2006-12-01 / Obits

Obituaries

Henry M. Campbell

Driver

Henry M. Campbell, a Rockaway resident for 29 years coming from Brooklyn, died November 29.

Campbell, a driver, was born in Brooklyn. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era.

Campbell was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Dinsmore Campbell.

He is survived by his children, Raymond, Robert, Thomas, Kathryn Hausmann, Glen, Charles, Kevin and Patrick; sister, Irene Cormell; and five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Church on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Pinelawn, New York.

Patrick R. Cotter

Longtime Rockaway Resident

Patrick R. Cotter, a Rockaway resident for 45 years, died November 22. He was 57.

Cotter was born in Limerick, Ireland. He was a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.

Cotter is survived by his mother, Josephine Clarke Cotter; brothers, Richard, Barry, Sean and James Cotter; and sister, Mary O'Mara.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Alice M. Curley

Retired Registered Nurse

Alice M. Curley, a Rockaway resident for 15 years, died November 22.

Curley, a retired R.N. at New York Hospital of Queens, was born in Manhattan. She was also a Eucharistic Minister at St. Camillus Church.

Curley was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Curley; and son, Martin.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas, John, Brian, Christopher and Francis; sisters, Theresa Hulse and Anne Garvey; and grandsons, Christopher and Patrick.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church.

Donny Diaz

Retired Doorman

Donny Diaz, a Rockaway resident for 50 years coming from Brooklyn, died November 23.

Diaz, a retired doorman for a private apartment building and a member of Local 32-BJ, was born in Brooklyn. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Diaz was preceded in death by his brother, James; and sister, Dominga.

He is survived by his son, Christopher Diaz; daughter, Cynthia Diaz; brothers, Mickey, Franklyn, John, Tom and Butch Diaz; and sister, Beverly Bugliari.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Disposition was held at Greenwood Crematory in Brooklyn.

John W. Jordan

Retired LILCO Meter Reader

John W. Jordan, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died November 5. He was 74.

Jordan, who retired in 1990 after working as a LILCO meter reader for 20 years, was born on July 31, 1932 in Moultrie, Georgia. He also worked for Peninsula Hospital Center as an ambulance driver and orderly.

Jordan served his country in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper for the 1st Airborne Unit. He was also a member of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Jordan was preceded in death by Ralph A. Jordan.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anita Taylor Jordan; daughters, Miriam Jordan Smith (Darrell) of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Sandra Jordan Barnes (Ronald) of Moultrie, Georgia; sons, Ricardo Jordan (Radika) of Poughkeepsie, New York, Ronald Jordan (Margie) of Moultrie, Georgia, Robert Jordan of Moultrie, Georgia and adopted son, Linton Mapp Jr. of Rockaway Beach; sister, Louise Davis of Moultrie, Georgia; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held in Moultrie, Georgia. All other arrangements were kept private.

Edna M. Lane

Homemaker

Edna M. Lane, a Rockaway resident for 39 years coming from Manhattan, died November 27.

Lane, a homemaker, was born in Manhattan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and son, Leonard Lane.

Lane is survived by her daughter, Tracy Pagan; grandchildren, Theresa, Jacqueline, Jaden, John, Barbara, Lenny, Erica, William, Emily, Arianna, Olivia and Jalyssa.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Kathleen A. Leander

Secretary

Kathleen A. Leander, a Rockaway resident for 45 years coming from Buffalo, New York, died November 26.

Leander, a secretary for St. John's University School of Education, was born in Brooklyn.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, William Lang.

Leander is survived by her husband, Frederic; son, Robert J. (Erica); daughter, Teresa Leander; mother, Eleanor Murphy; brother, Deacon Thomas Murphy; sister, Patricia Redmond; grandchildren, Amanda, Christopher, Samantha, Kevin, Frederic, Robert Lang, Zachary and Caitlyn Leander.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Edmund's Church in Breezy Point. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Charles E. Sullivan

Retired NYPD Officer

Charles E. Sullivan, a longtime Rockaway Beach resident who moved to Sarasota, Florida 20 years ago, died November 29. He was 63.

Sullivan, a retired NYPD officer, was born on June 2, 1943 in Brooklyn. He was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Sullivan was a member of the Patrolman Benevolent Association and a parishioner at Incarnation Catholic Church. His hobbies included fishing and boating.

Sullivan is survived by his wife, Carol Sullivan; daughters, Tara of Sarasota, Fla. and Bridget of West Palm Beach, Fla.; son, Charles of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Deborah of Sarasota, Fla.; brother, Edward of Sarasota, Fla.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota, Florida. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida.

Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Elizabeth Witherspoon

Mother Of St. John's Baptist Church

Elizabeth Witherspoon (nee Williams) a longtime Rockaway resident, died September 11, 2006. She was 83.

Witherspoon was born to the late Hector Mason and Mamie (Lee) Williams in Clemson, South Carolina on January 23, 1923.

Witherspoon, who was known as "Lizzie" and "Grandma," received her education in the Lawrence Public School District.

"The love and devotion for her family was a vital part in her life, caring for her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and children in the community," said her sister Marie Williams.

Witherspoon was baptized in 1940 at the old St. Baptist Church, which was located on Dodge Street under the leadership of the late Reverend Norris.

She was one of the 100 people who marched to the new St. John's Baptist Church on Henry Street, under the direction of the late Reverend Larry W. Ellis. She also served under the leaderships of Reverend Jack Marks and Reverend Gregory K. Stanislaws. Witherspoon was also a member of the Gospel Chorus until she became the Mother of the Church. She was involved in church life for 66 years before she became ill.

"Whatever the obstacle, she wanted to attend church on more time," said her sister Marie. "Lizzie's favorite sayings were 'God is above everybody and everything' and 'Just leave everything in God's Hands.'"

Witherspoon was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Adam (Mary), Calvin (Elsie) and Samuel (Cynthia).

She is survived by her brother, Harold (Jessie, Gene); sisters, Marie Williams and Helen Hunter (Louie) of Inwood; nieces, Patricia Ann, Juanita (John Kinder), Letiticia of Inwood, Crystal (Joe) of Virginia, and RayEtta (John, Justin) Mason; Calvin Jr. (Sharky, Cal) Mason of Chesapeake, Virginia; Evelyn, Jackie of Jamaica, Gwendolyn (Duane) of South Carolina; Anthony (Kim, AJ, Nicole) of Valley Stream, New York; Savillin Hartley of Rockville Center; Frances and Carleton; grandnieces, Nivona, JJ, Kaela of Inwood and Micaela (Micky, Tony) of Miama, Florida.

Funeral arrangements and a service were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

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