Philipstown Obituaries

Michael Peparo (1947-2017)

Michael Anthony Peparo, 69, of Cold Spring, died at his home on Oct. 12, 2017.

Born in Cold Spring on Nov. 3, 1947, Michael was the son of Charles and Rita (Nolan) Peparo. He graduated from Our Lady of Loretto School in 1961, Haldane High School in 1966 and Dutchess Community College in 1968.

Michael retired from the roads, grounds and buildings department at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  A self-proclaimed wordsmith, he always had a dictionary open and was constantly noting interesting words and their meanings. He was an avid reader and enjoyed writing himself, especially poetry. Some of Michael’s writing was used by local artists as song lyrics that found inspiration from the Hudson Valley.

He also prided himself as being a wonderful conversationalist, as many can attest, he was always interesting and entertaining to talk to. Michael was also known by many as “Coach.” He was involved in the Philipstown Recreation Department, Little League and Babe Ruth organizations for many years.

To Michael, mentoring and teaching the right way to play the game was important. With a unique sense of humor, he created lifelong memories for many of his players. Michael truly was one of a kind and will be missed.

He is survived by his sons, Josiah Peparo (Kristen) and Ryan Peparo, his daughter Helen Peparo, and a granddaughter, Adriana Peparo. He also is survived by a sister, Dorothy Gilman of Garrison.

Friends are invited to call at the Clinton Funeral Home, 21 Parrott St., Cold Spring on Oct. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Loretto at a future date.

Dorothy Turner (1947-2017)

Dorothy Turner, 70, of Cold Spring, died Oct. 10, 2017, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

Dorothy was born March 4, 1947, in Cold Spring, the daughter of Harold and Vivian (Palen) Smith. She graduated from Haldane High School and worked for the Town of Philipstown for the past 25 years. She married Lawrence Turner, who died in 2012.

She is survived by her children Megan Turner of Cold Spring and Brittney Turner of Dobbs Ferry; her brothers Donald Smith of Adams and John Smith of Sheffield, Massachusetts, as well as her granddaughter, Mikyla Morgan.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct, 21, at 10 a.m. at the Church on the Hill, 245 Main St., in Cold Spring, with the Rev. Tim Greco officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Spring Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association ( or to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (

Inez Tristram

Inez Tristram (1923-2017)

Inez C. Tristram, 93, of Slingerlands, New York, died on Oct. 9, 2017, at the Eddy Village Green at Beverwyck.

Inez was born in Sonestown, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 5, 1923, to Herbert and Augusta Horn. She married Charles Tristram in June 1941 in Beacon. He died in 1964.

Inez was a longtime resident of Garrison before moving to Greenville, North Carolina, to live with her daughter and her family. She was smart, witty and talented, a strong woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Debra Tristram (James Cummings) of Slingerlands; her grandchildren, James Cummings Jr. of Boston, Christopher Cummings of Syracuse and Jillian Cummings of Brooklyn; and her sister, Marion Doody.

Interment was at Cold Spring Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Memo: Alzheimer’s Research, Mail Code 119, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.

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