Teresa Van Tassel (1936-2020)

Teresa Van Tassel

Teresa Van Tassel

Teresa Van Tassel, 83, a lifelong resident of Cold Spring, died June 7 at her home, surrounded by family members.

She was born in Cold Spring on June 19, 1936, the daughter of Joseph and Rachel Percacciolo. On June 29, 1957, she married George Van Tassel, who died in 2013.

Teresa was a member of Our Lady of Loretto in Cold Spring and a founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the North Highlands Fire Co. She was employed by the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources as a driver for its Meals on Wheels program.

Teresa took great pride in cooking and Sunday meals were her specialty, her family said. She loved attending all the special events in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Another joy was QVC. A week would not go by without an order, quickly calling for all the specials on shoes and pocketbooks.

She is survived by her children, George Van Tassel (Laura) of Leesburg, Virginia; John Van Tassel (Kristin) of Cold Spring, who is a member of the Philipstown Town Board; and Teresa Lyons (Michael) of Hopewell Junction. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Amanda Geiser (Jayson), Michael Lyons Jr., Hilary Lyons, Gabrielle Van Tassel, Kevin Van Tassel and Ryan Van Tassel; and a great grandchild, Spencer Geiser.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Cold Spring Cemetery. The family is asking mourners to wear masks and practice social-distance guidelines. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, Health Division, 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Information provided by Clinton Funeral Home

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