Beacon Obituaries

Rose Engel (1927-2017)

Rose M. Engel, 90, of Beacon, and a former longtime Yonkers resident, died Sept. 29, 2017.

She was born July 16, 1927, the daughter of Carmelo and Pietrina Giangreco. She retired from Ciba-Geigy (Ardsley) in 1992.

Rose is survived by her daughter, Janet, her granddaughters Dina, Emily, and Elizabeth, and her great-grandchildren Gianna and Derek.

A memorial mass will be held Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Chapel, 10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, with interment to follow.

Sibilla Patrizi

Sibilla Patrizi

Sibilla Patrizi, 60, of Beacon, died on Oct. 12 after an automobile crash on Route 9G in Germantown.

An interior designer, Patrizi was a native of Florence, Italy, where she graduated from the Accademia dell’Arte. She was an editor and stylist for magazines such as Elle, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Allure and Vogue, and worked as a stylist for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alicia Keyes.

In 2012, she took a trip to Baja Mexico to visit a friend in a town an hour from Cabo San Lucas, where she fell in love with a piece of land overseeing the Pacific Ocean.  There she designed her dream house and had it built.

Mary Piacente

Mary Piacente (1924-2017)

Mary E. Piacente, 93, of Fishkill, a lifelong area resident, died Oct. 22, 2017. at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born in Beacon on Sept. 12, 1924, she was the daughter of Anthony and Rose (Miccio) Piacente.

When she was 18, Mary started working at a dress shop in Beacon. She then worked for the Cardigan Hat Factory, also in Beacon, where her sister, Josephine, worked as secretary. She was an inspector for IBM in East Fishkill for 18 years until her retirement.

Mary’s family will always remember her for her deep faith in God. She was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church and a member of Catholic Daughters of America and St. Rocco Society in Beacon. She often visited the Fishkill Senior Center.

Mary is survived by her brother, Dominick (Sonny) Piacente; her brother-in-law, Joseph Agunzo.

Calling hours will be held on Oct. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home, 1089 Main St., Fishkill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary, Mother of the Church followed by entombment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Sister Mary Reed

Sister Mary Reed

Sr. Mary Anne (Dorothy) Reed, O.Ss.R., 91, a member of the Redemptoristine Nuns of Beacon, died Oct. 18, 2017, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, Connecticut, after a brief illness.

Sr. Reed joined the Redemptoristine Nuns in Toronto in 1947 as the first American member and in 1957 was one of six Sisters sent to establish the first monastery in the U.S. at Esopus. Over the years she served the community in various roles as prioress, bursar, organist, and master tailor.

Born in Warren, Michigan, Sr. Mary Anne was the daughter of Josephine and Sheldon Reed. She is survived by her sister, Carole Mitchell (Ron).

A funeral mass was held on Oct. 23 Incarnation Monastery Chapel in Beacon, followed by burial at the Redemptorist Cemetery on the property of The Mount Community in Esopus.

Raymond Sandler Sr.

A funeral service will be held Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim church, 325 Washington Ave., with interment at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Sandra Trifilo

Sandra Trifilo (1942-2017)

Sandra A. Trifilo, 75, a lifelong resident of Glenham, died on Oct. 17, 2017, at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Born in Cold Spring on Aug. 12, 1942, she was the daughter of Edward and Alice (O’Donnell) Murphy. On Nov. 22, 1959, she married Eugene T. Trifilo at St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill.

For many years, Sandra and Gene owned and operated Gene & Sandy’s Stationery Store (later Trifilo’s Stationery Store) in Beacon. Sandy was a member of the Slater Chemical Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary and a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. She was also past president of the local Catholic Daughters of America.

Sandra’s true passion was cooking and baking. She was the recipient of more than 150 prize ribbons at the Dutchess County Fair and in 2012 she was the winner of the Pillsbury Pie Bake-Off Championship.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Mark T. Trifilo (Lee Ann), Eugene J. Trifilo and Staci Trifilo; her grandchildren Sonya, Chelsea, Sean, Gabe, Peter, Rose, Melissa, Marc and Nikita; her great-grandchildren; three sisters: Donna Bamond (David), Patricia Roza (Richard) and Doreen Murphy; and her sister-in-law, Bernadette Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Oct. 21 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. Memorial donations may be made to the Dutchess County 10-13 Foundation ( – please specify “Sandy’s Special Fund”) or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

Ashley White

Ashley White (1996-2017)

Ashley L. White, 21, of Poughkeepsie, died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 16, 2017.

Born in Poughkeepsie on April 10, 1996, she was the daughter of Tony E. and Patricia A. (Mekeel) White. She grew up in Beacon and attended Beacon city schools.

Ashley was a very compassionate person who always helped others. She was a devoted mother and enjoyed spending time with her boys. Ashley loved her family more than anything else. Her family was her everything, she always said that “family comes first.” She will be forever missed by her family.

Besides her mother, Ashley is survived by her stepfather, Eugene McCoy; her sons Luis and Antonio Cruz of Poughkeepsie; her sister, Jaleesa White; and her grandmother, Joyce White.

Ashley will lie in repose from 10 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 at Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 43 Fairview Ave., Poughkeepsie. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., with interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Middle Hope.

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