Beacon Obituaries

Laraine Barnett

Laraine Barnett

Laraine E. Barnett (1945-2016)

Laraine Elizabeth Barnett, 71, of Beacon, died Nov. 16, 2016.

She was born Feb. 17, 1945, in the Bronx, the daughter of Rudolph and Mary (Pensante) Perdus. Laraine grew up in Queens and graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1963. Early in her career, she worked as a bookkeeper in New York City before moving to Dutchess County. She became a Realtor in 1991.

Laraine was an accomplished pianist and loved music. She was a volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dutchess County and supported children through Unicef. Laraine was an advocate for animal rights and had a dog-walking business. She was an artist and loved music, theater, going to museums and exploring the art of the world around her.

Laraine had an exuberant, sparkling personality and could fill a room with laughter. She loved life and enriched the lives of everyone around her. She is survived by her many friends whom she loved and who loved her.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 21 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, with burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Victor Manuel Rios DeJesus (1940-2016)

Victor Manuel Rios DeJesus, 76, of Beacon died Nov. 7, 2016, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Feb. 18, 1940, in Anasco, Puerto Rico, Victor was the son of Andre and Brenarda Rios DeJesus. He was a retired factory worker for Metronics, Inc. in Beacon.

Survivors include his wife Dinora Colon DeJesus; three daughters, Dinora Garcia of Beacon, Marilyn DeJesus of Newburgh and Haidee Cruz of Beacon; three brothers, Luis Dejesus of Connecticut, Amalio DeJesus of Puerto Rico and Efran DeJesus of Puerto Rico; a sister, Luisa Figueroa of Puerto Rico; a grandson, Edwin E. Garcia, a great-grandson, Maddix Mason Garcia, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Nov. 11 at Tabernacle De Cristo in Beacon, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Elena Eckert

Elena Eckert

Elena Marie Eckert (1963-2016)

Elena Marie Eckert, 53, of Beacon, died Nov. 19, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

Born Nov. 2, 1963, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of Daniel Joseph and Sophia (Charkalis) DiRubbio.

Elena was a recently retired corrections officer for Fishkill Correctional Facility and a former waitress and bartender at Trump National of the Hudson Valley in Stormville.

Survivors include her son William Daniel Eckert and his fiance Danielle Lee Soto of Wappingers Falls; her mother Sophia Charkalis DiRubbio and her companion Jason Morse of Wappingers Falls; her sister, Danette DiRubbio of Wappingers Falls; her brother, Dean P. DiRubbio (Deborah) of Beacon; two grandchildren, William Alexander and Elizabeth Ella; two nieces, Sadie Jane and Danielle Rose DiRubbio; and her former husband, William James Eckert.

Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, followed by entombment in Fishkill Rural Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (

Margaret Hustis

Margaret Hustis

Margaret M. Hustis (1939-2016)

Margaret M. Hustis, 77, of Beacon, died Nov. 6, 2016 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born March 24, 1939, in South Fallsburg, she was the daughter of Chancelor Scott.

Margaret was a former bartender for the Elks Club in Beacon, and a former waitress for Di Nardi’s Restaurant in Beacon.

Survivors include her husband William A. Hustis; two daughters, Lillian Godbout (James) of Beacon and Barbara Moschiano (Michael) of Church Hill, Tennessee, a son, William S. Hustis of Beacon; a brother and sister, Edward Scott and Florence Scott of Monticello, six grandchildren (Loronda, Christina, Robert, Billy, Jaymi and Ryan), six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Nov. 10 at Libby Funeral Home, followed by entombment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (

Samuel Linwood Lunsford III  (1937-2016)

Samuel Linwood Lunsford III, 78, of Beacon, died Nov. 7, 2016, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Peekskill on Dec. 7, 1937, he was the son of Samuel L. and Martha (Barksdale) Lunsford II. Samuel was a retired metal worker for Green Fuel Economizer in Beacon. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who served in Korea and a member of Springfield Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Levisa M. Williamson Lunsford and four children: Mark Lunsford of Beacon, Alesia Lunsford of Beacon, Alane Lunsford of Albany and Jack M. Lunsford (Jamie) of Highland; two sisters, Mary McNair and Marilyn Lunsford; 19 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, a great great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

His son Samuel Linwood Lunsford IV, four brothers (Richard, Mavin, Berkley and James Lunsford) and three sisters (Ann, Dolores and Martha Jean) died before him.

A funeral service was held Nov. 11 at Springfield Baptist Church. Interment was private.

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