Beacon Obituaries

Beverly Edwards (1943-2018)

Beverly J. Edwards, 74, a longtime resident of Beacon, died April 5, 2018, at her home.

Born Sept. 9, 1943, in the Bronx, she was the daughter of Evelyn Edwards. She was proud of working as a model for John Robert Powers in her younger years. She retired from working at the Indian Point Energy Center.

She is survived by a sister, Marsha O’Neill of Wappingers Falls, and two nieces, Christa O’Neill (Daniel Valenzuela) and Andrea O’Neill (Damien Gregory).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 9, at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls, with interment to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or Sparrow’s Nest (

Martin McNair

Martin McNair (1930-2018)

Martin Luther McNair, 87, of Wappingers Falls and formerly of Beacon, died March 31, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

He was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Carthage, North Carolina, to Tracy and Lessie McNair. In 1957, he married Willie Mae, who died in 2012. Known to family and friends as “Chopper,” he retired from the New York Traprock Co. in Wappingers Falls in 1998.

He is survived by his daughters, Sheba Abrahaim (Yosef) of New York City; Tracy McNair Wheeler of Wappingers Falls; and Octavia Rising (Martin) of Tallahassee, Florida; his brothers, Robert Lee McNair of Wappingers Falls and Leonard McNair of Walden; and his grandchildren: Eliyahu Abrahaim, Ahkiyah Abrahaim, Gevurah Abrahaim, all of New York City; Ashanti Herndon of Brooklyn; Yisrah Smith of Phenix City, Alabama; Zadok Abrahaim of New York City; Samuel McNair of Tampa; Benjamin Rising of Tallahassee; and four great-grandchildren.

He will lie in repose from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at Beulah Baptist Church on Route 9D in Wappingers Falls. A service will take place at 11 a.m. at the church, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery with military honors.

Thomas Suhadolnik

Tom Suhadolnik (1940-2018)

Thomas L. Suhadolnik, died on March 30, 2018, at Westchester Medical Center, after a long illness.

Born July 4, 1940, in Forest City, Pennsylvania, he was the son of John and Helen Suhadolnik. On Sept. 20, 1969, he married Joan Ranalli, who survives at home.

Known as “Big Tom” to friends and family and “Pop” to his grandchildren, Tom served in the Marines from 1958 to 1962. He was employed at IBM for 30 years until his retirement in 1993. He was an avid sportsman who loved spending time at his cabin in Hancock. He was a member of Southern Dutchess Country Club, a former SDCC golf champ, and bowled for many years.

He also was a former coach of Beacon Pop Warner football and member of Beacon Junior Baseball. He loved to talk sports and was a Red Sox, Ranger and Steelers fan. In his retirement he continued working at the SDCC and McCann pro shops.

Besides his wife, Tom is survived by his daughter, Stacie Romanelli (Kurt Winterberg) and his grandchildren, Brittani Marie and Anthony (Tony) Thomas Romanelli. He also is survived by his sister-in-law Jeanne and nephews John and David Suhadolnik.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 4 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, with burial with military honors following at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital ( or the American Cancer Society (

Franklin Tomlins

Franklin Tomlins (1965-2018)

Franklin H. Tomlins, 52, a lifelong Beacon resident, died March 31, 2018.

Born in Beacon on Sept. 18, 1965, he was the son of Walter Tomlins and Linda (Miller) Tomlins. He graduated from Beacon High School and was a self-employed carpenter and mechanic.

Franklin is survived by his daughter, Rosemarie Tomlins; his mother, Linda Tomlins; and his father, Walter “Butch” Tomlins (Judy). He is also survived by his five sisters: Tammy, Katrina, Blanche, Virginia and Lisa.

A memorial service was held April 5 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, with interment at Wappinger Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association (

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