Jeremiah N. Claire Jr.
Jeremiah N. Claire Jr., a lifelong Rockaway Park resident, died on August 5.
Claire, who was born in Rockaway Beach, was a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima. He began his service in the United States Marine Corps in 1955. Claire worked as a steamfitter in Construction Local 638 and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Claire was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Fielack.
He is survived by his son, Joseph F. Claire; daughter, Peggy Williams; brother, Buddy Claire; sister, Eileen O’Brien; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery.
Kathleen D. DeRoma
School Health Aide
Kathleen D. DeRoma, a lifelong Rockaway Beach resident, died on August 10.
DeRoma, who was born in Poughkeepsie, was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales, where she was also a member of the choir. DeRoma was a graduate of St. John’s University. She enjoyed skiing and the beach, and was proud of her Budd family heritage and her County Cavan ancestry. DeRoma worked for the Department of Health as a school Health Aide.
DeRoma is survived by her sons, Robert Antulov Jr. (Patricia), Matthew DeRoma (Linda) and Robert DeRoma; a daughter, Kimberly Rago (Jeff); sisters, Joanne Decker and Patricia Knees; brother, Donald Faulkner; grandchildren, Sabrina, Christopher and Keri-Ann DeRoma, Gabrielle, Sean and Samantha Rao, and Kaitlyn Antulov; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 13, from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. followed by private burial.
Donations in DeRoma’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Raised In Rockaway
Jeanette (nee Paladino) DiResta, who was born and raised in Rockaway Beach, died at her home in Tampa, Florida on July 28.
DiResta was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Giordano.
She is survived by her husband, Carlo DiResta; sons, Michael and Robert; a daughter, Darlene; grandchildren, Christina, Christopher, Lynette, Ciara, Vincent, Anthony, Nicholas, James and Sean; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
Sophia Farmer, who lived in Broad Channel since 1949, died on July 23. She was 88.
Farmer, who was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, was a parishioner at St. Virgilius. She was a homemaker.
Farmer was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen and daughter, Eileen.
She is survived by a son, Stephen; daughter, Patricia; son in law, Peter; son, Raymond; daughter in law, Ramona; son, Paul; and grandchildren, Lauren, Diana, Ray and Katie.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home. A mass was celebrated at St. Virgilius. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
Deacon Earl C. Faulk
Deacon Earl C. Faulk, who lived in Rockaway for nearly 50 years, died on August 6. He was 81.
Faulk, who was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, was a parishioner at the Hilly Branch Baptist Church, in N.C.; Amity Baptist Church; Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in the Rockaways for 40 years; New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where he was Deacon. He served in the United States Army during World War II and earned an Eamet Campaign Medal with four bronze service stars.
Faulk was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Nina Faulk.
He is survived by his wife, Jimmie; daughters, Diana, Valerie and Germaine; granddaughters, Sabree and Nykolei; sisters, Elsie, Zelma and Sylvia; brother, Howard; son in law, Leslie, Gregory and Rickey; Godson, Rodney Green Sr.; three special friends, Rudy Williams, Brother Cecil Lilliston and Deacon Jessie Freeman; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at New Hope Missionary Church. Disposition was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Johnnie Lee Kelley Sr.
Johnnie Lee Kelley Sr., who lived in Rockaway for most of his life, died on August 4. He was 54.
Kelley, who was born in Allendale, South Carolina, worked as a security guard.
Kelley was preceded in death by his son, Johnnie Jr. and sister, Vernell Kelley.
He is survived by his mother, Mamie Kelley; daughters, Bernadine, Felicia, Lisa and Crystal; grandchildren, Horace, Dominique, Davel and Iquann; sisters, Pamela, Lourmisha, Estelle and Nellie; brothers, Jasper, Raymond, Dixie Jr. and Lenwood; Godson, Irving Williams; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Forest Park Cemetery, Morganville, New Jersey.
Frances D. Sullivan
Frances D. Sullivan, a 20-year Breezy Point resident, died on August 10.
Sullivan, who was born in Brooklyn, was a parishioner at St. Thomas Moore. She was retired from her work as a secretary for Brooklyn College.
Sullivan was preceded in death by her husband, John V. Sullivan.
Sullivan is survived by her mother, Frances Baxter; daughters, Eileen and Maureen Sullivan; sons, John and Matthew Sullivan; granddaughters, Bernadette and Meghan Sullivan; and a grandson, John Sullivan.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery.