2006-09-01 / Obits


Ruth Mae Baskin


Ruth Mae Baskin, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died August 26. She was 82.

Baskin, a homemaker, was born on March 7, 1924 in Crawfordsville, Georgia. She was a member of the St. John Baptist Church of Arverne for over 60 years.

Baskin was preceded in death by her parents, Fannie Mae and Ezell Stephens; brothers, Ernest, Wardell, Robert and Willie; sisters, Idella Dennis and Georgia Mae Stephens; daughter, Gertrude; granddaughters, Tracey Barnes and Keisha Williams; and niece, Stacey Ann Stephens.

Baskin is survived by her daughters, Yvonne and Marilyn; sons, Johnny, Curtis, Linton "Junior" and Anthony; special daughter-in-law, Carletta Williams; sisters, Katherine Jackson and Yvonne Stephens; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three grandsons-in-law; two granddaughters-in-law; special nephews, Larry Stephens "Uncle Bud" and Gregory Stephens; surrogate children, Tommy, Tony Terry and Lenny; friend, Akiya Calloway; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at St. John Baptist Church in Arverne. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.

Florence Diane Griffin

X-Ray Technician

Florence Diane Griffin, a Rockaway resident for over 20 years, died August 28. She was 60.

Griffin, an X-ray technician, was born on November 26, 1946 in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac J. Grehm; sister, Verda C. Hill; and brothers, Thomas N. Grehm and Isaac J. Grehm Jr.

Griffin is survived by her mother, Hester Mae Grehm; husband, Ronald T. Griffin; son, Ronald Anthony Griffin; ex daughter-in-law, Janice Roulhac; grandchildren, Jaleisha and Iqwan Griffin and Janelle Roulhac; sisters, Rosalyn Marie Herbin and Catherine Louise Robinson; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.

Irving Horowitz, MD

Former Rockaway Resident

Irving Horowitz, MD, a former Rockaway resident, died August 21 in San Diego, California. He was 92.

Horowitz was born in Brooklyn on February 19, 1914, the youngest of Sol and Yetta Horowitz's five children. He attended Boys High School and New York University, where he graduated in 1934 as a member of the Draper Chemical Society, with honors. He attended NYU/Bellevue Medical School and graduated in 1938 and served his residency at Cumberland Hospital before starting a private practice in Flatbush and then in Park Slope for the next 32 years. He also attended at the Samaritan, Lefferts General and Brooklyn Jewish Hospitals.

Horowitz left private practice to take several government positions, where he became an expert in addiction medicine, serving as a physician on the Rockefeller Commission and co-authoring their publication on addiction and withdrawal. He was also an on-site physician in the Medicaid Oversight Program.

In 1934, Horowitz was the head counselor at the Lorraine Hotel day camp on Beach 35 Street in Edgemere, where he met his future wife, Sylvia Cohen. They were married in 1939 and summered in Neponsit and Belle Harbor before moving there permanently in 1965. Horowitz enjoyed the beach, swimming and was a regular handball player at the Riis Park courts.

Horowitz and his wife moved to California in 1983, where he continued his work in addiction medicine and also became an Associate Commissioner of Health for the state. For the last 10 years until recently, Horowitz worked as a physician for the corrections department of San Diego.

Horowitz was a son of one of the first families of the Brooklyn Jewish Center in Crown Heights. He remained active and eventually became a Trustee. He co-chaired the effort to have two annual concerts; and was a supporter of Boys Town in Jerusalem, which has inherited much of the property and legacy of the BJC.

Horowitz is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sylvia; sons, Steven (Brenda) of San Diego, California and Dr. Ernest (ex Maureen) of Belle Harbor; and grandchildren, Sandy and Deborah of San Diego and Cliff and Etta of Pennsylvania.

Interment was held in San Diego, California. Other funeral arrangements were kept private.

Anne F. Leahy


Anne F. Leahy, a Rockaway resident for 50 years coming from the Bronx, died August 29.

Leahy, a homemaker, was born in Bayonne, New Jersey and served for many years as Executive Secretary at the American Association for the Blind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and son, Gerard.

Leahy is survived by her daughter, Barbara Leahy; grandchildren, Christopher, James (Heather) and William; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kaitlyn.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation Friday, September 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 2 at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment will be at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

Gertrude Lally Scannell


Gertrude Lally Scannell, a Breezy Point resident for four years coming from Jamaica Estates who also summered in the Rockaways for over 51 years, died August 24.

Scannell, a homemaker, was born in Manhattan. She was a member of the St. Thomas More-St. Edmund Altar Rosary Society; an active alumna of Barnard College where she chaired the 60th reunion; and was active in the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel T. Scannell, the former Vice Chairman of the MTA; son, Robert E. Scannell; and brother, Frank Lally.

Scannell is survived by her children, Maureen Scannell Bateman, Joan P. Scannell and Daniel T. Scannell; grandchildren, Kathleen Graham, Nancy DiCicco Scannell, Eleana S. McMurry, Anastasia S. McMurry and Daniel F. Bateman; great-grandchildren, Livia Graham and Gavin DiCicco; and brother, Leonard Lally.

Funeral arrangements and visitation 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 Mt. St. Mary in Flushing, Queens.

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