2004-12-10 / Obits

Obituaries

Yvanie Austin

Homemaker

Yvanie Austin, a Rockaway resident for nearly 25 years, died on December 4.

Austin, who was born in Haiti, was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughters, Gladys Bednard, Marie Carmelle Estime, Micheline Jean Louis, Marie Charles, Marie Austin and Leslie Andre; 21 grandchildren; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass was held at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

June M. Celentano

Homemaker

June M. Celentano, a Rockaway resident for more than 35 years, died on December 6.

Celentano, who was born in Brooklyn, was a homemaker. She worked for 20 years at the Breezy Point Surf Club and was a member of the Breezy Point Golden Age Club.

She is survived by her husband, Sal Celentano; daughter, Linda McDermott-Paden; grandchildren, Daniele, Heather, James Jr. and Daniel; and great grandchildren, Amber June and Lucas Timothy.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass will be celebrated at St. Genevieve’s on Friday, December 10 at 10 a.m. Interment was at Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing.

Sidney F. Gaughan

New York City Police Officer

Sidney F. Gaughan, a Rockaway resident for nearly 50 years, died on December 3.

Gaughan, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United State Navy. He was a New York City Police Officer for 21 years and a Hunter Bellevue graduate RN 1974-1993. Gaughan was a Lector at St. Francis de Sales and was a member of the NYPD Holy Name and Emerald Societies.

Gaughan is survived by his wife, Margaret King Gaughan; son, Timothy Gaughan; daughters, Kathleen Birkel and Eileen Counihan; grandchildren, Christopher and Erin Birkel, Megan and Kevin Gaughan and Ryan and Caitlin Counihan.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

John L. Heslin

WWII Veteran, Ret. NYPD Detective

John L. Heslin, a Rockaway resident for 35 years, died on December 5.

Heslin, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Navy and Army during and after World War II. He was a retired New York City Police Department detective: Bomb Squad shield #2721 and detective and patrolman #13804.

Heslin is survived by his wife, Anne (nee Hurley) Heslin; daughters, Peggy Cryan, Patty Reilly and Mary Reed; sister, Maureen Anderson; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Alex Hunter

Worked In Plumbing, Construction

Alex Hunter, a Far Rockaway resident for more than 50 years, died on October 23.

Hunter, who was born in Abbeville County, South Carolina on August 31, 1939, was a parishioner of the Flat Rock A.M.E. Church. He worked in plumbing and construction.

Hunter was preceded in death by a sister, Eula Hunter Martin; five brothers, Joseph, James Elijah, John Wesley, Isaiah and Lawrence Calvin Hunter; and grandparents, Alex and Annie Brownlee Hunter.

Hunter is survived by three brothers, Clyde and Paul of New York and Rev. Murray E.S. Jr., of Anderson, South Carolina; two “special” nephews, Gregory I. Hunter of New York, and the Rev. Dr. Cordell E. Hunter of Aberdeen, Maryland; one “special” grand nephew John W. Hunter of New York; and other family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Forest Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.

William Kiesel

WWII Veteran, Postal Carrier

William Kiesel, a Rockaway resident for nearly 50 years, died on December 6.

Kiesel, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retired United States Postal Service carrier who enjoyed fishing.

Kiesel is survived by his sons, Frederick, Edward and William; grandchildren, Mindee Conway and Matthew, Chris, Nadia, Julian and Laurence Kiesel.

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

William David Liverman

Chef

William David Liverman, a resident of Rockaway for 15 years, died on November 28.

Liverman, who was born in Edenton, North Carolina on September 11, 1959. He joined the United States Marine Corp. in 1978 and received an honorable discharge in 1982. Liverman was a parishioner at the Revelation Church of Jesus Christ and worked as a chef.

Liverman is survived by his mother, Annie Marie Liverman; father Dennis Ray Liverman; his fiancée, Lillian Bostick; daughters, Chantel Liverman and Shamika Howard; granddaughter, Destiny Howard; sisters, Diane McGill of Jackson Mississippi, Denise Ankum of Far Rockaway and Renee Moore of Brooklyn; brothers, Dennis, Clarence, Gary and Michael Liverman of Far Rockaway and Eddie Moore of Brooklyn; sister-in-law, Dawn Marie Liverman of Far Rockaway; godmother, Mamie Gaymon; godbrother, Cleveland Gibbs, godsister, Patrina Campbell and other family members and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at New Hope Pentecostal Holiness Church in Brooklyn. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Robert F. Kulesa

Counselor

Robert F. Kulesa, a Rockaway resident for 35 years, died on December 6.

Kulesa, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Air Force. He was a counselor and founded the alcoholism clinic at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Kulesa also worked as a paralegal and handled public relations for the American Irish Drum Corporation.

Kulesa is survived by his daughters, Patricia Maier, Barbard Kulesa-Drgon (Stephen) and Dotty Ridge (John).

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

Thomas J. Mulqueen

New York City Firefighter

Thomas J. Mulqueen, a Rockaway resident for more than 35 years, died on December 2.

Mulqueen, who was born in Manhattan, was a New York City Firefighter and a lifeguard. He was a member of a beach volleyball league and the Fisheads Rugby Team. Mulqueen was also a Xaverian High School wrestling coach.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Martin Mulqueen; and his mother, Catherine Frances Mulqueen.

Mulqueen is survived by his sister, Rosemarie Mulqueen; and brothers, John (Deborah) and Michael (Lisa) Mulqueen.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass was held at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.

Exstaceya Amirah Salimah Pettiford

Infant

Exstaceya Amirah Salimah Pettiford, a 17-day-old infant, died on December 1. Her family members are lifelong Rockaway residents.

Pettiford is survived by her mother, Stacey Lawrence; father, Xavier Pettiford; maternal grandparents, Ruth and Stanley Lawrence of Far Rockaway; her Na Na and Grandpa, Toi-Ling Pettiford and Harrie Ross of Brooklyn; a brother, Xavier L. Pettiford of Far Rockaway; uncles, Ian Jones of Elmira, Symeon (Knowledge) Brown of Queens and Knolly (Marlon) Bartholomew of Kissimmee, Florida; four aunts, Natalie Andrews of Far Rockaway, Eurianya Pettiford of Kissimmee, Florida, Eterna Ross of Brooklyn, and Candaice Lawrence of Far Rockaway; cousins Jahquan and Quadir of Florida; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery.

Albert Altamont Smith

Wholesale/Retail Supplier

Albert Altamont Smith, a Far Rockaway resident, died on November 24.

Smith, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies on December 15, 1924, was a parishioner at Cambria Heights Gospel Church. He worked as a wholesale and retail supplier.

Smith is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ena; sisters in law, Lynette and Enid; and other family members and friends.

Arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Cambria Heights Gospel Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery.

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