Philipstown Obituaries

Sister Susan Boyle

Sister Susan Boyle, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement in Graymoor, died in the Philippines on May 27, 2017, after a brief illness. She was visiting a mission she established at Cavite in 2010.

A funeral mass was held in the Philippines on May 29. A wake will be held at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Graymoor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on June 5. Both will take place at St. Francis Convent, followed by burial in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Michael Gibbons (1952-2017)

Michael Edward Gibbons, 65, of Matlacha, Florida, and formerly of Garrison, died May 15, 2017.

He was born Jan. 23, 1952 in Salem, Massachusetts, to Robert E. and Doris E. (Ruane) Gibbons. After growing up in Peabody, Massachusetts, he attended the University of Massachusetts before taking a job with the New England Telephone Company. Later, as a lead field service engineer in the semiconductor industry, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Germany and South Africa.

While living in Garrison, Michael was appointed chairman of the Philipstown Greenway and county representative of the New York State Greenway. He worked closely with the New York State Park System to create the Fjord Trail and frequently consulted with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef on environmental matters.

He also was a member of the Philipstown Planning Board, elected president of the Garrison Fish & Game Club and was a board member of the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 2011 Michael and his wife, Marta Elva Gibbons, retired to Matlacha, on Florida’s west coast. In 2012, they purchased Matlacha-Cottages, a hospitality business on the Matlacha Aquatic Preserve.

Michael enjoyed serving his community and meeting people. His favorite pastimes were golfing, fishing and dancing with his wife. Toward the end of his life, Michael discovered a hidden talent for writing, documenting his experiences with a poetic flair that led to his first publication.

Besides his wife, Michael is survived by two children, Jesse Daniel Gibbons (Nicole) and Jennifer Michael Gibbons of Gloucester, Massachusetts; his brother Robert Gibbons (Kathleen) of Colorado; and a grandson, Ethan Kevin Gibbons.

Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Cancer Specialists, 1708 Cape Coral Parkway West, Suite 10, Cape Coral, FL 33914 or Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.

Tony Mazucca
Tony Mazucca

Tony Mazzuca (1926-2017)

Anthony Sylvester “Tony” Mazzuca, 91, born Antonio, died on May 28, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born April 12, 1926, in Peekskill, he was the son of Antonio and Concetta (Merante) Mazzuca. He lived for a short time in Pennsylvania but grew up and lived in Cold Spring and Nelsonville. He was married for 19 years to Jeanette Maddox-Mazzuca before her death.

Tony retired after 35 years from IBM in East Fishkill, where he was recognized for his achievements in management and training. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Light Truck Driver and Sherman Tank Crewman in the Hell on Wheels, 2nd Armored Division.

Tony was a member of the Nelsonville Fire Company and North Highlands Engine Company, served as a scoutmaster of Cold Spring Boy Scouts Troop No. 137 and was president of the Cold Spring Lion’s Club. He was a trustee and mayor of Nelsonville and served two terms as supervisor of the Town of Philipstown.

Tony is survived by his children: Raymond Mazzuca of Arcadia, Florida, Peter Mazzuca of Saratoga, Karen Mazzuca-Biddiscombe (Kevin) of Wallkill, and Tony Mazzuca (Tammy) of Key West, Florida. He also is survived by his grandchildren Scott Russo (Janel) of Wassaic, Erika Mazzuca-Galish (Skyler), Peter Mazzuca (Katie) of Tucson, Arizona, and Connor Biddiscombe of Wallkill; his stepson Joseph Ferrante; and his great grandchildren Anthony Russo, Samara and Maliah Galish, Kari and Madeline Mazzuca and another great grandson on the way.

He also is survived by his brothers: Samuel Mazzuca and Richard Mazzuca of Maryland, William Mazzuca and Ronald Mazzuca of Cold Spring, and Michael Mazzuca of Fishkill.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 2, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the McHoul Funeral Home, 895 Route 82, in Hopewell Junction, with burial at Cold Spring Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post No. 236 or American Legion Post No. 275.

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