Union Pension Director
Kathleen Coogan, a Rockaway resident formerly of Jackson Heights, died on January 11. She was 33.
Coogan, who was born in Astoria, was a pension director for Local 74 Service Employees International Union.
She is survived by her husband, Michael; parents, Jane and Thomas Connerty; sister, Jennifer Connolly (Evan); and nieces and nephews, Ryan, Emma, Aidan, Margaret, Matthew, Aine and Kevin.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, January 14, at 9:45 a.m. Disposition will be at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.
Sales Clerk, W.T. Grant
Mildred Craft, a lifelong Bayswater resident, died on January 6. She was 81.
Craft was born in Far Rockaway on January 20, 1923. She was a parishioner at Lawrence United Methodist Church, and worked as a retail sales clerk for W.T. Grant in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Burton and Elizabeth (nee Polkar) Craft, and sister, Ruth Berdon.
Craft is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Meserole Funeral Home, where a service was held. Private cremation took place at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.
William J. Diffley
Railway Express Agency Supervisor
William J. Diffley, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died on January 8.
Diffley, who was born in New Jersey, was a member of the following: American Legion, Knights of Columbus (life member), St. Rose Senior Group, St. Camillus Senior Group, St. Francis Senior Group, Seaside Senior Center and Marine Park Senior Golf. He worked as a supervisor for the Railway Express Agency.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Garcia Diffley; stepsons, Robert West and Jason Caruso; nephews, Jack, Patrick and Michael Diffley; 13 grandchildren; and a great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral mass was held at St. Camillus. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn.
Luyindula P. Freitas
Senior Security Officer
Luyindula P. Freitas, a Rockaway resident for nearly 25 years, died on January 1. He was 56.
Freitas, who was born in Zamba, Posto Kuimba, Angola on August 24, 1948, was a parishioner at The Community Bible Church of Lawrence. He worked as a senior security officer.
Freitas was preceded in death by his parents, Edouardo Freitas and Anna Dasila Freitas, and brothers, Garcia Ramos and Antonio Yoane.
Freitas is survived by his wife, Virginia Freitas of Far Rockaway, son, Gift Luyindula Freitas; daughters, Maria Lourdes Freitas and Angelina Celina Freitas of Far Rockaway and Amy Disila Freitas of Angola; sisters, Madelena Fineza and Izabel Marizana of Kinshasa, Congo; brother Edouardo Freitas of Kinshasa, Congo; many cousins in Angola, in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and his friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.
William L. Fichera
Department of Buildings Supervisor
William L. Fichera, a Breezy Point resident for 35 years, died on January 11. He was 82.
Fichera was born in Brooklyn on September 29, 1922. He served in the United States Army during World War II and later worked for the New York City Department of Buildings as a supervisor.
He is survived by his sons, William Jr. and Paul; daughter in law Vilma; and grandson, William Daniel.
Funeral arrangement entrusted to the Romanelli Funeral Home in Ozone Park. Visitation will be held Friday, January 14, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held at St. Thomas More Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale will follow at noon.
Larry Greaney, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on January 14. He was 55.
Greaney, who was born in Rockaway Park, died at work at Northern Dutchess Community Hospital in Rhinebeck, New York.
He is survived by his spouse, Lynne Tanner; children, Kelly Ann and Morgan Greaney and Lorena Wilson; brothers, Tommy and Buddy Greaney; sister, Mary T. McHale; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, 45 John Street in Saugerties, New York, on Friday, January 14, 1 p.m.
Saul A. Hackmyer
Saul A. Hackmyer, a longtime Rockaway Beach resident, died January 3 at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Miami Florida. He was 75.
Hackmyer, who was born in Rockaway Beach Hospital, served in the United States Air Force. An accomplished inventor, he developed several trademarked products and was awarded many U.S. Patents.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Kate and Benjamin Hackmyer; grandparents, Miriam and Ruben Tashman of Arverne.
Hackmyer is survived by his sister, Marjorie Pearlson and her family of Miami, Florida; son, Larry Nolan of Cleveland, Ohio; daughter, Amy Williston of Vermont; his grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the V.A. Medical Center Chapel. The family requests donations be made in Saul’s name to the VA Medical Center, attention Denise Duffy or the University of Miami, attention Deborah Mash.
Former Broad Channel Resident
Robert Latterman, a former Broad Channel resident who lived in Venice, Florida, died November 20, 2004.
Latterman lived on the corner of 7 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard for several years. He relocated to Venice with his wife and childhood sweetheart, Margaret (nee Johnson), who later preceded him in death. Latterman died after a short illness and a surgery for an unrelated condition.
He is survived by his son, Steven of Osprey, Florida.
He will be buried beside his wife in Venice Memorial Gardens.
Cookie McNair, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on January 10.
McNair, who was born in Brooklyn, worked as a dietary aide.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence, and son, Lawrence.
McNair is survived by her sons, Michael and Timothy; daughters, Jeannie and Christine McNair; sisters, Elizabeth Procella, Calista Pontieri and Charlotte Mirabile; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Private funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home.
Francis H. McNerney
Francis H. McNerney, a Rockaway resident for nearly 50 years who had relocated to Florida, died on January 8.
McNerney, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the St. Francis de Sales Athletic Programs, American Legion, Belle Harbor Yacht Club. He was a charter owner of the Rockaway Record.
McNerney relocated to Bonita Beach, Florida 10 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie (nee Sammon); sons, Frank and Bill; daughters, Anne Marciano, Taryne McCarthy and Gloria Young; brothers, Andrew and Gerard; sisters, Anna Windell, Nora Keenan, Kathleen Coady and Marion Murray; and 13 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery.
Home Health Aide
Shirley Modeste, a Rockaway resident for 15 years, died on December 27, 2004. She was 58.
Modeste was born in Spice, Grenada, West Indies, on December 10, 1946. She worked as a home health aide.
Modeste was preceded in death by her mother, Monica Modeste.
She is survived by her children, Bernadine, Deborah, Paula, Robert, Lisa, Ronald and Nadine; step daughter, Sherryann; son in law, Bill; her father, Walter Garrett; sisters, Anna, Estelle and Cindy; brothers, Carson, Alister, Joy, Perry and Eversley; grandchildren, Richard, Rondell, Chris, Rohan, Andre, Shyheim, Marlisa, Kendon and Deshawn; nieces and nephews, including Erica, Eric and Jude; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremaih C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.
Dorothy Lee Price-Smith
Dorothy Lee Price-Smith, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died on December 23, 2004. She was 82.
Smith was born in Danville, Virginia on July 31, 1922. She was a parishioner at the Refuge Church of Christ in Far Rockaway, and worked as a nurse’s aide.
She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Smith of Bayshore; granddaughter, Artelia Smith; sister, Artelia Turner of Brooklyn; nieces, Nancy Turner, Cynthia Turner and Dorothy Turner; nephews, Raymond and Barry Turner; cousins and friends; special sons, Wayne Cherry, Minister Charles Jackson, David Johnson, Daneil Mercer, Anthony Riggins, Bryant Washington and her children of 411.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Forest Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
William Henry Smith
William Henry Smith, a Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on January 6. He was 83.
Smith was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 14, 1921. He worked as a store manager.
Smith was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Owens, and father, John Smith.
He is survived by his only child, Gwendolyn Murray (Walter Murray); grandchildren, Cheryl Hemmings, Charles Hemmings III, Kareema Boney (Charles Boney); Kia, Rasheen, Donnell and Leon Murray; great grandchildren, Leon Murray Jr.; Daruis Tayler and Armani Murray; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremaih C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester.
Ruth Aileen Ford Stewart
Ruth Aileen Ford Stewart, a Rockaway resident for 10 years, died on January 3. She was 80.
Stewart was born in Barbados, West Indies, on March 19, 1924. She was a parishioner of the Nazarene Congregational Church, Church of the Master and Presbyterian Church of St. Albans and New Hope Lutheran Church. Stewart worked as a management analyst for the City of New York, and was on the board of directors of the Big Brothers and Sisters and the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Stewart is survived by her brother, Horace Ford; sisters, Dorothy Thomas, Grace Parris and Joyce Ford; sister in law, Alma Ford; brothers in law; Timothy Thomas and Leslie Parris; nieces, Louise Howard, Cheryl Thomas-Smith and Clovia Thomas; nephews, Richard Ford, Dennis Thomas, Sr; Stephen Ford and Earl Smith; great nieces and nephews; a great-great niece and nephew; Godchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. A service was held at New Hope Lutheran Church. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery.