George Van Tassel Sr. (1932-2013)

Visitation and service to be held in Cold Spring

George William Van Tassel Sr., 81, a lifelong resident of Cold Spring who was known to his friends and family as “Weezer,” died July 28 at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose.

Born May 2, 1932, in Cold Spring, he was the son of Frederick and Anna (Wesley) Van Tassel.

Van Tassel was an operating engineer for Local #137, Briarcliff Manor who worked for Joseph Percacciolo and Sons in Cold Spring until his retirement in 1994. He graduated Haldane High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1952 to 1954. By the time he was honorably discharged, he had attained the rank of Sgt. 1st Class and been awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantrymen’s Badge.

On June 29, 1957, at Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring, he married Teresa Percacciolo. He was a parishioner at the church and a charter member of North Highland Engine Co. No. 1, with 35 years of service.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children: George Van Tassel (Laura) of Leesburg, Virginia; Teresa Lyons (Michael) of Hopewell Junction, and John Van Tassel (Kristin) of Cold Spring, and six grandchildren, Amanda Van Tassel, Michael and Hilary Lyons, and Gabrielle, Kevin, and Ryan Van Tassel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at Our Lady of Loretto, 24 Fair St., in Cold Spring, followed by interment at Cold Spring Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott St., in Cold Spring, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on July 31. Memorial donations may be made to the state Veterans’ Home, 290 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY 10548, or to the North Highlands Engine Co., 504 Fishkill Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516.


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