Zelda Madora Drummond, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 29.
Drummond, a homemaker, was born in Petersville, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies on May 21, 1934. She was a hardworking spiritual person who always attended church, according to family members.
Drummond is survived by her husband, Derrick Woolery, and children, Blossom, Rennie, Tonny, Delry, Cliffton, Maureen, Devon and Annette.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Drummond Cemetery in Petersville, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies.
Muriel Hayes, a Breezy Point resident for 15 years, died May 14.
Hayes, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn. She was known to many in the Breezy Point community as the "First Lady of Chester Walk." Hayes was a member of the St. Thomas More Golden Age Club.
She is survived by her husband, John J. Hayes; sons, John, Michael, Kevin, Francis and Thomas; and daughters, Margaret Padin and Patricia Franzem.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point. Interment was at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Anita Maria Jordan
Lead Dental Assistant, PHC
Anita Maria Jordan, a Rockaway resident for 30 years, died May 6. She was 70.
Jordan was born on September 3, 1936 in Honduras, Central America. She worked as a nurses' aide at the former St. Joseph's Hospital, which is now St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Jordan was employed at Peninsula Hospital Center for over 20 years as a dental assistant.
Jordan was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Manley; father, Kenneth Taylor; husband, John W. Jordan Jr.; and son, Ralph A. Jordan.
She is survived by her sons, Ricardo Jordan (Radika) of Poughkeepsie, New York, Ronald Jordan (Margie) and Robert Jordan, both of Moultrie, Georgia; daughters, Sandra Barnes (Ronnie) of Moultrie, Georgia and Miriam Jordan Smith (Darrell) of Cocoa, Florida; sisters-in-law, Louise Davis, Eunice Jordan and Lulu Jordan; adopted son, Linton Mapp Jr. of Far Rockaway; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Moultrie, Georgia. Interment was at Strong Cemetery in Moultrie, Georgia.
Richard E. McLoughlin
Richard E. McLoughlin, a former Rockaway Beach resident who moved to Howell, New Jersey 15 years ago, died May 11. He was 51.
McLoughlin was born in Manhattan. He graduated from St. Francis Prep and received his masters in Public Administration at Baruch College. He was employed as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration in Jersey City, New Jersey for the past 27 years.
McLoughlin was a communicant and usher at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Farmingdale, New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Mark.
McLoughlin is survived by his wife, Patricia McCauley McLoughlin of Howell, New Jersey; son, David M. McLoughlin; parents, James F. and Mary Taylor McLoughlin of Rockaway Beach and St. Petersburg, Florida; brother, James F. McLoughlin Jr. of Belle Harbor; and sister, Susan T. Bartlein of Holbrook, New York.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home of Freehold Twp., New Jersey. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Farmingdale, New Jersey.
Activity Therapist, SJEH
Estelle Pizarro, a Far Rockaway resident for 20 years, died May 20. She was 48.
Pizarro was born in Brooklyn in April of 1959. She was an activity therapist at St. John's Episcopal Hospital Continuing Day Treatment Program for almost 10 years.
Pizarro is survived by her mother; sisters, Jenny and Marisol; husband, David; daughter, Janelle; sons, David and Chris; grandchildren, Layla and Sebastian; and the staff and clients of St. John's Episcopal Hospital Continuing Day Treatment Program.
Visitation was held at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel in Lawrence, New York. Interment was at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Margaret Joan Proce
Margaret Joan Proce, a former Rockaway resident who eventually settled in South Florida in 1980, died April 15. She was 71.
Proce was born in Rockaway Beach, where she also attended grammar school. She was a graduate of Far Rockaway High School, and resided in the Rockaways until moving to Island Park, New York in her late thirties. She eventually moved to Florida 27 years ago.
Proce was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach. "Margie," as she was known to many, will be remembered for her sense of humor, her love of animals, and her acts of kindness and generosity that she gave freely to all, according to family members.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Bresler DiResto, and father, Joseph DiResto.
Proce is survived by her daughters, Jeriann Acebo and Patti Jo Gennosa (Jimmy); son, Frank Proce; grandchildren, Anthony, Jenna, Robert, Nicholas, Michael and Dylan; and sisters, Noreen DiResto Ciotti and Jeannie DiResto Rafferty.
Memorial services were held in Florida and New York.
Reuben 'Chico' Vasquez
Reuben "Chico" Vasquez, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died May 7.
Vasquez, a porter, was born in Queens on May 14, 1962. He had a kind heart and was friendly to everyone, and enjoyed parties and dancing, according to family members.
Vasquez is survived by his mother, Cristina Vasquez; father, Joaquin Vasquez; sister, Maria "Nena" Vasquez; brothers, Juan "Papo" Vasquez, Angel Vasquez, Nicholas "Nicky" Vasquez and Ernesto "Papito" Vasquez; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gertrude R.C. Church in Far Rockaway. Interment was at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.
Joseph W. Volpe
US Airways Ramp Manager
Joseph W. Volpe, a lifelong Breezy Point resident, died May 12. He was 56.
Volpe was born in Brooklyn on August 31, 1950. He worked as a ramp manager for 30 years with U.S. Airways. Volpe served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years.
He is survived by his son, Nicholas; brother, Peter J. Volpe; and sister, Denise Daly.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in Rockaway Point. Interment will be held at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
George Worsley Jr.
George Worsley Jr., a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 27.
Worsley, who worked in the dietary section of a hospital, was born in Tarboro, North Carolina on March 18, 1924. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. He was joined the Military Sea Transportation Service.
Worsley enjoyed swimming, Big Band music and cooking, and was an avid collector of foreign currency and photography. According to family members, Worsley would often snap a picture and have it developed the same day.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wallace, Johnnie (Estee) and Samuel (Woody), and sister, Lucille Smith.
Worsley is survived by his son, Alfred (Butch) and his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Ruth (Mickey); son, Melvin; grandson, Adrian; nieces, Kathleen "Leen" Parker, Juanita and Michelle; siblings, Charles Worsley, Ann Roundtree and Deaconess Janie Laws (Nathaniel Laws); sisters-in-law, Bernice and Juanita Worsley; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service held at Gaffney's Friendship Chapel. Interment was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.