Beacon Obituaries

Sylvester Catallo

Sylvester Catallo (1929-2019)

Sylvester Catallo, of the Orders of Friars Minor Capuchin, 90, died Oct. 23, 2019, at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Friar Sylvester was born in Pittsburgh on May 10, 1929, the son of Urbano and Punziana (Ricciardi) Catallo. He was invested on July 23, 1944, and made his First Profession on July 29, 1945. He made his Solemn Profession on June 13, 1950, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 8, 1954.

Friar Sylvester served in a variety of ministries throughout his life and was also a member of the Province’s Mission Band. He is survived by his extended family.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Friary, 180 Sargent Ave., in Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at the chapel at St. Lawrence Friary, with burial to follow at the St. Lawrence Friary Cemetery.

Rolando Santovenia

Rolando Santovenia (1926-2019)

Rolando L. Santovenia, 93, a longtime resident of Beacon, died Oct. 21, 2019, at his home.

Rolando was born in Havana, Cuba, on Aug. 10, 1926, the son of Bartolomeo Santovenia and Rosa Estrada Quintana. On Nov. 7, 1960, in Cuba he married Marcia Gorrin. She died on Dec. 22, 2018.

Rolando graduated with a law degree from the University of Havana and practiced law in Havana until he came to the U.S. as a refugee with his family and they settled in Beacon. He retired after 30 years teaching Spanish at Beacon High School. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Joachim – St. John the Evangelist Church. He was also a member of the Hispanic Society and Comite Mi Gente.

Rolando is survived by his sons, Rick Santovenia, Ralph Santovenia (Effie) and Rei Santovenia (Erica); his grandson, Donovan Ellis; his brother, Rodolfo Santovenia in Cuba; and his extended family in Florida.

Funeral services will be private at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

Mary Mericle (1937-2019)

Mary H. Mericle, 81, a longtime Beacon resident, died Oct. 22, 2019, at the Monteflore/St. Lukes-Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh.

She was born Dec. 25, 1937, in Wappinger, the daughter of Stathe and Beatrice (Conkling) Moraitis. She married Charles Mericle Sr., who died in 2011.

Mary is survived by three sons: Charles Mericle (Brenda), Harold Mericle and Scott Mericle; and two granddaughters: Kayla Mericle and Oliva Mericle. She is also survived by siblings, Louis Moraitis, Demetria Brown (Gene) and Christina Stone. A private funeral service will be held.

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