Joshua Ashley, a Rockaway resident for 10 years, died on January 4. He was 22.
Ashley, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana on December 13, 1982, was a student.
He is survived by his parents, Lewis and Lorraine Ashley; brothers, Ezra, Philip and David; sisters, Rebekah and Laurelle; nieces, Destine and Gabriella; nephew, Christopher; sister in law, Calistia; grandmother, Steela Ashley; and other family members, extended family and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn, where a Mass was also celebrated. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.
George J. Bendo, M.D.
Served Rockaway Community
George J. Bendo, M.D., a Rockaway physician for many years, died in Spring Hill, Florida on December 22, 2004. He was 86.
Bendo is survived by his wife Athena; children John (Donna), Katherine (the late Tom Hitchings), Audree (Steven Kramberg); grandchildren George, Elisabeth, Andrew and Lea; brothers Nicholas (Nina) and Alexander (the late Tessie).
A memorial service will be held at West End Temple on Sunday, January 30 at 11 a.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Peninsula Hospital Center.
Mary Breshears, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on January 11. She was 75.
Breshears, who was born in Annapolis, Maryland on May 13, 1929, was a home attendant.
She was preceded in death by Robert Blake.
Breshears is survived by her companion of 38 years, Jacob Gregory; eight children; brother, John Kent Jr. of Rockville, Maryland; sisters, Anna Johnson, Margaret Jackson of Baltimore of Maryland and Amelia Hill of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister in law, Elizbeth Griffin of Far Rockaway; godson, Reggie Moore; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.
Longtime Belle Harbor Resident
Mark Bryce, a longtime resident of Belle Harbor, died on January 6 from complications from the flu. He was 75.
Bryce, who was born in Queens on January 28, 1929, served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War, and remained in the reserves for four more years. He was a lifeguard in Rockaway Beach, an electrical engineer for the New York City Transit Authority and an attorney in private practice.
Bryce is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, one brother, three sisters, his dog, Timber, and many friends.
Funeral services were kept private. In lieu of flowers, and in recognition of his service to his country, donations can be made in his name to the New Jersey Veteran’s Memorial Home, PO Box 608, One Veteran’s Drive, Paramus, New Jersey 07653-0608, Attention: Susan.
Rosa L. Feliciano
Rosa L. Feliciano, a Far Rockaway resident for 15 years, died on January 13. She was 92.
Feliciano was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico, on November 27, 1912. She was a parishioner at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Far Rockaway, and worked as a nurse.
Feliciano is survived by her daughter, Carmen Cardona, a Far Rockaway resident and longtime staff nurse at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. She is also survived by her grandson, Luis R. Cardona of Far Rockaway; and great grandsons, Luis A. and Javiere Cardona.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery.
Bobby Lee McArthur
Bobby Lee McArthur, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died on January 7. He was 61.
McArthur was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on November 25, 1943. He was a warehouse manager.
McArthur was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Johnnie McArthur.
He is survived by his wife of more than 20 years, Deloris Henry; son, Bobby McArthur; daughter, Shannon McArthur; stepchildren, Micheal, Ronnie, Micoyan, and Yuntala; sisters, Linda, Libby and Doris; brothers, Craig, Jamie, Bennie and Willie James; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; godson, Donl Sanders; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with services at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
Thomas K. Nolan Jr.
Welder, Construction Worker
Thomas K. Nolan Jr., a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on January 19.
Nolan, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam. He was later a welder and construction worker.
Nolan was preceded in death by his father, Thomas K. Nolan Sr. and sister, Janet McManus.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Quale Nolan; brothers, Brian, Patrick and Timothy; sister, Ann Vesper; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Karla E.M. Parsons
Karla E.M. Parsons, a Far Rockaway resident for nearly 55 years, died on November 24, 2004. She was 81.
Parsons was born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1923. She moved from Staten Island to Far Rockaway 54 years ago. Parsons was a former PTA president, Heart Fund coordinator, Democratic
Party liaison and a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Far Rockaway. She worked as a seamstress, caterer and school bus driver.
“Karen’s charity was to help individuals in need. Her home was always open and there was always a place at her table. She asks that you ‘pass it on,’” said her daughter Karen Parsons.
Parsons was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Karen Maarberg, and her first daughter, Jessica.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen Parsons of Oklahoma and Karlise Murphy of Long Beach; grandchildren, Kelly McMahon, JoAnne Wilmes and Julia, Jedd and Robert “Tucker” Murphy; great grandchildren, Wyatt McMahon, Jessica McMahon, Anya Murphy, Owen Murphy, Avangeline Wilmes, Kristian Wilmes; sister, Ethel Halvorsen of New Jersey; brother, Arnold Maarberg of Florida; and other family members and friends.
Private funeral arrangements entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home.
Nicholas F. Rivara
Seaway Marina Proprietor
Nicholas F. Rivara, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on January 16.
Rivara, who was born in Arverne, served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He was the proprietor of Seaway Marina for 30 years.
Rivara is survived by his wife, Gloria Olcese Rivara; son, Nicholas F. Rivara Jr.; sister, Helen Harris; and grandchildren, Victoria, Nicholas and Christopher.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Huntington.
Bernard J. Verdon
Bernard J. Verdon, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died on January 14.
Verdon, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956. He later worked as a construction foreman.
Verdon was preceded in death by his brother, Billy, and sister, Mary Ann.
He is survived by his wife, Jistina N. (nee Nieves) Verdon; sons, Mark and Louis; daughters, Meloney, Evelyn, Nancy and Sandra; brother, Richie; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.