Honorable Ann B. Dufficy
Ret. State Supreme Court Justice
Dufficy, who was born in Pennsylvania, was a member of the Marywood Class of 1937, graduating cum laude. She was an honor student at Temple University Law School and served on the editorial staff of the Temple Law Review.
During World War II, Dufficy postponed her studies to join the United States Navy, where she served in WAVES and earned the rank of lieutenant junior grade. During her service she married attorney John F. Dufficy. After the war she returned to school and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1947.
Dufficy summered in Breezy Point for 55 years. She lived there year-round for one year, coming from Richmond Hill.
Dufficy was the first woman in Queens County to be elected to judicial office as a judge of the civil court in 1970. She was elevated to the Supreme Court bench of the 11th Judicial District in 1974.
Her other credits and accomplishments include: Female Leader of the 38th State Assembly District, Chairman of the Board of Trustees – MEDISYS – Jamaica Hospital, Flushing Hospital, Brookdale Hospital and Trump Pavilion Nursing Home, Director of Community Savings Bank, Boy Scouts of America, Queens County Council executive board member, president of the Inter-Faith Council of Southwest Queens, member of NYU School of Law board of trustees and Woodhaven Rotary Club member. She was chosen to serve as the Deputy Grand Marshall for the 25 Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Parade in 2000.
Dufficy was preceded in death by her husband, John, and sister, Helen Schoen.
She is survived by her son, Judge Timothy J. Dufficy (Mary), and grandchildren, Doreen and Timothy C. Dufficy.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village.
Carmen Corchado, a Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on January 20. She was 39.
Corchado, who was born in Brooklyn, was a housewife.
She is survived by her mother and father, brothers, sisters, her children and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. A Mass was also celebrated at the Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
Jesserine Veronica Gayle
Jesserine Veronica Gayle, a Rockaway resident for 12 years, died on January 4. She was 41.
Gayle was born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies, on January 11, 1963. She was a nurses aide.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Ernel; mother, Myra; children, Rohan, Andrea, Alhue and Karinne; sister, JessAnn; brother, Berres; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at the Queens Church of the First Born, where a Mass was also celebrated. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery.
Dorothea Holl, a Rockaway resident for 50 years, died on January 27.
Holl, who was born in Brooklyn, was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick.
Holl is survived by her son, John (Dorothy); niece, Jane Romas; nephew, Thomas McCulloch; grandchildren, Thomas, Dorothy and Karen Holl.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 29 from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More on Monday 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 21, 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.
“Karla’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.
Gladys Roberts, a Rockaway resident 30 years, died on January 15. She was 88.
Roberts, a homemaker, was born in Norfolk, Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Arrelui Elliot, and her husband, John Roberts.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Young; grandchildren: Frank, Renne and Kevin, a grandson in law that she called Carl (Kyle); great grandchildren, Khadijah, Frank Jr., Khayla and Kyanni; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. A Mass was also celebrated at the Friendship Chapel.
Rene Webb, a Rockaway resident for 15 years, died on January 16. She was 75.
Webb, a housewife, was born in New York City on March 29, 1929.
She is survived by her daughters, Theresa, Dorothy, Cathy; sister, Helen; sons, Richard, Michael; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sons and daughters in law.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. A Mass was also celebrated at the Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.