2003-08-01 / Obits


Patrick Joseph Griffin
O.R. Technician
Obituaries Patrick Joseph Griffin O.R. Technician

Patrick Joseph Griffin
O.R. Technician

Patrick Joseph Griffin, a 50 year resident of the Rockaways and Five Towns area, passed away on July 3. He was 65.

Griffin, who was born in Manhattan, worked as an operating room technician at Peninsula Hospital Center for 40 years.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Margaret Griffin, of Fla. and by a dear friend, Vanet Weschelr, of Inwood.

A Christian wake service was held at The Meserole Funeral Home, in Inwood. Interment was at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

James G. Hayden


James G. Hayden, a lifetime resident of Rockaway Park, passed away on July 29.

Hayden was born in Queens and worked in education.

Hayden was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Hayden. He is survived by his father James F. Hayden, and sisters, Patricia Danks and Elizabeth V. Varian.

Visitation and funeral services were kept private.

Richard J. Kohlbrecher


Richard J. Kohlbrecher, a resident of Rockaway Point for 35 years, passed away on July 23.

Kohlbrecher, a parishioner of St. Thomas More Church, and a long time member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, worked as a Corporate Executive in investment banking.

Kohlbrecher is survived by his wife Dolores (nee Furey) Kohlbrecher, his daughter Cynthia Ann Court, sons Wayne Kohlbrecher and Richard J. Kohlbrecher Jr., his sister Loraine Davis, and brother Kenneth Kohlbrecher, along with seven grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O’Connor funeral home, followed by burial at Pinelawn Memorial Park.

Gertrude R. Link


Gertrude R. Link, a Rockaway Point resident for 60 years, passed away on July 30.

Link was a parishioner of St. Thomas More Church, and worked as a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Link, and her son George Link. She is survived by daughter Joan Wilmarth, seven grandchildren, and thrteen great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O’Connor funeral home, followed by burial at St. John’s Cemetery. There will be a funeral mass on Friday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church.

Audrey Marcus

Retired Teacher

Audrey Marcus, a Rockaway resident for about 20 years, passed away on July 16 in Tucson, Ariz.

Marcus worked as a special education and reading teacher. She taught at Marine Park J.H.S. and retired from Thomas Jefferson H.S.

Marcus was preceded in death by a son. David. She is survived by daughters Lisa and Suzanne; granddaughter Jessica, Michelle and Nicole.

Interment was at Beth David Cemetery.

Deacon Preston Harvey

Williams, Sr., "Mr. Buster"

Longtime Hammels Resident

Deacon Preston Harvey Williams, Sr., known to many as Mr. Buster, passed away on July 20. He was 82.

Williams, the youngest of 13 children, was born in Calhoun County, S.C. He moved to New York in 1947, and lived in Harlem working as a waterfront laborer. In 1954 he was among the first families to become tenants in the Hammels Houses and he lived in his until the end of his life. Williams was an avid Mets fan who enjoyed trips to Shea Stadium.

He is preceded in death by parents Capers and Elisha Asmond Williams; sons Preston, Jr. and Jeffrey; daughter Joanne; and 12 siblings.

Williams is survived by his wife, Pearl M. Edmonds-Williams; children, Emmaline Young (Henry) of Columbia, S.C., Gladys Favor of St. Matthews, S.C., Rudolph Williams, of Far Rockaway, Michael Williams (Evelyn) of Gainesville, Fla., Emma Chambers (Andre) of Charleston, S.C., Master Sergeant (U.S.A.F. retired) Willie L. Williams (Jeanette) of Uniondale, L.I., the Honorable Larry C. Williams (Kim) of Tacoma, Wash. and Dr. Brenda Williams-Jackson of Uniondale; daughters-in-law Diedre Jackson-Williams, of Md., Brenda Jackson-Williams of Copaige, N.Y., Rhonda-Jackson-Williams of Philadelphia, Pa. and Mary Wright-Williams; son-in-law William Shaun Jackson; 50 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Nissie Bovain; special nieces, Carrie Williams, Geonova Hall and Catherine Williams and her children; adopted children, Rev. Joe N. Brown, Meckyael Gary, Tammy Jefferies, Lamont Davis and Dave Becker; special cousins, Estelle Edmonds and Catherine Willis; nieces and nephews, cousins and his New Hope family and friends.

Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, L.I. Funeral services supervised by Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home.

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