2004-05-28 / Obits


Nell Curtis Fortune
Professional Laundry Presser

Nell Curtis Fortune, also known as "Aunt Nell," and who lived in Far Rockaway, died on May 24.

Fortune was born in Petersburg, Virginia to the late Patti Francis Anderson on March 28, 1911. She was the youngest of 10 children.

She worked for many years as a professional presser for Firestone Laundry. She was also known for serving dinners, as a childcare provider, a homemaker and mother.

Fortune is survived by her devoted children, Elliott Fortune Sr., Everett Fortune Sr. and JoAnn Spears; grand niece, Yvette Collins, whom she raised; Barbara Bailey, who she considered her own child; daughters in law, Lauren and Janie; son in law Richard Spears Sr.; 12 grandchildren, Bridgette, Clavin, Marty, Steven, Doreen, Shawn, Pamela, Elliott Jr., Everett Jr., Richard Jr., Savannah Rae and Tressa; great grandson in law, Craig Emerson; six great grandchildren, Khaliah, Brittany, Anthony, Bria, Elliott, III and Jaiden; two nieces, Alice Douglas, of Aurora, Colorado, and Nell Terrell, of Lawrence; one nephew, Andy Macklin, of California; a Goddaughter, Barbara Walker and two long-time friends, Marcella Crawford-King and Alice Jenkins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Reverend Father Dennison Richards, Director of Pastoral Care, Bishop Maclean Episcopal Nursing Home, officiated the service. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery.

Katherine Kiernan
Long-Time Resident

Katherine Kiernan, a long time resident of Rockaway Beach, died on May 13. She was 92.

Kiernan was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick and her daughter, Mary Ellen.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Deirdre, Edward and Siobhan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Frances Schervier Nursing Home, in Riverdale.

Donations in Kiernan's memory may be sent to the Recreation Ministry at Frances Schervier Nursing Home, 2975 Independence Avenue, Bronx, New York 10453.

Paul J. Metzger
Advertising Designer

Paul J. Metzger, a Breezy Point resident for 20 years, died on May 23.

Metzger, who was born in Springfield, Illinois, was a parishioner at St. Thomas More Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II and worked as an advertising designer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Metzger and a brother, F. Donelan Metzger.

Metzger is survived by his son, Paul D. Metzger; brother, Edmond Metzger; sister, Mary Rose Tabor; granddaughter, Olivia Mason; and grandson, David Metzger.

Private funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home.

Rose Palmer
Former Rockaway Resident

Rose (nee Bleimeyer) Palmer, formerly of Rockaway Beach, died on May 17. She was 97.

Palmer, who was born in Brooklyn, was a 1928 graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. A 20-year resident of Wantagh, Long Island, Palmer was formerly of Rockaway Beach, Ridgewood, and Matawan, New Jersey. She was retired from her 41-year career as a biology teacher for the New York City Department of Education.

She was preceded in death by her husband Russell; and bother Andrew (Addie) Bleimeyer.

Palmer is survived by her daughter, Margaret Rose; son in law, Jim Silberger; grandchildren, Matthew Thomas (Jennifer) and Jeremy Peter (Susan); great grandchildren, Amelia Rose, Marcella Rosabel and Russell Palmer; nieces, Theresa (Clarence), Beatrice (Sam), Russell (Audrey), Rose (Joe), Ronald (Joyce), Edith (Charlie), Andrea (Sonny), Peter (Phoebe) and over 150 descendent nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Charles G. Schmitt Funeral Home, Seaford. Burial was at Pinelawn National Cemetery. Donations in Palmer's memory may be sent to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, P.O. Box 96173, Washington, D.C. 20077.

Madeline A. Quinlan
Former Rockaway Resident

Madeline A. (nee Keough) Quinlan, a lifelong resident of Rockaway before moving to New Jersey in 1984, died at home on April 27 after a 25-year battle h cancer.

Quinlan, who was born in Brooklyn, was a supervisor of the school lunch program for the New York City Department of Education for 20 years, and retired at age 68. She was an active member of St. Camillus Church and was the New York City School Crossing Guard at the school from 1955-1959.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jerome M. Quinlan; her parents, Thomas and Madeline Allen Keough; three brothers, Thomas, John and Edward Keough.

Quinlan is survived by a son, Michael Quinlan, of Rockaway Beach; daughters, Kathleen Quinlan, of New York City; Lynn Quinlan, of New Jersey, Patricia O'Connor, of New Jersey; son in law, Dennis O'Connor; grandchildren, Kathleen and Matthew O'Connor, of New Jersey; a sister, Marie O'Grady, of Rockaway Park; and 21 nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated in New Jersey. Interment was at Veerans Memorial Cemetery in New Jersey.

Donations in Quinlan's memory may be sent to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York, New York 10087-7106.

William G. York
Licensed Practical Nurse

William G. York, a Meadowmere Park resident who worked in Far Rockaway for more than 30 years, died at St. John's Episcopal Hospital after being struck with a heart attack while at home on May 5. He was 60.

York was a parishioner at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, where he was a member of the Lutheran Church Council. He served in the United States Army from 1968-1970 during Vietnam. York, who was a Licensed Practical Nurse, worked for 32 years at the Queens-Nassau Nursing Home in Far Rockaway. He was the ex-chief and present commissioner of the Meadowmere Park Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Starr (nee Howie) York; son, Michael York; and daughter, Crystal York, all of Meadowmere Park.

Arrangements entrusted to The Meserole Funeral Home. Direct cremation took place privately at Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village.

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