Thomas J. Ballato, who came from Flushing to Rockaway fifteen years ago, died on June 3.
Ballato, a roofer with Local 8, was preceded in death by his stepson, Vincent Pintauro and his stepdaughter, Phyllis Pintauro.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Clinton Ballato; son Charles and his wife, Carol; daughter, Nadge Gronbacher; a stepdaughter, Christine Pintauro; a sister, Antoinette Ippolito; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were entrusted to Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home after a service at St. Rose of Lima RC Church. Interment was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Flushing.
Bernard R. Gilmartin
Stage Hand, WW II Vet
Bernard R. Gilmartin, a longtime local resident, died on June 5.
Gilmartin, a stage hand with Local 4, was born in Brooklyn, but lived for the past 57 years in Broad Channel.
Gilmartin joined the Army and fought in World War II. He was a member of the Broad Channel American Legion Post and a parishioner at St. Virgilius RC Church.
Gilmartin is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Robert, James and Gregg; daughters, Lee and Joan as well as daughters-in-law, Donna and Ann. In addition, he leaves behind two grandchildren, Kerry and Brian.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Hillebrand Funeral Home in Broad Channel.
Florence Johnson, a Far Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died on May 28. She was 71.
Johnson, a nurses' assistant, was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina on July 1, 1935.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Johnson.
Johnson is survived by her daughters, Jerri and Sheryl.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Disposition was at Long Island Cremation in West Babylon.
Gloria Leath, a longtime Rockaway resident, died on May 28.
Leath, a homemaker, was born in Jamaica, Queens on October 13, 1927. According to family members, Leath had a God-given gift of a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was liked by all, made the best of any situation and encouraged others to do the same.
Leath was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Leath and Phebe Chippi-Leath.
She is survived by her sons, Louis and Herman Leath; one grandson; sister, Marie Doris Mims; 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.
Inez Steward Lewis
St. Joseph's Hospital Employee
Inez Steward Lewis, who once worked in St. Joseph's Hospital in Far Rockaway, died on May 30. She was 92 years old.
Lewis, who was born in Reesville, South Carolina and returned there after her retirement from the hospital, returned to Rockaway after an illness in 1994.
She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Frances Steward, and by her husband, Roosevelt Lewis, Sr.
Lewis is survived by her daughters, Rosenell Jenkins and Carrie Moultrie, and by Moultrie's husband, Marion; son, Roosevelt Lewis, Jr.; stepson, Charles Williams, and his wife, Margie; 22 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel and interment was at the Amityville Cemetery in Amityville on Long Island.
Arthur J. Marshall
Arthur J. Marshall, a long-time resident of Rockaway, died on June 1.
Marshall, who worked as a figuration clerk, served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953.
He is survived by his sisters, Joan Becker and Marilyn G. Maloney, and her husband, Peter Maloney; his nieces Marilyn Maloney and Karen Maloney and by his nephew, Peter.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Denis S. O'Connor Funeral Home after a mass at St. Thomas More RC Church in Rockaway Point. Interment was at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
Rubin Merchant Jr.
Longtime Rockaway Resident
Rubin Merchant Jr., a longtime Rockaway resident, died on May 22.Merchant, known to many as "Merchant," "Junior," or "Robert," was born in Harlem on May 23, 1946. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, fishing and picnicking. Merchant was a gifted and skilled craftsman whose talents included repairing automobiles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rubin Merchant Sr.
Merchant is survived by his mother, Maggie Merchant; children, Daniel Joseph and Candis Merchant; grandchildren, Daniel Joseph Jr., Daveed Joseph, Myracle Williams and Urandu B. Brown II ("BJ"); sisters, Ruth Anderson, Darlene and Yale Merchant; brother-in-law, James Anderson; daughter-in-law, Monica Campbell; nephews, Richard Briggs, Levelee Pointer and Donnell Anderson; nieces, Sandra Baldwin, Debra Gilliam, Julia Killett, Carol Briggs, Lorriane Killett, Tracy Stuckey, Barbara Killett, Janine and Elva Knight; 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 Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover, New Jersey.
Wilbur Royal Sr.
Wilbur Royal Sr., a Rockaway resident for over 30 years, died on May 25.
Royal, a welder, was born in Savannah, Georgia on July 31, 1930. He moved with his family to the Rockaways in 1973. Royal served his country in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lillie Hayes; sister, Katherine; mother, Bessie; and twin brother, Willis.
Royal is survived by his sister, Bessie Mar Vandross; niece, Ruthann; nephew, Freddie; cousin, Irene; sister-in-law, Christine Barney (Warren); sons-in-law, Gregory Prince, Robert Blocker and Keven Kicks; daughters-in-law, Bettery Royal, Deborah Royal and Andrea Royal; children, Wanda, Christine, Wilbur Jr., Robin, Darryl, Gregory, Regina, Reginald, Yvonne and Melitta; 25 grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
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 Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York.
Hortense Voss, a life-long Rockaway resident, died on May 29.
Voss, who was born in Harlem, was 82.
Voss worked as a clerical in the transportation field for most of her working life.
Voss is survived by her husband, Karlheinz Voss; her son, Mark; her brother, Salvadore and her sister, Mary.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel. Interment was at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.