2006-05-05 / Obits


Armando Arzadon Registered Nurse

Armando Arzadon, a resident of Inwood, died April 23. He was 56.

Arzadon, a registered nurse and longtime employee of Park Nursing Home in Rockaway Beach, was born in Baguio, Phillipines.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia (nee Palaganas); two daughters, Arlene Arzadon-Basilan of the Bronx and Armilyn Arzadon of Inwood; brother, Rafael of the Phillipines; and four sisters, Gloria Garcia of Inwood, Perlita Castro and Judy Ann Carrasquillo of Leonia, New Jersey, and Mendilynn Arzadon of New York City.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home of Inwood. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Inwood. Interment was held at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, Long Island.

Irene Sadie Austin


Irene Sadie Austin, a Far Rockaway resident for 41 years, died April 25. She was 91.

Austin, a homemaker, was born on September 11, 1914 in Mobile, Alabama. She also worked as nurse's assistant. An accomplished seamstress, her hobbies included making quilts, which she gave to needy families. Austin was a member of the First Calvary Baptist Church in Inwood, where she served on the Usher Board. She also became the Pastor's Aide president, was a missionary, and sang with the Gospel Choir.

She was preceded in death by her son, Curtis L. Austin; parents, James and Sylvia Clay; husband, Martin Austin Sr.; and godson, Troy Anthony.

Austin is survived by her sons, James McAlister (Betty) of Los Angeles, California, Martin Austin, Jr. (Clotus) of Los Angeles, and Mason Austin (Helen) of Far Rockaway; daughters, Louverta Williams of Mobile, Alabama, Rosa Norman and Sylvia Holder of Far Rockaway, Christine Austin of Ackron, Ohio, and Minister Geraldine Kelly (Son) of Jamaica, New York; sister, Josie Lee Scott of Mobile, AL; uncle, Berry Peterson of Birmingham, AL; godson, Reverend Michael Gissentanna of Freeport, New York; granddaughter, Joyce Smith (James) of Far Rockaway; special friend, Louise Henderson of Jamaica, New York; 45 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; 19 great great-grandchildren; special nurses from Bishop McClean Nursing Home; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was held at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, Long Island.

Antoinetta Brandenburg

Former Rockaway Resident

Antoinetta Brandenburg, a former Rockaway resident, died on April 29 at the Bartley Manor Nursing Home in Jackson, New Jersey.

Brandenburg was born in Rockaway Beach and moved to Jackson, New Jersey in 1999. She was the past president of the Columnists and the Manor Club, and was a member of the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Farmingdale, Long Island.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; and son, William.

Brandenburg is survived by her son, Lou, from Florida; daughter, Barbara Hartman and her companion, John Depoto; four sisters, Agnes Grecco and Theresa Quadrozzi of Long Island, Dorothy Ferranti of New York, and Claire Havel of Florida; granddaughter, Teresa Childers (Keith); and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lakewood Funeral Home in Howell, New Jersey. Visitation was held at the Lakewood Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Farmingdale. Interment was held at Rockville Cemetery in Lynbrook, Long Island.

Gregory 'George' F. Caligiuri

Retired Fire Chief

Gregory "George" F. Caligiuri, a former New York City Fire Department chief who was born and raised in Rockaway, died April 25.

"George," as he was known, was the oldest son of the late Marie and Eugene Caligiuri. He attended PS 44 and Far Rockaway High School, where he was a star basketball player. After graduating from high school, he became a New York City Transit Police Officer. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Following his discharge in 1945, Caligiuri transferred to the New York City Fire Department, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief. He was the first captain in command to open Ladder Co. 173 in Howard Beach. The bond with his fellow firefighters remained even after his retirement in 1978. He frequently visited the firehouse to chat and reminisce. Shopping for them was a great source of enjoyment for him. He took great pride in his fellow firefighters and in being part of such a brotherhood," said his sister, Jean McKenna.

"George was a people person, young at heart, whose warm and outgoing personality appealed to people of all ages. He had a unique ability to relate to young people. Those who knew him well remember him as a man of character who embodied all of the values of the great American generation," McKenna added.

Caligiuri was also a popular basketball referee for local youth games played at St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor. He was also a member of the Holy Name Society, Young At Heart Club and a past commander of the Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion in Rockaway Beach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Eugene Caligiuri; sister, Irene DiResto; brother, William; and niece, Irene Reda.

Caligiuri is survived by his wife of 58 years, Catherine; sons, James (Nancy) and William; daughter, Mary Ann Wiesner (William); sister, Jean McKenna (Joe); five grandchildren, William, Daniel, James, Jerusha and David; 10 nieces and nephews; twenty great-nieces and nephews; and many other family members.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the James Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home in Ozone Park. A Funeral Mass with honor guard was celebrated by Reverend William With at St. Helen's Church in Howard Beach. Following the mass, firefighters from Ladder Co. 173 saluted the former chief. Interment was held at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.

Geraldine F. Clavin

Retired Woolworth Manager

Geraldine F. Clavin, an Arverne resident for 50 years, died April 11. She was 79.

Clavin, a retired manager from Woolworth Company, was born in Rockaway Beach. She was a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel R.C. Church in Patchogue, Long Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Charles Clavin; and siblings, Joseph Clavin, Theresa Berkhoff, Christina Vanderbilt and Charles Clavin.

Clavin is survived by her sisters, Helen O'Reilly (Bernard) and Virginia Mott (the late William).

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Patchogue. All other funeral arrangements were kept private.

Keith Edwards Jr.

Self-Employed Entrepreneur

Keith Edwards Jr., a Rockaway resident for over 60 years, died March 24. He was 65.

Edwards, a self-employed entrepreneur who was the former owner of "Your Record Shop" on Beach 88 Street, was born on January 29, 1941 in Denmark, South Carolina. He was a member of the Nation of Islam.

Edwards was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Ida Robinson; parents, Samuella and Keith Edwards Sr.; and granddaughter, Shaneen Williams.

He is survived by lifetime friend, companion and mother of his children, Angela D. Pope; three children, Arena, Adrienne and Kareem; seven grandchildren, Sha'rem, Angela, Sha'dasia, Savon, Sha'kin, Tyreem and Sha'von; son-in-law, Kirk Williams; two brothers, James Waters (Sheila) and William P. Waters; and sisters, Betty Edwards, Linda Sims (Tommie), Carrie Drakeford and Dr. Rose L. Waters.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Annie W. Jaycoxe


Annie W. Jaycoxe, a resident of Arverne, died April 21 at Peninsula Hospital Center. She was 57.

Jaycoxe, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn. She formerly lived in Far Rockaway before moving to Arverne.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Jaycoxe, Jr.

Jaycoxe is survived by her son, Domenick Jaycoxe (Jennifer) of Rockaway Beach; daughter, Demmi Jaycoxe and her fiance, Julian Lennie; two grandchildren, Rondell Prince and Marcus Lennie; three brothers, Jonathan Krango of Ozone Park, Michael Krango of California, and Dominick Krango of Cincinnatus, New York; and sister, Nadine Garcia.Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home of Inwood, where a prayer service was held. Interment was held at Calverton National Cemetery.

Ingeborg Lindner

Far Rockaway Resident

Ingeborg Lindner, a Far Rockaway resident since 1959, died April 28. She was 85.

Lindner was born in Greifswald, Germany. She fled from East Germany to the United Stated in 1956, and lived in Utica, New York for three years before moving to Far Rockaway.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans-Georg Lindner; and sister, Waltraut Stobbe.

Lindner is survived by her daughter, Renate Hillhouse (David) of Holden, Massachusetts; two sons, Uwe Lindner (Gail) of Bayonne, New Jersey and Christoph Lindner (Judy) of Long Beach, Long Island; three grandchildren, Erik Hillhouse, and Brett and Todd Lindner; and brother, Wolfgang Monse of Richmond, Virginia.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home, Inc. of Inwood. A service was held at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Cedarhurst, Long Island. Interment was held at Oceanview Cemetery in Staten Island.

Theresa Murphy

Stella Maris H.S. Administrator

Theresa Murphy, a Rockaway resident for 28 years, died May 1 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Murphy, an administrator at Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Park, was born in the Bronx. She spent many summers in the Rockaways before moving to Rockaway Beach. She relocated to Tinton Falls, New Jersey in 1995, but continued to commute to Rockaway, and celebrated 30 years of service this year at Stella Maris. She retained her connection to the Rockaway community with active participation in the Daniel M. O'Connell Post 272 of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a past president. Murphy was also a past president of the Queens County American Legion Auxiliary.

Murphy was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Frank Murphy; sisters, Margaret Troy and Mary Sullivan; and brothers, James and Jeremiah Sullivan.

Murphy is survived by her sister, Catherine Hagens of Seaford, New York; son, Eugene Murphy (Margaret); daughter, Mary Murphy; son, Kevin Murphy and his partner, Liz O'Sullivan; son, Timothy Murphy; daughter, Eileen McKnight (Richard); daughter, Cathy Ann Conway (Michael); ten grandchildren, Sean Murphy, Stephen and Peggy McKnight, Brian, Timothy and Samantha Murphy, Colleen and Owen Conway, Olivia Murphy and Kate O'Sullivan.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bongarzone Funeral Home, 2400 Shafto Road in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Visitation will be held Friday, May 5, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6 at Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church in Neptune, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for a scholarship in Murphy's memory to Stella Maris High School, Beach 112 Street, Rockaway Park, New York 11694, c/o Geri Martinez.

Jacqueline Sullivan


Jacqueline Sullivan (nee Smith), a Rockaway resident for 46 years coming from Brooklyn, died April 30.

Sullivan, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn. She was a member of the St. Thomas More Arts and Crafts Group and the Golden Age Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene F. Sullivan.

Sullivan is survived by her daughters, Michele Royston and Denise Sullivan; and grandchildren, John and Christian Lang.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point.

Clare A. Wayne

Registered Nurse

Clare A. Wayne (nee Rutter), a lifelong Rockaway resident, died April 28.

Wayne, a registered nurse at Peninsula Hospital Center E.R., was born in Rockaway Beach. She was also a medical claims investigator at Catholic Medical Center, and a participant in the Relay for Life American Cancer Society.

Wayne was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Rutter.

She is survived by her son, Timothy C. Wayne; daughter, Rachael A. Ecock (Scott); brothers, Jim Rutter (Rosie), Ronald Rutter (Jeanne), and Kenny Rutter (Teri); sister, Dorothy Farrell; granddaughter, Julia Clare Ecock; nieces, Maureen, Tracy, Kimberly, Barbara Jean, Jackie and Amy Rutter; and cousin, Maureen Ris.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Genevieve Church in Roxbury.

Mary Winters

Registered Nurse

Mary Winters (nee Tighe), a Rockaway resident for 29 years coming from the Bronx, died May 2. She was 99.

Winters, a retired registered nurse, was born in Carrowmore, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland. She was a Member of the Third Order, St. Barnabas Fraternity of St. Francis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Winters; brother Anthony Tighe; and sisters, Ann Mullarkey and Maggie Kinnavane.

Winters is survived by her nephews, Michael, Martin, Anthony and Patrick Tighe; and niece, Mary Brougham.

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 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

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