Beacon Obituaries

Joseph LaVallee

Joseph LaVallee (1925-2018)

Joseph R. LaVallee, 92, a longtime Beacon resident, died on July 1, 2018, at a V.A. hospital in Melbourne, Florida.

He was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Saranac Lake to Thomas and Sarah (Prime) LaVallee. He attended St. Joachim’s School and Beacon High School before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a construction worker before his retirement.

He is survived by his sisters, Theresa Horn of Hopewell Junction and Ellen Flock of Staatsburg. Three brothers and a sister died before him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joachim Church in Beacon on July 19, with burial at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Margaret Sickler

Margaret Sickler (1931-2018)

Margaret E. Sickler, 86, a longtime Beacon resident, died July 13, 2018.

She was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Cold Spring, the daughter of Robert and Martha (Lent) Ludwig. On Jan. 28, 1955, she married Robert E. Sickler, who died in 1991.

Margaret was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, where she served as deacon. She loved to cook and bake and will be remembered for it. She also worked at the Garrison Country Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha Hicks (Jeffrey) Hicks of Beacon and eight grandchildren: Lisa Gabin (Marco), Kelly Canell (Matthew), Jordan Sickler (Amanda), Eric Sickler (Amanda), Capri Stoller (Matt), Gina Pipitone (John), Sarah Sickler (Mike Remmel) and Joey Sickler; and 12 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by four siblings: Frank Ludwig (Alicia), Carl Ludwig (Debbie), Leo Ludwig (Maryann), and Martha Ludwig.

A funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Beacon on July 17.

Michael Tobin

Michael Tobin (1948-2018)

Michael Tobin, 70, a former Beacon resident, died on July 6, 2018, at his home in Glendale, California.

Born April 3, 1948, in Ballylinan, Ireland, he was the son of William and Kathleen (Maloney) Tobin. He grew up in Beacon and was a member of the Class of 1966 at Beacon High School. He later attended SUNY Plattsburgh. For many years he was a realtor in Portland, Oregon, which suited his warm, outgoing and funny personality.

Besides his wife, Lorraine, he is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Carothers (John) of Milton, Florida, and his grandsons William Carothers and Nicholas Carothers. He also is survived by his brothers, Kevin Tobin and Brian Tobin, his sister-in-law, Vickie Tobin, and a nephew, Martin Tobin.

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