Charles Bell Health Care Provider,
Charles Bell, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 17. He was 63.
Bell, a health care provider and security guard, was born on January 5, 1943 in Greenville, Mississippi.
He was preceded in death by Charlie Bell and Alma L. Bell.
Bell is survived by his wife, Teresa; daughters, Fallon, Carlina and Shamiesha; sons, Montell and Latiek; daughter-in-law, Tammy; grandchildren, Montell Jr., Shatell, Moshel and Latrica, all of Far Rockaway; sisters, Sandra Jackson of Greenville, Miss., Lois McCutcheon of Laurelton, New York and Alma White of Roosevelt, New York; brothers, Roy Bell of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Lonnie Bell of New York; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; mother-in-law, Vera Lynn of South Carolina; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home, with a service at Gaffney’s Funeral Home. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Stacey Marie Bobbitt
Stacey Marie Bobbitt, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 15. She was 39.
Bobbitt, a school aide, was born on November 23, 1967 in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John; sister, Darlene; and daughter, Layosha.
Bobbitt is survived by her children, Richard, Brian and Nadia; mother, Sarah; father, Arthur; nephew, Donell; nieces, Shawna, India and Tyette; godmother, Carmen Mcfie; friend, Ram; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney’s Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Raymond T. Dunston
Longtime Rockaway Beach Resident
Raymond T. Dunston, a longtime resident of Rockaway Beach, died at home in Connecticut surrounded by his family on Christmas morning. He was 82.
Dunston was born and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Thereafter, he was a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He also worked for the New York Racing Association for 28 years.
Dunston was preceded in death by his brother, Bernard Dunston; stepbrother, John Dunston; sisters, Rita Stetzner, Agnes Slevin and Grace Dunston; and stepsister, Madeline Dunston.
Dunston is survived by his wife, Marie; two children, Kenneth, and Diane Keating; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Sisk Brothers Funeral Home in Hamden, Conn. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 30 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church located at 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Conn. Burial with military honors will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at the Cemetery of Holy Rood, Old Country Road and Post Avenue, Westbury, Long Island.
Mary Rose McNulty
Mary Rose McNulty, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 23.
McNulty, an administrative assistant, was born in New York.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph G. McNulty.
McNulty is survived by her niece, Regina Bodnar.
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 Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, New York.
Lily Bell Pearson
Lily Bell Pearson, a Rockaway resident for 40 years, died December 18. She was 94.
Pearson, a homemaker who was known as “GrumMoma” or “GrummaBell,” was born in St. Matthews, South Carolina on August 11, 1912. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Wilson and Lizzy Hamptom Wilson; husband, George Pearson; son, Peter Watson; brothers, Isaac Wilson, Ernest Wilson and Grover Wilson; sisters, Emmalene Wilds, Lizzy Williams and Bernice Cheeseboro; and sons-in-law, Benjamin Charley, Emmanuel Ben and Johnnie Speller.
Pearson is survived by her daughters, Virtell Charley and Adell Ben of St. Matthews, South Carolina, Rhoda Bell Speller of Brooklyn and Ernestine Reese of Far Rockaway; son-in-law, Henry Reese of Far Rockaway; sisters, Hazel Wallace and Edna Wilson of Laurelton, New York; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. A service was held at Selah Ministries Inc. in Inwood. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.
Retired FDNY Captain
Donald Renda, a Rockaway resident for 31 years coming from Brooklyn, died December 24.
Renda, a retired captain for the FDNY, was born in Brooklyn. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1959. Renda was also a member of the St. Francis de Sales Folk Group, St. Gertrude Folk Group, and a barbershop quartet.
He is survived by his wide, Barbara O’Malley Renda; children, Chip (Cathy), Erik (Helen), Lisa (David), Melody, Ri (Mike) and Yvette; and eight grandchildren.
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 in Belle Harbor. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Frank Whitmore, a longtime Rockaway resident, died December 18. He was 67.
Whitmore, a construction worker, was born on December 27, 1938 in St. Matthews, South Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jannie and Haskell Whitmore; three sisters; and one brother.
Whitmore is survived by his wife, Dorthy Evans Clark; children, Donna, Carolyn and (Sandy) Latricia Whitmore; grandchildren, Dashawn, Jasmin and Celina; four brothers and sisters; 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.
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