2004-05-07 / Obits


Florence R. Coakley
Formerly of Rockaway Point

Florence R. Coakley, a former Rockaway Point Resident, died on April 29.

Coakley, who was born in Brooklyn on March 7, 1917, served in the United States Air Force in Paris, France during WWII. She lived at 104 Arcadia Walk from 1953 through 1983, and volunteered with the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Department from 1955 to 1975. Coakley was a member of the American Legion-Floyd Bennett Post, the American Legion 1945 Post #1 in Paris, France, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, in Orlando Florida.

Coakley was preceded in death by her mother, Lillian Farrell; first husband, Robert Williams; and second husband, Daniel J. Coakley.

She is survived by her nephew, Kevin J. Collins; grandniece, Katie Coakley Collins; and cousins, Mary Teresa Smith and Noel Seiler.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Cemetery, in Orlando. A mass was celebrated at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, and interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Margaret F. Engelman

Margaret F. (nee Kearney) Engelman, a Belle Harbor resident for more than 55 years, died on May 4.

Engelman, who was born in Woodside, Queens, was a homemaker and a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Engelman; and brothers, James, John, William and Robert Kearney.

Engelman is survived by a brother, Ed Kearney; sister, Florence Siederman; stepdaughter, Robin Engelman; stepson, Rick (Paula) Engelman; sisters in law, Josie and Marge Kearney; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 7, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Calvary Cemetery will follow.

Audrey Harding
Seamstress, Cosmetologist

Audrey Harding, an Arverne resident for 35 years, died on April 29.

Harding, who was born in Trinidad, West Indies, was a parishioner of the Battalion Pentecostal Church. She was a member of International Ladies Garment Workers' Union, worked as a seamstress and was the director of a cosmetology school in Trinidad.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Alfred French.

Harding is survived by her daughters, Barbara Jean Harding Richards; Dr. Eastlyn Harding Griffith, and Lynette and Teckla Harding; sons, Donovan and Rolly Harding; brothers, Alfredo, Dick, Leon and Reginald French; a sister in law Nina French; 26 grand children and eight grand children.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery.

Nancy Patane
Longtime Resident

Nancy Patane, a longtime resident of the Rockaways, died on April 14. She was 65.

Patane was preceded in death by her husband, Rosario Patane.

She is survived by her godson, Elliot Rivera and his family: sisters, Jeanmarie and Kerri; brothers, David, Michael, Robert and Peter; mother, Joan and her sisters and their children.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, where private services were held. A mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church. Patane was laid to rest at Calverton Cemetery beside her husband.

Sterling Lester Williams
Security Guard

Sterling Lester Williams, a Rockaway resident for nearly 20 years, died on April 23. He was 47.

Williams, who was born in Linden, Guyana, worked as a security guard.

Williams is survived by his wife, Esther; children, Shonette, Sherwyn, Nicky, Sterling Jr. and Seon; brother, Rudolph Jr.; sisters, Sharon, Ingrid and Allison; and other family and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A service was held at the Glory Light Tabernacle, in Far Rockaway. Disposition was at Christianburg Cemetery, in Linden.

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