Rosalyn Lillian Keegan, a former Belle Harbor resident who worked at Peninsula Hospital Center, died at home from sudden pancreatic cancer on January 14.
Keegan, who was born on July 14, 1932, came from a large Irish family. Her father, Edward, was the first family member to come to the United States from Dublin, Ireland in 1926. Three years later, her mother, MaryEllen (nee Buckley) followed.
Keegan was affectionately known to many as Rosalie, a nickname that stuck through her years working at Peninsula Hospital. Her granddaughters often called her "Ro" in jest. Her daughter Colleen Docherty said the people who take the Atlantic City bus tours with Democratic District Leader Lew M. Simon and everyone at the Dayton Men's Association were "the wonderful people who filled her life."
Keegan was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and MaryEllen Keegan of Manhattan; husband, Leo J. Regino of Belle Harbor; sisters, Frances of Canada, Julia Sudgen of Artane, Dublin, Maureen Silowgowski Muro of Belle Harbor and Eileen Plunkett of New Jersey; sisters-in-law, Mary Keegan (nee Finn) and Evelyn Barker of St. Catherine's, Canada.
She is survived by her children, Colleen Docherty of Nevada, Eileen Katz of Colorado and Leonard Regino of Rockaway Park; granddaughters, Talicia-Lane Docherty and Annalise Armenta; friend, Mary McLoughlin of Rockaway Park; sisters, Gladys Nicosia of Belle Harbor and Daphne Docherty Featherston; and brother, Edward Keegan of the Catskills.
Keegan was cremated at La Paloma on January 19. Her daughter Colleen kept a small urn of remains; her son, Edward and daughter Eileen scattered the rest in Las Vegas.
Mildred P. Krakauer
Mildred P. Krakauer, a Rockaway resident for 50 years, died February 4. She was 86.
Krakauer, who was born in the Bronx, was part owner in her family's furniture business, "Innersprings Furniture" until her retirement in 1984. She also served her country in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.
Krakauer was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin E. Krakauer.
She is survived by her children, Seth of Rockaway Park and Amy of East Northport, Long Island; and three grandchildren, Mikki, Remy and Sky Krakauer.
Funeral arrangements were kept private.
Mildred Lotz Leonard
Teacher, Former Belle
Mildred Lotz Leonard, who spent her early years in Belle Harbor, died February 1. She was 96.
Leonard, a teacher for 22 years at New Hyde Park Road School, was born on March 31, 1910 in Rockaway. She was the daughter of Gustave and Gesine Aldag Lotz, who owned the Palace Hotel and cottages in Rockaway in the early 1900s. Family members said Leonard cherished her childhood and young adulthood in Belle Harbor with her parents, aunt Bertha Aldag, sister, Edna Norton (William) and her brother Harold, who are all now deceased. Her niece, June Norton Reinhardt and nephew, Warner Norton, also grew up in Belle Harbor.
Leonard moved to New Hyde Park, where she lived for over 50 years. Her husband and children visited Rockaway regularly until the death of her siblings. Leonard's family was a founding family and pillars of the Community Congregational Church in Rockaway.
Leonard graduated from Adelphi University in 1930, when it was a woman's college located in Brooklyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; husband, Francis; daughter, Meredith Susan; and granddaughter, Amanda Winklevoss.
Leonard is survived by her daughters, Lynda Confessore (Ralph) and Carol Winklevoss (Howard); grandsons, Christopher and Nicholas Confessore and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss; and grandnephew, Gregory Reinhardt, his wife, Ann, and their four children, who are current residents of Belle Harbor.
A Celebration of Life service was held with family and friends. Interment was at Lutheran All Faith Cemetery in Middle Village in the Aldag family plot, which was dedicated in 1896.
Retired Woolworth Employee
Madeline O'Hare, a lifelong resident of Rockaway and Broad Channel, died February 2. She was 74.
O'Hare, a well-known face at F.W. Woolworth's in Rockaway Park, where she worked for 38 years, was born in Rockaway. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 1404 Auxiliary.
O'Hare is survived by her sister-in-law, Janet O'Hare; nieces and nephews, Danny and Dawn McIntyre, Eddie and Ginger O'Hare, Jeannemarie Reinshagen, Joe and Eileen O'Hare, Bobby O'Hare and Vinny O'Hare; great-nieces and nephews, Christopher, Jessica, Kristen, Katie, Ryan, Joey and Eddie; and beloved companions, Muggsy and Lovable.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Virgilius Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund.
James Bernard O'Rourke
Senior Vault Clerk
James Bernard O'Rourke, a Rockaway resident for over 21 years, died January 31. He was 85.
O'Rourke, a senior vault clerk, was born in Manhattan on May 14, 1921. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. O'Rourke was a parishioner of St. Camillus Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Conway and son, David O'Rourke.
O'Rourke is survived by his sons, James W. O'Rourke and his wife, Chris and Michael O'Rourke and his wife, Ronnie; daughters, Mary Ellen and her husband, Kevin and Kerry Burke and her husband, Thomas; sisters, Ellen O'Rourke and Barbara Famularo; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Camillus Church. Interment was at Gate of Heaven in Valhalla, New York.
George Leonard Rountree
George Leonard Rountree, a Rockaway resident for more than 40 years, died January 26.
Rountree, a retired clerk and supervisor for the United States Postal Service, was born on June 19, 1926 in Harlem to the late James and Lucille Rountree. Raised by his grandmother, Louise Norman, Rountree graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi and served his country for two years as a 2nd Class Seaman. He moved to Rockaway in the then brand new Edgemere Houses in 1961.
Rountree also worked as a security officer for the NYC Board of Education, and also worked in the community as a home health aide. He was a member of the 101st Precinct Auxiliary as a patrol officer and was a member of the NAACP. Involved in Community Affairs, Rountree also served as Housing Tenant Supervisor.
Rountree was an active member of the St. Gertrude's R.C. Parish. He served as a lector, greeter and spiritual mentor to many members of the parish.
Rountree and his wife, Virginia, met and married in the early 1950's.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Harold Rountree; mother, Lucille Norman Rountree; grandmother, Louise Norman; and brother, Harold Walter Rountree.
Rountree is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lillian Virginia Rountree; daughter, Deborah Rountree of Inglewood, California; sons, Patrick Leonard and George Alfred Rountree of New York and Far Rockaway; granddaughter, Kristina Ayanna Payne; brother, Paul Rountree of the Bronx; godson, David Heyward Jr.; nephews, Walter Rountree of the Bronx, Rodney Rountree of the Bronx and Derrick Rountree of Stone Mt., Georgia; nieces, Jeanette Pratt of the Bronx, Harriet and DebraAnn of Montclair, New Jersey, Julia Patchage and Paulette De Faress of Stone Mt., Georgia, and Kelly Rountree of the Bronx; three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gertrude's R.C. Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.