Nan Ainsworth (1923-2018)
Anna Marie “Nan” Ainsworth, 95, a Beacon High School graduate and longtime resident of Fishkill, died Sept. 19, 2018, at the Wingate at Dutchess Nursing Facility in Fishkill.
Born April 24, 1923, in East Kingston, she was the daughter of Maurice and Katherine (Fay) O’Bryan. After graduating from Beacon High School, she attended Krissler Business Institute in Poughkeepsie.
On Oct. 10, 1942, she married Harry Ainsworth at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon. He died in 1995.
Nan was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill and Nifty Thrifty in Fishkill. She was a homemaker for many years and later worked for the Wappingers Central School District as a secretary.
She enjoyed bridge and, for more than 60 years, she and seven friends gathered regularly to play and share food, alternating the host household each time.
Nan is survived by her children: Harry Ainsworth (Susanne) of Litchfield, Connecticut; Kim Ainsworth of Southport; and Bryan Ainsworth of Fishkill; and her son-in-law, Lindsay Northam of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was the last surviving of the six O’Bryan children.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Sept. 24 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Mary School Angel, P.O. Box 780, Fishkill NY 12524.
Hazel Antalek (1922-2018)
Hazel L. Antalek, 96, a lifelong Beacon resident, died Sept. 16, 2018, at the Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.
She was born in New York City on Aug. 12, 1922, the daughter of William and Hazel Miller. She married Joseph “Bosh” Antalek, who died in 2009.
She worked at Little Jo’s corner store, where she was known for her friendly manner. She always called her customers “sweetie” and shared an old saying, “Enjoy it.”
Hazel is survived by her son, William Antalek of Fishkill and her daughter, Janet Cunningham of Tampa; five grandchildren: William Antalek Jr. of Stormville; Stacey Rabe of Hopewell Junction; Sarah Apmann (Todd) of Wappingers Falls; Chuck Cunningham Jr. (Robyn) of Tampa; and Beth Romano (Chris) of Tampa; as well as 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Sept. 24 at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey in Beacon, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue Foundation (arfbeacon.org).
Tristan Laurion (1932-2018)
Tristan A. Laurion, 85, of Cornwall, and a former chemist in Beacon, died at his home on Aug. 13, 2018. He and his wife, Susan, 90, were found dead in their home, although the cause was not immediately clear.
Tristan was born Nov. 30, 1932, the son of Rodolphe and Gertrude (Voisard) Laurion. He married Susan Indzonka in 1962.
After his mother died when he was 8, Tristan was raised by a maternal aunt, Joan Dube and her husband, Joseph, and their three sons. After earning degrees from the Lowell Technological Institute and the University of New Hampshire, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He then worked for many years as a chemist at the Texaco Research Center in Beacon.
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