Philipstown Obituaries

Mary Lou Matthews (1944-2017)

Mary Louise Matthews, 73, died Dec. 12, 2017, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Her husband of 23 years, Michael Tully, died in 2010. Among her survivors is a brother, John Matthews (Linda), of Cold Spring.

Mary Lou was born May 12, 1944, in Toronto, the daughter of Ronald and Fleda (Gordon) Matthews.

From early childhood to just a few years ago, Mary Lou would enjoy summers at the family cottage on Deer Island, Honey Harbour, Ontario on Georgian Bay. This place was her haven and spiritual home throughout her life.

She graduated from the Branksome Hall School in 1963 and obtained her diploma in nursing from Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto in 1966. Later she received her certificate of Neonatal Intensive Care from George Brown College in Toronto.

Mary Lou was an obstetrics RN specializing in high-risk births. She worked in Toronto, Saudi Arabia and Good Samaritan Hospital. She retired from nursing in 2006.

After she and Michael married, they traveled the world. They lived in New York, Sydney, Amsterdam and Cold Spring and Garrison. Mary Lou and Michael sang in the Putnam & Taghkanic Chorales and in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown.

Besides her brother, Mary Lou is survived by her cousins, Doug Cooper (Mary) and Jodi Cooper, in Canada. She also leaves her stepchildren Michael Tully Jr., Patrick Tully, Sean Tully (Hope) and Thomas Tully (Allyson), and her grandchildren Zachary, Alexandra, Julianna, Kristina, Alessandra, Parker, Connor and Chase.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (

Timothy Roberts

Timothy Osborn Roberts died Dec. 7, 2017. A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Church in Garrison.

Laura Beth Schiele (1968-2017)

Laura Beth Schiele, 49, of Cold Spring, died Dec. 21, 2017. She was born Jan. 23, 1968.

Father Emmanuel Sullivan

Father Emmanuel J. “Stephen” Sullivan, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died on Dec. 19, 2017. A wake will take place on Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. and a funeral mass on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at the St. Paul Friary Chapel at Graymoor in Garrison with interment in the friars’ cemetery.

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