James (Murtagh) Murtha, of Bellerose, died on May 24, 2001. He was a WWII Navy veteran and a 31-year firefighter with FDNY. Husband of Catherine (nee Dowdell). Father of Michael (Alice), Kathleen Meskill (Gerard), Patricia Heiman (James) and James (Mary). Grandfather of Sean,Gerad and Christopher Meskill, Catherine, James and Patrick Heiman and Michael, James and Brian Murtha. Brother of Bernard, John, Catherine and Anne. Brother of the late Mary Josephine and Sr. Mary Brian, OP. Arrangements were made by the Weigand Bros. Funeral Home, Williston Park. Funeral Mass at St. Aidan's RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.
Frank Fanelli, of Bellerose, died on May 21, 2001. He was a WWII veteran and proprietor of an Exxon Service Station in Hollis for 35 years. Husband of Kathleen (nee Kileen). Father of Catherine, Nicole, Frank F., John, Frank I. Gino, Laura and Anthony. Brother of Rose Poggi, Charlie and Rocco. The family was cared for by the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, New Hyde Park. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Snows RC Church.
Cecilia F. Meyer, 88, died on May 31, 2001 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home, Bethesda, MD. She lived in Cambria Heights and Floral Park, before relocating to Bethesda in 1999.
Mrs. Meyer was a charter member of the Police and Fire Line of Duty Widows of NYC and served on the Executive Committee. She was part of the leadership coalition that successfully pressed the City Council and the NYS Legislature to provide a pension cost of living allowance for line of duty widows. Her husband, Charles J. Meyer, was a NYC Police Officer killed in 1948.
Mrs. Meyer worked as a senior clerk for the NYC Finance Administration. She was active as a Literacy Volunteer in the Queensboro Public Libraries. She was a longtime member of the Over-50 Club at Our Lady of Victory RC Parish in Floral Park. A Brooklyn native, she studied and volunteered at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a child. She was a graduate of Bishop McDonald High School.
Mrs. Meyer is survived by her two daughters, Mary Lee O'Connell of Bethesda and Margaret Lunden of Neptune City, NJ; and three grandchildren, James O'Connell of Washington, DC, Kathleen O'Connell of Chevy Chase, MD, and Charles Lunden of Neptune City.