Beacon Obituaries

Lois Burns (1939-2016)

Lois Anne Burns, 77, of Glenham, died July 8, 2016, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was born in Beacon on March 28, 1939, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Kuhn) Burns.

A life member of Slater Chemical Ladies Auxiliary, she was an avid gardener and knitter. She graduated from Beacon High School and SUNY-New Paltz.

Survivors include sister Sandra Johnson of Glenham and Elizabeth Solomon and  husband Gary of Quincy, Mass. She also is survived by niece LeeAnn Brugger and three nephews, Ralph Johnson, Jeffrey Solomon and Eric Solomon.

Services were held on July 12 with interment following at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were by Libby Funeral Home of Beacon.

Joel M. Ciancanelli

Joel M. Ciancanelli, 73, died in Karlsruhe, Germany, on June 24, 2016. The son of Eugene and Margaret Ciancanelli, he graduated from Beacon High School in 1960 and went to work at IBM that same year.

Joel was trained as an electrical, mechanical and chemical technician and worked in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill. He moved to Tivoli in 1967 and served as the zoning officer for several years. After leaving IBM in 1990 he moved to Germany with his second wife, Traudel, who survives. He was employed at Bruker Corporation where he worked until retirement in 2007.

Joel enjoyed ocean cruises, vegetable gardening, home and auto repairs and genealogy. He is survived by his children, Laura Reid and Paul Ciancanelli of Catskill and Sabra Ciancanelli of Tivoli, and brothers Eugene Ciancanelli and George Pesacreta, as well as 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His sister, Maria (Ciancanelli) Kelly, died in 2008.

Funeral services were held in Karlsruhe and a memorial service on July 4 in Tivoli.

Brittany Jade Limitone (1987-2016)

Brittany Jade Limitone, 28, of Beacon, died unexpectedly on July 2, 2016, in Tuxedo, N.Y. Born July 14, 1987 in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of Cheryl Limitone and Richard A. Heinrich.

Brittany Limitone

Brittany Limitone

Brittany was an administrative assistant for The Lake Street Housing Authority in Newburgh. She loved comedy and had a very contagious laugh. She enjoyed singing, karaoke, dancing and had a network of computer friends who referred to her as Smoochez. She spent a number of years in Southern California and had a love for the beach.

Survivors include her mother and her companion, Paul Galu of Newburgh; her father Richard, of Beacon; maternal grandparents Bill and Roberta Limitone of Beacon; paternal grandmother Gail Morgan of Beacon; aunt Pamela Maneri and husband Frank; uncle Robert Limitone and wife Nancy; cousins Robert Limitone, Amanda Limitone, Joey Anzovino and Angelena Maneri, as well as several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were private and arranged by Libby Funeral Home in Beacon. Friends and family contributed more than $7,500 for funeral costs through

Thomas F. Kent (1960-2016)

Thomas F. Kent, 55, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died on June 30, 2016, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Thomas was born in Cold Spring on September 30, 1960, the son of the late Thomas and Antoinette (Marino) Kent. He is survived by cousins Sue Cushing, Judy Lewis, Kent Glanville, Frances Marino and Billy Kent.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 9 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon, with a burial of ashes following at St. Joachim Cemetery. Donations in memory of Thomas may be made to Autism Speaks at or 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540.

Stanton “Sonny” Tompkins (1929-2016)

Stanton Charles (Sonny) Tompkins, 87, died on July 7, 2016, surrounded by his family. Born on June 15, 1929 in Cold Spring, he was the son of Stanton R. and Ethel (Gifford) Tompkins. He was an amazing father, poppy and husband.

Stanton worked for the Ole Kartergainers Hat Company in Beacon. He later retired from his own business, the Tompkins Chevron Station in Beacon. He also was actively involved with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he taught Sunday school, a member of the American Rifle Association, proud sponsor of and player in the Stan and Howie’s men’s softball league and an avid bowler at the former Tuponse Lanes.

Regina and Stan Tompkins

Regina and Stan Tompkins

After being drafted, he served from 1951 to 1953 in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class in 3rd command, 164th infantry regiment, 47th Viking Division. While on his first furlough, he married Regina (Jeanie) M. Fabrizio Tompkins on June 16, 1951 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Beacon. She died in April 2013.

Stanton is survived by his son Stanton T. Tompkins and fiancé Ann Marie Clark of Charlotte, N.C.; son Wayne J. Tompkins and wife Lori of Poughkeepsie; and daughter Cheri J. Tompkins Arquilla and her companion George J. Carrozzelli of Beacon. He also is survived by grandchildren Tracy Tompkins Townsend and Jason Tompkins of Wappingers Falls; Courtney and Jamie Causey of Monroe, N.C.; Shannon Tompkins, Cara and Seth Braus and Stanton T. Tompkins II, all of Charlotte, N.C.; Arika Arquilla of Pine Bush; Theresa and Wayne Tompkins of Beacon. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

Stanton was predeceased by son Charles (Chucky) Tompkins and sisters Geraldine Price and Dorthea Pavlovic and baby sister Shirley Tompkins. (Stan was one of the “four cupcakes.”) In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Foundation, 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508. Arrangements were by Libby Funeral Home in Beacon.

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