Beacon Obituaries

James Kearney (1936-2017)

James P. Kearney, 80, of Fishkill, died April 27, 2017, at the Manor at Woodside in Poughkeepsie.

James was born Nov. 10, 1936, in Beacon, the son of Michael V. and Norena V. (Hayes) Kearney. He attended Beacon High School and Montfort Brothers High School and Seminary in Bay Shore, Long Island.

A U.S. Army veteran, he worked for Movielab, Manhattan Transfer and Nice Shoes Media in New York City. He was a parishioner of St. Joachim Church in Beacon, a Eucharistic minister at several local churches and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council No. 445 in Beacon.

James is survived by his sister, Joan DiMarco of Wappingers Falls, and his nieces and nephew, Joan Williams, Mary Ann DiStefano, Anthony M. DiMarco, Ellen Webber and Patricia Levine.

A memorial mass was held April 29 at St. Joachim Church, with burial with military honors at the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Anthony Lauricella (1943-2017)

Anthony J. Lauricella, 73, of Poughkeepsie, died April 27, 2017. Among his survivors are two grandchildren who live in Beacon, Ryan Wiley and Conner Wiley.

Anthony was born Aug. 21, 1943, in Mt. Kisco, the son of Joseph and Philomena (Cea) Lauricella. An Army veteran, he loved to work on snowblowers and lawn mowers and to watch NASCAR. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mildred Pearson

Mildred Pearson (1916-2017)

Mildred Elizabeth Pearson, 101, a lifelong of Hopewell Junction, died April 26, 2017, at home.

Born Feb. 27, 1916, in Hopewell Junction, she was the daughter of James Daniel and Julia Eldridge (Phinney) Johnson. She attended grammar school at the little school house on Beekman Road and then graduated from Beacon High School.

Mildred was employed as an operator for New York Telephone Company in New York City for many years until her retirement. On Sept. 21, 1947, in Manhattan, Mildred married Frank Harold Pearson, who died in 1991.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Beatrice Johnson, and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held on May 3 at the Hopewell Reformed Church in Hopewell Junction.

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