Ann Marie Brunelli

Ann Marie Brunelli (1961-2019)

Ann Marie Brunelli, 57, of Beacon, died Oct. 8, 2019.

She was in 1961 in North Tarrytown to Joseph Sr. and Winifred Brunelli. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 1979.

Ann Marie worked as a state developmental disabilities specialist until her retirement in 2018. She dedicated her career to working with mentally disabled adults, whom she cared for greatly.

She is survived by her siblings, Deborah Brunelli of Yorktown Heights, Joseph Brunelli Jr. (Lynn) of Roxbury, Connecticut, and Lisa Hebner (Paul) of Rockford, Illinois, as well as her nephews and a niece.

Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Beacon PBA, P.O. Box 169, Beacon, NY 12508.

Cheryl Ciancio

Cheryl Ciancio (1950-2019)

Cheryl A. Ciancio, 69, died Oct. 14, 2019, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

She was born June 11, 1950, in Beacon, the daughter of Walter and Elizabeth (Owens) Bride. She worked for many years at DiNardi’s Restaurant and at Mr. V’s Deli in Beacon.

Cheryl is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Pisterzi (John), Trudi Sullivan (Patrick) and Melanie Ciancio; her son-in-law, John Petrucci (Lorrie); her grandchildren, Melissa Sullivan, Jordan Petrucci and Alex Petrucci; a sister, Pat Roger (David); and her brothers, Bob Bride (Kris) and Bill Bride.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 19 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon, followed by burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sparrow’s Nest (

Harold Holmes (1940-2019)

Harold Joel Holmes, 79, a resident of Dutchess County since 1965 and formerly of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, died Oct. 12, 2019, at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh.

Harold was born Oct. 11, 1940 in Pawtucket, the son of Harold and Edith (Palethorpe) Holmes. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. In 1964 he married Patricia Carroll, who died before him. In 1993, he married Karen Fischer Trost. Harold retired from IBM in Poughkeepsie in 1993 after 28 years of service.

In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by his children, Debra Kelly (Gordon) and their children, Brianne and Gordon; Harold Holmes and his children, Harold, Elizabeth and Hannah; his stepchildren, Donald Trost (Kimberly) and their children, Rylie and Andrew; Dale Trost (Anne) and their children, David and Jacob; and Deidra Broadbent (Gale) and their children, Cody, Hunter, Connor and Ethan. Two stepchildren, David Trost and Donna Pedersen, died before him. He is also survived by Donna’s husband, Craig Pedersen, and their children, Carter, Julia and Lindsay.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 15 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon, followed by burial in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Dutchess County SPCA (

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson (1929-2019)

Robert E. “Big Dad” Johnson, 90, a former Beacon resident, died Oct. 13, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born Jan. 20, 1929, he was the third of 18 children of Thomas Malcolm (Mack) and Clara Isabelle (Nicholas) Johnson.

Robert was educated in the Poughkeepsie School District, riding trolley cars. He was baptized within the family’s place of worship, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and was a former choir member. He replaced his late grandfather, Frederick Nicholas as official church bell ringer.

Robert was employed as a custodian at the YMCA and later with the K.R. Roofing Co. He mastered the roofing trade and became self-employed at Bob’s Doctor of Roofs. He met and was formerly married to Faybelle Elem Johnson, and they had a daughter, Sheila Johnson. Later in life he remarried his wife Frances (Lydia) Blue Johnson and gained three stepsons; Rod Blue, Kevin Blue and Bryan Blue.

Big Dad was a jack-of-all-trades and a skillful hunter and a member of Poughkeepsie Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, yard picnics, cooking, hayrides, music and dancing. He made everything “a simple sit-chee-a-tion”. He lived for 11 years in Beacon, spending time with great grands, enjoying daily walks and lending a hand in antique shops.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his siblings; Arthur Johnson (Dolores), Ralph Johnson, Donald Johnson (Mary), Larry Johnson, Clifton Johnson (De Lois), Carlton Johnson (Sonia), Marion Stanton, Margo Monroe, Janette Parker, Lorraine Yager, Gail Johnson and Kay Littlejohn. He also is survived by an aunt, Bessie Riley, 105, and his grandchildren: Nathan White (Valynda), Sheila Rose (Trifton) and Stewart White (Tyra), seven great grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He had a special relationship with Kevin Blue Jr.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home. 39 S. Hamilton St., in Poughkeepsie, and on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 15 Smith St., in Poughkeepsie. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. at the church, followed by burial at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Bob Travis

Bob Travis (1926-2019)

Robert F. Travis, 92, a lifelong resident of Beacon and Wappingers Falls, died Oct. 11, 2019, at the veterans’ home in Montrose.

Bob was born Nov. 28, 1926, the son of Fredrick and Emma (Dinges) Travis. He was married to Dorothy Mohr for 36 years until her death in 1989.

Robert graduated from Beacon High School in 1944 and, at age 17, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was trained in radar naval operations and served on the destroyer USS Tucson, where he witnessed the signing of the peace treaty signifying the surrender of Japan. Following the war, Bob earned a degree from Simmons College in Syracuse.

He was a senior design draftsman for Texaco Research Center for more than 37 years until his retirement in 1985. While living in Beacon, he served on the Babe Ruth League formation committee, the Beacon School Advisory Committee, led the Beacon Recreation Committee which started an ice skating program and also worked with local police to establish a Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Program. He was president of the Forrestal PTA and Past Noble Grand of the International Order of Odd Fellows. Bob dedicated 60 years of his life to the Boy Scouts, both in the Hudson Valley and Florida. He was proud of the fact that he once had seven scouts attain Eagle ranking at the same time.

He is survived by his children: Robert Travis (Terri) of Tucson, Arizona, and Dawn Fitzpatrick (Kevin) of Darien, Connecticut, as well as four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and his sister, Inez Brown of Beacon.

A private graveside service was held at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America ( or the New Hackensack Reformed Church (

Gerald Wright (1932-2019)

Gerald S. Wright, 86, of New Windsor, died Oct. 14, 2019.

Born Oct. 30, 1932, he was the son of Walter and Estelle (Holder) Wright. Gerald was a retired foreman for Texaco Research in Beacon and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He married Patricia Barr, who died before him.

He is survived by his children: Michael Wright of Wallkill; Kathi Odum of Cornwall; and Donna Hall of New Windsor, as well as six grandchildren: Michael, Tanya, Christopher, Michelle, Brandon, Scott; two great-grandchildren: Max and K.K.; and his companion, Marion Macri.

A funeral service was held on Oct. 18 at Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home, followed by entombment at Cedar Hill Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan (

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