Beacon Obituaries

MaryEllen Cronk

MaryEllen Cronk

MaryEllen Cronk (1956-2023)

MaryEllen Cronk, 66, died July 10 at her home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1956, in Massapequa, Long Island, the daughter of John and Gloria (Machulis) Rogers. On Oct. 11, 1980, she married James Cronk.

MaryEllen worked as a dental hygienist for Drs. Flores and Gross in Poughkeepsie. She was a parishioner of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist in Beacon and volunteered at the Carmelite Monastery, donated clothes and food to the Salvation Army and helped to mentor people with special needs and worked at Unbound, helping children living in poverty. 

She enjoyed bicycling, hiking and swimming and loved to garden. She traveled the world and was known for her knack for planning family vacations.

In addition to her mother and husband, MaryEllen is survived by her children, Justin Cronk (Shanelle) of Manhattan and Kelsey Cronk of Beacon; her brother, Stephen Rogers (Karen) of Massapequa; and her granddaughter, Mia Tapia. Her son, Dylan Cronk, died April 18, 2022.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered July 13 at St. Joachim’s Church in Beacon, followed by interment at St. Joachim Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( 

Hugh Keenan

Hugh Keenan

Hugh Keenan (1936-2023)

Hugh Joseph “Hughie” Keenan, 87, died July 9 at his home. 

He was born in Beacon on May 2, 1936, the son of Patrick and Susan (Bradley) Keenan. After attending St. Joachim and St. John schools, he earned his GED and took classes at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. He also served in the U.S. Army.

Hugh worked many interesting jobs: truck driver, car sales, shipping clerk at Beacon Piece & Dye and maintenance in a hotel. He found his calling working maintenance at Hudson View Apartments, then became head of maintenance at Mount Saint Mary College. He retired in 1998 from Gateways Community Industries of Kingston as its director of buildings and grounds.

Hugh and his sons were active in the Beacon Little League. He served as director for several years and continued his involvement by becoming an umpire.

Hugh was a Friend of Bill W. for 47 years and active in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, helping others recover. He loved sharing stories of his two girls (dogs), who were always by his side: Holly Berry and Merry Christmas.

He is survived by his children: Joseph Keenan (Sharon) of Waverly; Mary Grace Keenan of Niagara Falls; Rhonda Altonen (Brian) of Beacon; Colleen (Dave) of Goodyear, Arizona; Hugh Keenan (Lisa) of White Plains; Christopher Keenan (Kristina) of Norman, Oklahoma; Christine Keenan of Maybrook; and Pat Keenan (Danielle) of Maybrook. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren and his two brothers, the Rev. Patrick Keenan and Michael Keenan.

His siblings, Danny, Colin, Patricia, Suzanne, Mary, Rosalie and Sharon died before him, as did his daughter, Celeste Keenan.

His family will receive friends on Sunday (July 16) from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave. in Beacon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his brother, the Rev. Pat Keenan, on Monday (July 17) at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim Church, 51 Leonard St. in Beacon.

Ricky Riccoboni

Ricky Riccoboni

Ricky Riccoboni (1937-2023)

Guerino “Ricky” Riccoboni, 86, died July 3 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. 

He was born in Groppo, Italy, on May 23, 1937, the son of John and Maria (Schiavetta) Riccoboni, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1960. He married the former Ethel DeCarr, who died in 2019.

Ricky owned and operated Riccoboni Auto Repair in Beacon for more than 50 years. He was a member of St. Rocco’s Society in Beacon and a member, with his family, of the Fusion Church in Fishkill. He loved food and cooking. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Guerino is survived by his children: Gino Riccoboni (Ann), Vincent Riccoboni (Tina), Denise Aluisio (Bob), Anna Maria Riccoboni, Steven Crowther (Doreen), Tammy DuBois (Bob) and Peter Riccoboni (Michele); along with 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Peter Riccoboni.

Family and friends will gather on Friday (July 14) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Libby Funeral Home, 55 Teller Ave. in Beacon, where a prayer service will be offered at 7 p.m. Interment will take place at Prospect Cemetery in Prospect.

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