2007-06-01 / Obits

Samuel Ike Curtis

Longtime Rockaway Resident

Longtime Rockaway Resident

Samuel Ike Curtis, a Rockaway resident for over 50 years, died May 20. He was 76.

Curtis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1931. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home, with a service held at the funeral home. All other arrangements were kept private.

Anne Herbst

Fine Artist

Anne Herbst, a former Rockaway resident, died May 27. She was 84.

Herbst, a fine artist, was born in Brooklyn in April of 1923. She moved to Rockaway in 1927 and graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1939. Herbst moved to Far Rockaway in 1949 and lived there until 1960.

She was preceded in death by her son, Andrew Herbst; father, Benjamin Gooss; and mother, Eva Gooss.

Herbst is survived by her husband, Fred Herbst; and sons, Richard Herbst and Philip Herbst.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Sinai Memorial Chapel in Davie, Florida, with a service at the chapel. All other arrangements were kept private.

William J. Mahoney

NYC Transit Authority Bus Driver

William J. Mahoney, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died May 24.

Mahoney was born in New York City. He was a retired New York City Transit Authority bus driver and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #2672.

Mahoney is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Kelly); children, Jimmy (Kim), Tom, Nancy Dalton (Peter) and Peggy; sisters, Sharon Berger and Carolyn Butler; and grandchildren, Samantha, James and Taylor Mahoney, and Averi and Grace Dalton.

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 St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

Thomas W. McKeon

Lifelong Rockaway Resident

Thomas W. McKeon, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died May 30.

McKeon was born in Brooklyn and worked in the field of security and protection. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. McKeon was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Kirnan McKeon.

McKeon is survived by his sons, Thomas and James; sister, Frances Masi; and grandchildren, James, Brian, Gregory and Kaitlin.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home, with visitation to be held Sunday, June 3, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Monday, June 4 at 9:45 a.m. Interment will take place at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.

Eileen McMahon

Longtime Broad Channel Resident

Eileen McMahon, a Broad Channel resident for 60 years, died May 26. She was 98.

McMahon was born in County Cork, Ireland on April 24, 1909. She worked as an A&P employee in Rockaway. McMahon was a parishioner at St. Virgilius and St. Rose of Lima, where she belonged to the Seabreeze Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Maureen DeMeyer; son, Joseph McMahon of Eugene, Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home in Broad Channel. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Virgilius Church. All other arrangements were kept private.

Anna Moriarty

Homemaker

Anna Moriarty (nee McLaughlin), a Rockaway resident for 24 years, died May 30.

Moriarty, a homemaker, was born

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to Brooklyn as a child and eventually moved to Rockaway in 1983.

Moriarty was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Moriarty, and sister, Cassie.

She is survived by her children, Anne Marie, James (Marie) and Terence (Nicole); siblings, James and Eileen; and grandchildren, Victoria, Cassie and Terence.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Clavin Funeral Home in Brooklyn, with visitation to be held on Friday, June 1, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church on Saturday, June 2 at 9:45 a.m. Interment will take place at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of New York, 80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038.

Marcella J. Moynihan

Longtime Resident

Marcella J. Moynihan, who moved to Rockaway 50 years ago from New Jersey, died May 28.

Moynihan, a homemaker, was born in New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Maureen Zulla.

Moynihan is survived by her husband, Denis Moynihan; sons, Dennis Moynihan and Kenneth Moynihan; granddaughter, Ariel; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Gloria Murray

Factory Worker

Gloria Murray, a Rockaway resident for a number of years, died May 18. She was 52.

Murray, a factory worker, was born in Oceanside, New York on November 2, 1954.

She is survived by her sister, Debbie Parker.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Family Funeral Service Inc. in Arverne.

Alice Clare Natali

Homemaker

Alice Clare Natali, who moved to Rockaway 27 years ago from Ozone Park, died May 25.

Natali, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn.

She is survived by her husband, Cesare George Natali; sons, George William, Shawn Patrick, Kevin Joseph and Brian Martin Natali; daughter, Kathleen Clare Haley (Charles); sisters, Maureen Quigg, Eileen Duffy, Florence Tighe and Patricia Cascio; and grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Haley and Sarah Clare Haley.

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 St. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.

Henry Arthur Parker

Homemaker

Henry Arthur Parker, a longtime Rockaway resident, died May 22.

Parker, a homemaker, was born in Brooklyn on February 12, 1941. He joined Bethel AME Church in Arverne under the ministry of Reverend Henrietta Fullard, where he served faithfully until his health started to fail.

Parker is survived by his brothers, Melvin Jr. (Vernet), Rudolph (Elaine), Gerald (June) and Stanley (Verna); adopted sisters, Eartha Williams and Flora Williams; aunts, Eloise and Bootsie; uncle, Cecil (Shirley); 13 nieces and nephews; 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. Disposition was at Fresh Pond Crematory in Middle Village.

Charles James Reilly

Longtime Rockaway Beach Resident

Charles James Reilly, a longtime Rockaway Beach resident, died May 25. He was 81.

Reilly was born in Brooklyn on April 19, 1926. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. According to family members, Reilly was a proud Irish Marine and veteran who loved his country and his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Reilly and daughter, Doreen Cook.

Reilly is survived by his children, Joan Reilly, Michelle Kearney, James Reilly and Phyliss Cook; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. All other arrangements were kept private.

Sixta Rivera

Home Health Aide

Sixta Rivera, a Rockaway resident for 37 years, died May 9. She was 77.

Rivera, a home health aide, was born in Ceiba, Puerto Rico on March 28, 1930. She was a member of de Las Damas de la Iglesia, Dios con La Familia in Elmhurst, Queens. According to family members, Rivera was a God fearing, fun loving, caring and proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law and friend.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to Family Funeral Service Inc. in Arverne. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach. All other arrangements were kept private.

Doris Southerland

NYC Transit Employee

Doris Southerland, a Rockaway resident for 60 years, died May 9. She was 70.

Southerland, a New York City Transit employee, was born in McRae, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oss Southerland and Annie Southerland; siblings, Elois, Gloria and Oss Southerland Jr.; and children, Keith Southerland and Cheryl.

Southerland is survived by her brother, Horace Southerland; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Fairhaven Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York.

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