Beacon Obituaries

Derek Bolden

Derek Bolden (1973-2017)

Derek LaMarr Bolden, 44, of Monticello, died July 5, 2017, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 26, 1973, to Douglas and Doice (Hill) Bolden. He attended Forrestal Elementary and Beacon High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University.

After college, Derek became an educator in school districts throughout the Hudson Valley. He was also an avid chess player who excelled at analytic thinking.

His survivors include his ex-wife, Doris; his daughter, Desiree; his mother and stepfather, Herbert Hill; three brothers: Douglas, Herbert and David; two sisters: Jacqueline and Terrie; and his mother-in-law, Iris. A funeral service was held July 16 at the Beacon Light Tabernacle Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Wappingers Falls.

Darlene Cleary

Darlene Cleary (1959-2017)

Darlene A. Cleary, 57, of Maybrook, died July 21, 2017, at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, on Oct. 14, 1959, the daughter of Ronald and Janet (Hunyor) LaMadeleine. Darlene was a bus driver for the Wappingers Central School District and a volunteer at MidHudson Regional Hospital. She enjoyed crafting and cooking.

Her survivors include her children, Ryan Cleary of Beacon, Chris Cleary of Beacon, Brandon Cleary (Anna) of Gig Harbor, Washington and Caitlin Cleary of Maybrook; her sister, Barbie Dowden of East Hartford, Connecticut; and her grandchildren, Jessa and Janna Cleary. A memorial service will be held in September.

Anthony DiMattia

Anthony DiMattia (1939-2017)

Anthony R. DiMattia, 77, a resident of Fishkill since 1955, died July 19, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 16, 1939, he was the son of Alfonso and Edith (Colli) DiMattia. He retired from IBM in East Fishkill and was a member at John 3:16 Christian Center in Verbank.

On May 18, 1963, in Torrington, Connecticut, he married Claudia (Verlato) DiMattia who survives at home. He is also survived by his daughter, Michele Marina (Richard) of Cold Spring; his son, Mark DiMattia of Beacon; his siblings and their spouses, Ada Fonteneau (Albert), Rita Langevin (Jim), Helen Orach and Alfonso DiMattia Jr. (Marge).

Calling hours will be held on July 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the McHoul Funeral Home, 1089 Main St., in Fishkill. A funeral service will be held at noon at the funeral home, followed by entombment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the John 3:16 Christian Center, 3312 Route 82, Verbank, NY 12585, or the American Heart Association (

Tim Fetzer (1969-2017)

Timothy Michael Fetzer, 48, of Beacon, died July 20, 2017.

Tim was born Mar. 8, 1969, and raised in Peekskill, the son of Gary and Judith Fetzer. He was employed by the Peekskill Department of Public Works for more than 30 years.

Tim, who was an Eagle Scout, was a lifetime member of the Washington Engine Company No. 2 and member of Peekskill Elks Lodge No. 744. He was a fan of the Rangers and Yankees and went to Disney World every chance he had.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Boniello Fetzer; his father; his brother, Mark Fetzer (Rebecca Miller); and his grandmother, Evelyn Hollberg. His mother and his first wife, Jennifer Jean (Fischer) Fetzer, died before him.

A funeral service was held July 24 at the E.O. Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society (

Tom Gallagher

Tom Gallagher Sr. (1935-2017)

Thomas R. Gallagher Sr., 82, of Niskayuna, died on July 19, 2017.

Born in Beacon on Feb. 3, 1935, he was the son of Neil and Mary Elizabeth (McGrath) Gallagher. Tom was a former draftsman at Green Fan Economizer and a lifetime member and past chief of the City of Beacon Fire Department.

His survivors include his wife, Lucy; his children: Mary Esther Krol (Jerzy), Richard Gallagher (Carmelita), Betty Lease (Alfred), Peggy Gallagher (Hector Medina), Patty Matthews (Kevin), Thomas Gallagher Jr. (Monica) and Charles Gallagher.

He also is survived by his grandchildren: Jerzy Krol, Bridget Krol, Sean Gallagher (Lindsey), Erin Gallagher, Vicky Phelps (Terry), Kimberly Petrillo (Matt), Christopher Lease, Kayla Weise (Matt), Kevin Matthews, Nicholas Matthews (Ana), Susan Sanders (Andrew), Joshua Matthews, Thomas Gallagher III, Matthew Gallagher, Samantha Gallagher and Connor Gallagher.

Further, he is survived by several great-grandchildren, his brother, John Gallagher, his sisters-in-law Maria and Ruth and his stepdaughters, Rosemarie Mullaney (Dean) and Laura Santoro and their children Casey, Ryan and Amanda Mullaney and Olivia Santoro.

A memorial service will be held on July 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Christian Church, 100 Grand St., in Newburgh, followed by a celebration of life dinner. Visitation will be held on July 26 at New Comer Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with funeral service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

Edward Killmer

Edward Killmer (1937-2017)

Edward Joseph Killmer, 80, of Pleasant Valley, died July 12, 2017.

He was born in Beacon on Feb. 14, 1937, the son of Harold and Mary Killmer. Ed was well known in his younger years in Beacon for the paper route he happily worked.

After graduating from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in Newburgh in 1955, he attended Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie, where he received a certificate in accounting. He worked in the accounting division at IBM for 35 years, from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. While working at IBM, he met Anne Carbone; they were married on Sept. 13, 1958.

After retiring, Ed worked parttime at the polling station in Pleasant Valley, gardened, traveled to Las Vegas (his favorite place), collected historical coins, took pride in completing The New York Times crossword puzzle daily, and most of all, spent time with his seven grandchildren. He was also an avid Giants, Knicks and Dodgers fan.

Ed was a devout Catholic, being a member of St. Stanislaus Church in Pleasant Valley for more than 50 years. He will be remembered by many parishioners for taking up collection every weekend for many years. He was also a member of the Poughkeepsie Knights of Columbus, as well as the IBM Quarter Century Club.

He is survived by his four children: Edward J. Killmer, Jr. (Tara Hatfield) of Tampa; Maryanne Lartz (Jack) of Poolesville, Maryland, Colleen Hayes (Richard) of Pleasant Valley, and Janice DeQuarto (Joe) of Highland.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Corey Hayes (Laureene), Danny and Matthew Hayes, Jaden and Tyler DeQuarto and Kerianne and Kimberly Lartz. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Charles Killmer (Judy), his sister Anne Adams (Robert) and his sister-in-law, Helen Killmer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 14 at St. Stanislaus Church with burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America (

John Kulers

John Kulers (1968-2017)

John M. Kulers, 48, of Beacon and formerly of Verplanck, died July 11, 2017.

John was born in Peekskill on Nov. 20, 1968 to John M. and Jane (Butler) Kulers.

His survivors include his father John M. Kulers, and mother Jane A. Maurice (Robert), his brother, Michael Kulers (Michelle), and two nephews Matthew and Justin Kulers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Christopher’s Church in Buchanan, on July 15. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoidosis Foundation (

Jean MacAvery (1930-2017)

Jean MacAvery, 86, of New Paltz, died July 13, 2017.

Born in Beacon on Sept. 15, 1930, she was the daughter of Stephen and Sarah (Moore) Schmitzer. She married Joseph F. (Bud) MacAvery on Nov. 27, 1952, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. He died in 1986.

Jean graduated from St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s Cochran School of Nursing and, after a career in nursing, retired from the Castle Point VA Medical Center in Castle Point as an operating-room supervisor.

After her retirement, Jean continued to contribute in volunteer roles at St. Lawrence Seminary in Beacon, the Woodland Pond Council and the “Kneedlers” group in New Paltz. A lifetime learner, Jean was an avid bridge player and reader.

Her survivors include her daughters Ellen McHenry (Rick), Kim Fuchs (Marc), Patricia MacAvery and Eileen Kane (Rob), and her son, Stephen MacAvery (Susan). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on July 17 at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz, with burial in the family plot at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon. Memorial donations may be made to the Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation (

Mary Oberg

Mary Oberg (1926-2017)

Mary P. Oberg, 91, a lifelong resident of Fishkill, died July 8, 2017, at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

Born in Beacon on March 27, 1926, she was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine (King) Fahlman. On Dec. 28, 1945, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Beacon, she married Donald F. Oberg, who died before her. Mary was a parishioner at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in LaGrangeville.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Andrew Daubman of LaGrange.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 14 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in LaGrangeville with burial at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church (

George Ryan

George Ryan (1943-2017)

George K. Ryan, 73, of Beacon, died July 21, 2017, at Kaplan Family Hospice in Newburgh.

Born Sept. 9, 1943, in Beacon, he was the son of Franklin and Adeline (Lonsberry) Ryan. He graduated from Beacon High School in 1961. He retired from IBM in 1995 and also worked for Wappingers School District until 2005.

He married Paula Miller in 1963 and Sandra Ryan in 1987.

George loved hunting, and fishing and his Adirondack home in Schoon Lake.

He is survived by his daughter, Toni Ann Killmer (Steven) of Beacon and four grandchildren: William Hustis II, Ryan Marie Hustis, Nicholas Killmer and Alyssa Killmer, all of Beacon, and a great-grandson, Mark Wills Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice, 1 Sunrise Lane, Newburgh, NY, 12550.

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