Eugene Daniel Powers, an accomplished businessman and attorney who founded a newspaper to promote the sale of land in Broad Channel to its residents, died on August 14. He was 92.
Powers was born on August 20, 1912. “My parents, Daniel and Fortuna, had rented a small house on Broad Channel for the summer so that my father, who worked in Manhattan as a printer, could enjoy his activities as a swimmer and fisherman. There were no facilities like running water or electric lighting. They had nothing to perform a proper delivery. There was no doctor or nurse, just a few neighbors who lived on the sparsely populated island. Mrs. Fricke, the wife of the man who sold fishing bait, lived nearby and came to the house to deliver the baby,” Powers, who said he was the first child ever born on the island, wrote in his memoirs.
Powers and his family lived in several houses in Broad Channel beginning in the late 1920s. In 1934 he married his wife Eleanor and the couple bought their first home, at 737 Cross Bay Boulevard, for $300. Powers lived in Broad Channel for a total of about 20 years. He also owned homes in Belle Harbor and Neponsit through the years – in addition to the Manhattan apartments and other homes he purchased or rented when his business ventures led him beyond southern Queens, which was often.
In 1946 Powers founded The Record, a bi-monthly newspaper “Dedicated to the Future of Broad Channel.” Powers used the paper to criticize Robert Moses and the city, and to call for the sale of the island to its residents. Powers, who passed the New York State Bar Exam in 1935 worked as an attorney, but was savvy businessman who turned profits in many industries: real estate, labor, manufacturing, agriculture and livestock.
In their latter years Powers and Eleanor resided in Mt. Carmel and St. Louis.
Powers was preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Belrose, in 2000, and his wife Eleanor, in 2003.
He is survived by his daughters, Jane Cross, Sue Clancy and Ricara LaGrange and their families.
Mary A. Galla
Mary A. Galla, a Rockaway Park resident for 15 years, died on August 23.
Galla, who was born in Manhattan, was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Galla.
Galla is survived by her daughters, Mary Bowen, Ann Feraco and Jane McDade; and her sisters, Aileen King and Dolly Lowy; 23 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, August 27 at 9:45 a.m. Interment at St. Charles Cemetery will follow.
Rocco Garavuso Jr.
Family In Neponsit
Rocco Garavuso Jr., whose sister lives in Neponsit, died on August 22. He was 65.
Garavuso, who was born in Brooklyn on October 28, 1938, was preceded in death by his mother and father, Louise and Rocco Garavuso Sr.
He is survived by brothers, Gerard, John, Ronald and Stephen; sisters, Marylou Reardon, Angelina Lieth and RoseAnn Menaged, of Neponsit; and many nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at The Green-Wood Cemetery at Fifth Avenue and 25 Street in Brooklyn on Friday, August 27 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow.
Ann Henglein, a former Rockaway resident who lived in Ormond Beach, Florida, died on August 16. She was 93.
Henglein, who was born in Far Rockaway on February 4, 1911, lived in Rockaway until 1988, when she moved to Florida. She was a homemaker and belonged to the Ormond Beach Union Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George and her son, Christopher.
Henglein is survived by sons, George Jr. and Charles; daughter, Toni Wilkins; daughter, Lori Gehlhaus, granddaughter; Raymond Wilkins, Grandson; and great grandchildren, Amanda and Austin Gelhaus.
A memorial service will be held at the Alterra Sterling House in Ormond Beach on September 1 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of Mass cards or flowers, donations may be made to the Ormond Beach Union Church, 56 Beach Street, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174.
Curtis Newson, who lived in Rockaway for more than 30 years and was a local business owner, died on August 17. He was 72.
Newson, who was born in Coldwater, Mississippi, was a parishioner at Freedonia Baptist Church in Coldwater.
Newson was preceded in death by his father, Ulysses G. Newson; brothers, Frank and Allen; sisters, Vannie Mae and Dorothy; and his significant other, Jean Silas.
He is survived by his mother, Lillie Boyd Newson, of Memphis Tennessee, children, Zale and Curtis E. Newson; Trina Silas; Joanna and Randy Newson, Lamar and Larhonda Clark and Joanne Newson; sisters, Ruth Sharp, Freddie Kirkwood, Mattie Mae Newson, Elsie Harper, Ollie B. Howell, Ethel Mae and Jean Newson; brothers, Freddie Newson; daughter in law, Consurea Newson; dear friend, Mary Rogers and Debra Benjamin; grandchildren, Craig, Zelda, Khadija, Davina, Davon, Jalal, Jazzmine, Jahliya, Shakita, Brian and Ciara; great grandchildren, Zaji, Tiara, Jahkiya, Bryheem and Da’Marcus; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Hopewell Cemetery, in Coldwater.
Helen A. Rosen
Helen A. Rosen, a former Rockaway resident who lived in Lawrence, died on August 14. She was 82.
Rosen, who was born in Rockaway Beach to Thomas and Mary Sullivan on November 23, 1921, married her childhood sweetheart, Sidney Rosen. She was a housewife and mother, and she was a lifetime member of the Peninsula Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She and Sidney relocated to Lawrence 53 years ago.
Rosen was preceded in death by her husband in 1973, and her oldest son, Richard C. Rosen, in 1995.
She is survived by Jo Anne (Charles) Dambrose, Susan (Peter) Maltese, Laura (Joseph) Ciaravolo, Karen (William) Rowlette, Renee (John) Duncan, Thomas (Kim) Rosen; 15 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Willie Shipman, who lived in Far Rockaway, died on August 23.
Shipman, who was born in North Carolina, was a parishioner at New Hope Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II and later worked as a construction laborer.
Shipman was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Mathis Shipman.
He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Bush, Paula Roberts, Geneva and Willette Shipman and Rosie Shipman-Curbean; sons, Michael Shipman and Will Shipman Jr.; a sister, Frances Bennett; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Florence Slattery, a longtime resident of Dayton Beach in Rockaway Beach died on August 19.
Slattery was a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s maternity for nearly 20 years.
She was the mother of Frank, James, Martin Michael and the late Richard. She leaves 10 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to James Funeral Home in Massapequa. Interment was at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York.
Pastor Barbara Gwendolyn Smith
Ordained In Far Rockaway
Barbara Gwendolyn Smith, who was an ordained pastor in a local house of worship, died on August 16. She was 70.
Smith, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was ordained as Pastor of Heart to Heart Tabernacle of Prayer for All People in Far Rockaway.
She is survived by her husband, Cleveland Smith, of Far Rockaway; daughters, Sabrina Smith-Collins and Yvette Betancourt, of Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania and Margaret Smith, of Far Rockaway; son, Reverend Gabriel Panneer Selvam, of India; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; son in law, John Collins, of Queens; David Betancourt Sr., of Mt. Pocono, mother, Annette T. Jackson, of Queens; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Battalion Pentecostal Assembly, in Arverne. Disposition was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Sheila E. Sealy Vanderpool
Sheila E. Sealey Vanderpool, a Rockaway resident for more than 30 years, died on August 6. She was 74.
Vanderpool, who was born in Barbados, West Indies, was a seamstress and a Jehovah Witness in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lavinia Sealy, of Barbados, and a sister, Vera Sealy Payne, of Far Rockaway.
Vanderpool is survived by her son, Leslie; daughter, Antoinette; son in law, Vernon; grandchildren, and Sonii and Kristal; great grandchildren, Tyriq, Iyaana and Kaliah; sister, Norma Sealy, of Barbados; nieces, Natasha and Jonnysha; nephew, Ricky; grandniece, Tiffani; grandnephew, Naaji and Justin; and friends Cherie Booker, of Far Rockaway and Doreen Davies, of Barbados.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Rockville Cemetery.
Frank Emanuel Williams
Post Office Clerk
Frank Emanuel Williams, who worked locally for years, died on August 20. He was 77.
Williams worked as a post office clerk.
He is survived by his wife, Grace Gaffney Williams; stepson and daughter in law; stepdaughter and son in law; sister, Gloria Dixon and brother in law, George, of East Elmhurst; brother, Clarence Williams; sister in law, Gail, of Deer Park; nieces and nephews, Deborah Downey (Curtis) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Felicia Collins (Andre), of Sag Harbor, Nicole Williams, of Brooklyn and Frank Williams, of New York, New York; great nieces and nephews, Bianca Williams, of Silver Springs, Maryland, Dylan Collins, of Sag Harbor, Curtis Downer Jr., Yolanda Downey and Veronica Downey, of Wilmington, North Carolina and Shakesha Williams of Brooklyn.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at St. Mary Church of Christ, in Brooklyn. Disposition was at Calverton National Cemetery.