Robert 'Bob' Berry Former Broad Channel Resident
Robert "Bob" Berry, a former Broad Channel resident who moved to Massapequa, Long Island, died March 21 after a heart ailment. He was 80.
Berry, a retired 35-year phone company employee and local television repairman, was born March 1, 1927. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for three years.
Berry is survived by his wife, Gloria (nee Byersdoffer); sons, Charles and Robert; daughters, Linda and Dianne; and aunt, Muriel Stemmann of Broad Channel. Berry was laid to rest by his parents, Mary and Arthur Berry, at St. Charles Cemetery in Long Island.
Ann M. Blake
Retired VP, Douglas Elliman Realty
Ann M. Blake, a Rockaway resident for 43 years, died March 26.
Blake, a retired vice president at Douglas Elliman Realty, was born in Rockaway Beach.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John Flynn.
Blake is survived by her husband, Michael A. Blake; son, Michael A. Blake; daughter, Bridget Ellen Blake; brothers, Joseph and Gene Flynn; and grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Mckenzie and Christopher.
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 Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, New York.
Patricia Nelson Johnson
Patricia Nelson Johnson, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died March 7. She was 55.
Johnson, a substance abuse and behavioral health counselor, was born in Brooklyn on June 11, 1951. Johnson and her husband, Dontelli, were members of Christian Life Center, now known as Christian Cultural Center. She was employed at Phoenix House and Beth Israel Hospital for nine years. According to her family, Johnson enjoyed counseling people from all walks of life.
She was preceded in death by her younger sister and best friend, Adrienne Daily in 2006.
Johnson is survived by her son, Steven Nelson; daughter-in-law, LaShawn Harvin Nelson; niece, Angelica Daily; brother-in-law, Ernest Daily; two step-grandchildren, Dion Harvin-Nelson and Shamale Harvin-Nelson; her peers at St. Martin de Porres, Paula, Doc, Tracy, Tawanna and Eric; Far Rockaway friends, Ponce and Nicy; home attendant, Shawn; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Drucilla Jones, a longtime Rockaway resident affectionately known as "Mama Dru," died March 14. She was 78.
Jones, a toy assembler who worked for many years at H&G Toys in Long Beach, was born on September 4, 1928 in Hickory, North Carolina.
She is survived by her brother, John Henry of Princeton, Florida; daughter, Veronica Wilson (Roger); grandchildren, Laura, Scott, Mark, Odessa and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Corinn and Keri Mapp; nephews, Kenneth Shuford, Robert Jones, John Jones and Thomas Jones; nieces, Joyce Newsome, Kathryn Jones, Myra Shuford and Shannon O'Neil; great-nieces and nephews, Jason Jones, John Newsome and Danielle Newsome; 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 Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Rudolpho J. Montalvo
Highway Repairman, Auxiliary PO
Rudolpho J. Montalvo, a Rockaway resident for 53 years coming from Manhattan, died Mach 26.
Montalvo, a retired New York City Department of Transportation employee and highway repairman, was born in Puerto Rico. He was also a NYC Auxiliary Police Officer, badge #13569 with commendations.
Montalvo is survived by his wife, Agnes Arroyo Montalvo; children, Teresa Sos (Richard), Terence Montalvo (Keta), Stephen M. Montalvo, Keith L. Montalvo, Rudolph A. Montalvo (Susan) and Augustine Montalvo (Karen); niece, Linda Rivera; and grandchildren, Alex, Jennifer, Stuart, Austin, Morgan, Callie and Jacob.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Friday, March 30, 4-8 p.m. A service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m., with committal to follow at Green-Wood Crematory in Brooklyn.
Willie E. Robinson
Willie E. Robinson, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died February 28. He was 61.
Robinson, an orderly, was born in Coldwater, Mississippi on January 1, 1945. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church and worked for 34 years at New Surfside Nursing Home in Far Rockaway. According to relatives, Robinson was well-known and respected by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Robinson Sr. and Corine Robinson Montgomery; son, Baron L. Mays; great-grandchild, Elaijah Coleman; brothers, Freddie Robinson and Ollie Robinson Jr.; and sister, Etherine Robinson.
Robinson is survived by his best friend, soul mate and wife, Wanda Robinson; sons, Willie J. R. (Monique), Kim M., James M., Jermaine R., Melvin R., Eric H., Ibin R., and Isaiah R.; daughters, Julia R. (Johnny), Dorothy R., Thea S. (Thomas), Diane M., Verdina A. (Dexter), Khadijah P. (David), Karema R., and Denise H.; 33 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Lee Von Montgomery (Mary Robbins Montgomery) of Memphis, Tennessee, Lawrence Montgomery of Coldwater, Mississippi and James Reed of Memphis, Tennessee; sisters, Dorothy Reed of Detroit, Michigan, Florean Payne (Clifton) of Danville, Illinois and Robbie Lynn Schack (Eddie) of Memphis, Tennessee; mother-in-law, Mozell Good of Atlanta, Georgia; brother-in-law, George Booker (Shiela) of Atlanta, Georgia; lifetime friend who was a sister to Robinson, Joyce Davis Parker; and friends and family, Rosalind, Betty, the late Eloise, Yolanda, Linda, the late Mattie David, Darby, Leon, Derrick and family, Janelle, Shonnie and family Sheila Bynum and family and LaRhonda and family.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation and a service were held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Cleo Swinton Wright
Domestic Service Worker
Cleo Swinton Wright, a lifetime Rockaway resident, died March 10. She was 94.
Wright, a domestic service worker, was born in Florence, South Carolina on April 17, 1912. Years ago, she joined First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway and was an active member prior to her illness. Wright was a member of the choir as well as other organizations in the church. According to her family, Wright loved the church and remained in contact with many of its members. She was also a longtime member of the National Council of Negro Women.
Wright was preceded in death by her mother, Lula Swinton Moore; father, Henry Kelly; and favorite aunt, Rosa Swinton McGee.
She is survived by her cousins, Ernestine Swinton, James Swinton, Barbara Swinton, Mary Swinton Jackson, all from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 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 Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead, New York.