Emmanuel Anthony- Edward Davies
Emmanuel Anthony-Edward Davies, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died on January 30. He was 67.
Davies, who was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa on June 12, 1938, worked for the New York City Housing Authority.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Hannah Davies, and son, Yekeh Davies.
Davies is survived by his daughters, Sayou, Voctoria of Liberia, West Africa and Dominic of Far Rockaway; sister, Mary Davies of Far Rockaway; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. A memorial service was held on February 4. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery.
John J. Prior
John J. Prior, a Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on February 12.
Prior, who was born in Sunnyside, Queens, served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retired New York City Police Department Motor Transport Division officer. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Rockaway Council and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Roxbury.
Prior is survived by his wife, Anne Charles Prior; son, John C. Prior; daughters, Mary Collins, Kathleen McDonald, and Nancy Judge; brother, Frank Prior; and sister, Mary Kerwin.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery.
William P. Rogers
NY State Racing
William P. Rogers, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on February 13.
Rogers, who was born in Far Rockaway, served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a cashier for the New York State Racing Association, and spent many years working at the Curley’s/Rogers Hotel on Beach 116 Street.
Rogers was preceded in death by his brothers, James J. and Joseph P. Rodgers.
He is survived by his sisters, Mazie Kennedy, Roseclaire Curren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Theresa Hickey Connolly Ryan, a Rockaway and Tequesta, Florida resident, died on February 13. She was 76.
Ryan, who was born in Manhattan, was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Peter V. Ryan; children, Patrick Connolly (Linda), Regina Connolly, and Edward Connolly (Susan); step-children, Eileen Ryan, Thomas Ryan, Sheila Askham, Kathleen Riekkinen, Patricia Clarke; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Guiren, Elizabeth McCaul, Noreen Collins (Thomas); brothers, Patrick Hickey (Mary), Denis Hickey (Helen), Andrew Hickey (Mary Ellen); and sister-in-law, Susan Hickey.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus. Other arrangements were kept private.
Geraldine (nee Mammes) Vasselman
Longtime Rockaway Resident
Geraldine (nee Mammes) Vasselman, a lifelong Rockaway resident until she moved to Florida two years ago, died in Lake Worth on February 8 after a brief illness.
Vasselman was a past president of the Rockaway chapter of the Columbiettes and a member of the St. Rose, St. Camillus, and St. Francis de Sales Golden Age Clubs. She was also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Vasselman.
Vasselman is survived by her children, Fred Jr. (Maria) and Patricia Boggiano (George); eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Palms West Funeral Chapel in Wellington, Florida. A memorial service for her family and friends in Rockaway is pending.
Lois J. Ward
Lois J. Ward, a Palm City, Florida resident, died on February 15 at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Florida. She was 79.
Ward, who was born in Brooklyn, moved from Queens to Palm City five years ago. She was a fashion model.
Ward is survived by her husband of 43 years, John Ward of Palm City; sons, John Ward of Belle Harbor; James Ward of Rockaway Beach; daughter, Joan Abbondondolo of Port St. Lucie, Florida; sister, Gai Eckhoff of Albany; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Aycock Funeral Home in Stuart, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.
Rene Webb, a Rockaway and Inwood resident for years, died on January 16. She was 75.
Webb, a housewife, was born in New York City on March 29, 1929. She relocated to Florida to live with her daughter Theresa (Bart) King and grandsons Gregory, Michael, and Mark.
She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas.
She is survived by her daughters, Theresa, Dorothy, and Cathy; sister, Helen; sons, Richard and 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, where she is buried beside her late husband, Alexander Webb.