2009-03-27 / Obits

Dorothy Becker

Longtime Resident

Dorothy Becker, a Rockaway resident, died March 1.

Becker was 61-years-old. A memorial service was held in Manhattan on March 22. Many of her family and friends were in attendance.

Funeral arrangements remained private.

Joseph "Jerry" Phelan

Nurses Aid

Joseph Gerard Phelan, 68, a lifelong Far Rockaway resident, died March 21 at North Shore University Hospital.

Phelan was born in Far Rockaway and served for 35 years as a nurse's aid at St. John's Episcopal Hospital. He loved the beach and reading The Wave.

Phelan is preceded in death by his five brothers, William, Patrick, James, Thomas and Edward; and his two sisters, Catherine Barden and Anna Costa.

He is survived by his sister, Mary O'Connor and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Meserole Funeral Home. Interment was at Fresh Pond Cemetery, Middle Village, New York.

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