Irene Boone, a Rockaway resident since 1981, died on February 17. She was 92.
Boone was born in Elliot, South Carolina, on March 13, 1913. She was a seamstress and a parishioner of the Macedonia Baptist Church. Boone was a member of the Missionary Board and was the unofficial church physician.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Smart; son, William Boone, Sr.; grandchildren, Robert Smart, Rev. Sheila R. Smart, Joyce Smart, Kennen Boone, Janice Murdock, Sandy Gray, William Boone, Jr., and Gary Boone; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Girlena Boone; one godson, Rev. Alfred Jones, Jr.; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery.
John R. Carroll
John R. Carroll, a Rockaway resident for more than 20 years, died on March 9.
Carroll, who was born in Brooklyn, was a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II. He was later a bus operator.
Carroll was preceded in death by Eunice (nee Paddock) Carroll; brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Raymond; sister, Mary Macior; and grandson, Sean Smith.
He is survived by his daughters, Elaine Smith and June McGrisken; grandchildren, Tommy, Brendan, Raymond, Danny and Ryan.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Genevieve Church in Roxbury on Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.
Mary Kathleen Doherty
Mary Kathleen Doherty, a Brooklyn resident who moved to Rockaway 45 years ago, died on March 9.
Doherty, who was born in Northern Ireland, was a nurse’s aide.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and brothers, Peter and Patrick.
Doherty is survived his son, Kevin, and brother, Charles Mallon of England.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 11 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Jarvis L. Jackson
Jarvis L. Jackson, a Far Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on February 18. He was 68.
Jackson was born in Savannah, Georgia on August 14, 1937.
He is survived by his brother, David Jackson; sisters, Rebecca Williams and Ethel Hardwick; wife, Ernestine Jackson; sons, Anthony Jackson and Herman Jackson; daughter, Gwendolyn Jackson; granddaughters, Lynette Rawlins and Lisa Jackson; grandson, Lonnel Rawlins; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; nephew, Johnnie Hardwick; nieces, Carrie Hardwick and Lashonda Echols; grand-nieces, Lisa Hardwick, Dyshana Patton and Melinda Rodgriguez; brother-in-law Manuel Rodriguez; and all of his friends and associates.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory.
Mary Kelley, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on March 9.
Kelley, who was born in Manhattan, was a nurse’s aide.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.
Kelley is survived by her sons, Robert, Brian and Thomas; daughters, Patricia Meade, Denise Murphy, Colleen Giardelli, Annemarie French and Kathleen David; and 24 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangement entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 13, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Monday at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery.
Helen J. Lewis
Helen J. Lewis, a Rockaway resident for nearly 70 years, died on March 6.
Lewis, who was born in Pennsylvania, was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony; brother, Michael Kovaly; sisters, Mary Koval and Anna Swiako; and granddaughter, Dianne.
Lewis is survived by his son, Anthony (Rose); daughters, Mary Ann Sullivan (Bob), Helen McGlynn (Jim), Carol Ruskiewicz (Walter); sisters, Margret Zmuda, Susan DiMotta and Agnes Mihalko; grandchildren, Theresa, Maureen, Joseph, Brett, David, Tara, Jimmy, Eric, Kris and Susan; great-grandchildren, Shannon, RJ and Luke.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A service was held at St. Rose of Lima. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Lifelong Rockaway Resident
LeRoy Miller, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died on February 22. He
Miller, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 22, 1924, enlisted in the United States Navy where he earned the America Area Victory World War II Asiatic: Pacific Area and Star. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. Miller was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Elk Lodge 532 in Far Rockaway. He worked as a presser.
Miller is survived by his wife, Edith Miller; children, Jerry Miller (Jackie), LeRoy Jr. (Kathy), James Allen Davis II, Bonita Samuels, Carmelita Mills (Lionel); grandchildren, Nannette, Terri, Leetonya, James, Destiny, Tiffany and Lanette; great grandchildren, Alajah, Akaya, Harviera Le and Adam; mother-in-law, Julia Hilliard; three brother-in-laws; three sister-in-laws; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at the First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.
Patrick J. Minihane
NYPD Building Maintenance
Patrick J. Minihane, a Broad Channel resident, died on March 1. He
Minihane, who was born in Cedarhurst, was a building maintenance worker for the New York City Police Department.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jeremiah Minihane.
Minihane is survived by his wife, Joan (nee Ruddick) Minihane; daughters, Shannon and Megan; son, Patrick; mother, Winnie Minihane; sister, Margaret Minihane; godson and nephew, Michael DeAngelo; aunt, Theresa Cassidy; uncle, Thomas Treacy; brother-in-laws, Michael and Joseph Ruddick; sister-in-law, Mildred Lustig; and extended-family members.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home. A Mass was celebrated St. Virgilius. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery.
Thomas Matthew O’Brien
Thomas Matthew O’Brien, a Riviera Beach, Florida resident formerly of Rockaway, died on March 8 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 93.
O’Brien, the son of the late Thomas O’Brien and Catherine Hannon, was born February 18, 1912 in Rockaway Beach. He was an employee of the Railway Express Agency for 38 years, retiring in 1972. He relocated to the Palm Beaches in Florida in 1980.
O’Brien was a member of the Santa Maria Council #4999, Knights of Columbus, where he was a volunteer with the bingo, tootsie roll drive and the pallbearer committee. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge #2010, Palm Beach Gardens, and was a communicant of St. Clare Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth O’Brien on April 9, 1978.
O’Brien is survived by his children, Catherine E. Neal (Forrest) of Palm Beach Gardens, Thomas O’Brien of Delray Beach, Florida, Charles O’Brien (Linda) of Bricktown, New Jersey; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangement entrusted to the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home in Jupiter, Florida. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Moose Ritual will be held there at 7:15 p.m. followed by a wake service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, with Rev. Fr. William D. O’Shea as Celebrant, will be celebrated at St. Clare Catholic Church, in North Palm Beach, Saturday at 10 a.m.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society, Jupiter/ Tequesta Unit, 169 Tequesta Drive, Suite 33E, Tequesta, Florida 33469.
Harry Price, a Far Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on February 14. He was 69.
Price, who was born in Pelham, North Carolina on September 6, 1936, was a parishioner of the Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a cabdriver.
Price is survived by his wife, Lorene Price; mother-in-law, Nonie B. Clarke; sisters-in-law, Murriel Pitcher (Floyd) and Lillian Acree; brother-in-laws, Billy, Ronald, Gary and Michael Clarke; special classmates, Alease Erwin, Anthony Dillard, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Johnson; aunts, Ethel Allen, Susie Thomas and Fannie Burch; special friends, Joe Staley, Raedell Adams; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at the First Baptist Church of Lawrence. Interment was at Crystal Hill Cemetery.
Leon D. Schneider
Attorney, Hartman Y President
Leon D. Schneider, a Far Rockaway resident, died on March 2. He was 71.
Schneider was a graduate of Tilden High School, Columbia University and New York University Law School. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association for nearly 50 years. He began his legal career with the Waterfront Commission and continued with the New York City Housing Redevelopment Board. He authored “A Guide the Court System” under the aegis of the Institute for Judicial Administration. He was also a long-term president of the Gustave Hartman Y in Rockaway.
Schneider is survived by his children, Daniel, William and Elizabeth; and his grandchildren, Taryn, Dean, Max, Tyler, Cole and Preston.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riverside Memorial Chapel. Graveside services were held at New Montefiore Cemetery in Farmingdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Roy Ruther Senior Center in Far Rockaway.
Ann C. Thurston
Longtime Rockaway Resident
Ann C. Thurston, a longtime Rockaway resident, died on March 6.
Thurston was born in New York, New York.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James V.; daughter, Nancy Thurston; brothers, Larry and Joe Fitzgerald; and sister, Mary Cook.
Thurston is survived by her son, Donald Thurston; daughter, Mary Pat Thurston; and grandson, Danny Thurson.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Genevieve Church in Roxbury on Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery.