Beacon Obituaries

John Sedore Jr. (1941-2018)

John J. Sedore Jr., 77, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died May 22, 2018, at his home.

John was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Beacon, the son of John J. and Stella (Ruta) Sedore. He retired from Chemprene in Beacon. He loved to go bowling and played in several leagues. He enjoyed listening to music and Johnny Cash and Elvis were favorites. John also loved watching the Yankees.

John is survived by his children, Carolyne Baisley (Jay) and Anthony Sedore; his companion, Maggie Quick; his grandchildren, Anthony, Vanessa, Brandon, Brittany and Ciara; and his sister, Mary Jane Padworski.

Funeral arrangements were private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (

Joyce Skipwith-Minor

Joyce Skipwith-Minor (1935-2018)

Joyce Skipwith-Minor, 82, of Beacon, died May 26, 2018.

Born July 4, 1935, in Buckingham Co., Virginia, she was the daughter of John and Florine (Jones) Smith. She is the last surviving of three sisters.

Joyce graduated from Beacon High School. She married Thomas Skipwith and, in 2000, Andrew Minor.

She was employed by IBM before she left to become a full-time homemaker. After her boys were grown, she worked at Castle Point V.A. until she retired.

Joyce was a member of Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Beacon and later joined Springfield Baptist Church in Beacon. She was a member of several ministries and outreach programs. She was a fashion enthusiast, loved to shop, travel, and celebrate with friends and family. She loved her boys and their friends and was an avid basketball fan. She would quickly tell you to move if you were blocking her view of the game.

Besides her husband, Joyce is survived by her sons, Neil Skipwith (Kim) and Scott Skipwith (Helen Lizzette); two grandchildren, Justin and Ondrea; and her great grandchildren. She also is survived by her stepdaughters and sons, a sister-in-law, Gertrude Jackson; a brother-in-law, Lawrence Minor (Janice); and a special friend, Carolyn McLaughlin. In addition, she is survived by her half-sister, Jean (Cookie) McGuire (Nathaniel).

Her advice was: “Hold to God’s unchanging hand. The world may seem to be crazy, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

A funeral service was held at Springfield Baptist Church on June 4, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

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