2007-04-20 / Obits


Elaine Bilinkoff BCHS Aide

Elaine Bilinkoff, a Rockaway resident and school aide at Beach Channel High School, died peacefully in her sleep on April 12.

Bilinkoff came to Beach Channel High School on its opening day in 1973 and was the last staff member remaining from that era. She worked for Far Rockaway High School before Beach Channel. She was affectionately known as "The Xerox Queen."

"She was known to have been feisty at times, but she had a heart as big as herself," her co-workers said. "She was a dedicated and devoted worker."

Bilinkoff was a Rockaway resident since 1968 coming from Brooklyn.

Bilinkoff was preceded in death by her husband, Seymour and brother, Stan.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan; and granddaughter, Shira of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nelson Brown

Sanitation Worker

Nelson Brown, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 13.

Brown, a sanitation worker, was born on June 27, 1929 in James Island, South Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served his country as a paratrooper.

Brown was preceded in death by his eldest sister, Ruth Brown; daughter, Deidre; and nephew, Butch.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Brown; daughters, Barbara, Shirley, Diana and Deirdre; sons-in-law, Edward Marren and Carlton Witherspoon I; five sisters-in-law; grandchildren, Marcus, Marcia, Matosha, Pananika, Carlton II, Phillip, Shareena, Shaquira, Shaquana, Daniella, Brittany, Nellisa and Ariana; four great-granddaughters; niece, Denise; nephew, Ellis; two great-grandnephews; cousins, Ida Jennings and Mildred Brown and their children; other Brown called his children, Jasmine Baptiste, Philip Lindsay and Lester; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Brian C. Casey

Former Rockaway Resident

Brian Charles Casey, a former Rockaway resident, died at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida on March 21. He was 58.

Casey was born in Brooklyn and shortly thereafter moved to Rockaway. He attended St. Camillus School where he was a member of the band and served as an altar boy. Upon his graduation from John Jay College, Casey became a New York City police officer. He later became a registered nurse and relocated to Florida.

Casey was preceded in death by his parents, George and Kathleen Casey.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Brenda Casey; son, Brian Casey and daughter, Heather Leonard of New York; Brian Patterson and Kelly Ridle of Florida and several grandchildren; brothers, Donald Casey of New Jersey and James Casey of New York; sisters, Gail Gebauer, Kathy Vaughn and Barbara Forman of New York, Irene Gabay of New Jersey and Maryellen Impastato of Pennsylvania.

There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Camillus Church on Saturday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Noreen E. Fitzpatrick

Department Of Education

Math Coach

Noreen E. Fitzpatrick of Breezy Point died April 13. She was 62.

Fitzpatrick, who lived on Breezy Point Boulevard, was a math coach for the Department of Education.

Fitzpatrick is survived by her husband, Richard C. Fitzpatrick; children, Kerry Danaher (Michael) and Richard Jr.; sister, Joan W. Moore; nieces, Elizabeth Barton and Vanessa Moore; and nephew, Christopher.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Marine Park Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Good Shepherd R.C. Church. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Fitzpatrick's memory can be made to Revlon Walk for Cancer, P.O. Box 187229, Hamden, Connecticut 06518, or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Mary Mazie R. Kennedy


Mary Mazie R. Kennedy, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died April 17.

Kennedy, a homemaker, was born in Rockaway Beach.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, and brothers, James, William and Joseph Rogers.

Kennedy is survived by her son, Gerald Kennedy (Maria); daughter, Kathleen Doherty (James); sister, Roseclaire Curren; grandchildren, Jacqueline DelliSanti, Mary Elizabeth Doherty, James Doherty and Brendan Doherty; step-grandchildren, Clara Puri and Philip Tajada; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Sunday, April 22, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m.

William David Moore

Mason, Station Engineer

William David Moore, a resident of the Hammel Houses for more than 50 years, died April 12. He was 92.

Moore was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on January 31, 1915. He relocated to New York and lived in the center building of the Hammel Houses.

Moore was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina; Holy Trinity Baptist Church in Amityville, Long Island; Mount Zion Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens; and Merrick Park Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens.

Moore was also a member of St. John Baptist Church, where he served on the Senior Warriors organization and received special recognition for being the oldest man in the church. He retired from the Long Island Rail Road about 25 years ago, after working there for 35 years. His family described him as a man who loved the Mets, his family and his friends.

Moore was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ranelle Perch.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sarah Ellen; daughters, Elizabeth Haggood, Evelyn Perch and Evangelist Shirley A. Johnson; grandchildren, Laray Haggood-Grant, Darrell Haggood, Richard Johnson, David W. Johnson, Tamara Johnson-Belcher, Melita Johnson-Sutton, Lamonte Johnson and Sherina Johnson-Evans; 14 great grandchildren; nieces, Nancy Penn-Milner and Sandy Penn; nephew, Bruce Penn; and other family members and friends.

Viewing and home-going service will be held at St. John's Baptist Church, 74-05 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Monday, April 23. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. only, with service immediately following. Interment will be at Pinelawn Cemetery on Long Island.

Miguel Angel Orsini


Miguel Angel Orsini, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 14. He was 75.

Orsini, who was born in Puerto Rico, served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He later became a tailor.

Orsini is survived by his wife, Carmen; son, Miguel; daughters, Carmen and Evelyn; and sister, Iris (Jose Nevarez).

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Josephine Francis Phifer

New York City 911 Operator

Josephine Francis Phifer, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 9.

Phifer, a 911 operator for the City of New York, was born on February 27, 1956 in New York.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rebecca Knolle and Frank Stevenson; and brothers, Joseph Irving and Willie James.

Phifer is survived by her husband: Floyd Phifer of Far Rockaway; children, Cassandra Phifer of Far Rockaway, Inora Phifer of Brooklyn, Floyd Phifer Jr. of El Paso, Texas, Carlos Mitchell of Dallas, Texas, and Lametric and Tiffany Phifer of Pensacola, Florida; daughter-in-law: Kristi Phifer of El Paso, Texas; siblings, Robert Knolle of the Bronx, Kathy Potts of Detroit, Michigan and Frank Knolle of Brooklyn; sisters-in-law, Gloria Williams of Far Rockaway, Lorinda Phifer of Queens, Nancy Phifer of Pensacola, Texas, Debra Knolle of the Bronx and Kathy Townsend of Brooklyn; brothers-in-law, David Jones and Thomas Phifer of Pensecola, Texas, Alfred Parker of Brooklyn, and Jessie Potts of Detroit, Michigan; grandchildren, Jasmine, Jaylen, Carlos Jr., Malcolm, Cortez, Jacquez, Martin, Marquell, Skylar, and Summer; aunts: Isabel Johnson of Poughkeepsie, New York and Mary Johnson, New York, New York; favorite cousin, Sylvia "Tibby" Thomas; special friend, Sabrina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was at Full Effect Gospel Ministries in Brooklyn. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale.

Vincent A. Schiano, Esq.

WWII Veteran,

Immigration Attorney

Vincent A. Schiano, Esquire, a Rockaway resident for about 30 years, died April 11. He was 85.

Schiano, who was born in Brooklyn on December 13, 1921, was a World War II veteran, a former Chief Trial Attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and a longtime immigration attorney.

Schiano was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Collins.

He is survived by his children, Vincent and Raymond; granddaughter, Brienne; wife, Marina; children, Fiona and Natasha; and grandchildren, Marina Happney, Max Yacopino, Matilda Yacopino, Cecilia Mena and Laila Mena.

"He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues," said his son Raymond.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Raccuglia & Son Funeral Home, 323 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-855-7737. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church in Brooklyn on Friday, April 20 at 9 a.m. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.

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