Beacon Obituaries

Patrick Hannon

Patrick Hannon (1932-2017)

Patrick J. Hannon, 85, a longtime resident of Beacon, died Dec. 25, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie.

Patrick was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Jackson Heights, Queens, the son of Patrick and Susan (Hayden) Hannon. Pat was a member of the first graduating class in 1948 of St. Patrick’s High School in Newburgh. He worked for the National Biscuit Company at its packaging plant in Beacon and in construction with Local 17 based in Newburgh until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He was a parishioner of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church and a member of Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #445. Pat was also a member of W.H. Mase Hook and Ladder.

He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Capozzi, Suzanne McElduff (John) and Judy Keating (William), and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Jan. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon. Members of the Knights of Columbus will hold services at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow St., Beacon. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Joachim Cemetery, Beacon.

Memorial donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Verolyn Mills

Verolyn Mills (1942-2017)

Verolyn Mills, 75, died Dec. 22, 2017.

She was born in Toledo on Jan. 6, 1942, to Vale Marion and Hazel Virginia (Cook) Barnes. She grew up in Toledo. She married John R. Bolander and moved to Beacon, where they lived for 14 years.

During these years, she earned a high school equivalency diploma, an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The couple had two children.

After a divorce, Verolyn returned to Toledo and taught nursing at Michael J. Owens Technical College and completed her master’s degree at Ohio State University. In 1978 she moved to Galveston, Texas and began to teach nursing at the University of Texas. She retired to Buford, Georgia in 1997.

She spent her final years with her husband, Gary Mills, who had been her helpmate since shortly after his graduation from the Owens Nursing Program, where he had earlier been one of her students.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her sons, John Dunay Bolander and Jeffery David Bolander; a sister, Terryl Lea Paiste (Gary) and brothers Vale R. Barnes (Barbara) and Kim D. Barnes (Janie). Funeral services were private.

Luis Serrano

Luis Serrano (1940-2017)

Hector Luis Serrano, 77, of Beacon, died at home on Dec. 29, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Hector was born Oct. 2, 1940, in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, the son of Angel and Eugenia Serrano. He was a retired GM auto worker and Beacon City School District bus driver,

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Candida Serrano, and their children, Ybia Jones, Hector L. Serrano Jr. and Yaritza Serrano. He is also survived by family members Andrew Jones and Amanda Santise; two grandchildren, Jessica Hannah and Lukas Jones; and a great-grandson, Julian Hannah.

Betty Turcy

Betty Turcy (1942-2017)

Elizabeth S. “Betty” Turcy, 75, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died on Dec. 22, 2017, at her home.

Betty was born Nov. 12, 1942, the daughter of Joseph J. and Marion (Calaluca) Turcy. She worked for Chemprene in Beacon for more than 40 years, retiring in 2004. She was a parishioner of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church. Betty was also a member of St. Rocco’s Ladies Auxiliary and St. John’s Women’s Club.

Betty is survived by her brothers, Joseph Turcy (Beverly) of Beacon, Michael Turcy (Maureen) of Beacon and James Turcy of Florida.

Betty was a devoted caregiver to her sister, Jean, before she died in 2016. They loved to cruise together and Betty’s favorite hobby was treasure hunting at flea markets, garage sales, parish fairs and yard sales. Oh, the phone calls with excitement of the trinkets and treasures she found…vases, lighthouses, flowers and plaques and signs. She loved making earrings and jewelry and brought a smile to the many people as she gave them away.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 30 at St. John the Evangelist Church with burial at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 54, Beacon, NY 12508.

Gloria Varricchio (1929-2017)

Antoinette “Gloria” Varricchio, 88, died Dec. 27, 2017, at Calvary Hospice.   She was born in Yonkers on May 15, 1929, and married Louis Joseph Varricchio, who survives her after 71 years of marriage. Among her other survivors is a son, Jerry Varricchio (Joan) of Cold Spring.

Gloria will be remembered as a bright, radiant beacon for her family, her friends and the numerous charities she supported. A mass celebrating her life was held at The Church of the Assumption in Peekskill.


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