Adela Dubiel
Adela Dubiel

Adela Dubiel (1928-2020)

Adela Z. Dubiel, 91, a Beacon resident who lived in the area since 1995, died at home on July 26.

Born Aug. 18, 1928, in Hucisko, Jawornickie, Poland, she was the daughter of the Michael and Zofia (Darasz) Fudali. On April 19, 1953, in Poland, Adela married Zdzislaw “Jeff” Dubiel, who died in 2007. Adela retired from General Motors in Tarrytown after a long career with the company.

An avid gardener, Adela also enjoyed crocheting and restoring furniture. Her home was her pride and joy, her family said, and she kept it in pristine condition. She also was an excellent cook.

She is survived by her children, Eugene Dubiel (Maureen) of Beacon, Mario Dubiel of Beacon and Teresa Reddy (Michael) of Poughkeepsie; her grandchildren: Mark Dubiel (Ashley), Krystyna Dubiel and Kaitlyn Reddy; and her great-grandchildren: Dakota Dubiel and Peyton Dubiel.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 30 at St. Joachim Church in Beacon, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery.

Rafaela Ducasse
Rafaela Ducasse

Rafaela Ducasse (1942-2020)

Rafaela Hortencia Ducasse, 77, a longtime Beacon resident, died July 22.

She was born Oct, 27, 1942, in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, and was a parishioner of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon.

Rafaela worked as a certified nursing assistant for many years at various facilities. She retired from the Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Beacon. From the late 1980s until recently, she sold Mary Kay beauty products. Early in her life, she also enjoyed sewing and being a seamstress. She loved home decorating and cooking native Dominican food dishes for family and friends.

Rafaela is survived by her son, Ricardo Ducasse (Jessica Suarez) and three grandchildren: Marianna Cutroneo, Alyssa Calhoun and Ricardo Ducasse II.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 30 at St. John the Evangelist Church, followed by burial at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.

Reinaldo Martinez
Reinaldo Martinez

Reinaldo Martinez (1956-2020)

Reinaldo Martinez, 63, of Hyde Park, and formerly of Beacon and New York City, died July 24 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

He was born Dec. 13, 1956, in Brooklyn, the son of Melchor Martinez and Antonia Maisonave. He married Nancy Rousseau.

He worked for many years as a supervisor of building maintenance, most recently at the Greystone Programs in Poughkeepsie. He attended Regina Coeli Church in Hyde Park and will be remembered for his love of salsa music and for always playing the dashboard drums for his family.

Besides his wife, Reinaldo is survived by his children: Antonio Jimenez, Nicholas (Joey) Jimenez, Melissa Garcia, Cynthia Moore, Nicole Williams, Robert Rousseau and Michael Martinez; and his grandchildren: Aarysa, Savanna, Brianna, Maya, Darius Jr., Aubrey, Joshua and Jordyn. He also is survived by a brother, Raymond Fantauzzi (Kathie).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 1) at St. John the Evangelist Church, 31 Willow St., in Beacon, followed by interment at Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Joseph Powell
Joseph Powell

Joseph Powell (1954-2020)

Joseph Powell, 65, who helped lead Beacon High School’s basketball team to a sectional championship in 1973, died on July 22 in Catersville, Georgia.

Born Oct. 13, 1954, in Beacon, Joseph was the son of Nathaniel and Leeanna Powell. He grew up in Glenham with his 12 siblings and attended Glenham and Beacon schools, where he was a standout basketball, football and baseball player.

Joseph was part of a Beacon varsity basketball team that went 21-1 during the 1972-73 season. He was known as a “gentle giant,” his family said, and loved fishing, sports and music.

Joseph Powell
Joseph Powell

He is survive by his daughter, Tatanisha Powell, and granddaughters, Tra-nisha Kirby and Narelle Washington, as well as his siblings: Delores Brown, Regina Powell, Michael Powell, Kevin Powell, Timothy Powell and David Powell, all of Florida; Curtis Powell and Cynthia Powell of Georgia; John Powell and Patricia Brock of New York; and two aunts, Lily Kate Richardson and Lily Ruth Carr of New Jersey.

A memorial service will be held at the Beacon river basketball court at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

Information provided by local funeral homes.

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