Beacon Obituaries

Bunny Cassell

Bunny Cassell (1938-2018)

Marguerite E. “Bunny” Cassell, 80, has died. Born in Beacon on April 19, 1938, she was the daughter of Charles and Elsie Atkins. She graduated from Wappinger Falls High School, where she enjoyed dance, sports and cheerleading with her sister Roberta. She was married for 61 years to Russell B. Cassell, who survives.

In her younger years, Bunny cherished her visits to Bannerman’s Island, which was her childhood playground. When she was asked to help garden at Vanderbilt Mansion, she jumped at the opportunity. She worked as an administrator at Vassar College.

Along with her husband, she is survived by her children: Russell B. Cassell Jr. (Robin), Audra Cassell (Butch Stewart) and Marguerite E. Reilly (James); and her siblings, Beverley Atkins and Warren Atkins. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Sierra, Rodney II and Savannah.

A funeral service was held on May 3 at Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Poughkeepsie, with entombment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Smith Metropolitan Church, 124 Smith St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Alyssa Grippo

Alyssa Grippo (1993-2018)

Alyssa Grippo, 24, of Beacon, died April 29, 2018. She was born Sept. 19, 1993, the daughter of Christine Grippo.

Alyssa had an infectious demeanor about herself, a very friendly person; and she enjoyed greatly helping people. She had a talent for drawing.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her grandparents, Kim and Gary Grippo; her brother, Arthur Grippo; her sister, Ruth Grippo; and her aunt, Kimberly Mason. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas (1926-2018)

Edward A. Lucas, 92,  a longtime resident of Beacon, died April 23, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

Born Jan. 13, 1926, in Beacon, he was the son of Andrew and Victoria (Podloski) Lucas. In 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Europe during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. On May 25, 1947, he married Georgia “Lorraine” Aldrich in Beacon. After 70 years of marriage, she died on Nov. 28, 2017.

Edward worked as a bus driver for the Beacon City School District and also owned and operated E.A. Lucas Trucking. He retired as supervisor of engineering from the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System at Castle Point.

He was a member of VFW Post 666 and American Legion Post 203 in Beacon. He also belonged to the Bear Mountain C.B. Radio Club. Edward was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed camping. He loved being a mechanic and was always working on vehicles and heavy equipment.

Edward is survived by his daughter, Maureen Cole; his son, Stephen Lucas; his grandchildren, Kyle Lucas, Rhiannon Lucas, Shelby Day, Joseph Day, Andrew Lucas, Glen Pavelock and Jonathan Lucas; five great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Rose Haight, Mary Goodall and Margaret Baker.

A funeral service was held on April 26 at McHoul Funeral Home in Fishkill, followed by interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans (

John Papo (1940-2018)

John M. Papo, 78, of Wallkill, died April 24, 2018.

He was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Beacon, the son of John J. and Teresa (Ireland) Papo. He was a retired carpenter with the Carpenter’s Union, Local 323, in Beacon, and a life member of the Beacon Engine Company No. 1. He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1963 and was stationed primarily in Newport, Rhode Island.

He is survived by his sons John Papo (Nancy) of Wallkill and Alexander Papo (fiancé Stacey Joubert) of Bristol, Rhode Island; his daughter, Lisa Papo-Long of Walden; four grandchildren: Heather, Alisha, Jordan and Christopher; his former wife of 22 years, Laura (Guarino) Papo of Wappingers Falls; a stepdaughter, Shonda Foley of LaGrangeville; a brother, Francis Papo of Lake George; and two sisters Nancy Papo of Beacon and Johanna Farber of Dover Plains.

Private cremation has taken place at Cedar Hill Cemetery. A private remembrance will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association (

Ginger Thomas

Ginger Thomas (1923-2018)

Georgiana “Ginger” M. Thomas, 95, of New Paltz, died April 22, 2018.

She was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Millerton, the daughter of Thomas and Wilhelmina (Smith) Thorne. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Beacon, where she was a member of the church choir and sang solos. Prior to her retirement, Ginger was employed by IBM in East Fishkill for more than 25 years. She was married to Paul Thomas for nearly 75 years; he died on March 12.

Ginger is survived by her children, Susan Thomas of Hopewell Junction and Glenn Thomas (Nancy) of Wappingers Falls; three grandsons: David Thomas (Theresa), Daniel Thomas (Nicole) and Marc Thomas (Marcie); five great-grandchildren: Justin, Lucas, Austin, Tyler and Julia Thomas; and two nephews, Keith McArthur and Scott McArthur.

A private funeral service was held. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church (

Olive Wiehl (1920-2018)

Susan (Olive) Wiehl, 97, died Jan. 30, 2018, at the NHC HealthCare facility in Columbia, South Carolina.

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Aug. 14, 1920, she was the daughter of John and Susan (Rogan) Murray. On May 21, 1942, at St. Brigid’s in Belfast, she married Joseph Wiehl of Brooklyn. He died in 1978.

The couple lived in Richmond Hill before moving to Dutchess Junction and then Beacon, where she raised her seven children. She was employed at Craig House Hospital.

She is survived by her children: Olive Paek (Stephen) of Anaheim Hills, California; Joseph Wiehl (Cheryl), Las Vegas; Dennis Wiehl (Blair) of Columbia, South Carolina; Dorothy Pruitt (Dave) of Newburgh; Deborah (Debi) Kosier of Milton, Georgia; as well as 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her siblings, Gabriel (Ross) Murray, Sarah (Sheila) Tate and John (Jack) Brendon.

A graveside service was held May 4 at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon.

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