2004-11-12 / Obits

Obituaries

Virginia A. Adams

Homemaker

Virginia A. Adams, a lifelong Rockaway resident until she relocated to Florida 10 years ago, died on October 26.

Abrams, who was born in Maryland, was active in the Rockaway Civic and local Democratic clubs. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Louis; sons, Louis Adam Jr., Harry Wetherell; brothers, David Birkett (Trudy); sisters, Frances Bonet, Patricia Grayson (Frank); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Disposition was at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

Charles Battista

Taxi Driver

Charles Battista, a Rockaway resident for 70 years, died on November 4.

Battista, who was born in Brooklyn, was a taxi driver. He played Pinochle and was a Bluefish fisherman.

Battista was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rella Battista.

He is survived by his sons, William, Joseph, John Mark Battista; a daughter, Angela Achilleas; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A service was held at St. Thomas More in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Ruth Marie McGonigal

Receptionist, St. Francis de Sales

Ruth Marie McGonigal, a Belle Harbor resident for more than 50 years, died on November 8. She was 82.

McGonigal, who was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1922, was a receptionist at St. Francis de Sales where she belonged to the Rosary Society and the Golden Age Club.

McGonigal was preceded in death by her son, PFC John P. McGonigal; husband, John P. McGonigal Sr.; a brother, George Reeves; and sister, Jean Springer.

She is survived by her son, Thomas F. McGonigal; daughter in law, Margaret (nee Levey) McGonigal; granddaughters, Alison Nelson, Tara Coppola, Erin Turnbach and Meghan McGonigal; great grandson, Thomas Turnbach; great granddaughter, Lulu Nelson; sister, Molly Steine of Huntington, Long Island; and a brother, Jack Reeves of Bethpage, Long Island.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jacobsen’s Funeral Home in Huntington Station, Long Island. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church in Huntington Station at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 12. Interment will be at Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn, Long Island.

Catherine Sheehan

Nurse’s Aide

Catherine Sheehan, a Broad Channel resident for 40 years, died on October 4. She was 81.

Sheehan, who was born in Brooklyn, belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 260 Ladies Auxiliary for 65 years and was a member of the American Legion Post 1404. She was a member of the St. Virgilius senior group and was a parishioner at Deacon of Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea.

Sheehan is survived by her brother in law; niece; nephews; and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hillebrand Funeral Homes. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Helen Zimmel Tolan

Homemaker

Helen Zimmel Tolan, whose family spent summers here and moved from the Upper East Side of Manhattan to Rockaway permanently in 1973, died on November 9.

Tolan, who was born in Manhattan, was a homemaker. She was an active member of the Hibernians and Columbiettes. She was nominated as honorary Grand Marshall in the upcoming 2005 Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Tolan was preceded in death by her husband, Frank “Chick” Tolan.

She is survived by her children, Patricia and Timothy Tubridy; Frank and Moira Tolan, Beth Ann and Patrick Featherston and Jim and Francie Tolan; 23 grandchildren; two great grand children; three brothers; a sister; and her friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Roman Catholic Church on Friday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the St. Lawrence O’Toole Scholarship Fund, 11 Eastview Avenue, Brewster, New York 10509.

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