Louise Brown-Battle, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died January 11. She was 57.
Brown-Battle was born on March 5, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina. She was a school bus matron.
Brown-Battle was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Thelma Brown; husband, James Edward Battle Sr.; brother, Lawrence Junior Brown; and sister, Dorothy “Minnie” Hayes.
She is survived by her children, James E. Battle, Cynthia D. Emanuel and Rahsaan D. Battle; surrogate children, Lenny, Samantha and Vanessa Spencer; sisters, Rosalee Armstrong, Jannie Mack, and Florence Brown; brothers, Calvin and Arthur Brown; mother-in-law, Lillie Mae Johnson; sisters-in-law, Sandra and Louise Brown, Gwendolyn and Theresa Johnson, Cynthia Laday, and Diomi Johnson; brothers-in-law, Charles Laday, and Milton and Dwight Johnson; daughter-in-law, Sabrina Johnson; grandchildren, Meshica “Booney,” Laquasha “YaYa,” Jamayne, Nyshema, Layquan, Jaquan, Jessica, T’Nahj Battle, Angela, and Shajuana Emanuel; goddaughter, Courtney Hunter; extended family, Clyde, Pat, Clyde Jr., Tavonda “TeeTee,” and Corey Rawlins; and special friend John Maddox.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was held at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
John E. Casey
John E. Casey, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died January 26.
Casey, a retired insurance executive, was born in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Casey (nee Crumlish); son, Peter Casey; daughters, Eileen Davies, Kathleen Hill, and Ann Martin; brother, Eugene Casey; and grandchildren, Kati, Meaghan, Erin and Peter Casey, Matthew, Mary Catherine and Michael Davies; and Kailey and Kelsey Hill.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 28 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., and Sunday, January 29 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment will be held at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. Donations may be made to Mercy Home for Children, 243 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215.
Alan Day, a longtime resident of Rockaway Beach, died January 20. He was 55.
Day was born on August 26, 1951 in Rockaway Beach, and worked as an auto mechanic for Deuce’s Car Service before moving to Ocola, Florida with his family 10 years ago.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Riccardi; and his sister, Lorraine Cappelletti.
Day is survived by his wife, Terry Murgolo; three daughters, Stacy Jones, Kathleen Day and Carri Day; son, Dale Riccardi; ten grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in Ocola, Florida. All other funeral arrangements were kept private.
Arthur E. Fazio
Daily News Foreman
Arthur E. Fazio, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died January 19.
Fazio, a foreman in the Receiving Department of the Daily News and Brooklyn Printing Plant who retired in 1991, was born in Brooklyn. Fazio also served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957.
He is survived by his children, Steven Fazio, Rona W. Havens, and Greg Guinard; sister, Jean Raspanti; grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Havens; nephew, Thomas Raspanti; and cousin, John Fazio.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church.
Felicia Ann Lawson
Felicia Ann Lawson, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died January 13. She was 34.
Lawson was born on September 15, 1971 in Queens. She was a cashier.
Lawson is survived by her daughter, Shatyqua; mother, Janice Lawson-Greene; Father, Klandolph Jones; brothers, Darrell and Johnny Lawson; grandmothers, Marion Lawson and Elmarie Jones; sisters, April and Kiva Culbertson and Briana, Candace and Cantrell Jones.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was held at Cody Grove Cemetery in Warrenton, Georgia.
Mary T. McCarthy
Mary T. McCarthy, a Rockaway resident for 58 years, died January 25.
McCarthy, who was known by her friends as “Mickey,” was born in Brooklyn. She was a retired telephone operator who worked for AT&T. McCarthy also served her country as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. McCarthy; and her daughter, Mary.
She is survived by her daughters, Jacqueline McCarthy and Michaele Gorman.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 28 from 7-9 p.m., and Sunday, January 29, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 30, 10:45 a.m., at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment will be held at Long Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn, New York.
Oshay Jermaine Mitchell
Oshay Jermaine Mitchell, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died January 19. He was 26.
Mitchell, a maintenance worker, was born on March 19, 1979 in Queens. He attended school in the Rockaways.
Mitchell is survived by his mother, Linda Causey; father, Michael Mitchell; stepfather, Leon Causey; grandmother, Gloria Bryant; and the love if his life, Shawnee Tatum.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with at Gaffney’s Friendship Chapel. Disposition was held at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.
Stop & Shop Employee
Patricia Ruvolo (nee Murray), a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died January 24. She was 50.
Ruvolo was born in the Bronx on August 2, 1955. She relocated to Virginia for a short time and then to Florida before returning to Rockaway. As a teenager she worked summers at a popular skeeball arcade across from Rockaway’s Playland. She worked at the Stop & Shop supermarket in Inwood until April, 2005.
Ruvolo was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Murray.
She is survived by her son, Keith; grandsons, Keith and Sean; her father, Frank Murray; and her brother, Frank Murray.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Abbey Affordable Cremation and Funeral Services in Largo, Florida. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Elizabeth A. Schiano
Opera Singer, Artist
Elizabeth A. Schiano, a Rockaway resident since 1978, died January 22.
Schiano was born in Buffalo, New York. She was an opera singer, pianist, and artist. Schiano also worked for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Margret Collins.
She is survived by her husband, Vincent A. Schiano; sons, Vincent Raymond Schiano and Raymond Collins Schiano; and granddaughter, Brienne Schiano.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Raccuglia Funeral Home in Brooklyn. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Camillus Church. Interment plans are not set, but will take place in Buffalo, New York.
Justine Sica, a Rockaway resident for 47 years, died January 21.
Sica, a retired keypunch operator, was born in Italy. She was also a former assistant Scout leader for the Girl Scouts of America.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Sica; daughter, Phyllis Giordano; brothers, Clemens and Frank Benvenga; grandson, Justin Giordano; and great-grandchildren, Hailie and Justin Giordano.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Shawntay Laverne Stephens
Shawntay Laverne Stephens, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died January 15. She was 18.
Stephens was born on March 5, 1987 in Queens. She attended school and church in the Rockaways, and was a member of the Turtle Dove Worship Center.
She was preceded in death by her father, Telford; mother, Barbara; and brother, Elton.
Stephens is survived by her brother, Derrick; sister-in-law, Novella; nieces, Shavella, Destiny and Diamond; nephews, Dyrell, Derrick Jr., Darius and Daunte; grandmothers, Grace Stephens and Annie Mae Champion; aunts and uncles, Veronica and Dennis Davis, Robert Lee and Tonya Stephens, Elvira and Gerald Shaw, Inez and Herman Ragland, Bruce Champion, and Johni and Yvonne Bryant; godmother, Rosie Barnett; and godsister, Sabrina Barnett.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Visitation was held at St. John’s Baptist Church in Rockaway Beach. Interment was held at Frostwood Cemetery in Marlboro, New Jersey.