Vincent Anthony Biondo, a former 40-year Far Rockaway resident, died November 13 at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. He was 81.
Biondo was born in Inwood, where he also lived for about 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army and fought in the European Theater during World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Biondo was a member of the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers Local #154. After his retirement, he worked for another 10 years as the dockmaster at the Town of Hempstead Inwood Marina.
Biondo was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary, Anna, Roseann and Amy.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irene (nee Slavinski); children, Vincent Jr. (Toni Jean) of Inwood, Joseph (Donna Ann) of Hauppauge, Long Island and Donna Stanya (Robert) of Inwood; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Carlo and Antonio, both of Far Rockaway.
A service was held at The Meserole Funeral Home in Inwood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Rockville Centre, Long Island, on Friday, November 17, at 9:45 a.m. Interment at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, Long Island will follow.
Retired Process Server
Philip Deans, who lived in Rockaway for 40 years, died November 5 after a long battle with emphysema. He was 63.
Deans, a retired process server, was born on January 31, 1943 in New York. He was a member of Aging of America in the Bronx.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Reid Deans.
Deans is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Deans; sons, Michael, Brian and James Deans; grandson, James; sister, Maureen Meccio; and brothers, Michael and Kevin.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Farenga Brothers Funeral Home in the Bronx. Disposition was at Woodlawn in the Bronx.
Jorge Del Valle
Jorge Del Valle, a Rockaway resident for 15 years coming from Puerto Rico, died November 10.
Del Valle, a supervisor, was born in Puerto Rico.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Ortiz Del Valle; and son, Daniel.
Del Valle is survived by his sons, Ricardo, Jorge Luis and Joel; seven sisters; and six grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
George Emmanuel Dixon
George Emmanuel Dixon, a longtime Far Rockaway resident, died November 8. He was 69.
Dixon was born on August 28, 1937 in Prattville, Manchester. An auto mechanic who learned his trade and worked for United Motors, where he was employed for many years before moving on to John Crooks Ltd. He was then motivated to open his own business, and tried to serve his community to the best of his ability.
Dixon is survived by his wife, Laurel; daughters, Althea, Georgia, Rose, Pauline and Simone; sons, Anthony, Richard, Gary and Noel; sister, Delores; brother, Bruce; nine grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Springfield Cemetery in Springfield Gardens, New York.
Johnnie Mae Galloway
Johnnie Mae Galloway, a Rockaway resident for 24 years coming from Brooklyn, died November 14.
Galloway, a homemaker, was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina. She was a Native American and a member of the Cherokee Indian Tribe.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Henry Galloway; sons, Louis, Earl, William, Richard, Herbert and Ronald; and daughter, Cardine.
Galloway is survived by her sons, Frederick, Henry, Clarence, Arthur, Hank, Donald and Gerald; daughters, Mary, Peggy, Marjorie and Dacheen; 43 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Willie Mae Watson; and brother, Uleses Jackson.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Friday, November 17, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A service will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Macedonia Church in Arverne. Interment will be held at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Joel Kelly, a longtime Far Rockaway resident, died November 10. He was 63.
Kelly, a cook, was born on June 15, 1943 in Greenville, Alabama.
He is survived by his wife, Flora Kelly; children, Joel Kelly Jr., Mary Kelly, Era Kelly, Roy Kelly, Kilvin Kelly, Carolyn Simpson and Sandra Simpson; sisters, Era Bone and Rachelle Brown of Greenville, Alabama; five brothers who all reside in Greenville, Alabama; sisters-in-law, Vera from Atmore, Alabama, Dorothy and Tina from Pensacola, Florida and Betty from New York; brothers-in-law, Kilvin from North Carolina and C. Fred from Century, Florida; daughter-in-law, Diane Kelly; son-in-law, Michael McKain; grandchildren, Marcus, Shante, Tamika, Ruby, Ka'shawn, Jamel and Naziah (Kelly), Tyesha (Clark), Monica, Sashawn and Stephan (Simpson), Zachary, Veronica, Keisha, Michael, Jerome, Melvin and Marvin (Cobb); great-grandchildren, Eric Jr., Jhyiem, Star, Zaniah, Kamel, Neishawn, Ke'Shanna and E'vasia, who is yet to be born; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
Alan J. Plant
Alan J. Plant, a Rockaway resident for 48 years who lived in Breezy Point and Arverne, died November 11. He was 62.
Plant, a printer, was born in Richmond Hill. He was a member of the American Irish Drum Corps and the Kiwanis Club, and was also an avid bowler.
Plant was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Gladys Dorbecker; and sister, Jeannie Parks.
He is survived by his brother, Victor Plant; 13 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Krauss Funeral Home Inc. in Franklin Square, with a service at the funeral home. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.