Beacon Obituaries

F.N. Fredericks

F.N. Fredericks (1924-2017)

Frank (F.N.) Fredericks, 92, of Beacon, died May 12, 2017, at his home.

Born Oct. 3, 1924, in Beacon, he was the son of Nicholas and Mary (Pennachio) Fredericks. Frank was a U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II and a retired New York State Corrections officer. His wife, (Patricia) Ann Fredericks, survives at home.

He enjoyed his time on the golf course and especially his trips to Myrtle Beach. Frank spent several years as a professional at the Powelton Golf Club in Newburgh and was a member of the Southern Dutchess Golf Course in Beacon. Frank was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

Besides his wife, Frank is survived by four children: Robert Fredericks, Janine Atwell (Bill), John Anderson (Ellen) and Patricia Strong (Charlie); four grandchildren: Tabitha Fields (Christopher), Meghan Anderson, Kathleen Anderson and John Anderson (Sara); and five great-grandchildren, Edward Fields, Alexis Fields, Liam Fields, Genevieve Anderson and Claire Anderson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held May 16 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson St., Fishkill, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association (

Irene Rokitowski

Irene Rokitowski (1931-2017)

Irene F. Rokitowski, 85, of Beacon, died May 9, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born May 10, 1931, in Beacon, she was the daughter of Henry and Delphine (TenEyck) Garrison. She married Robert Rokitowski Sr., who died in 1983.

Her survivors include her five children: Robert Rokitowski Jr. (Patricia) of Wappingers Falls, Karen Rokitowski (Jodi Cavanaugh) of Newburgh, Thomas Rokitowski (Mary) of Beacon, Joseph Rokitowski (Mary) of Poughkeepsie and Krisanne Elwood (Robert) of Beacon; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a goddaughter.

A service was held May 12 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 45 Crown St., Kingston, NY 12401.

Joseph Ventresca (1920-2017)

Joseph J. Ventresca, 96, a carpenter and a lifelong resident of Beacon, died May 11, 2017, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Joe was born Aug. 2, 1920, in Beacon to Salvatore and Katie Ventresca. He married Marian (Vikki) Ventresca, who survives him.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was a life member of Mase Hook and Ladder, a life member of St. Rocco’s and a member of American Legion Post 203 in Beacon.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Guy Ventresca, Joseph Ireland and Mitzi (Ireland) Wood, his grandchildren Jeff Ireland, Marisa Wood, Scott Wood and Caitlin Berdiales, and two great-grandchildren Rylee and Ripley Ireland.

A celebration of his life will be held May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave., in Beacon, with interment with military honors on May 16 at Fairview Cemetery.

Stephanie Williams

Stephanie Williams (1970-2017)

Stephanie L. Williams, 46, of Beacon, died May 8, 2017, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

She was born Sept. 16, 1970, in Beacon, the daughter of Darrell E. and Larraine (McNair) Williams. Stephanie attended Beacon schools and loved the friends she met throughout her many years working at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Family Dollar in Beacon and Newburgh.

She is survived by her daughters, Lakin Mitchell and Nicole Williams, and her sons, Darrell Williams and Davon Burrell, and two grandchildren, Elijah and Izaiah Mitchell. She also is survived by two stepsons, Juan Rivera and Jordan Druckerier, her aunts Barbara McNair, Arlene Pinkey Russell and Paula McNair, her uncle John McNair, and her good friend Moleek.

Visitation will be held May 17 from noon at Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave., in Beacon, followed by 1 p.m. services. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 301 Manchester Road, No. 105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, 195 Hudson St., Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520.

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