Beacon Obituaries

Chloe Ackerly (1991-2017)

Chloe Louise Ackerly, 25, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, died April 3, 2017, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Chloe was born in Putnam County on Sept. 4, 1991, the daughter of William Ackerly and Randy Schaniel. She was employed at China Star Restaurant in Lehigh Acres and was a member of the S.S. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, William and Alicia Ackerly of Beacon; her mother and stepfather, Randy and Steven Hula of Richfield Springs, Florida; her fiance Paul Hildreth of Lehigh Acres; two sisters, Sarah R. Hula and Nina L. Hula, both of Richfield Springs; her brothers Vladimir N. Hula of Richfield Springs, Anthony Ackerly (Christina Paldino) of Fishkill, and Tomas Paldino, William E. Ackerly II and Brandon W. Ackerly, all of Beacon; her maternal grandmother, Shirley Smith; her paternal grandmother, Joan Ackerly; and a nephew, Anthony Paldino.

Funeral services were held April 10 at S.S. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, with interment in the church’s cemetery.

Joseph Antonio Sr. (1938-2017)

Joseph J. Antonio, Sr., 78, a longtime resident of Beacon, died April 20, 2017, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Joseph was born May 27, 1938, in Beacon, the son of Joseph and Jessie (VanTassell) Antonio. On May 27, 1961, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fishkill, he married Alberta Taylor, who survives at home. Joseph retired from Chemprene in Beacon.

In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by his children, Annette Antonio of Beacon, Christine Hajba (Joe) of South Carolina and Joseph J. Antonio, Jr. (Sue) of Beacon; his grandchildren Joseph J. Antonio III, Kaitlyn Antonio, Adam Hajba, Ashley Finnigan, Donald Presutti and Jennifer Shebanie; and his sister, Joy Neary of Beacon.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Halvey Funeral Home, 24 Willow St., Beacon. A graveside service will be held on April 25 at 10 a.m. at Fishkill Rural Cemetery, 801 Route 9, Fishkill.

Gina Bopp (1957-2017)

Gina Tasetano Bopp, 59, of Beacon, died April 18, 2017, at home. Born May 27, 1957, in Newburgh, she was the daughter of Louis Tasetano and Barbara Picard Hopper.

Gina was a secretary at IBM Poughkeepsie for more than 29 years, and a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Beacon.

In addition to her mother and her husband, Wayne Bopp, she is survived by her son Justin Tomlins, granddaughter Chloe Tomlins, brother Paul Tasetano (Janet) of Fishkill, sister-in-law Barbara Bopp Jung of Newburgh and brother-in-law Jimmy Bopp of Beacon.

Visitation will be held Monday, April 24, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, with a funeral service on April 25 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 60 Union St., Beacon. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dutchess County, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Angela Jackson (1971-2017)

Angela Michele Jackson, 45, of Beacon, also known as “Diva” and “The First Lady,” died April 6, 2017. She was born July 8, 1971, in Detroit to Michael and Yvonne Wiggins, both of whom survive her.

There are countless tales of how Angela stood above the rest, reading novels at the age of 10, being skipped and placed in gifted schools, having a great career in the newspapers and as a flight attendant, beating cancer twice, earning two master’s degrees and achieving success as a businesswoman, wife, partner, mother, sister and daughter.

She graduated in 2006 from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s in business administration, in 2013 from Texas Southern University with a master’s in public administration and in 2014 with an MBA from Granton University. She ran TFL Penpals, UTFL Services and and volunteered and was on the board for Cure NY.

On June 18, 2014, she married Trevers Jeffrey Jackson, who survives. She also is survived by her son, Phillepa Lewis; her daughter, ShaQuita Crump; her sisters,Tonya Clifford, LaShaunta Harris, Anisha Taylor, U’Gishia “GiGi” Pettaway and Anne Mitchel; her young sisters, Kristeen Gilmore, Dia Morris, Kaity Brown, Zakiyah Maynard and many others; several grandchildren and three stepsons, Jeffrey Jackson, Danny Mercedes and Steaven Mercedes.

A funeral service was held on April 18 at Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Poughkeepsie.

John Kacur (1926-2017)

John A. Kacur, 90, formerly of Beacon, died April 7, 2017, at the UVM Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. He resided in Lyon Mountain at the time of his death.

John was born in Beacon on Oct. 24, 1926, the son of Andrew J. and Ethel (McCreary) Kacur,. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and was employed by IBM for 38 years. At the time of his retirement, he was a lab technician at the company’s facility in East Fishkill.

John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a lifetime member of the NRA as well as the Southern Dutchess & Putnam Sportsmen Association. He was also a member of the First Reformed Church of Fishkill and the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 2609 in Wappingers Falls.

On May 25, 1952, he married Shirley Robinson in Beacon. She survives him in Lyon Mountain.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Todd Kacur (Jeanne) of Red Creek and Scott Kacur (Deborah) of Fishkill; two granddaughters, Taylor Kacur of Essex Junction, Vermont and Jordan Kacur; and his sister, Marilyn Ettinger (Donald) of Peekskill.

A funeral service was held on April 11 at the McHoul Funeral Home in Fishkill, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517 ( or the First Reformed Church of Fishkill, 1153 Main St., Fishkill, NY 12524.

Daniel Ulicki (1935-2017)

Daniel J. Ulicki, 81, of Beacon, died April 14, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Aug. 1, 1935 in Buffalo, he was the son of Leo and Cecelia (Sznek) Ulicki. He married Mary Dubetsky Scadura, who died in 1990.

Daniel was a retired technician for the Phillips Consumer Electronics in New Hyde Park. He enjoyed watching the Yankees as well as bowling with his friends in the Senior Bowling Leagues at Southern Dutchess Bowl and then Fishkill Bowl. Dan was very proud of a 300 game he bowled in 2008. He enjoyed being around family, friends and neighbors.

Survivors include two stepchildren, Donald Scadura of Newburgh and Kathy Scadura of Beacon; his sister Alice Sieber (Raymond) of Depew; and three step-grandchildren, Ashley Scadura, Gregory Scadura and Kelly Scadura-Aponte.

A funeral service was held on April 21 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 301 Manchester Road, No. 105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.

Betty Ward (1925-2017)

Phoebe Elizabeth (“Betty”) Driscoll Ward, 91, died on April 14, 2017. She was formerly a 50-year resident of Hopewell Junction.

Betty was born May 19, 1925 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the daughter of Charles Edward and Adeline Phoebe Walker Driscoll. A 1947 graduate of Simmons College in Boston with a bachelor’s in chemistry, Betty met her husband, Frank Ward, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was working for the professor overseeing Frank’s dissertation for his Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Frank died in 2010.

Betty was a lifelong member of the American Association of University Women and an active volunteer. She was a Girl Scout troop leader in the 1960s and 1970s and served on the board of directors of the Dutchess County Girl Scouts. She also was a longtime member of the Melzingah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and frequently served as a tour guide at the Madam Brett Homestead in Beacon.

She is survived by her three children and six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 17 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill, followed by interment in St. Denis Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Melzingah Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 50 Van Nydeck Ave., Beacon, NY 12508.

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