Bernice Brunson Hearns, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died
August 6. She was 96.
Hearns, a housewife, was born on July 16, 1911 in Cameron, South Carolina. She was a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters; and her husband, Nelson Hearns.
Hearns is survived by her daughter, Daisy Louise; son-in-law, Oakdale Stanley Fox; sister-in-law, Josie Dennis; grandchildren, Alicia, Christopher, Victoria and LaJuane; step-grandchildren, Oakdale (Wendy), Randy, Gregory, Brian and Rosalyn; grandson-in-law, Jaimee Friend; nieces, Annie Felix of South Carolina and Mamie Hudson; great grandchildren, Lydia, Melquan, Terrance, Moriah, Noelle, Jaimee and Seneca; grandnieces, and grandnephews; godchildren, Eugene Robinson, Helen Howell and Michelle Wright of South Carolina, Adrienne Miranda, Tearsa Turner, Baniyha Berry; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home. Visitation was held at Bethel AME Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale.
O'Neil Johnson, a Rockaway resident for five years, died August 12. He was 67.
Johnson, a social worker, was born on November 2, 1938 in Richmond County, Georgia. He was a United States Army Veteran.
He is survived by his sons, Carlton Boggs and Derrick Johnson; daughters, Debbie Johnson, Constance Robinson (Eric), Ronda Gladmond (Reginald), Leah Johnson and Ahdiah Johnson; brothers, Guy Wade and Johnny Wade; sisters, Lola Harris and Mildred Willingham; sisters-in-law, Joyce Johnson, Leanna Johnson and Thomasina Wilkie (Greg); brothers-in-law, Charles Williams and Vernon Williams (Mary); aunt, Julia Walker; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at A. Barrett Funeral Home in Brooklyn. Interment was at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Georgia.
John J. McEvoy
NYC Transit Authority Worker
John J. McEvoy, a Broad Channel resident, died August 15. He was 87.
McEvoy, a New York City Transit Authority Motorman for the C line, was born in Brooklyn on February 15, 1919. He owned a bungalow in the Old Mill before moving to Broad Channel in 1949. At the time of his death, he was a resident at the New York State Veterans Home at St. Albans.
McEvoy was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in Italy and Africa during World War II. He was also called during the Korean War to train troops in Fort Benning, Georgia. McEvoy was a long-time member of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department as well as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid camper and member of the Long Island Pathfinders.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella; and his second wife, Winnie.
McEvoy is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Henglein; son-in-law, Frank Henglein; grandson, Ricky Henglein and his wife Cindy; great-grandchildren, Frank, Matthew, Alison, Brian Tom, Tim, Victoria, Ricky and Jill; great-great-grandchildren, Michael, Frankie and Brendan; and great-granddaughter-in-law, Monique.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home in Broad Channel. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Virgillius Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Catherine McKie, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died August 4. She was 54.
McKie, a postal clerk, was born on August 18, 1941 in Aiken, South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Carrie Lee Bert Morgan; husband, Thomas McKie Jr.; brothers, Balton and Marion Morgan; nephew, Terry Morgan; and three sisters.
McKie is survived by her children, Debbie Timmons, Beverly Williams, Natalie Ferment and Thomas McKie; brothers, Robert Morgan and Sergeant Harry Morgan; sister, Elizabeth Morgan; sisters-in-law, Delores Morgan and Katherine Morgan; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; friends, Ethel, Johanna, Florence and Wanda White; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, New York.
Madeline Quinn (nee Sauter), a Rockaway resident for 37 years com
ing from Elmhurst, Queens, died August 12.
Quinn, a telephone operator for St. John's Hospital in Rego Park, was born in Manhattan. She was a member of the St. Camillus Golden Age club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur.
Quinn is survived by her son, Joseph Ribulla; daughters, Carole Casey and Nancy Caballero; grandchildren, Denise, Christine, Susan, Jeremy, Thomas, Kristin and Michelle; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Serafin Rivera, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died August 9. He was 67.
Rivera, a housekeeper, was born on November 14, 1938 in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rivera is survived by his wife, Haydee; daughters, Haydelina and Elizabeth; sons, David, Serafin Oscar and Joseph James; brothers, Francisco "Paquito" Rivera, Efren "Fren" Rivera and Felipe "Pipe" Rivera; sisters, Alicia "Ali" Ortiz-Rivera and Sara "Sarita" Rivera de Martinez; grandsons, Donovan Davis and Omar Avent; granddaughters, Michelle Rivera and Jessica Davis; 16 nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
Viola Murlins Roach
Viola Murlins Roach, a Rockaway resident for over 40 years, died August 5. She was 82.
Roach, a clerk, was born on May 3, 1924 in Miami, Florida. She was a member of the Mount Olive Church of God in Christ in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Richard and Daniel Penn.
Roach is survived by her sister, Dr. Dorcas Liver; brothers, Clevason and Herbert Penn Jr.; children, Mabell Meadows, Alban Jr., Charles (Mujahid) and Richard Roach; grandchildren, Monica and Nailah Harris, Korea Harris-White, Richard Jr. and Paula Roach, Tehoa Meadows-Dawkins; great grandchildren, Cheyenne Moran, Alexis and Zion Burks, and Averie Roach; friends, Elease Hunter and Margaret Bronson; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.