John E. Commorato
Commorato, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Navy from October 1943 until December 1945. He later worked as a property manager.
Commorato is survived by his wife, Mary Ann (nee Amendola) Commorato; son, John (Norma); daughter, Mary Keating; brother, Albert; grandchildren, Marisa and Andrew Keating, John Commorato Jr., Joseph Commorato and Caroline Anderson.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A service will be held at St. Thomas More Church. Interment was at Holy Rood Cemetery.
Ovadiah Taji Hall-Ricks
Ovadiah Taji Hall-Ricks, a Rockaway resident for about 15 years, died on September 8. He was 27.
Hall-Ricks, who was born in Queens on October 24, 1976, was a Boy Scout and an Angel Chair at First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway.
Hall-Ricks is survived by his mother, Brenda; father, Donald; children, DaShawn, Precious, Elijah, Johnny and Anyia Ocean; grandmothers, Gladys Hall and Susan Paige; sisters and brothers; Tia, Tamara, Da’rmel, Ashia, Azelle, Vahdeem, Wakeem, Nekie, Duane and Brice; aunts, Edith, Jennifer and Yvette; an uncle, Clifford; Godparents, Lynette Swinton, Rev. Bernice Turner, Deacon Billy Rucker and Johnny Williams (Tokay); best friend-Ahmeen; Godson, Nashawn Wilson; Godbrothers, Kobie, Lateef, Barry Jr. and Antoine; and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremaih C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment was at Pinney Green Church Cemetery in Lyons, Georgia.
Doris Ann Hampton-Pugh
Doris Ann Hampton-Pugh, an Arverne resident for more than 45 years, died on August 31. She was 63.
Hampton-Pugh, who was born in Westfield, Alabama on November 9, 1941, was a parishioner at the First Baptist Church in Redfern. She was a member of the Dorcas Missionary and Hospitality Club. She worked as a New York City Telephone Operator.
Hampton-Pugh was preceded in death by her parents, Georgia Mae Hampton and Harry Hampton; siblings, Pat and Porter Hampton; and an aunt, Alpha Hampton.
She is survived by daughters, Chiffon Black, Tanya (David Sr.) Bostick and Kendra (Terrance) Hendrickson, all of Far Rockaway; grandchildren, David Bostick Jr., Terrell and Tanya Bostick, Jenisha Smith, Tiffany Hendrickson and Bernard Gerald; siblings, Lawrence (Viola) Hampton of Far Rockaway, Willie James (Rosalyn) Hampton and Johnny Raye, Dianne, Fred, Timothy and Harriett Hampton all of Alabama; sister in law, Beatrice Hampton of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; aunts Cora Lee Hampton and Lois Hendon both of Alabama.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at the First Baptist Church. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery.
Marie F. Hughes
Marie F. Hughes, a resident of Rockaway for five years, died on Septem
Hughes, who was born in Manhattan, was a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales. She worked as a secretary and lived in the Bronx before moving to the Rockaways.
Hughes was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Joseph Hughes.
She is survived by her brothers Frank (Ann) Hughes.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
Elize Bernadette Kingston-Gill
Credit Union Manager
Elize Bernadette Kingston Gill, a Rockaway resident for five years, died on September 9. She was 58.
Kingston-Gill, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana on February 25, 1946, worked as a credit union man-
Kingston-Gill was preceded in death by her parents, James and Evangeline Kingston.
She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Gill; sons, Leslie and Lance of New York, Louis of London, England and Leonard and Lawrence of New Jersey; grandchildren, Takeya, Bianca, Shamonique, Yannick, Lance Jr., Lawrence Jr., Serenity, Kymberley, Ezia, Savannah, Josiah, Brittany, Emanuel, Isaiah and Lamont; Eric Dundas and Ava Gustave; daughter in laws, Antoinette and Yonette; siblings, Leo and Leona Nicholas, Pansy Thomas, Wilfred Duke, Cathy P. Guyan, Charles Hazel and Norman Kingston; sister in laws, Barbara, Audrey, Sarah, Keith and Ann; brothers in law, Rudi, Compton, Leslie, Herbie, Stanley and Eversley; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service was held at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn. Interment was in Guyana.
Stephen Klein, a Belle Harbor resident, died on July 21 following a long cardiac illness. He was 23.
Klein was a student at Beach Channel High School and attended Mercaz Hatorah. He studied Karate at Master Cadawan’s and with Sensei Bruce Hodes. He enjoyed his aquarium, walking Simba, his Chow-Chow and driving his sports car.
Klein is survived by his mother, Roberta Klein; brother, David Israel Kirson; and close friend, Jack Wander, a neighbor who was like a grandfather to him.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Francis T. Mitchell
Francis T. Mitchell, a Rockaway resident for 50 years, died on Septem-
Mitchell, an animal lover, was born in Brooklyn. He worked for many years as a lifeguard in Rockaway before entering the military. He was a 12-year veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. He later worked as a field auditor.
Mitchell is survived by his wife, Lillian (nee Richter) Mitchell; daughters, Mary Ann Mitchell and Rosemary (Thomas) Lundon; and a sister, Eleanor Mitchell.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, Long Island.
Annie Lee Reed
Home Health Aide
Annie Lee Reed, a Rockaway resident for more than 40 years, died on September 7. She was 62.
Reed, who was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 26, 1942, was a member of the Rising Star Society. She worked as a home health aide.
Reed was preceded in death by her mother, Amie Lee Brown-Moss; father, Walter Jones; stepfather, Perry Moss Sr. and stepbrother, Ernest Moss.
She is survived by her husband, Willie Reed; daughters, Shirley Ann Reed and Willie Mae Reed of Brooklyn; her granddaughter, Earnstine Reed of Brooklyn; stepmother, Chinell Jones of Prattville Alabama; sisters, Creotha Ann Jones (Earnest) Dereamus, Mittie Lee Green, Willie Mae Rawlinson and Sandra (Perry) Spencer all of Pratville Alabama; brothers, Willie Edward Minor of New Mexico, Samuel Moss of Prattville, Alabama, Rev. Perry (Belinda) Moss Jr. of Smithfield, Virginia and Rev. Oliver (Elizabeth) Morris of Cleveland Ohio; an uncle, Walter (Myrtle) Brown of Clanton Alabama; one aunt, Rosetta Bailey of Anniston Alabama; three sisters-in-law; five nieces; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel.
A service was held at Old Kingston Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville. Interment was at Old Kingston Cemetery.
Rhoda A. Ruff
Retired Postal Clerk
Rhoda A. Ruff, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on September 11.
Ruff, who was born in Manhattan, was a lobbyist for the A.G.O. and was a member of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association.
Ruff is survived by her husband, John J. Ruff; sons, John J. and Robert; daughter, Joyce Aronovici; grandchildren, Deborah Cavagnetto, Elizabeth and Emily Ruff; great grandchild, Tyler Cavagnetto.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.