2004-04-02 / Obits



Myrtle Chambers

Home Health Aide

Myrtle Chambers, who worked in Rock away for about 10 years, passed a way on March 21. She was 84.

Chambers, who was born in St. James, Jamaica, West Indies, worked as a home health aide. She was a parish ioner at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in Rosedale, and the Jamaica Burial Society.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara.

Chambers is survived by her son, Cleveland; daughters, Gwendolyn and Joan; grandchildren, Jennifer, Arlene, Uwe, Richard, Miles, Hanif and Su zette; great grandchildren, Alexis, Ashley, Leon, Zania, Imani and Chri-Ann; a brother, Samuel; and other fam ily and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A service was held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Disposition at All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck.

James A. McGrath
Truck Driver

James A. McGrath, a Rockaway Beach resident for nearly 45 years, passed away on March 28.

McGrath, who was born in the Bronx, was a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church. He served his country in the United States Army, and he transported steel as a truck driver.

McGrath is survived by his wife, Lin da McGrath; daughters, Dana Klee mola and Dawn McGrath; sisters, Mary Clarkin, Patricia McGrath, Ei leen Nespola-Breslin, Margaret Sho vack and Katherine Smyth; and a brother, John McGrath.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Rosa Shefton Coughman

Rosa Shefton Coughman, a member of the First Church of God, in Far Rockaway, since 1953, passed away on March 24. She was 92.

Coughman, who was born in Black ville, South Carolina, worked as a seams tress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Ella Shefton.

Coughman was survived by her son, Joseph Cooper (Elizabeth); daughter, Mary Cooper; and grandchildren, Jean Pierre and Michael Cooper.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A service was held at the First Church of God. Disposition was at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale.

Master Alex Jamal Gandison-Powell
Baby Boy

Master Alex Jamal Gandison-Po well, whose aunt and uncle are lifelong Rockaway residents, passed away on March 21. He was a baby boy.

Gandison-Powell was preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie Lee Powell.

He is survived by his parents, Greg Powell and Dilcia Gandison; siblings, Ashley, Raven, Monique, Gregory; mater nal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Her nando Gandison, paternal grandparents, Ella Mae Powell; aunts and uncles, Jeanette Porter (Charlie), Dor o thy Powell, Carol Powell, Debor ah Browne (Franklyn), Damaris Salis bury (Phillip), of Far Rockaway, Sam uel Gandison (Samantha), Hernan do Gandison, Jimmy Williams (Jackie), Smith Powell (Kristine), Charlie Po well and David (Monica) Powell; God mother, Roberta Dupree-Cox; and other family and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A service was held at Arverne Church of God, Far Rockaway. Disposition was at Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey.

Mary Theresa Mooney
Longtime Rockaway Resident

Mary Theresa Mooney, a Rockaway resident for more than 40 years, pass ed away at her daughter's Rock ville Centre home on March 28.

Mooney, who was born in the Bronx, was a Sacristan of St. Mary's Parish for 30 years, where she was an active parishioner and a Eucharistic Mini ster. She was also a member of the choir and rosary society.

Mooney was preceded in death by her husband Edward A. Mooney who died on June 20, 2003.

She is survived by her children, Cather ine Donohue (Thomas), of Rose dale, Ann Marie Duffy (Gary), of Rockville Centre, Edward (Kathi) Moo ney, of Lynbrook and James Moon ey (MariAnne), of East Rock away; 10 grandchildren; and brothers, Joseph and John Edwards, of Elmont and Florida, respectively.

Funeral arrangements were en trusted to the Meserole Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, Far Rockaway. Interment was at Calver ton National Cemetery, Calver ton, Long Island with her husband.

Legusta Tucker Sr.
Taxi Driver

Legusta Tucker Sr., who operated his taxicab throughout the Rockaway Peninsula, passed away on March 27. He was 76.

Tucker was born in Gasport, Atlanta and had been a taxi driver in Rock away for many years.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Marcus Jerome and David La mar; his parents, Leroy Tucker, and Lela B. Tucker; and his brother, Wheeler Tucker.

Tucker is survived by his wife Ledora Tucker; his children, Theta Barbara, Yvonne, Leonard Dovie and Legusta Jr.; daughters in law, Charlet, Charl otte and Gail; son in law, Robert Cambell; 17 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; a sister, Cluceal Deyampert; a nephew, Elbert Jr.; and an aunt, Freddie May Hays.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was Amityville Cem e tery.

Loretta K. O'Neill
Former Rockaway Resident

Loretta K. O'Neill, a former Rock away Beach resident, passed away at the Cornwall Hospital, in Cornwall New York on March 28. She was 92.

O'Neill was born in Brooklyn on March 23, 1912 to Patrick and Alice McKee Henley. She was a retired bank teller for the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, and had lived in Wald en, New York for the last 11 years.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Patrick O.Neill and Frank McGrade Sr.; a brother, James Henley; and sisters, Alice Faulkner and Helen Barry.

O'Neill is survived by her son, Frank J. McGrade (Mary), of Montgomery, New York; grandsons, Frank Jr. and William McGrade; and her nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were en trusted to the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden. A mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Church, Mont gomery. Cremation will be in the Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh with burial of her cremains in St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walden Humane Society or the Norma Lawson Scholarship at Mount Saint Mary's College, New burgh.

Margaret S. Walsh
Retired Education Admin.

Margaret S. (nee Shannon) Walsh, a longtime Rockaway Point resident, passed away on March 29.

Walsh, who was born in New Jersey, lived in Rockaway Point for 60 years and in Belle Harbor prior to that. She was a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church where she belonged to the altar and rosary societies. Walsh was retired from her work as an education administrator for St. John's Univer sity, at the Staten Island campus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Walsh; a son, David Walsh; and a daughter, Regina Walsh.

She is survived by her daughters, Maryellen Volpe and Margaret Mary Rensch; sons, Gerard, James, Ray mond and William Walsh; 21 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were en trusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 2 at St. Thomas More. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery will follow.

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