2006-03-24 / Obits

Angelina Cordero Homemaker

Angelina Cordero, a Far Rockaway resident for more than 50 years, died March 19. She was 97.

Cordero, a homemaker, was born in Puerto Rico. She moved to Far Rockaway in 1953.

She is survived by her children, Altagracia, Samuel, Miguel, Wilfredo and Herman; granddaughter, Sylvia Rodriguez (Daniel); 18 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

Janie Cromwell

Maintenance Engineer

Janie Cromwell, a Rockaway resident for over 10 years, died March 7. She was 81.

Cromwell, a maintenance worker, was born on November 1, 1924 in Charleston, South Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher Cromwell Sr.; three sons, Andrew, Christopher Jr. and Jerome (Bobby); three daughters, Debbie, Cynthia, and Cathy; son-in-law, Mark Watson; grandson, Justin Marcus; aunt, Wilhelmina Myles; three brothers, Alex Brown, Percy Brown and Edward Brown; four sisters, Lillian, Dorothy, Sarah and Elizabeth; four brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Springfield Gardens. Interment was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Rose M. Goebel

Homemaker

Rose M. Goebel, a lifelong summer resident who started living in Rockaway year-round more than 15 years ago, died March 22.

Goebel, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn. She was a summer resident of the Old Rockaway Tent Community and spent the rest of her summers in the Rockaways before becoming a year-round resident in 1990.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter; brother, James Blaney; and sisters, Catherine Blaney and Dorothy McSparran.

Goebel is survived by her daughters, Rosemary Egan, Joanne Considine, Helen Clancy, and Kathy Ryan; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside.

Hugh Alexander Mathews

Factory Worker

Hugh Alexander Mathews, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died March 13. He was 80.

Mathews, a factory worker, was born on January 18, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and received an honorable discharge.

Mathews is survived by his niece, Lucinda Wyche; and many grandnieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Disposition was held at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.

Virginia "Winifred" McDonnell

Retirement Coordinator

Virginia "Winifred" McDonnell, a 30-year Rockaway resident coming from Brooklyn, died March 22.

McDonnell, a retirement coordinator for Asia Society NY, was born in Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward McDonnell.

McDonnell is survived by her brother, John F. McDonnell Sr.; and nieces and nephews, Edward, John, Mark, Jane, Eileen, Ellen, Jeanne, and Carol.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Church on Saturday, March 25 at 9:45 a.m. Interment will be held at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.

Josephine Michel Nelson

Certified Nurse's Assistant

Josephine Michel Nelson, a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died March 14. She was 63.

Nelson was born on November 2, 1942 in Saint-Louis du Nord, Haiti. She was a certified nurse's assistant who worked in the Rockaway Care Center and Queens Nassau Nursing Home. She was a member of Eglise Baptiste D'Expression Francaise de Far Rockaway.

Nelson was preceded in death by her mother, Marie-Louise Michel; and father, Saintilma Michel.

She is survived by her husband, George; children, Roblain and Rolaine; sisters, Justine and Annette; brothers, Desir, Lucien, Emmanuel and Jean-Robert; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Eglise Baptiste D'Expression Francaise de Far Rockaway. Interment was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens.

Ida Smith

Homemaker

Ida Smith, a Rockaway resident for 39 years, died March 16. She was 92.

Smith, a homemaker, was born on July 27, 1913 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Florence Waldman; and granddaughter, Glynn Waldman.

Smith is survived by her son, Leonard Smith; daughter, Janet Smith; and sister, Gerry Berman.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Sinai Mortuary in Phoenix, Arizona. Funeral services and interment were held on Sunday, March 19 at New Montefiore Cemetery in Pinelawn, New York.

Verdia Williams

Telemarketer

Verdia Williams, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died March 9. She was 62.

Williams, a telemarketer, was born on November 19, 1943 in Pineapple, Alabama.

Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Loab McReynolds and Annie Dale.

She is survived by her husband, Arundel Williams; sister, Lucille Thompson; nieces, Arlene and Yvonne Thompson; great-niece, Raven-Symone Paris King; and brother-in-law, Daniel Thompson.

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.

George Francis Woodbury

New York Times Employee

George Francis Woodbury, a former Roxbury resident for 35 years, died March 13 at St. Albans Veterans Hospital. He was 80.

Woodbury, a New York Times employee for 40 years, was born on May 30, 1926 in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Woodbury was a decorated World War II veteran. He enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, playing cards, and was an avid fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne Teevan Woodbury.

Woodbury is survived by his children, George Jr., Gail and Gary; grandchildren, Eric, Christopher and Valarie; and sister, Britta (Reverend Harald Kuehne).

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torregrossa Funeral Home in Brooklyn, where a service was held. Disposition was at Glenwood Cemetery in Queens.

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