Beacon Obituaries

Ryan Donnelly

Ryan Donnelly (1995-2019)

Ryan J. Donnelly, 24, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died June 13, 2019, at home.

Ryan was born on June 8, 1995, at Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point, the son of Keith and Linda (Moles) Donnelly. He attended Beacon city schools and was a cook at Meyer’s Olde Dutch in Beacon.

In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by his sister, Rachael Donnelly; his paternal grandmother, Helen Donnelly; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Ryan’s life on Saturday, June 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fishkill Church of the Nazarene, 953 Main St., in Fishkill.

Bobbi Drusik (1939-2019)

Barbara “Bobbi” A. Drusik, 79, a lifelong Fishkill and Beacon resident, died June 11, 2019 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

She was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Fishkill, the daughter of William and Laura Mae (Booth) Barrett. On July 3, 1962, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, she married Joseph Drusik, who died in 1999.

Bobbie was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 1493 in Beacon for more than 17 years and also a member of its Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Scott Drusik, and her sister, Lois Barret. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Ashley Van Buren. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Elks Lodge.

Jerry La Colla

Jerry La Colla (1937-2019)

Gerard Anthony “Jerry” La Colla, 81, died June 9, 2019, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Jerry was born in Beacon on Oct. 24, 1937, to Gerard La Colla and Julia Daddario. He graduated from Beacon High School in 1956. He married Barbara Albert and earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1960 while chasing after their first two children. The couple was married 62 years at the time of his death.

His career began with Chicago Bridge & Iron, managing the construction of storage vessels, which landed him overseas working in Italy, Spain and England. Jerry later worked for the U.S. Department of State managing the construction of U.S. State buildings in Cyprus and Singapore. Upon retiring, his love of travel continued and he especially enjoyed cruising around the world. He never stopped planning that next family trip.

He had a personal curiosity of people and their lives and enjoyed striking up conversations; always providing a bit of advice and wisdom. His passion and memory of historical and personal events was remarkable and he always had relevant stories to share.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children; Jacqueline Luciano (Bill), Michael La Colla (Sue), Susan Wade (Randall) and Peter La Colla (Liz); his grandchildren; Lane (Selin), Loren and Michael La Colla; Christopher and Julie Luciano; Alex and Erica Wade; Megan La Colla-Linquist and Blaine and Logan Wells; and a great-grandson, Kubilai La Colla.

A funeral service as held on June 14 at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey in Beacon, with burial at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley Hospice (hvhospice.org).

Melinda Palisi

Melinda Palisi (1955-2019)

Melinda Ann Palisi, 64, of Beacon, died of brain cancer on June 14, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born Feb. 3, 1955, she was the daughter of William Jr. and Elizabeth Laurelli Hawks Feeser. She graduated from Beacon High School in 1973. On March 1, 1975, she married Richard Palisi at St. Joachim’s Church in Beacon. He died in 2017.

Melinda was a parishioner of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon and a former member of Chandler’s Drum Corp. For many years she was a teller at the Beacon Savings Bank, a bookkeeper for Palisi Auto Body and ABC Auto Parts, an employee of TEG Federal Credit Union and Royalty Carpet Cleaning as their office manager. In addition, much of her time was spent babysitting for numerous children of her friends.

Melinda beamed with pride recounting the story of how she wished for a baby girl with straight hair under a covered bridge, her family said. She was present for the births of each of her grandchildren and made their lives her priority, calling for the daily schedule of events to make sure she was there front row center. She loved her “princess,” “prince” and “angel.”

She enjoyed the holidays as she chose dresses and holiday pajamas, the vacations (especially to Disney), the baking, crafting, the movie watching and the many restaurant dinners, the snuggles and the mending of whomever had a broken heart.

She also had a talent for the arts, her family said, crafting scrapbooks and cards. She enjoyed her scrapbook weekends, her scrapbook room, and shopping with family and friends.

Melinda is survived by her daughter, Stacey Lynne (Joseph Acuti Jr.), her grandchildren, Cassidy, Tyler and Savannah Acuti; her siblings, Steven Hawks (Gail) of Florida and Bridget Pierce of Hoosick Falls; and her brother-in-law, Robert Palisi (Margaret).

Family and friends will gather on Tuesday, June 18, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim Church, 51 Leonard St., in Beacon, with burial to follow at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).


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