Beacon Obituaries

Pedro Pacheco

Pedro Pacheco (1979-2019)

Pedro Luis Pacheco, a longtime Beacon resident, died on his 40th birthday, July 1, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Pedro was born July 1, 1979, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the son of Evelyn Cruz of Beacon and Ramon Luis Pacheco. Pedro graduated from high school, earned an associate’s degree, and worked for Mental Health of America in Beacon. He was a fan of professional wrestling and loved to watch the shows. Pedro was a member of the Casa de Avivamiento Church in Beacon.

In addition to his mother, Pedro is survived by his brothers, Reinaldo Pantojas (Vanessa) of Tennessee, Alfred Pantojas (Lauren) of Tennessee, Freddy Pantojas (Arline Grullon) of Beacon and Julio Pantojas (Heledy) of Beacon.

He also is survived by his grandmother, Andrea Cruz Vasquez, of Beacon; his sister-in-law, Katrina Pantojas of Beacon; his uncles, Ricardo Cruz, Tommy Cruz and Johnny Cruz; his aunts, Carmen Rodriguez, Margarita Cruz and Iris Cruz; and his nieces and nephews, Majlis, Adryanna, Julian, Evan, Nilah and Maiya.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 7, at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon, where a funeral service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Pete Sylvester

Pete Sylvester (1956-2019)

Peter Sylvester, 63, of Wappingers Falls, a former longtime Beacon resident of Beacon, died on June 29, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Pete was born on Feb. 18, 1956, in Beacon, the son of Concezio and Marlene (Busby) Sylvester. As a young man, he was trained in the art of sculpture foundry. He continued work in the sculpture community for the rest of his life, in later years as a craftsman and artisan to sculpture artists. He enjoyed winemaking, fishing, travel and games of chance. His family said he would be remembered for his work ethic, sense of humor and personality.

Pete is survived by his children, Mika Cavanaugh (Stuart), Sean Sylvester and Pete Sylvester Jr.; his grandchildren, Ariana, Makayla, Zaleia and Bryant Cavanaugh, Mia and Eli Sylvester and a grandson to be born next month; his companion, Tina Calabrese; and his siblings, Susan DiGilio, Ellen Miller, Maria Schiffer, Chrissy Sylvester and Jimmy Sylvester.

Family and friends will gather on Friday, July 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, 2 Beekman St., in Beacon. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Angelina Weyant

Angelina Weyant (1932-2019)

Angelina M. Weyant, 87, a longtime Beacon resident, died July 3, 2019.

She was born April 9, 1932, in Cold Spring, the daughter of Carmine and Louise (Boniello) Bocchino. On April 8, 1956, she married Charles J. Weyant Jr., who died in 1973.

Angelina is survived by her three children: David Weyant (Lauren), Marlene Gilland (Gary) and Thomas Weyant (Rene), as well as seven grandchildren: Jenna and Steven DiFusco; Sarah Gilland (fiancé Ethan Geider); Tyler Weyant (fiancee Olivia Hopper); Chelsea and Anthony Merando; Kayleigh and Nick Engen; Joseph Weyant (fiancee Melanie Kimpton); and Nicholas Weyant.

She is also survived by two great-grandsons: Victor DiFusco and Anthony David Merando; and her siblings: Patrick Bocchino, Dominick Bocchino, Nancy Esposito and Josie Fleming.

Family and friends will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Friday, July 5, at St. Joachim Church, 51 Leonard St., in Beacon, followed by interment in St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation (

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