Beacon Obituaries

George McElrath

George McElrath Jr. (1946-2018)

George T. McElrath Jr., 72, a lifelong Beacon resident, died Sept. 26, 2018, at his home.

He was born Jan. 15, 1946, in Beacon, the son of George T. and Julia (Conklin) McElrath. George worked many jobs and was known as a jack-of-all-trades.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Carrie Connell, of Beacon; his sister, Judith Graham of North Carolina; his mother-in-law, Mary Connell; and his aunt, Grace Short. He also leaves behind his sisters-in-law Virginia Connell, Katherine Galarza, Esther Connell-Carrington, Judith Connell and Margaret Scianna.

A celebration of life was held on Sept. 29 at First Presbyterian Church of Beacon, with a private interment.

Jeffrey Ninnie

Jeffrey Ninnie (1952-2018)

Jeffrey M. Ninnie, 65, a longtime resident of Beacon, died at home on Sept. 20, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Jeffrey was born in Beacon on Oct. 28, 1952, the son of Armand and Carolyn (Powell) Ninnie. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1974. On Sept. 6, 1975, he married Karen Wiercinski in Beacon. He worked as a butcher for many years at local Grand Unions and retired from Key Food in Beacon.

In addition to his wife, Jeffrey is survived by a daughter, Cara Heaton (Rick); his grandchildren, Derrick, Aiden and Liam; his brothers, Thomas Ninnie (Betsy), David Ninnie and Michael Ninnie (Mary); his mother-in-law, Kathleen Wiercinski; his brother-in-law, Stephen Wiercinski; his sister-in-law, Sister Mary of Jesus; and his nieces, Amber Wiercinski-Long, Jennifer Edge and Alison Neilson.

A funeral service was held Sept. 26 at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey in Beacon, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to any charity.

Fred Way

Fred Way (1948-2018)

Fred W. Way, 69, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died Sept. 20, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Fred was born Sept. 27, 1948, in Monroe, North Carolina, the son of Fredrick and Shirley (Cable) Way. He married Mary Bunt on April 1, 1967.

Fred worked for Three Star Anodizing and Unico in Beacon before his retirement. He played in several softball leagues, horseshoe leagues at the Glenham Fire House and was an accomplished ski jumper. He was also a member of the Dutchess Boat Club.

Fred also was an avid deer hunter. Those who knew Fred appreciated his great sense of humor. Fred was one of the last mountaineers in Beacon, having been born, raised and lived on the mountain his whole life.

In addition to his wife and mother, Fred is survived by his daughter, Mary Way; his grandchildren, Kenneth Way, Kayla Way and Kathleen Scott (Kenneth); his great grandchildren, Breanna, Vincent and Niklaus; his brother, Wayne Way; and his uncle, Dennis Cable.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 25 at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, in Beacon, with burial at Fairview Cemetery.


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