2006-01-13 / Obits

George Walter Atherley Worked At Panama Canal

George Walter Atherley, a Rockaway resident for 18 years, died January 1. He was 80.

Atherley, who worked in the Gatun Locks at the Panama Canal, was born on February 7, 1925 in Panama City, Panama.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Beverley, Jorge, Olga, and Linda; sisters, Ruby and Dorothy; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was held at Oxford Hills Crematory in Oxford, New York.

Maureen Ann Berdon

Watch Repairer, Waitress

Maureen Ann Berdon (nee Gracey), a longtime Bayswater resident, died January 3 of cancer. She was 52.

Berdon, a watch repairer at Marvin’s in Cedarhurst and a waitress at several local restaurants, was born on September 16, 1953 in the Bronx. She moved to Far Rockaway as an infant with her family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Gracey (nee Bohan).

Berdon is survived by her husband, John A. Berdon Sr. of Bayswater; her father, James Gracey of Far Rockaway; son, Joseph Scarola of Inwood; three daughters, Kelly Scarola of Ronkonkoma, Christina Scarola of Rockville Centre, and Maureen Scarola of Long Beach; two brothers, James Gracey of Inwood and Kevin Gracey of Baldwin; sister, Kathleen Callahan of Baldwin; step-son, John A. Berdon Jr. of Far Rockaway; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home of Inwood. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Pinelawn, Long Island.

Albert A. Bianco

Land And City Surveyor

Albert A. Bianco, a former Edgemere resident, died January 8 at St. Albans Veteran’s Hospital. He was 82.

Bianco, the owner of Albert A. Bianco Land and City Surveyors of Inwood (formerly of Far Rockaway), was born on September 27, 1923 in Hewlett. He married a Rockaway girl, Gloria Deyhle, and lived for many years in Edgemere before moving to Cedarhurst. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 6th Marine Division, in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a past commander of the Far Rockaway Post #423 of the American Legion; a member of the Western Long Island Detachment Marine Corps League in Lynbrook; the Maris Stella Council #378 of the Knights of Columbus in Far Rockaway; and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Bianco; sister, Rose Bianco; and three brothers, Dominick, Anthony, and Victor.

Bianco is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter, Christine Bianco of Cedarhurst; two sons, Albert A. Jr. of Manhattan, and Brian J. of Malverne, Long Island; sister, Hilda Miller; and two brothers, Salvatore and Louis.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home of Inwood. Visitation was held at the Meserole Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joachim R.C. Church in Cedarhurst. Interment was held at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, Long Island.

Alan T. Byrne

U.S. Postal Worker

Alan T. Byrne, a Rockaway resident for 20 years, died suddenly on January 8 in a pedestrian accident in Florida.

Byrne, a United States Postal worker, was born in Manhattan. He was a lifelong summer resident of the Rockaways before living here full-time for 20 years, eventually retiring to Florida. Byrne was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his brother, Patrick Byrne; niece, Megan Byrne; and nephew, Patrick Byrne.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 14 at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.

Rosemary A. DeCecco

Homemaker

Rosemary A. DeCecco, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died December 14, 2005. She was 65.

DeCecco, a homemaker, was born January 8, 1940 in Rockaway Beach. She was a member of the First Congregational Church.

She is survived by her son, Frank DeCecco; and daughter-in-law, Frances DeCecco.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, January 15, 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94 Street in Rockaway Beach.

Loretta M. Finley

Waitress

Loretta M. Finley, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died January 12.

Finley, a waitress, was born in Brooklyn.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Finley; and her mother, Marie Hallock Finley.

Finley is survived by her brothers, John Coyne and Robert Finley; and her sister, Maryann Schmidt.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A service will be held at O’Connor’s on Friday, January 13 at 3 p.m. Interment will take place on Saturday, January 14 at Resurrection Cemetery in Staten Island.

Sharrieff Grant

Entrepreneur

Sharrieff Grant, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died January 4. He was 30.

Grant, an entrepreneur, was born on August 7, 1975 in Far Rockaway.

Grant was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Simmons.

He is survived by his children, Isaiah, Lil’ Sharrieff, and Dominaz; sisters, Shawanna and Lavonni; brothers, Rasean, Shamar, Alexander Jr., Mark and Richard; nieces and nephews, Kyasia, Laquashia, Alia, Devine, Shamarah, Elijah, Aukievah, Mark Jr., Raven, Kalon, Dequann and Karian; and special friends, Willie Jackson, Barry Jenkins, Angela Wilkinson and Nelson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Riverhead Cemetery in Riverhead, Long Island.

Edward Hayden

School Administrator

Edward Hayden, a former Rockaway resident, died January 2 of respiratory failure. He was 79.

Hayden, a longtime school administrator in Long Island, spent his youth in the Rockaways and worked as a lifeguard. He was living at Head of the Harbor, Long Island at the time of his death. Hayden was an avid art and antiques dealer, with an impressive eel spears collection. As a young man, Hayden discovered a watercolor painting by Winslow Homer at the home of his friend, Biff Brunner, whose mother had acquired it for seven dollars at a house auction in Far Rockaway. He was also a member of the Rushlight Club and the Hunters Garden Club.

Hayden was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Hayden (nee Robinson).

He is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Edward; daughter, Claudia; three grandchildren; and three brothers, John of Neponsit, Geoffrey of Massapequa and Tony of Belle Harbor.

Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Frezial Goodwin Jones

Board Of Ed Kitchen Aide

Frezial Goodwin Jones, a Rockaway resident for more than 45 years, died January 8. She was 78.

Jones, a kitchen aide for the Board of Education, was born on May 9, 1927 in St. Matthews, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Canaan Jones of Rockaway Beach; and her son, Brian Canaan.

She is survived by her two sons, Emery and Randy; cousins, Ada Cruline Odom, Louise Kitt, Walter Green, Robert Robinson Green and others; sister-in-law, Francis Ann Williams; brother-in-law, Joseph Ross Sr.; grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island.

Minister Samuel J. Mays

Custodian

Minister Samuel J. Mays, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died January 3. He was 68.

Mays, a custodian, was born on June 19, 1937 in Savannah, Georgia. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Mays was also a member of Beth-el Temple Church of God in Christ in Far Rockaway, and the New York Congregation Sons of Israel in Woodmere.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Nicole and Samantha Mays; in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Leon C. Harrison; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Harrison.

Mays is survived by his wife, Evangelist Earnestine Mays; children, La Toya, Johnathan, Tamara, Tina, and Gina Mays, Arlene Harrison, and Terrice Robinson; grandchildren, Terrence and Terrena Harrison; godchild, Thyra G. Doucet; in-laws, Clarence Harrison, Francis Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith, Luther Harrison (Joyce), Grace Harrison, Sheila Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Jams Wilson Daniels, Jeremiah Harrison, Thyra Harrison, Lorraine Harrison, and Jerome Harrison.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Thomas F. Metz

Carpenter

Thomas F. Metz, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died January 8.

Metz, a carpenter, was born in Rockaway Beach.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Lott Metz.

Metz is survived by his father, James; wife, Karen Vetere Metz; daughter, Melissa; son, Keith; daughter, Kimberly; brothers and sisters, James, Mary Napolitano, Edward, Warren, William, Richard, Irene Mallazzo, and Patricia Colleran.

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

George B. Murphy

Construction Worker

George B. Murphy, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died January 6.

Murphy, a construction worker who was a member of Tunnel Construction Local 147, was born in Queens.

He is survived by his mother, Eileen Mason Murphy; sister, Catherine Murphy; brothers, James and Thomas Murphy; companion, Raija Zeller; three nephews; and one niece.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home.

Brother

Walter J. Oberster

Religious Educator

Brother Walter J. Oberster, a Rockaway resident, died January 11. He was 72.

Brother Oberster, a religious educator from the Marianist Order, was born on November 20, 1934. He took his First Vow on September 3, 1953. His ministry took him to a number of catholic high schools throughout the United States, including Chaminade High School in Mineola. Brother Walter was also a member of the staff of St. John’s Home in Rockaway Park since 1997.

He is survived by his sister, Christine Scanlon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Church on Saturday, January 14 at 9:15 a.m. Interment will be held at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, New York.

William Joseph Pilkington

Landscaper

William Joseph Pilkington, a lifelong resident of Far Rockaway and Inwood, died December 18, 2005 at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. He was 73.

Pilkington, a landscaper, was born on August 3, 1932 in Clifton, New Jersey. He came to the Rockaways when he was three months old, and graduated from Far Rockaway High School.

Pilkington is survived by his brother, Maurice Sullivan of Inwood; two sisters, Jane Doreen Mason (Thomas) of Forked River, New Jersey, and Marjorie Ensley of Yonkers; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home of Inwood. Disposition was held at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 25 at noon at St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church in Far Rockaway.

Valerie Seifert

Longtime Resident

Valerie Seifert, a Florida resident formerly of Arverne and Rockaway Beach, died Dec. 15. She was 96.

Seifert was born in Arverne on October 15, 1909. She lived in her family’s home on Beach 66 Street until she married Fred “Fritz” Seifert, a well-known roofer and tinsmith and owner of Siefert Roofing Co. The Seifert’s lived at 331 Beach 88 Street for more than 20 years. Valerie, a homemaker, was parishioner at St. Rose of Lima, where she was active with the religion program, Catholic Daughters and other groups. In 1958, the Seifert’s relocated to Pompano Beach, Florida.

Seifert was preceded in death by her husband and sister, Rose Nesselt. She is survived by two sons, Frederick Seifert (Nancy) of Smithtown, Long Island and Robert Seifert (Rosemarie) of Pompano Beach; seven grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements sere entrusted to the Kraer Funeral Home in Pompano Beach. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Lighthouse Point, Florida.

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