Jeannette Louise Anderson, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 19. She was 69.
Anderson, a teacher's assistant, was born in Brooklyn on April 13, 1938. She was baptized at First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway, and was a member of the First Baptist Church Choir and the Seniors 50 Plus Club. She was known to many as "Terry."
Anderson was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, John Anderson Jr.; granddaughter, Sharnette Nelson; and brother, George Archey Jr.
She is survived by her daughters, Gisele Lenore Watson of Sanford, North Carolina, Rev. Monique Anderson of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Simone Yvette Anderson of Syracuse and Missionary Audrie Harvey-Tyson of Greensville, North Carolina; sons, Dr. Eddie Lee Collins of Brooklyn and Renard Reid of Yonkers; grandchildren, Michael Cooke Jr., Tyell Ra-Shawn Roberts, Minister Jeannette Inova Anderson, David Robinson Jr., Andre Joshua Anderson, Tiffany Colson, Christine Colson Lewis and Terrance Colson; sisters, Marjorie Davis Redden (James), Doris Henderson, Marion Moses and Margo Sandy Little; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Visitation was held at First Baptist Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, New York.
Marie Bain, a Rockaway resident for 45 years coming from Ireland, died April 25.
Bain, a homemaker, was born in County Cork, Ireland. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis de Sales Church and a member of the church's Sea Breeze Club.
Bain was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; brothers, John and Jerry O'Regan; and sister, Catherine Egan.
She is survived by her son, Edward; grandson, Thomas Peter; brother, Finbarr O'Regan; sister, Margaret White; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held on Friday, April 27, 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Saturday, April 28 at 10:15 a.m. Interment will be held at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Jean F. Gauvard
Jean F. Gauvard, a Rockaway resident for 40 years coming from France, died April 20.
Gauvard, an electrical engineer, was born in France.
He is survived by his wife, Marcelle Cinq-Mars Gauvard; sons, Francois and Serge; daughter, Monique Beehler; and grandchildren, Danielle, Shane, Dominique, Cody, Dillon and Makayla.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with a service at the funeral home.
James O'Hara Hill
NYC Transit Power Maintainer
James O'Hara Hill, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 18. He
Hill, a power maintainer for New York City Transit, was born in Kinston, North Carolina on February 3, 1939.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Pearl Hill.
Hill is survived by his wife, Gladys Lee; children, Kenneth, Maggie Ann, Stella Mae, Juanita, James Jr., Alphonzo, Eunice and Marie Perry; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law, Antoinette and Denita; son-in-law, Cleveland; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Disposition was at Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, New York.
NYPD Administrative Aide
Jacqueline Lederman, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 19. She was 81.
Lederman was a school aide and later joined the New York City Police Department as an administrative aide. She retired in 1987.
Lederman was preceded in death by her husband, Max.
She is survived by her son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Margie; and was the "beloved Bubby" to her grandchildren, Alice and Mark Maxwell.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boulevard-Riverside Chapels in Hewlett. Interment was at Mount Golda Cemetery in Huntington, Long Island.
Ronald E. McGee
Retired Elevator Operator
Ronald E. McGee, a summer resident and then a year-round Rockaway resident for 40 years, died April 20. He was 68.
McGee was born in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. He served in the United States Army, was later an elevator operator and was retired at the time of his death.
McGee was preceded in death by his parents, Dot and Eddie McGee; younger sister, Dorothea McGee; and wife, Peggy McGee.
He is survived by his daughters, Thea Acevedo, Tricia McGee and Veronica Kane; son-in-law, Brian Kane; and grandchildren, Sydney Acevedo and Kyrsten, Kelsey and Christopher Kane.
Funeral arrangements were kept private. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105.
Former Resident, Alaskan Pioneer
Timothy "Buddy" Brendan Murphy, a former Rockaway resident, died March 26. He was 75.
Murphy was born in Brooklyn on April 24, 1931. He moved to Rockaway as a child and attended school at PS 44. Murphy served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Wasp. In 1957, he moved to Alaska and oversaw the Alaska exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in Flushing Meadow before working at Sea-Land, where he worked in management before retiring in 1986. In retirement, Murphy traveled back and forth between Alaska and Florida, visiting as many friends, golf courses and race tracks as possible. His family and friends describe him as a "true gentleman, both generous and genuine."
Murphy was preceded in death by his siblings, Sheila O'Donnell, Joan, Michael and Kevin Murphy and James Eagan.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Kevin, Timothy, Brendan and Eileen; son-in-law, Ben Clutter; granddaughter, Caitlin Clutter; sister, Essie Judge; and brother, John Murphy.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Camillus Church on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m., with a celebration of life gathering commencing at noon at the Irish Circle, 101-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Joan Urbaniak, a Rockaway resident for 41 years coming from the Bronx, died April 22.
Urbaniak, a homemaker, was born in the Bronx. She was a parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Urbaniak is survived by her husband, Jacek Urbaniak; daughter, Victoria Urbaniak; brother, Robert Perlitz Jr.; and sisters, Linda Gallery, Helen Lee and Donna Labriola.
Funeral arrangements 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. Anastasia Cemetery in Harriman, New York.
Aletha Louisa Whyte
Aletha Louisa Whyte, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 15. She was 75.
Whyte, a homemaker, was born on December 23, 1933 in West Coast Berbice, Guyana. In 2004, she accepted the Lord as her personal savior and was baptized by water at Elmont Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Whyte was preceded in death by her parents, Jonny Cummings and Verdie Williams.
She is survived by her son, Derrick; daughters, Myrtle, Colleen (Debbie), Vanessa, Penelope and Yonnett; grandchildren, Naudia, Julian, Nadell, Javin, Colleen, Reesa, Quasi, Kelly-Anne and Yonell; brother, Cynthill Cummings; sisters, Beatrice, Linda and Una; foster sisters, Jocelyn Ezekiels, Elaine Howell, Doreen Hoffman, Raulda Miller, Mavis Benn and Carol McPherson; foster brothers, Owen Hoffman, Robert McPherson, John Blair and Michael Blair; Sheldon, Sherman, Sherwin, Sean, Stacy, Selwyn, a Naval Officer now stationed in Kuwait, Shonette and others, who Whyte was a like a second grandmother to; cousins, Vio Johnson, Waveny Edwards, the Faucetts, Winifred Mitchell and the Semples; great aunt, Rhonda; and other family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. Interment was at Lichfield Cemetery in Berbice, Guyana.