survived by his wife Denise (Nee Schurmann) Boyle, his sons Jarret Boyle, Robert Boyle and Michael Boyle, and his daughters Kaitlyn Boyle and Michele Boyle. He was also survived by brothers Christopher Boyle, Kevin Boyle, and Richard Boyle, and sisters Geraldine Boyle, Julia Boyle, Nancy Boyle, Carol Cholakis, and Margaret Di Iorio, along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at The Denis S. O'Connor funeral home, followed by a private burial.

Margaret C. McCarthy

Margaret C. McCarthy, a Rockaway resident of 60 years, passed away on June 21.

McCarthy was a homemaker and a parishioner of St. Camillus Church.

McCarthy was preceded in death by her husband George McCarthy, and her son William McCarthy. She was survived by sons Stephen McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy and her daughter Donna McCarthy; along with her brother Harold Atkinson and 8 grandchildren.

Visitation was held at The Denis S. O'Connor funeral home, followed by a private burial.

Edward W. Dolan

Edward W. Dolan, a resident of Rockaway for 20 years, died on June 22.

He was a Navy veteran in World War II, a teamster, a retired member of Local 282 and a member of St. Thomas More Church.

Dolan is survived by his wife Joan (nee Dresch) Dolan; daughters Barberal Billows, Kathleen Alvarez and Doreen Gross; brothers James and John; sister Maureen Dolan; grandchildren Justin, Kira, Dana, and Emma; great-granddaughter Kaitlyn; and sons-in-law Abner Alvarez and Robert Gross.

Visitation was at The Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with interment at St. Johns Cemetery.

Martha S. Jones
Factory Worker

Martha S. Jones, of Buckingham VA, died on May 26 at the age of 88. She was a factory worker.

Jones is survived by daughter Shirley Elaine Hooper; grandchildren Andre Cooper, Rene Hairston and Annette Cardwell; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Letha, Lillie; Pauline and Mary; sisters-in-law Shirley, Lottie, Amanda, Beatrice, and Allegra; Joan Polishork and her family and a host of others.

Services were at Victory Baptist Church in the Bronx with interment at Springfield Cemetery.

Norman Maness
Maintenance Worker

Norman Maness, resident of Rockaway for ten years, died on June 7. He was 65.

Maness was preceded in death by son Norman Keith Maness. He is survived by wife Joyce; daughter Danielle Maness of VA; son Barry Maness of Albany; son-in-law Jerrel Williams; sisters in law Mazele, Frances, Carlene and Wilhyena; brothers-in-law Willie and Bobby; five grandchildren; one great grandchild and a host of others.

Mass was at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Friendship Chapel, with Disposition at Oxford Hill Crematory in Chester.

Nancy Travers McDonell

Nancy Travers McDonnell, a resident of Rockaway for 42 years, died on June 19. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Camillus Church who was born in Ireland.

McDonnell is preceded in death by her husband Anthony McDonnell. She is survived by daughters Ann Marie Campbell and Bridget Mc Donnell; sons Michael and Anthony McDonnell; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation was at The Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with interment at St. Charles Cemetery.

Margaret Anne (Nee Helfrich) Smith

Margaret Anne Smith, a resident of Breezy Point for 50 years, passed away on June 25.

Smith, born in Brooklyn, was a homemaker and a parishioner of the St. Thomas More Church.

Smith was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Eugene J. Smith, and her sister Claire McDermott. She as survived by daughters Margaret A Cedo (John), Patricia Dailey (Joseph), Maureen Eagan (Karl), and Denise Smith; and sons Douglas Smith (Mary)and Eugene Smith Jr. (Elizabeth). Smith was also survived by her brother Charles Helfrich, brother-in-law Dr. Laurence Butler, and sister-in-law Ruth Butler.

Visitation will be held at The Denis S. O'Connor funeral home on Friday June 27 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday June 7 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church, interment at Holy Cross Cemetery to follow.

Janet K. Tepper

Janet Tepper, a former resident of Belle Harbor and a current resident of Lynbrook, L.I., passed away on June 21.

Tepper was a New York City Board of Education secretary for 27 years. In addition, she was an adjunct evening professor at Brooklyn College.

Tepper always had a thirst for knowledge and was active in the retired teacher association SI Beagle classes. She was also involved in West End Temple's "Great Books Seminars," the Ethical Cultural Society, and an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women.

She is survived by her son Bruce; her daughter Lynn J.T. Kelley; son-in-law Brian H. Kelley and she also was a very special "Gram" to grandsons Jared and Adam. She also leaves nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. Her husband, Herbert, predeceased her.

Services were held at Parkside Mem­orial Chapel in Brooklyn. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Lodi, New Jersey.

These obituaries are for three people, with ties to the Rockaway community, who were murdered this week in Cambria Heights, also in Queens.

Larie Anthony Barnes
Hardware Store Owner

Larie Anthony Barnes, who lived in Rockaway for several years, died on June 9. He was born on April 24, 1963, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

Barnes received his early education in Jamaica and immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s. As a hardworking person, he started his won business, "Barnes Discount Hardware" in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Barnes was a loving son and devoted father. He is survived by parents Ena and Errick, seven brothers, five sisters, children Kadeem, Shanise, Ricardo and Ingrid; numerous nieces. Nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Carren Dean Chambers
United Home Care Worker

Carren Dean Chambers, who lived in Rockaway several years ago, died on June 9. She was born on May 18, 1969 in Portland Jamaica. She immigrated to the United States in 1984. She graduated LaGuardia Community College and earned a BA in Accounting at York College and was working on her masters' degree.

Chambers had a sterling reputation for juggling her work and family life. She is survived by parents, Vera and Lloyd; stepfather Lawrence; stepmother Novlet; children Gregory, Kadeem and Shanise; sisters Gennifer, Sandra, Novlette, and Donna; brother Jeffery, and her grandparents, aunts uncles, cousins, and numerous friends.

Tisha Ysanne Chambers
Law Student

Tisha Chambers, sister of former Rockaway resident Careen Chambers, died on June 9. She was 21.

Chambers graduated form The University of the West Indies and was about to begin law school.

She was on vacation in the United States at the time of her death.

Chambers is survived by her mother Novalet; father Lloyd; sisters Gennifer, Sandra, Novalette and Donna; brother Jeffery; grandmothers; aunts; uncles and cousins.

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