2005-03-18 / Obits

Obituaries

Frances M. ConwaySecretary

  • Frances M. Conway, a Rockaway resident for 75 years, died on March 14.
  • Conway, who was born in Brooklyn, was a secretary.

    She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Wilford and Irving.

    Conway is survived by many nieces and nephews.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

    Willie James Corley

    Dredgeman

    Willie James Corley, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on February 23.

    Corley was born in Aiken, South Carolina on August 24, 1935. He served in the United States Army and was later a dredgeman for Local 25 of the AFL/CIO.

    Corley was preceded in death by his father, John Corley Sr., and two children, Deborah and Diane.

    He is survived by six children, Allen Corley, Willie James Corley Jr., Bertha Morris, Kevin Corley, Jacqueline Corley and Audrey Corley; 20 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Vernelle Moore, Christina Ali, Alora Hull, Raychelle Selby, Lillie Mae West, Catherine Green, Christine Zimmermann and Ruth Corley; brothers, Bennie Miles and John Corley Jr.; step-sisters, Priscilla Lopez, Estelle Moore, and Rose Daniels; four brother-in-laws, one sister-in-law, one son and daughter-in-law, aunt, Catherine Griffin; and uncles: James Green and Floyd Green.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Greater Bethel Church in Cambria Heights. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Gretaline Gervase Drayton

    Nurse’s Aide

    Gretaline “Granny” Gervase Drayton, a Far Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on February 13. She was 86.

    Drayton, who was born in St. John, Barbados on March 17, 1918, was a nurse’s aide at Brookdale Medical Center.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eaton Drayton and daughter, Megan Babb.

    She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne McClean; son-in-law, Charles McClean; grandchildren, Wayne, Kevin, Donna, Ephraim and Miriam Babb; great-grandchildren Michael Babb, Jeremiah McClean, Trevor Babb and Joshua Michaels-McClean; sister, Hazel Goddard of the United Kingdom; stepson, Eudralic Brathwaite; adopted son, Colin Rock of Boston; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at the Church of the Nazarene. Interment was at St. John Cemetery in Barbados.

    Patricia T. Eaton

    Retired HUD Worker

    Patricia T. (nee Maher) Eaton, a Belle Harbor resident for 50 years, died on March 10.

    Eaton was retired from her position with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Francis de Sales and babysitter to Carolyn and Christine Diehm.

    Eaton was predeceased by her son Peter on January 30, 2005.

    She is survived by her daughter, Patty; son, Alfred (Lisa); grandchildren, Casey and Lindsay; and sister-in-law, Jean Kyne.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx.

    Betty Ann Martinson

    Homemaker

    Betty Ann Martinson, a Rockaway resident for 35 years coming from Brooklyn, died on March 8.

    Martinson, who was born in New York, New York, was a homemaker.

    She is survived by her sons, Harold, John and Edward; daughters, Kathleen Whelan and Karen Martinson Dinerman; and grandchildren, Catherine Dinerman, Shannon Dinerman, Paige Whelan and John Whelan.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery.

    J.R. McDermott III

    College Student

    J.R. McDermott III, a Roxbury resident, died on March 13. He was 18.

    McDermott was a student at Kingsborough Community College and a member of the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department.

    He was preceded in death by his father, James McDermott.

    McDermott is survived by his mother, Linda McDermott-Paden; loving stepfather, John Paden; brother, Daniel Paden; sisters, Danielle Dengler and Heather Diaz; grandfather, Sal Celentano; grandmother, Bea Paden; nephew, Lucas Timothy Diaz; and niece, Amber June.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Genevieve’s. Interment was at Mt. St Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing.

    Donations in McDermott’s memory may be made to the Caffrey-Conroy Learning Center, 33 Beach 209 Street, Breezy Point, New York 11697.

    Judith H. McHale

    Former Belle Harbor Resident

    Judith H. McHale, a Cedarhurst resident formerly of Belle Harbor, died at home on March 8.

    McHale, a homemaker, is survived by her husband, Kevin; children, Rosemary (Keith) Servello, Kim (Paul) Burg and Colleen (William) Lynch; and grandchildren, Christina Rose, Carolyn and Keith Jr. Servello, William Lynch, and Alexandra and Blake Burg.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joachim’s. Entombment was at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

    Gracie M. Mills

    Home Attendant

    Gracie M. Mills, a Far Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on February 12.

    Mills, who was born in Tams, West Virginia on November 16, 1933, was a home attendant. She was a union delegate for Local 1199, vice president of the NYCHA Tenant Association and a volunteer with the Arverne Senior Citizens Center.

    Mills testified before the Manhattan Borough President’s hearings on home care in 1987, and received several awards from elected officials for her work in her community.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mills Jr.

    Mills is survived by her son, Randy Mills; daughter, Deborah Mills; grandson, Jamal Mills; godchildren, Kaleek Cross and Perricia Evans; brothers, Milton (Julia) Ross of Queens, Sherman (Pamela) Ross of Berkley, West Virginia and Houston (Janice) Ross of Columbus Ohio; sisters, Effie Harris and Aline (Carl) Ward of Glen White, West Virginia and Martha (John) Dowling of Brooklyn; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

    Wesley A. Parrot

    Social Services Caseworker

    Wesley A. Parrot, a Rockaway resident for 60 years, died on March 5.

    Parrot was born in Darlington, North Carolina on March 20, 1920. He served in the United States Army and later was a caseworker for the Department of Social Services in New York. President Bill Clinton appointed him as a delegate to the White House Conference on the Aging.

    He was affiliated with Zeta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Jamaica Branch of the N.A.A.C.P, 369th Veteran’s Association, Inc., Veteran of Foreign Wars of the United States, The American Legion, York College Alumni Association, Inc., Civil Service Working & Retired Employee Union. He was president of the Church Council, a Sunday School teacher, a board member of Wartburg Lutherans Services (Meals on Wheels) in Brooklyn, a volunteer Social Worker at Allen, Jackson, Rockaway and Queens Hospital Centers helping seniors access the system, and sat on the Veterans Committee for Senator Malcolm Smith and Assemblyman William Scarborough.

    He was preceded in death by his wife.

    Parrot is survived by his son, Monroe Parrot; daughter, Joan Parrot-Fonseca; granddaughters, Julia and Cassandra Parrot; his late wife’s cousin, Velma Canady; brothers, Edward, Allen and Earl; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in St. Albans. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

    Phyllis Ann Ryer

    Bus Matron

    Phyllis Ann Ryer, a Far Rockaway resident for 25 years, died on February 8.

    Ryer was born in New York, New York on September 29, 1955. She was a bus matron.

    Ryer is survived by her husband, Donald Callendar; children, Lakisha, Jamaine, Akiya (Kim), Donald, Zekiya (Friday), Kshawna, Lashawna and Nadine; sisters, Valerie, Adrian, Shondra and Holly; brothers, Walter Jr. and Nate; grandchildren, Dana Jr., Lada’, Breanna and DeShawn; nephew, Dino; son-in-law, Dana King; her companion, Henry Moore; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

    Maureen Welch

    Former Rockaway Beach Resident

    Maureen (nee McPartland) Welch, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 55 years, formerly of Rockaway Beach, died on March 11 – her 73rd birthday – after a long battle with cancer.

    Welch, mother of Dean and Marc, and grandmother to three, was retired from her position at New York Telephone. She was a member of the Compassionate Friends, and was the Pittsburgh chapter coordinator for years.

    Funeral arrangements were kept private.

    Bertha L. Wiggins-Hatchett

    U.S. Postal Service Worker

    Bertha L. Wiggins-Hatchett, a Far Rockaway resident for 40 years, died on February 23.

    Wiggins-Hatchett was born in Jamaica, Queens, on February 6, 1942. She was a United States Postal Service worker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway.

    She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Wiggins and twin sisters, Jean and Joan.

    Wiggins-Hatchett is survived by her mother, Mattie Wiggins; companion, John Bryant; sister, Carolyn Webster; and brother-in-law, Lewis Webster.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at Maple Grove cemetery.

    Eileen Wilson

    Homemaker

    Eileen Wilson, a lifelong Rockaway resident until she recently moved to Long Beach, died on March 17.

    Wilson, who was born in Manhattan, was a homemaker. She lived on Beach 97 Street for many, many years.

    Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph.

    She is survived by her sons, Joseph M., Gerald and Paul; daughters, Alana Wilson, Bernadette Wojciechowski and Regina O’Leary; sister,  Margaret Brosnan;14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 20 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Monday at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery.

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