Beacon Obituaries

Donald Caetano

Donald Caetano (1958-2018)

Donald David Caetano, 60, of Beacon, died June 3, 2018, in Valhalla.

Born May 27, 1958, in North Tarrytown, he was the son of Donald and Katherine (McStay) Caetano.

He is survived by his children Donald Caetano Jr., Nicholas Caetano, Amanda Santangelo (John), Brittani Ducos (Jeremy), Kayla Caetano and Kirstin Caetano, as well as a grandson, Decker Santangelo.

Visitation took place June 7 at Curry Funeral Home in Peekskill.

Joan Fleming

Joan M. Fleming, 86, of Canandaigua, New York, died June 2, 2018.

Born in Hudson, she grew up in Beacon and graduated from Beacon High School in 1949. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, playing cards and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, John A. Fleming; two sons, Paul Fleming (Carolyn) and Mark Fleming (Janice); four grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Cahill.

A memorial service was held June 7 at Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home in Canandaigua, with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery there. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 510, Canandaigua, NY 14424.

Chet Greene

Chet Greene (1949-2018)

Chester Leon Greene, 68, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and formerly of Beacon, died May 26, 2018.

He was born in Beacon on Nov. 15, 1949, to Steave and Susie (Warren) Greene.

Known as Chet, he attended Beacon schools and graduated from Albany Business College. Chet also served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.

In 1984 Chet married Ethel (Etch) Gleaton. They lived in Bedford Hill, New York, until 2004, when they moved to Raleigh and built a home there.

Chet worked as a corporate buyer for Lockheed Martin in North Carolina for the last 11 years of his life. Previously he had worked 10 years for the New York Transit Authority and 30 years for IBM in Fishkill.

Chet loved the Yankees and Giants. You could find Chet watching a baseball, basketball or football game during most weekends. For many years he officiated a variety of sports in New York and North Carolina. He was a member of Wake Chapel Church in Raleigh.

Besides his wife, Chet is survived by two stepdaughters, Deidre Thomas (Bruce) of Poughkeepsie and Dina Gleaton of Mount Kisco and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He also is survived by four sisters: Anna Mae Greene, Theresa Bugg and Grace Cook, all of Beacon, and Thelma Lawrence (Bill) of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

There will be a graveside service 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Colin Keenan

Colin Keenan (1943-2018)

Colin E. Keenan, 74, died May 26, 2018 in Wappingers Falls.

Born Oct. 8, 1943, in Beacon, he was the son of Patrick and Susan (Bradley) Keenan, who were both Irish immigrants. He married Gail E. Branson, who died this past July.

After graduating from Beacon High School, Colin served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, and later as both an Army and Air Force reservist. He retired from the New York State Corrections Department in 1999 and then worked for many years as a part-time Beacon City School District bus driver.

He is survived by his children, Sabrina Bailie (Jerry) of Poughkeepsie; John Keenan (Wendi) of Waxhaw, North Carolina; and Shawn Keenan (Jenn) of Wappingers Falls. He also is survived his brothers, Michael Keenan, Monsignor Patrick Keenan and Hugh Keenan; his sisters, Rosalea Megna (Vinny) and Sharon Wallace; a sister-in-law, Jalene Yeaple (Jimmy); his grandchildren, Aislinn and Emma Bailie; Abigail, Noelle and Isabella Keenan; Walt, Sable and Sasha Keenan; and his best friend since childhood, Clarence Heroy.

In nearly two decades driving for the BCSD, Colin was known for his decorated buses. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. As a lifelong New York Yankees fan, everything revolved around watching “the game.” The daily jumbo in the morning after meeting Bob for newspaper delivery at 4:45 a.m., scratch-offs, The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune were all a part of his daily routine.

In later years he became a staunch member of the Tom Brady fan club. Colin offered no apologies for his Dairy Queen sweet tooth, affinity to Taco Bell, and Friday night pizza & wings dinners. He was on a constant quest for what he considered “home fries.”  None of us really ever knew what he was after, but he certainly did and stopped at every diner within his travels. For someone who didn’t have much skill in the kitchen, CEK trained us all well.

A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow St., in Beacon at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, with burial to follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to any veterans’ organization.

Debra Ann Papula

Debra Ann Papula (1957-2018)

Debra Ann Papula, 60, a lifelong Beacon resident, died June 6, 2018.

She was born Sept. 10, 1957, the daughter of Lawrence Papula and Inez Marie (Crowther) Richmond. She attended Beacon schools and worked as a nursing assistant at the Putnam Nursing & Rehab Center in Holmes. She was a member of the American Legion Auxillary of Poughkeepsie.

Debra is survived by her father and stepmother, Catherine Papula, as well as seven siblings: Catherine Boes (Jeffrey); Lori Mercadante (Richard Miller); Susan Weyant (fiancé Paul Camacho); Patricia DiMeglio (John); Ronald Weyant; Lawrence Papula Jr. and George Rice (Janet).

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, at the Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave., in Beacon. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 11 at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon.

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