Beacon Obituaries

Chris Cataldo

Chris Cataldo (1967-2019)

Christopher Cataldo, 52, of Beacon, died Aug. 1, 2019, at his home.

He was born on July 12, 1967, in Beacon, the son of John and Margaret (Peggy) Cataldo. He graduated from Beacon High School, attended Dutchess Community College and moved to Manhattan to work as a bartender in upscale restaurants such as Match Uptown and L’Artisanal. He was the longtime bartender at Sushi Samba before moving back to Beacon. In recent years he worked at the restaurant at the Beacon Hotel.

His family remembers that even as a boy, Chris was a sweet and gentle soul. He was highly intelligent, and had a sly, lightning-fast sense of humor. The number of messages on his Facebook page are a testament to his generosity, impact, and spirit, according to family members.

Chris is survived by his sisters, Melissa Cataldo and Susan Cataldo, his aunt and uncle Catherine and Joseph Lotsko, his aunt Ann Marie Cataldo, and his cousins Peter Cataldo, Paul Cataldo, Jessica Lacalamita, David Cataldo, and Jason Cataldo.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon at the Beacon Hotel 424 Main St. In memory of Chris, do an unsolicited act of kindness for someone less fortunate in his name.

Thomas Klink (1930-2019)

Thomas Joseph Klink, 89, of Fishkill died Aug. 6, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on March 18, 1930, the son of John and Frieda (Luty) Klink. He graduated from the Newark College of Engineering and served in in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and was an electrical engineer at IBM East Fishkill until his retirement in 2001.

On July 1, 1956, in Queens, he married Joan Michel. The couple moved to Fishkill in 1964. Thomas was a member of the American Legion in Beacon and avid reader and history buff.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Joan Amendola (Anthony) of Wappingers, Karen Newhard (Michael) of Hopewell Junction and Laura Moody (Scott) of Hopewell Junction, as well as six grandchildren — Joseph, Anthony, Matthew, Emily, Stephen, Megan and Racheal — and a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 9 at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

James Quinn

The Rev. James Quinn (1932-2019)

The Rev. James Joseph Quinn, 86, a longtime resident of Beacon and formerly of Newburgh, died Aug. 4, 2019 at his home.

Born Dec. 15, 1932, in Brooklyn, he was the son of James Quinn and Helen Gill Southard. He married Ines Lorenzi on June 4, 1955, in Seaford, New York, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war.

James worked at the New York Central Railroad, New York Telephone Company and IBM. He was an Assembly of God Minister and worked with many ministries including Walter Hoving Home, Newburgh Assembly of God and Faith Assembly of God. He was also an avid Mets fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kevin Quinn (Joan) of Garden City, New York, Valerie Rossi (James) of Wappingers Falls, Mary  Benecasa (Joseph) of Lagrangeville, Brian Quinn (Anne) of Arlington, Virginia, and the Rev. Sean Quinn (Tiffany) of Barton, Vermont, as well as 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 9 at the Riverview Funeral Home in Beacon, with interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God, 254 Spackenkill Road, in Poughkeepsie. Memorial donations may be made to the Walter Hoving Home (

Janet Smith

Janet Smith (1959-2019)

Janet Smith, 60, of Spring Hill, Florida, and formerly of Beacon, died on on July 31, 2019.

Born in Cold Spring on July 19, 1959, she was the daughter of Raymond and Laura (Armsheimer) Bailer. She graduated from St. Mary Mother of the Church Elementary School in Fishkill and Beacon High School, where she was a member of the basketball and cross-country teams.

She also studied nursing at Dutchess Community College and worked at Craig House in Beacon before moving to Florida in the late 1980s. There, she was an aide at the V.A. hospital in Tampa.

Janet loved nature and the outdoors. She enjoyed hiking, swimming and fishing.

She is survived by her children: Amy Turco of Portland, Oregon; Lori Turco of Sheridan, Wyoming; and John Turco of Wesley Chapel, Florida. Janet is also survived by her siblings: Elaine Bailer of Midlothian, Virginia; Donald Bailer (Karen) of Rome, New York; Kenneth Bailer of Beacon; and Stephen Bailer (fiancee Joelle) of Wappingers Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Mother of the Church in Fishkill on Monday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

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