2005-05-13 / Obits

Monsignor William Burke Founded

St. Camillus Marching Band

  • Monsignor William Burke, a priest for more than 60 years, died May 7. He was 87.
  • A longtime Rockaway resident, Burke was born in the Bronx and raised in Ozone Park. Ordained on April 17, 1943, he was sent to St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington, Long Island. In 1945 Burke was transferred to St. Francis de Sales and in 1951, to St. Camillus, where he founded the school’s renowned marching band.

    The band went on to perform at the Orange Bowl, Indianapolis 500, the first Mets game at the Polo Grounds in 1962, the yearly St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, and for Popes Paul VI and John Paul II during their visits to New York.

    Burke left St. Camillus in 1963 to work for the Diocese of Brooklyn as director of institutional services. He retied in 1995.

    Burke is preceded in death by his sister, Anne M. Valley and brother, David F. Burke.

    He is survived by his brother, Anthony E. Burke, Jr.; sisters, Ethel C. Groom, Patricia A. Fowler, Sr. Louise de Paul SC, and Cecelia M. Kane.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home with a high funeral Mass at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.

    John William Ahlemeyer

    Broad Channel Resident

    John William Ahlemeyer, a retired clerk for Onyx Chemical in Jersey City, passed away on May 5. He was 89.

    Ahlemeyer was born in Jersey City on September 18, 1915. He married Viola Muriel Burns on September 19, 1942 and they began residing in Broad Channel that year.

    A long time parishioner at St. Virgilius Church, Ahlemeyer served as a trustee and member of the Parish Council from 1974 until 2005.

    He was preceded in death by his children, John W. Ahlemeyer Jr. and Mary Ellen Ahlemeyer.

    He is survived by his wife, Viola; daughter, Sr. Mauren Ahlemeyer, PBVM; sons, Fr. Richard J. Ahlemeyer of St. Pius V Church, Byron J. Ahlemeyer (Elaine) and James J. Ahlemeyer (Laurie); grandchildren, Byron Jay, John, Melissa and Amanda; brother, Joseph Ahlemeyer (Pat) of New Jersey; brother-in-laws, John McGeough and Walter Tuchol; sister-in-law, Margaret Ahlemeyer; and his nieces and nephews.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to St. Virgilius Church, 210 Noel Road, Broad Channel, New York, 11693.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hillebrand’s Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass at St. Virgilius Church. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, New York.

    Patrick J. Donovan

    Organ Donor

    Patrick J. Donovan, a Transit Authority and Mayflower Moving employee, died recently in Ocala, Florida. He would have celebrated his 51st birthday on May 11.

    His organs will be donated to those in need, and his brother Dennis Donovan of California, will receive his kidney.

    Donovan is survived by his mother, Catherine and her husband Jack Hibbits; son, Michael; daughter, Deirdra; brother, Dennis; friend and companion, Helen Magee; her children Danny, Erin, LuAnn, Colleen and Kelly; and many friends in Rockaway and Florida.

    Funeral arrangements entrusted to McManus Funeral Home in Brooklyn with a funeral Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Breezy Point. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.

    Agnes M. Gahn

    Lifelong Rockaway Resident

    Agnes M. Gahn, a lifelong Rockaway resident and homemaker, died May 10.

    Gahn was preceded in death by her husband, James Gahn; and brother, James Davey.

    She is survived by her sons, Edward and James; daughters, Michelle, Mary Ann and Agnes; grandchildren, Vincent, Vicki, Allison, Kim, Christopher and Kevin; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales on Friday, May 13 at 9:45 a.m. Interment was at Holy Rood in Westbury, Long Island.

    William Herrling

    Retired Ironworker,

    Navy Vet

    William Herrling, a retired ironworker, died May 11. He was 67.

    Herrling, a United States Navy veteran, having served between 1956 and 1962, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    Herrling was preceded in death by his father, Louis Herrling; mother, Elizabeth (nee Walsh) Herrling; brother, Raymond; and daughter, Theresa Keegan.

    He is survived by his wife, Ann Herrling (nee Hollien); brother, Louis; sister, Marie; grandchildren, Thomas Keegan Jr., Jennifer Keegan; great-granddaughter, Theresa Keegan; and his nieces and nephews.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hillebrand’s Funeral Home in Broad Channel, with a funeral Mass celebrated at St. Virgilius Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.

    Tyrell Hodge

    Lifelong Rockaway Resident

    Tyrell Hodge, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died April 26. He was 15.

    Hodge, who was born on June 16, 1989, was preceded in death by his grandfather, James McCray and great-aunt, Estella Clark.

    He is survived by his parents, Michelle McCray and Richard Evan; stepfather, Douglas Clark; sisters, Latonya, Michelle, Shakeda, Jessica, Rickia, Shataysha and Janine; brothers, Laking and little Richard; grandmother, Joan; four aunts; two uncles; four great-uncles; three great-aunts; ten cousins; and special friends, Dashawn and Dean.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were at True Gospel Tabernacle Church in the Bronx. Interment was at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.

    Pryce Brian Holder

    Nine Months Old

    Pryce Brian Holder, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died April 27. Born on July 23, 2004, he was just 9 months old.

    Holder was preceded in death by his uncle, Ramel Duquan O’Neal.

    He is survived by his mother, Ajah Griffin; father, Jolen E. Holder; twin brother, Payto Brandon Holder; grandparents, Darlene Griffin, Melvin O’Neal and Brenda Bagot; aunts, Zakiya, Angela and Anansa; uncle, Winslow; godparents, Alaina, Daniel and Samantha.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Holy Nazarean House of Prayer for All People in Brooklyn. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.

    Carl Lance Murray

    Construction Worker

    Carl Lance Murray, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died April 27. He was 34 years old.

    Born on August 15, 1969, Murray was a construction worker. He was an active member of the Beth-El Temple of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Dr. Charles H. Jones and also attended Macedonia Church.

    Murray was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah Murray; sister, Charlette; aunt, Linda; and uncles, George and Chris.

    He is survived by his children, Carl, Carletta, Carlike, Carvell, Cairee, Carla, Carlmique, Carliba and Caireek; godson, Bently; father, Carl Murray; siblings Carlette, Cheryl, Alexis, Fachon, Clarissa, Nicole, Crystal, Carlisha, Cardajah, Cania, Carl, Cornell, Calton, Cortez, Michi and Carlil; brother-in-laws, Donald and Shakia; eight aunts; nine uncles; and longtime girlfriend, Monique Bellnavis, to whom he became engaged.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Beth-El Church of God in Christ. Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.

    Anne M. O’Callaghan

    Brooklyn College Employee

    Anne M. O’Callaghan, a purchasing agent for Brooklyn College, died May 9.

    O’Callaghan resided in Rockaway for the past 32 years after coming from the Bronx.

    She is survived by her son, Joseph; daughter, Jean; brother, Bill Connelly; and sisters, Kathy Coyne and Barbara Ghiradelli.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point on Friday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m.

    Ramel Duquan O’Neal

    Student

    Ramel Duquan O’Neal, a Rockaway resident since his teens, passed away on April 24. He was 22.

    O’Neal was born on November 2, 1982, in Newark, New Jersey. He was a student.

    O’Neal is survived by his parents, Melvin O’Neal Jr. and Darlene Griffin; son, Rahmir O’Neal; sisters, Ajah, Zakiya, Shadonna; grandparents, Bishop Horace Barnes and Carolyn O’Neal; aunts, Denise Thorton, Nicole, Trudy and Denise Foster; uncles, Tim and Lamont; goddaughters, Amaya and Tyler; and best friend, William.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Holy Nazarean House of Prayer for All People in Brooklyn. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, New Jersey.

    Martin Russo

    Armed Courier

    Martin Russo, an armed courier, passed away on May 6.

    Born in Brooklyn, Russo resided in Rockaway for many years.

    He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Davenport Russo; son, Christopher; brother, Howard (Ann Marie); niece, Erin; and uncle, Ike.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Disposition and funeral services were kept private.

    Ellen J. Volpe

    Homemaker

    Ellen J. Volpe, a homemaker who moved to Rockaway from Brooklyn more than 60 years ago, died May 5.

    Volpe was active in the St. Thomas More/St. Edmund Altar Rosary Society, the Golden Age Club and the Breezy Point Catholic Club.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph G. Volpe.

    Volpe is survived by her daughter, Denise J. Daly; sons, Peter J. and Jay Volpe; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

    Donations may be made in her memory to the Friends of Karen Support of Children with Cancer, P.O. Box 190, Purdys, New York, 10578.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was held at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

    Willie Roosevelt Wilson

    Retired Foreman

    For Surf Paper

    Willie Roosevelt Wilson, a Rockaway resident for more than 60 years, died April 30. He was 64.

    Wilson was born in Devereaux, Georgia on August 10, 1938. He served in the United State Air Force as an Airman Second Class for four years and received an honorable discharge in 1960. Wilson was a retired foreman for Surf Paper in Far Rockaway.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, David Wilson, Sr. and Lillie Mae Harris; brothers, David Wilson, Jr. and Clifford; and daughter, Debra.

    Wilson is survived by his daughters, Tracy, Belinda and Stephanie Banks; sons, Dwayne, James, Eugene and James Mack; sister, Peggy; nephew, Leland, granddaughters, Quintana, Karina, Jasmine and Jada; daughter-in-law Sabaina; and aunts Ethel, Flora, Bea and Allie.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation and services held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

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