Douglas L Artis, a longtime Rockaway resident, died February 1. He was 63.
Artis, a United States Postal Service mail handler for 37 years who worked in Manhattan, was born on October 14, 1943 in Islewhite, Virginia. He retired in February of 2002.
Douglas enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with the 199 Infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1968 with a Certificate in Paramedics.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, William and Florence Artis.
He is survived by his children, Derrick and Sharon Artis, both of Birmingham, Alabama and Renee Stewart of Gastonia, North Carolina; sisters, Alberta Artis of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Elenora Artis of Jamaica, New York, Cleo Jackson of Norfolk, Virginia and Juanita Artis of Far Rockaway; brothers, Willie Artis of Carrington, Virginia and Roger Artis Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia; three grandchildren of Birmingham, Alabama; god-sister, Marjorie Jefferson of Suffolk, Virginia; 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 Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Sybil Baker, a longtime Rockaway resident, died February 5. She was 84.
Baker, a nurse's aide, was born in Georgetown, Guyana on August 26, 1923. She was a member at Saint Phillips Anglican Church. In 1969, Baker left Saint Phillips and became a member of First Assembly of God in Guyana. After locating to the United States, she became a member of God's Battalion of Prayer Church in Brooklyn.
Baker was preceded in death by her parents, Job Polydoor and Dreisilla Sampson; and her children, Briget and Amelia.
She is survived by her children, Cubert, Monica and Dawn; grandchildren, Colin, Yonette, Nonette, Sonny, Clancy, Stay, Steve, Glassy, Chrisie, Annie and Florence; great-grandchildren, Candae, Colin Jr., Kevin, Kefia, Kacia, Kelly, Devon, Colis, Chidi, Camara, Wallace, Bentley and Martel; great-great-grandchild, Destiny; sisters, Pearly and Penelope; brothers, Percy and Everst; daughter-in-law, Pauline Baker; brother-in-law, Cyril Wiltshire; nieces, Erna Orville, Barbara Sampson, Wendy Winters, June Ellis and many others; nephews, Harold, Steve, Leayland and Johnie, lifelong friend, Stella Dey; 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 Rosemont Cemetery in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Bridget Bonar, a Rockaway resident for three years, died February 14.
Bonar, a housekeeper, was born in Donegal, Ireland.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Anne Dolan.
Bonar is survived by her sister, Winifred Connelly and nephew, Kevin Dolan.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Disposition was at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Gwendolyn L. Crichlow
Gwendolyn L. Crichlow, a Far Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died February 12.
Crichlow was born in Saint Michaels, Barbados, West Indies. She was one of 10 children of John and Clara Bishop. She spent most of her life in Barbados until she came to the United States in 1971 to be with her daughter, Margot. Crichlow, known to many as "Ma," returned to Barbados frequently in the 70s and 80s before permanently moving to New York.
According to relatives, Crichlow took great pride in her faith and commitment to the church, which brought her joy. There was not a bake sale, pot luck or church picnic that she would miss when she was able to go, the family said.
She is survived by her daughter, Margot; grandchildren, Karen, Earl and Julia (Thaddeus); great-grandchildren, Olivia, Gregory, Shanelle, Lawrence, Desire, Malcolm, Chyna, James and Zora; niece, Jeannette (Newlin); great-nieces and nephews, Ricardo, Glyne, Keith, Paula, Octavian, Anderson, Earlene, Gary, Ian and Michele; and great-great nieces and nephews, Katoya, Andy, Leah, Kimba, Octavian, Kayla, Naomi and Victoria.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Monday, February 19 at the funeral home. A service will be held at Trinity St. John's Episcopal Church, 1142 Broadway in Hewlett, on Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Trinity St. John's Episcopal Cemetery in Hewlett.
John J. O'Donnell
John J. O'Donnell, a Rockaway resident for 67 years coming from Manhattan, died February 8.
O'Donnell, a production worker, was born in Manhattan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Shea O'Donnell.
O'Donnell is survived by his sons, Kenneth and John F. O'Donnell; sister, Sarah Knauer; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
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 Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, New York.
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Mary Reese, a longtime Rockaway resident, died February 6.
Reese, an employee of the New York City Housing Authority was born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, on August 30, 1926. She was an active member of the Eastern Star Baptist Church in Tarboro, North Carolina from 1942 until she migrated to New York City, where she joined Coney Island Tabernacle. In 1994, Reese joined God's Anointed House of Prayer and Deliverance and was a faithful member until her health started to fail.
Reese was preceded in death by her son, William "Gip" Pittman; and sisters, Alena Myrick and Doris Bryant.
She is survived by her sons, Perry, Paul and Michael Reese; grandchildren, William Palmer and Jason Pittman, and Brandy and Biran Reese; great-grandchildren, Skaki Palmer, Shaisia Gregory and William Palmer Jr.; sister, Ann Gardner of Inwood, Long Island; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home of Inwood. A service was held at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Rockaway Beach. Interment was at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, New Jersey.
Angel M. Reyes
Angel M. Reyes, a Rockaway resident for almost 30 years coming from Brooklyn, died February 11.
Reyes, a jeweler, was born in Puerto Rico.
He is survived by his wife, Awilda Velez Reyes; sons, Angel Jr., Juan, Francisco and Victor; daughters, Ana Brands and Elizabeth Ortiz; brother, Jose Antonio Reyes; sister, Carmen Burgos; and 10 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.
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