2005-09-23 / Obits

Obituaries

Bertha Council Cashier

  • Bertha Council, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died August 11. She was 81.
  • Council, a cashier, was born on October 21, 1923 in McRae, Georgia. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne.

    She is preceded in death by her husband, Carey Council.

    Council is survived by her son, William “Bobby” Council; grandsons, Roger and Damian; great-grandson, Judah; aunt, Mattie Bennett; cousins, Juniorous, Ernest, Edna, Ernestine, Olivia, Amy, Mary, Mattie, Janet, Valoria, Charlie, Jim and Ray; niece, Doris; nephew, Horace; nephew-in law, Edward; great-niece, Gail; great-nephew-in-law John; six great-nephews, Kenneth, Shawn, Douglas, Christopher, Johnny, and Mark; lifelong friend, Jessie “Kitty” Johnson; and other family members and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at the Macedonia Baptist Church. Disposition was in McRae, Georgia.

    The Council family would like to extend their thanks to Reverend Gray of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

    James G. Duffy

    Electrical Estimator For Local 3

    James G. Duffy, a Rockaway resident for 32 years, died on September 16. He was 66.

    Duffy, an electrical estimator for Local 3, was born on August 18, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York. He was an active coach and player in the Breezy Point Men’s Softball League, and a member of the Breezy Point Catholic Club.

    He is preceded in death by his son, Richard Duffy.

    He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, James, Thomas, and Kevin Duffy; brother, John Duffy; sisters, Kathleen Duffy and Rose Mary Guckian; and six grandchildren, Corinne, Louise, Elizabeth, Richard, Max and Luke.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Conor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More in Breezy Point. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village.

    James “Buddy” C. Edele

    Mechanic

    James C. Edele, a Far Rockaway resident, died on September 1. He was 53.

    Edele, better known as “Buddy,” was born on September 19, 1951 in Brooklyn. He worked as a mechanic for Waterview Car Care in Rockaway Park.

    He is preceded in death by his brother, William Mullen; and his sister, Linda Edele.

    He is survived by his son, Junior; daughter-in-law, Sandra Marquez; three grandsons, James, Nicolas and Mateo; six nephews and three nieces; and other relatives and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery.

    James F. Hearn

    Construction Worker

    James F. Hearn, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died on September 22. He was 54.

    Hearn, a construction worker, was born on October 2, 1950.

    He is preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Duffy; and father, Christopher Hearn.

    He is survived by his two brothers, Christopher Hearn (Linda) and John Hearn (Roseanne).

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church. Disposition was private.

    Gary Liverman

    Technician

    Gary Liverman, a Far Rockaway resident for more than 30 years, died on August 30. He was 43.

    Liverman, a technician for Forest Laboratory, was born on January 30, 1962.

    He is survived by his mother, Annie Marie Liverman; father, Dennis Liverman; daughter, Tanezia; three sisters, Diane, Denise and Renee; four brothers, Dennis, Clarence, Michael and Eddie; sister-in-law, Dawn; and family, friends and neighbors.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and service were held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

    Daniel Robert Lucas

    Musician

    Daniel Robert Lucas, a lifetime Far Rockaway resident, died on September 7. He was 30.

    Lucas, a musician, was born on July 30, 1975 in Far Rockaway. He traveled with the Mason and Eastern Stars since he was three, joined the Youth Department and served in elected offices. In 1995, Lucas was chosen to represent New York City at an International Youth Conference on HIV and AIDS. He spoke before Congress, received a special recognition from President Bill Clinton and set up a Sickle Cell Foundation along with the Crystal Lee Collins Foundation for Youth Development.

    He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Irene Culpepper; and uncle, Louis Jones.

    He is survived by his mother, Joyce Lucas; two sons, Dayshawn and Daykwon Gaines; stepfather, Tyrone Williams; two uncles, Larry Jones and Calvin McNeill; aunts, Regina, Cathy, Debra Benjamin, and Betty Jones; grandfather, Johnny Lucas; cousins, Donald, Darrell, Damaris, Corey, Gerald, Alexis, Fachson, Craig, Zelda, Khadia, Devina, Brother, Cortz, Terry, Clinton, Regina, Joynisha and Zackerra; fiancée, Melinda D. Kirk; friend and mother of his sons, Tamisha Gaines, and other family and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service and visitation were held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

    Evelyn Murray

    Banker, Chase Manhattan

    Evelyn Murray, a Broad Channel resident for 64 years, died on September 15. She was 79.

    Murray, a banker for Chase Manhattan for 38 years, was born in Dundalk, Ireland. She was a member of St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church.

    She is preceded in death by her father, William M. Murray; and mother, Mary Alice Mulligan Murray.

    She is survived by her brother, James Murray; sister, Margaret Murray Dalton; brother-in-law, James W. Dalton; nephew, Michael Dalton; and niece, Allison Dalton Stucker.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hillebrand Funeral Home. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in New York.

    Tamika T. Regan

    Student

    Tamika T. Regan, a lifetime resident of Far Rockaway, died on September 8. She was 17.

    Regan, a student of Far Rockaway High School and an aspiring poet, was born on December 13, 1987.

    She is survived by her mother, Ellen Regan; grandmother, Marie Pollard; two sisters, Shakera and Sade; two brothers, Keith and William; best friend, Marquita; the Vernon family; and other friends and family.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service and visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Amityville Cemetery.

    Norman Edward “Ed” Roehling

    Father, Husband

    Norman Edward Roehling, of Sunrise, Florida, died on September 5. He was 79.

    He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Harriette “Isabelle” nee Prazmark; son, Michael J. Roehling (Victoria) of Broad Channel; daughter, Peggy L. Diamond (William); sister, Patricia Roehling; grandchildren, Robert J. Diamond (Serena), Charlotte D. Little (Al), and Jesse M. Roehling of Broad Channel; and great grandson, Albert M. Little IV.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home.

    Arthur Louis Smith

    Mailer

    Arthur Louis Smith, a Far Rockaway resident for over 40 years, died September 15. He was 86.

    Smith, a mailer, was born on January 1, 1919. His interests included jazz and sports cars. Family members said he was known for his sense of humor.

    He is preceded in death by his two sons, Arthur Jr. and Ronald.

    He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Audrian; four sons, Harold Smith, Robert M. Smith (Anna), Michael J. Smith and Gregory Nunn (Linda); two daughters, Lois V. Migkins (Samuel) and Mina Nunn; daughters-in-law, Gloria and Veronica; grandchildren, Michelle, Kelly, Muriel, Robin, Larry, Kass, Tina, Shonnie, Warren, Sheldon, Jeffrey, Janette, Diane and Robin; and other relatives and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation and a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.

    Larry S. Underwood

    Salesman

    Larry S. Underwood, a Far Rockaway resident for over 25 years, died on September 8. He was 73.

    Underwood, a salesman, was born on January 20, 1932 in Manhattan. He was a member of Corner Stone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York.

    He is preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Reina.

    He is survived by his sister, Audrey Meade; his wife of 32 years, Peggy Underwood; children, Bradford S. Underwood, Valarie, Larry Jr., Karen Cameron, Michelle and Linnette Peterkin; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three nieces, four nephews, and many relatives and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home with visitation and a service at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

    Helen Wells

    Homemaker

    Helen Wells, a Far Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died September 7. She was 78.

    Wells, a homemaker, was born on January 19, 1927 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. While in North Carolina, she was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist Church, and after moving to Far Rockaway, she joined the First Baptist Church of Far Rockaway. She participated in the S.A. Horsey Chorus, Peach Cobbler Pantry, and was a Boy Scout troop Den Mother. She was also a member of the CB Social Club.

    She is preceded in death by her first husband, John Ray; and son, Donald Lee Ray.

    She is survived by her son, John Major Ray; daughter-in-law, Janice Ray; three grandchildren, Crystal Jantel Ray, Donell Lawrence Ray and Chantel Ray; three sisters, Myrtle McCormick, Lucille Dixon and Martha McCrae; brother, Lawrence Dixon; brothers-in-law, James McCormick and Alfred McCrae; goddaughter, Leona Canton; and nieces, nephews, church family and friends.

    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A service and visitation were held at First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck.

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