2006-12-08 / Obits

Obituaries

Jerome Rashkis Attorney and Community Leader

Jerome Rashkis, a Neponsit resident for 70 years, died December 1. He was 87.

Rashkis, an attorney, was born in Brooklyn. During World War II he served his country for three and a half years in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class with the Pacific Fleet. After the war he worked as an Arson Investigator for the New York City Fire Department for three years.

His introduction to the legal profession came when he served as Secretary for County Court Judge George Joyce for nine years. It was during this time Rashkis completed pre-law at Long Island University and earned his LLB from Brooklyn Law School in 1953. He passed the Bar Exam on his first try and was admitted to the Bar in 1954. In the late 1950s he engaged in private practice for two years.

He joined the New York State Department of Education and served in a senior position in their Division of Professional Conduct for 13 years. He then moved to the NYS Office of Welfare Inspector General, where he served for five years and retired in 1979 as an Assistant Welfare Inspector General.

After retiring, Rashkis started his second career in community service.

He is a past president of the Neponsit Property Owners' Association, the 100th Precinct Community Council and the Peninsula Hospital Community Advisory Council. In addition, he served on Community Board 14 for over 20 years and chaired various committees.

"He took on a leadership role in every organization in which he was involved, and gave a great deal of his time and wisdom to help make Rockaway a better place," said his friend Peter F. Sammon.

Rashkis was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Libby.

He is survived by his daughters, Judith Romiti and Susan Gomez; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. at the West End Temple.

Elizabeth A. Boland

Registered Nurse

Elizabeth A. Boland, a Rockaway resident for 16 years coming from Manhattan, died December 4.

Boland, a Registered Nurse, was born in Manhattan. She was a member of the American Legion and Catholic Daughters.

Boland was preceded in death by her brother, William Boland; and sisters, Eileen Hanauer, Margaret Boland and Regina Werner.

She is survived by her brother, John J. Boland; and niece, Anne Lods.

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.

Winifred Shirley Bury

Nurses' Aide

Winifred Shirley Bury, a longtime Rockaway resident, died November 24. She was 58.

Bury, a nurses' aide who worked at Partner's Care, was born on January 25, 1948 in Georgetown, Guyana. She was also a dedicated mother.

Bury was preceded in death by her parents, George Williams and Ina Duncan Williams.

She is survived by her husband, Andrew Bury of Brooklyn; children, Michelle Bury-Johnson and Marcelle Bury-Kingston, Mortimer Bury and Junior Bury; sons-in-law, Bryan Johnson and Robert Kingston; daughter-in-law, Abeola Bury; brothers, Alvin Williams of Georgetown, Guyana, Albert Williams of Atlanta, Georgia and Basil Williams of Georgetown, Guyana; sisters-in-law, Nancy Williams and Joann Williams; grandsons, Joshua Johnson and Emmanuel Bury; nephews, Wayne Williams, Troy Williams, Rev. Cory Williams, Ian Williams, Trevor Williams, Ron Williams, Marcus Williams, Kevin Williams and Jamal Williams; nieces, Tracey Simpkins, Abiola Williams and Simone Boucher; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

Earline Rebecca Corsey-Fairley

Nurse

Earline Rebecca Corsey-Fairley, a longtime Rockaway resident, died November 29. She was 82.

Corsey-Fairley, a nurse, was born on June 11, 1924 in Houston, Texas. She worked at Morrisania Hospital for over 20 years as the Head Nurse of the Operating Room, and later moved on to Lincoln Hospital, where she was the Head Nurse of Pediatrics Until her retirement.

Corsey-Fairley is survived by her daughter, Joyce; son, Gary; son-in-law, Neville; grandchildren, James, Rennee, Derick, Nneka, Akil, Charles Jr., Omar, Safiya, Aisha, Acanthus, Rosetta, Marshall, Katrinia and Ambroisa; great-grandchildren, Martin, Dashawn, Jaima, James, Anissia, Jaliyah, Kwame and Akana; brother, Louis Corsey; nieces, Laura, Priscilla and Mary; nephew, Thomas; and many other relatives.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Charles P. Fazio

Baker

Charles P. Fazio, a Rockaway resident for three and a half years coming from Manhattan, died November 30.

Fazio, a baker, was born in Manhattan.

He is survived by his wife, Mamie Polizzotto Fazio; daughter, Kathleen Fazio; son, Salvatore Fazio; and grandchildren, Anthony Fazio and Janine Fazio.

Funeral arrangements were enrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. All other arrangements were kept private.

Christopher Glenn

Student

Christopher Glenn, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died November 27. He was 16.

Glenn, a student, was born on November 15, 1990 in Brooklyn.

"Christopher exuded the excellence and beauty of God through his gentle soul and infectious smile," his family members said. "It was an absolute pleasure to be in his presence."

He is survived by his parents, William and JoAnn Glenn; aunts, Genevieve, Elizabeth, Elaine, Felicia from New York, Edna from North Carolina, Daisy from Georgia, Harriet, Stacey, Noel and Suzanne; uncles, Eddie, Barshawn, Marcus and Emory; grandfather, Harvey; godfather, David; friend, Brian Jones; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

Judith Judge Ricks

Nurse

Judith Judge Ricks, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died November 24. She was 51.

Ricks, a nurse, was born on February 25, 1955 in Jamaica, Queens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Alberta Judge.

Ricks is survived by her husband, James; sister, Saundra; brother-in-law, John Orea; Aunt Aletihia; cousins, Valerie, Sydney and James; children, James Jr., Donald, Shayvonne, Teresa, Sylvia, Anthony and Leo; and many other relatives and friends.

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

John James Savory

Accountant

John James Savory, a longtime Rockaway resident, died November 19. He was 86.

Savory, an accountant, was born on April 27, 1920 in Golden Grove, Guyana. He was an avid reader and a champion at Scrabble and crossword puzzles.

Savory was preceded in death by his wife, Olivia Horton.

He is survived by his three siblings; six children; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at God's Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Rozena Pricilla Hansett-Trippett

Nurses' Aide

Rozena Pricilla Hansett-Trippett, a lifetime resident of the Rockaways, died November 24. She was 99.

Hansett-Trippett, a nurses' aide, was born on November 15, 1907 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She attended Agape Sabbath Day Adventist Church in Brooklyn and throughout her years remained faithful to the Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Henry Hansetta and Hester Hamilton Hansett; sisters, Neysa, Ruhamah, Sarah and Elvida; and children, Jacqueline, George, Deanna and MaryJane.

Hansett-Trippett is survived by her children, Hester, James, Nathan and Karen; 24 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; 41 great-great grandchildren; three great-great-great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation and a service held at Agape Sabbath Day Adventist Church in Brooklyn. Interment was at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Corliss VonWeisenstein

Homemaker

Corliss VonWeisenstein, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died November 29.

VonWeisenstein, a homemaker, was born in Rockaway Beach. She was a member of the First Congregational Church.

VonWeisenstein was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and sons, Joseph and William.

She is survived by her brother, George Colton; grandchildren, Joseph VonWeisenstein Jr., Kurt and Victoria VonWeisenstein; and daughter-in-law, Ellen VonWeisenstein.

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 All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village.

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