2003-08-08 / Obits



Patricia M. Aita
Teacher's Aide

M. Aita, a lifetime Belle Harbor resident, passed away on August 2.

Aita worked as a teacher's aid at Far Rockaway High School.

Aita was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Aita. She is survived by sons Brian Aita, Keith Aita, Kevin Aita and wife Marie, and her daughter Maryann Aita. Aita is also suvived by two grandchildren, Brian Jr. and Eric.

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

Timothy Gerard Daly
Health Care Worker

Timothy Gerard Daly, who lived most of his life in Rockaway, died suddenly on August 4. He was 51.

Daly is survived by Patricia and Brendan Leddy, Marybeth and Michael Woodstock and Eileen and John Murphy, Edward and Beth Daly, Dennis and Eileen Daly, Gerard and Michele Daly, Terrence and Grace Daly and 19 nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Bullville, N.Y., on Saturday, August 9, at noon.

Donations can be made to the Franciscan Friars of Atonement-Graymoor, P.O. Box 305, Garrison, N.Y. 10524-0305.

Frederick Charles Dawo Jr.
School Custodian

Frederick Charles Dawo Jr. a lifelong resident of Rockaway Beach, passed away on July 30. Dawo worked as a custodian at Junior High School 180 for 32 years.

Dawo was preceded in death by his parents Frederick Charles Dawo Sr. and Adeline Louise (nee Davis). Dawo was survived by his former wife Barbara (nee Craft) Dawo, and his 3 children and their spouses, Barbara and Kevin Sundack, Susan and David Thomas, Frederick Charles Dawo III and Kelly Dawo, along with 3 grandchildren, Dylan and Ashley Sundack, and Joseph Dawo. He was also survived by his brother James Stors, and his sister Wilhelmina Eschwie.

A Christian wake service was held at Meserole Funeral Home followed by interment at St. Charles Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Shonnon Kittrell Day
Furniture Restorer

Shonnon Kittrell Day, a lifetime Far Rockaway resident, passed away on July 30. Day worked as a furniture restorer and was a parishioner of Jesus Family Ministries of Far Rockaway.

Day is survived by his loving and devoted parents Patsy Day, and Samuel Flagg, his daughters Sharlene Lewis and Tashoma Day, his grandmother Bennie Mae Webb, godmother Gertrude Cokely, brothers Juskine, Sam-Sam, Tommie, J.R., and Brandon, sisters Vernita, Jackie, Carol, Pam, Samantha, Summer and Vanessa, 5 uncles, 9 aunts, special friends Shenee Williams,Tanya Quarles, and Tracy Lewis, and a host of loving friends.

Funeral services were held at Jeremiah C. Gaffneys Funeral Home Friendship Chapel, followed by interment at Amityville Cemetery.

Gertrude Ferguson
Real Estate Broker

Gertrude Ferguson, a long-time Rock-away resident, passed away July 31.

Ferguson was a real estate broker with the firm of Ferrill, Maxwell and Cassidy, on Beach 117 Street. She also worked for the firm of Merrill Lynch in downtown Manhattan.

Ferguson was a member of the Golden Age Club in St. Camillus Church and was the Clubs oldest living member at the age of 96.

She is survived by her son, Frank, of Southern Pines, N.C. and her two daughters, Joan Marquardt and Kathryn Giannone of Rockaway Beach and West Palm Beach and Jupiter, Fla., respectively. She had seven grandchildren.

Ferguson was buried at St. Charles Cemetery, L.I, on August 4.

Jem F. Gibbons

Jem F. Gibbons, a Rockaway resident of 3 years, passed away July 25. Gibbons was born in Guyana, and worked as a Homemaker.

Gibbons is survived by her son Sekou, her mother Pamela, her sister Odin, her grandmother Ruth Campbell, her uncles Malcolm, Lenox, Allan and Orin along with a host of loving friends

Funeral Services were held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home Friendship Chapel, followed by disposition at Oxford Hills Cemetery.

Richard F. Metzler
N.Y. Times Employee

Richard F. Metzler, who raised his family in Rockaway, passed away recently. He was 83. After serving in World War II he worked for the New York Times for more than 35 years. He enjoyed gardening, history, travel and dancing. In St. Augustine he was active with the archaeology society and local historical societies. He often gave tours of the of St. Augustine's old quarter.

Metzler was predeceased by his brother William Metzler and wife Vernell. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Richard Metzler, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas, Kathy Hoogeboom, of Ashland, Mass., Karen Black, of Saunderstown, R.I., Sharon Breslin, of Hewlett and 12 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the first Presbyterian, Russell Sage Memorial, Church, on August 16, at 5 p.m., 896 Central Ave., Far Rockaway. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to this church in his memory.

Rudolph Rudy Michel
Truck Driver

Rudolph Rudy Michel, a Rockaway resident for over 10 years, passed away July 30. Michel was born in Brooklyn and worked as a Truck Driver.

Michel is survived by parents Norma Dunkley and Desir Michel, his wife Martha Perez, siblings Irene Michel, Derbie and Natasha Michel, Lahildren - Deshawn Simpson, Janee Sharese, Rudolph Jr. Gemini, Alana Rashawa and Rakeem Michel.

Funeral services were held at Jeremiah C. Gaffneys Funeral Home's Friendship Chapel, followed by interment at Amityville Cemetery.

Maggie Pearl Paulin
Credit Investigator

Maggie Pearl (Street) Paulin, who was born in North Carolina, but who lived in Rockaway for more than 30 years, died on July 30.

Paulin, who was education in North Carolina, came to New York City after high school. She worked first as a housekeeper and nanny and then moved on to become a credit investigator for Citibank. Wh en the condition of her hands made it impossible to use a computer any longer, she moved on to John F. Kennedy Airport, where she worked as a supervisor for an aircraft cleaning service company.

Maggie, well known to those who attend St. Gertrude's Church in Edgemere as a fine cook, is survived by her mother, Sarah Street; two daughters, Caprice Farrell and Phyllis Thurlon; one son, Darnell; three sisters, Bucinda Bass, Emma Grupup Williams and Gazella Hunt and five brothers, two grandsons and four granddaughters.

Harold M. Timpone

Harold M. Timpone, a Breezy Point resident for 19 years, passed away on August 2.

Timpone was a self employed Painter and a parishioner of St. Thomas More Church. Timpone was born in Manhattan and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. Timpone was proprietor of a painting company in Nassau and Suffolk County, Bennett & Timpone.

Timpone is survived by his wife Regina Clooney Timpone, his sons Harold M Timpone, Michael Timpone, and Robert Timpone, and is daughters, Caryn McCabe, Harriet Sausner and Colleen Urliss.

Visitation was held at the Denis S. O'Connor funeral home, followed by burial at Long Island National Cemetery.

LaFrance Watkins
Recreational Therapist

LaFrance Watkins, a Far Rockaway resident, passed away on July 24. Watkins worked as a recreational therapist, and was involved with Cell-Care group #11 of the first Church of God in Far Rockaway.

Watkins was preceded in death by her parent Willy and Katherine Watkins. Watkins is survived by children Todd Steven Watkins, Nichelle Watkins, Bennett and Mike Griffith, Son-in-law Clement Bennett, grandchildren Brian Ashley and Kevin Bennett, Devonte Anya, Deandre and Malik Watkins, siblings Vernell Williams, Ludovia, Kathy, William, Gerald and Owen Watkins, loving godmother Mary Kelly, Brothers-in-law John Williams and Billy Randolph, 8 nieces, 9 nephews, 2 great nieces and 6 great nephews, loving and devoted aunts, and a number of caring friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Services were held at First Church of God in Far Rockaway followed by burial at Pinelawn Cemetery.

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