2007-06-15 / Obits


Edith Louise Coston Homemaker

Edith Louise Coston, a longtime Rockaway resident, died June 8.

Coston, a homemaker, was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on March 19, 1925. She was well-known for her work in the community at a local senior center. She enjoyed good conversation and traveling, which she divided between visits with family in North Carolina and adventures in the northeast regions with friends.

Coston is survived by her son, Metro Coston Jr.; daughter-in-law, Juanita L. Coston; grandchildren, Kijane D. Coston, JaMeitra E.B. Coston of Charlotte, North Carolina and Jamel Thomas (Lydia) of Harlem, New York; siblings, Hannah Smith of Clarkton, North Carolina and her family, and Mary Brown of New York City; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney's Funeral Home and Johnson's Funeral Service in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Visitation and a service were held at the Ortiz Funeral Home in the Bronx. A service of remembrance will be held at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Clarkton, North Carolina on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m. Interment will be at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Sammie Hunter

Tailor, Active Church Member

Sammie Hunter, a longtime Rockaway resident, died June 4.

Hunter, a tailor, was born in Moultrie, Georgia on December 6, 1921. He was a founding member of the Dunton Presbyterian Church in Ozone Park, where he worked hand in hand with the founder, Reverend S. Holder, for over 18 years. Upon taking up new residence in the Far Rockaway community, Hunter transferred his membership to the First Presbyterian Russell Sage Church, where he actively held many positions as an usher, Elder, Deacon and as a member of the Men's Fellowship. He was a member for many years and received many awards, and was recognized at the church as "Father of the Year" in 2005.

Hunter was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl Carlton and Henry Hunter; wife, Bertha Hunter; daughter, Geraldine Buckery; and grandson, Michael Pike Jr.

He is survived by his daughters, Melaine Hunter-Pike and Betty Copeny; son, John Snype; grandchildren, Michelle and Jonathan, Shenetta, Marques, Sammie, Jerry, Tricia, Cheryl, Charon, Bryan, John Jr. and Johnny (Tee-Tee); brother, Sinclair Jennings; sister, Freda Hendricks; sister-in-law, Elaine (Honey) Henderson; son-in-law, Michael Pike Sr.; 18 great-grandchildren; special friend, Inell Reese; 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 Pinelawn, New York.

Constantine A. Livermore

Carpet and Tile Technician

Constantine Anthony Livermore, who moved to the United States with his family and was a longtime Rockaway resident, died June 2 in Peninsula Hospital Center after a massive stroke.

Livermore was born on November 21, 1964 in Jamaica, West Indies to Lloyd and Beverly Livermore. He attended school in the Rockaways. Described as a hard worker, Livermore had many different jobs until he found a career he loved, as a carpet and tile technician.

He met his future wife, Wanda Cunningham, in school and the two were married on February 22, 1988.

Livermore was preceded in death by his daughter, Lindsay.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Jared and Bailey; mother, Beverly Little; in-laws, Victoria and James Hillard and Leroy Smalls of South Carolina; brothers, Linworth and Bruce Livermore; sisters, Lorraine and Sharon; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements and visitation were entrusted to the Lawrence Funeral Chapel, with a service at the funeral home. Interment was at All Saints Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

Mary E. Lynch

Retired Laboratory Technician

Mary E. Lynch, who moved to Rockaway 15 years ago from Washington Heights, died June 10.

Lynch, a retired research technician at Columbia University, was born in Gubnagree, County Cavan, Ireland.

She is survived by her husband, Peter T. Lynch; brother, Nick McGovern of England; and sister, Sarah Sinclair of Florida.

Funeral arrangements and visitation 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. John's Cemetery in Middle Village.

Gertrude Elizabeth Tobin

Former Broad Channel Resident

Gertrude Elizabeth Tobin (nee Clague), a former Broad Channel resident who moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2005, died April 5. She was 94.

Tobin was born on September 5, 1912. She grew up in Brooklyn where she attended St. Bridget's Catholic Church and School.

On June 6, 1942, she married Irving Clinton Tobin, and together they raised four children in Broad Channel. She moved to Virginia two years ago to be cared for by her daughter.

Tobin was retired from St. John's Episcopal Hospital, where she worked in the cafeteria for 20 years. She attended daily mass frequently at St. Virgilius Church and was active in the Rosary Altar Society.

Known to many as "Grandma Tobin," she was welcoming to everyone and always offered hospitality and chocolate chip cookies, according to family members.

"Gertrude Tobin, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, in so many ways a simple woman, never happier than when surrounded by her family, crocheting, or attending mass, and yet her simplicity has left a profound legacy of strength and love among her family," said Tobin's granddaughter Wendy Mckenzie. "The generations of her family yet to come will owe a gratitude to her strength and dedication to family.

Tobin was preceded in death by her husband, Irving and son, William Tobin.

She is survived by her daughter, Gertrude Fanning of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sons, David Tobin and Martin Tobin, both of Broad Channel; grandchildren, Daniel Fanning, Kathleen McCoy, Wendy Mckenzie, Allison Tobin, Kimberly Benn, Eric Tobin and Michael Tobin; and great-grandchildren, Brian Gill, Kelsey McCoy, Jack Mckenzie, Owen Mckenzie and Michael Benn.

A memorial service will be held at St. Virgilius Church in Broad Channel on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.

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