2004-09-10 / Obits

Mary Elizabeth Chisholm

Domestic Worker


Mary Elizabeth Chisholm, who lived in Rockaway for nearly 50 years, died on August 28. She was 81.

Chisholm, a domestic worker, was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 18, 1923.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Whittie Y. Chisholm.

Chisholm is survived by her daughters, Linda Waymer and Rosalind Hopkins; grandchildren, Yolanda Waymer, Verdina Archbold, Jermaine Robinson, Melvin Robinson, Denise and Eric Hopkins; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Anderson Daniels; a nephew, Nathaniel (Mary Alice) Harrison; 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 Calverton National Cemetery.

Augustus Coke

Farmer

Augustus Coke, a Rockaway resident since 1994, died on September 3. He was 74.

Coke, a farmer, was born in Balaclava, Jamaica, West Indies on May 27, 1930.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Loretta Webb, and two brothers, Sonny Webb and Euster Barnett.

Coke is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Coke of Far Rockaway; a son, Glenford Coke of Far Rockaway; daughters Vil-lee Khanni of West Palm Beach, Forida and Brenda Coke of Kingston Jamaica, West Indies; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; a daughter in law, Elva Coke; a son in law, Rohan Dkhanni, a brother, Eggie of London England; 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 Amityville Cemetery.

Ruth Hays Connolly

Former Belle Harbor Resident

Ruth Hays Connolly, a Port St. Lucie, Florida resident formerly of Belle Harbor for 66 years, died on September 5. She was 71.

Connolly, who was born in Rockaway Beach on May 16, 1933, was a member of the Rockaway Council Columbiettes #2672, the Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland Club, the Council of Catholic Women and the Senior Friends Organization. She was a Eucharistic Misister at St. Lucie Parish and was retired.

Connolly was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph F. and Marie Hays Connolly.

She is survived her sisters Marie H. Guarino of Port St. Lucie; Margaret (Richard) Dare of Billings, Montana and Elizabeth Gordon of Frederick, Maryland; and brothers, Joseph F. (MaryJane) Connolly and John H. (Sandee) Connolly of Raymond, California. Also survived by 26 grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 13, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Tuesday, at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery

Lonnie Crudup

Pathmark Dairy Clerk

Lonnie Crudup, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on September 2. He was 55.

Crudup, who was born in Henderson, North Carolina on March 13, 1949, was a parishioner at Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a dairy clerk at a Pathmark Supermarket.

Crudup is survived by his wife, Mary Nelson; daughters, Vikki, Florence and Renee; sons, Lonnie Jr. and Edward; eight grandchildren, Leroy, Levert, Joseph, Jamel, Lawrence, Jerome, Victoria and Joshua; sisters, Zelliar Hammond and Geraldine Alston of Henderson N.C.; aunts, Zelliar, Catherine, Lizzie and Belle; an uncle, John; nephews, Thomas, Shawn’Mok, Anthony and Ronnie; nieces-Denise, Barbara and Angie; son in law, Leroy; close family friend Ann Marie Stubb; special friend Low; and other family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at Macedonia Baptist Church. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester.

Dorothy M. Dolan

City Social Worker

Dorothy M. Dolan, a Rockaway Park resident for nearly 50 years, died on September 5.

Dolan, who was born in Manhattan, was a parishioner at St. Camillus Church where she belonged to the senior citizens association and the altar and rosary society. She also belonged to the senior citizens at St. Rose of Lima and was a volunteer at Peninsula Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She was a social worker for the city of New York.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Dolan.

Dolan is survived by her daughters Dorothy and Monica Dolan, and a sister, Alma “Peggy” Weaver.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus on Friday, September 10, at 10 a.m. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery will follow.

Frances A. Gallagher

Insurance Systems Analyst

Frances A. Gallagher, a Rockaway Park resident for 35 years, died on September 4.

Gallagher, who was born in New York City, was a parishioner at St. Camillus Church. She worked in the insurance industry as a systems analyst.

Gallagher is survived by her sister, Lillian Rynne; brother, Arthur Gallagher; niece, Susan Ring; and nephew, David Rynne.

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

Aida Goldfarb

Teacher

Aida Goldfarb, a former Far Rockaway resident and teacher in Rockaway Beach, died on September 3. She was 90.

Goldfarb, who was born in Brooklyn, was a teacher of kindergarten and 1st grade at P.S. 183. She was affiliated with the NCJW and the Five Towns Childcare Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max A. Goldfarb and a sister, Ned Pinsky.

Goldfarb is survived by her daughters, Joan Talbert and Fran Smyth; grandchildren, Wendy Gordon (Keith) and Kevin Smyth; great grandchildren, Jessica, Kitson and Jack; sister, Martha Belfer (Irving); and many friends and extended family members.

The date of a memorial service is forth coming. Donations in Aida’s memory may be sent to Far Rockaway High School/Goldfarb Family Scholarship c/o Wendy Gordon, 9 Antoinette Court, Suffern, New York 10901.

Victor Lensu

Electrician

Victor Lensu, a Rockaway resident for nearly 10 years before relocating to Inwood, died on September 3. He was 49.

Lensu, who was born in Far Rockaway, worked as an electrician.

He is survived by his mother, Sylvia; sister, Linda; brother, Wayne; and nephew, Adam.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94 Street, on Sunday, October 3 at 4 p.m.

Patrice Horatio Todman

Respiratory Therapist

Patrice Horatio Todman, a Rockaway resident for five years, died on August 23. He was 42.

Todman, who was born in London, England on July 1, 1962, served in the United States Army from August 1983 until April 1986. He later worked as a respiratory therapist for Brookdale Hospital.

Todman is survived by his wife, Helen Fine; children, Jordan Lancaster and Tamika, Candice and Tyler Todman; mother, Mabel Todman; father, Wesley Todman; stepmother, Yvonne Todman; sisters, Susan Ross and Evandney, Judy, Julie and Santa Todman; brother, Errol Todman; best friends, Paul Fine, Phillip Davis, Richard Jones and Errol Knight; uncles, Carl, Alfred, Colin and Wayne; family friend, Livingston Leacock and the entire Fine Family.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Clarendon Rose Church of the CMA, Brooklyn. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Mary Ellen Webber

Reached 101 Years

Mary Ellen Webber, a Rockaway Park resident for 65 years, died on September 8. She was 101.

Webber was born in County Cobh, Cork, Ireland. She was a parishioner at St. Camillus Church where she also belonged to the Golden Age Club. Webber was an environmental services worker in the healthcare industry.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Reiser and John Webber, and daughter, Mary Reiser O’Grady.

Webber is survived by her sister, Nulleg Wilson; four grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 10, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus on Saturday, at 10 a.m.

Carole A. Wentz

Nassau Corrections Sheriff

Carole A. Wentz, a Lynbrook resident, died on September 3.

Wentz, who was born in Astoria, was a parishioner at St. Joachim Church. She was a sheriff in the Nassau County Corrections Department.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet Joyner; sons, Kenneth and Paul Wentz; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

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

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