Beacon Obituaries

Elizabeth Newton

Elizabeth Newton (1957-2021)

Elizabeth Newton, 63, a longtime resident of Beacon, died July 7.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1957, in Harlem, the daughter of Julio and Andrea Tapia. She married Ricky Newton.

Elizabeth worked for Beacon Looms, the Castle Point VA Medical Center and other places but was best known as a cashier at All In One Food Mart, where she was known as “Mama Liz.” She also was a member of the New Vision Church of Deliverance.

In addition to her husband of 40 years, Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Jasmine Lewis and Shanay Newton; her grandchildren, Nichelle Cucci, Iyana Jackson and Jamal Jackson Jr.; her great-granddaughter, Princess Ayla Gilmore; her brothers, Tony Tapia and Daryl Scott; and her sister, Nicole Scott.

James Scofield

James Scofield (1938-2021)

James F. Scofield Sr., 82, a lifelong Beacon resident, died July 3, surrounded by family members, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

He was born in Beacon on Dec. 15, 1938, the son of Harold and Rebekah (Little) Scofield. After graduating from Beacon High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served from 1957 to 1960. James worked for over 30 years in chemical research manufacturing for Kay-Fries, and last worked for Gemark in Newburgh.

James was a retired life member of Beacon Engine Fire Co. No. 1. He loved fishing for trout and was a devoted Yankees and Giants fan. James was an antique dealer and enjoyed playing darts.

James is survived by his children, Linda Scofield, James Scofield Jr. (Christine) and Kimberly Scofield, and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Jacob Scofield. His wife, the former Janis Ortmann, died in 1984.

A memorial service was held on July 9 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, with military honors rendered by the Marine Corps. Interment took place at Fishkill Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps (

Francis Zottarelli

Francis Zottarelli (1950-2021)

Francis P. Zottarelli, 70, a longtime Beacon resident, died July 4.

Born Sept. 22, 1950, in Queens, he was the son of Liliane Brismontier and Paul Zottarelli.

After moving from New York City to Nassau County, he  relocated to the Hudson Valley. His journeys took him from the tropical islands of Hawaii to snow-covered peaks, and across Europe, all the way to the Black Sea.

Frank worked over 15 years for Metro-North as a conductor. Working out of Beacon, he made sure to always be close to his children. He retired in 2014.

He was an avid skier and a lover of music. He was a prodigious musician, having played guitar and bass in bands all throughout his life. He went across North America to ski some of the greatest mountains the U.S. has to offer.

Frank is survived by his sons, Dylan Zottarelli and Sean Zottarelli, and his granddaughter, Claire Zottarelli. He is also survived by his mother and two brothers, Richard Zottarelli and Michele Zottarelli.

Family and friends gathered on July 7 at Libby Funeral Home in Beacon.

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