2005-02-11 / Obits

Elinor M. Hodder

Paralegal

  • Elinor M. Hodder, a Rockaway resident for nearly 40 years, died on February 5.
  • Hodder, who was born in Brooklyn, was a paralegal. She was retired from the New York City Housing and Urban Development Agency.

    She was preceded in death by her brothers, Edwin Francis Hodder and William Thomas Hodder.

    Hodder is survived by her sister, Sheila Moore; niece, Sheila Christine Brooks (David G.); great-nephew, Daniel Aaron Brooks; and great- niece, Crystal Kaylee Brooks-Murray.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima. Interment was at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

    Valveina Louise-Cathlin Kirton

    Lived To 91

    Valveina Louise-Cathlin Kirton, a Rockaway resident for 12 years, died on January 24. She was 91.

    Kirton was born in Georgetown, Guyana on June 15, 1914.

    She is survived by her sister, Eileen McClintock; sister in law, Dodis Elvira Marcus; eldest niece, Claudine Gillis; daughters, Princess, Lettie and Norma; grandchildren, Soverign, Phillip, Ann, Roxanne, Claire, Dean, Terri, Carroll, Patsy, Joan, Patrick, Jerome and Sheldon; 38 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grand children; and many family members and friends here and back home in Guyana.

    Funeral arrangement entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery.

    Edna M. Lyons

    Executive Secretary

    Edna M. Lyons, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on January 30.

    Lyons, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was an executive secretary.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, James.

    Lyons is survived by her sons, Michael, William and James Lyons; daughters, Maureen Lyons Harnisch and Patricia Cominos; sisters, Rosemary Patterson and Eileen; and grandchildren, Melissa Harnisch and Sarah Cominos.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Disposition was kept private.

    Peter W. Naas III

    York College Professor

    Peter W. Naas III, a Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on February 6.

    Naas, who was born in Brooklyn, was a professor of economics at York College, and a retired administrator for the New York City Construction Authority.

    He is survived by his wife, Elcy Garcia Naas; son, Peter W. Naas IV; and daughter, Alexa Naas.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Disposition by Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.

    Clarence S. Simmons

    NYC Transit Authority Supervisor

    Clarence S. Simmons, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died on January 25. He was 72.

    Simmons, who was born in Harlem on January 19, 1933, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Korean War veteran. He was later a supervisor for the New York City Transit Authority.

    Simmons is survived by his wife, Alice C. Simmons; children, Kelvin Simmons, Florence Simmons, Clarence Simmons Jr., Alicia Jenine Simmons; grandchildren, Javon Goldson-Simmons, Darnell Simmons, Jahneqa Simmons, Daniel Tiron Washington, Christopher Washington, Cory Washington, Aryn McDonald; sister, Louise Simmons; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Anthony Thomas

    T-Mobile Supervisor

    Anthony Thomas, a Rockaway resident for 15 years, died on January 30. He was 32.

    Thomas, who was born in Brooklyn on December 4, 1972, was a supervisor for T-Mobile.

    Thomas is survived by his wife; Capri; children, Keira, Velencia, Anthony and Justin; parents, Brenda and Darnley; brothers, Carey and Ernest; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edgar and Stephaine Roper; sisters-in-law, Stephaine, Icilda and Amanda; brother-in-law, Edgar Jr., and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition by H.G. Smith Crematory in Pennsylvania.

    James T. Tuohey

    Proprietor, Trucking

    Company

    James T. Tuohey, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on February 6.

    Tuohey, who was born in Brooklyn, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. He was the proprietor of a trucking company.

    Tuohey was preceded in death by his father, Martin Tuohey.

    He is survived by his mother, Mary (nee Smith) Tuohey, companion, Denise A. Leonard; son, James Tuohey (Coleen); daughter, Karen Tuohey;

    brother, Martin Tuohey (Marie); sisters, Jane Ackerman (Bruce), Annie Miller (Kenny), Maureen Shannon (Kevin) and Ellen Boyle (Dennis); grandchildren, Taylor and James Tuohey; and many nieces and nephews.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Friday, February 11 at 10 a.m.

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