2004-08-20 / Obits

Shirley Blumenson


Rockaway resident Shirley Blumenson, died on August 18.

Blumenson, who was born in Bayone, New Jersey, was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvan.

Blumenson is survived by her daughters, Carol Irwin and Francine Blumenson; grandchildren, Sasha and Jonas; and great grandchildren, Leah and Ashley.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Parkside Memorial Chapel in Brooklyn. Interment was at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont.

Eugene Oliver Dixon Jr.

Born, Raised and Educated Here

Eugene Oliver Dixon Jr., who was born, raised and educated in Rockaway Beach, died on July 19 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 28.

Dixon, who was born in Far Rockaway on October 23, 1975, was affectionately known as “Lil Gene.” He was an active parishioner at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and worked at Costco in Five Towns before he accepted a promotion in the bakery department and relocated to Atlanta.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Oliver Dixon Sr.

Dixon is survived by his mother, Rosemary Dixon-McKnight; sons, Darius and Samari Dixon; their mother, Constance McCollough; a sister, E’she Dixon; a brother, Elliott Dixon; a niece, Kemani Dixon; a nephew, Elliott Dixon Jr.; and other family members and friends.

A memorial service was held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home.

Ann S. Dowlath


Ann S. Dowlath, who worked in Rockaway for at least 15 years, died on August 9. She was 72.

Dowlath was born in Cunipia, Trinidad, West Indies.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reynold Dowlath; son, Charles Dowlath; and five brothers.

Dowlath is survived by three sisters, a brother, a daughter, a son in law, a daughter in law, three granddaughters, a grandson; two great granddaughters 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 Long Island Crematory.

James Joseph Murphy

Union Activist

James Joseph Murphy, a resident of Broad Channel for five years and of Rockaway for a decade, died on August 10. He was 71.

Murphy, who was born in the Bronx on November 15, 1932, was a union activist. He was an executive officer for Local 147 Tunnel Workers.

Murphy is survived by his wife, Mae Murphy; former wife, Eileen Mason Murphy; children, Catherine, James, Thomas and George Murphy; grandchildren, Gina Cestero and James, Thomas and Shane Murphy; a brother, Martian Murphy; sister, Johanna Murphy; nieces and nephews, Patricia Tubridy, Michael, Kevin, Daniel Murphy, Joseph Mazzariello, Frances Rubicco and 18 great nieces and nephews.

Private services were held in Narrowsburg, New York on August 11.

Margaret Kragel


Lifelong Broad Channel resident Margaret Kragel died on August 5. She was 75.

Kragel, who was born in Rockaway Beach, was a parishioner at St. Virgilius and belonged to the Blessed Virgin Society. She was a housewife.

Kragel was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Margaret Mundy and one young brother, who were Broad Channel residents for most of their lives.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Kragel; son, Mark Kragel and his daughter, Lauren; daughter Kathleen Miller, and her sons, Vincent and Richard, daughter Patricia Kelly and her children, James, Dawn and Joy; three great grandchildren; her three brothers – all retired New York City firefighters, Billy, Dan and Tom Mundy; and a sister, Kay Hoyt and her family, of Babylon, Long Island.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hillebrand’s Funeral Home. A mass was celebrated at St. Virgilius Church. Interment was at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.

Eleanor Robertson

In Rockaway For Years

Eleanor Robertson, who worked and lived in the Rockaways for several years, died at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on August 12. She was 84.

Robertson, who was born in Rockaway Beach and graduated from Far Rockaway High School, worked as a secretary for many years at H. M. Voehl Insurance in Far Rockaway and for Park Row Roofing in Lawrence. She moved to Inwood in 1959.

Robertson was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Catherine (nee Murray) McLaughlin; and a son, James Joseph Roberston.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, James A. Robertson of Inwood; daughter, Patricia Joan Rosendale of Rego Park; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home, where a service was held. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Peter Saphia

Western Electric Supervisor

Peter Saphia, a Belle Harbor resident for 13 years, died on August 18.

Saphia, who was born in Brooklyn, was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales. He worked as a supervisor for Western Electric Communications and was a member of the company’s Pioneers organization.

Saphia is survived by his wife, Gloria Adams Saphia; son, Joseph Saphia; sister, Vivian Mauro; brother, Vincent Saphia; and a grandson, Joseph Saphia.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, August 20, at 9:45 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery will follow.

Louise Wiltshire


Louise Wiltshire, who worked in Rockaway for at least 15 years, died on August 12. She was 81.

Wiltshire, a housewife, was a parishioner at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Michael A. Wiltshire; daughters, Myrtle Bryan, Carmen Brown, Frederica Wiltshire, Barbara Ward, Hannabel McDonald and Janice Daley; adopted son, Michael McDonald; daughters in law, Sheron Wiltshire and Ann McDonald; 26 grandchildren, Cargill, Tanya, Iesha and Christine Bryan, Terry Duvane, Dante Brown, Andrea, Andre, Andrian, Marlon, Paula, April and Joel Jr.Ward, Debbie Thompson, Clint and Winston Jr. McDonald, Ayana Burgess, Sharifa Daley, Jelani, Omari, Imani and Sadiki Wiltshire, Mykel, Makalan and Antifa McDonald; sons in law, Sydney Bryan, Roy Brown, Joel Ward, Winston McDonald and Winston Daley; sister, Violet Robinson; brother in law, Samuel Wiltshire; 25 great grandchildren; and other family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Albans. Disposition was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.

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