Obituaries – June 2, 2017

Elsie E. Cyr

January 12, 1928 – May 23, 2017

Highland Falls

Elsie Cyr, beloved wife and mother, joined her husband of 63 years in eternal peace on May 23.  She was 89 years old.

Elsie was born at the West Point Hospital, the daughter of an Army sergeant. She was a working woman for most of her life, starting as a telephone operator in Florida and New York, and finishing with a 20-year career as a police dispatcher for Highland Falls. She helped found the Sacred Heart Church Thrift Shop, and at a time when many women did not drive, was a willing chauffeur for her many friends.

She is survived by her son, Joe.

There will be no service. Donations can be made in her name to Town Of Highlands Volunteer Ambulance Corps., PO Box 35, Highland Falls, NY 10928.

Funeral arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home, (845) 446-2868

Jon E. Grayson

February 13, 1945 – May 24, 2017

West Point

Jon E. Grayson passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh.  He was 72 years old.

Son of the late Irving Grayson and Constance Brill Grayson, Jon was born February 13, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan. Jon was the director of Human Resources at West Point Garrison, West Point, and was a member of the Veterans Association.

Survivors include his wife Kimberly Grayson at home; daughters Samantha Breckon and husband Joshua of Meridian, Idaho and Heather Grayson of Boise, Idaho; brother Michael Grayson, of Brentwood, Calif.; and nephews Todd and Kevin Grayson.

Visitation and services were held on May 30 at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Highland Falls.  Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Organization, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301.

Frances Hathaway Fuqua

May 22, 1920-April 6, 2017

formerly of Cornwall-on-Hudson

Frances Hathaway Fuqua, longtime resident of Cornwall-on-Hudson and widow of Brig.Gen. Stephen Ogden Fuqua Jr. USMA ’33, has died at her home in Bedford N.H. on April 6 following a short illness. She was born in Philadelphia on May 22, 1920 into a prominent Quaker family whose ancestry dates back to the first settlers of Pennsylvania. Her maternal grandfather was Abram Huston, president of Lukens Steel and her Great Grandmother was Rebecca Pennock Lukens, who is considered America’s first woman Industrialist.

She was educated at the Institut Montesano of Gstaad Switzerland and Chatham Hall, Chatham, Va. Her years in the Hudson Valley were spent raising her younger children and later as a real estate agent and broker, and as a member of the Cornwall Lion’s Club and The Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Steve, and first husband Horace Beale Spackman of Chester County, Penn., and is survived by her six children, two step-children, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Quaker funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, in Old Cadet Chapel at West Point Cemetery. For funeral access please contact Memorial Support at A.O.G. West Point, NY (845-446-1620). Burial will be in USMA Cemetery with reception to follow at Hotel Thayer.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Services of Manchester & Southern New Hampshire, 1070 Holt Avenue, Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109,

Lois M. Ryan

October 19, 1942-May 26, 2017


Lois M. Ryan of Cornwall, NY, entered into rest on Friday, May 26.  She courageously battled cancer for two years.

The daughter of the late Charles and Helen Obertz Taylor, she was born in Manhattan on October 19, 1942.

Lois was a payroll administrator for PRG/Scenic Technologies for 22 years.  She was formerly employed in the advertising department at the Evening News, and also was a payroll administrator at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She was active in the Girl Scouts, and at Storm King Engine Co. #2, where her late husband was a member. She was a member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, and Catholic Daughters of America, Court Rita #264.

Lois loved painting, sewing, crossword puzzles and nature.  She was a devoted and loving mother and friend, and she will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her only daughter, Pamela Ryan of Cornwall; many cousins, and many loving friends.  She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Ryan, Jr.

There will be no visitation.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Donations in Lois’ memory may be made to Hudson Valley SPCA, PO Box 356, Vails Gate, NY  12584 or to Hospice of  Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY  12550.

Arrangements are under the direction of James F. Lulves Funeral Home.


Editorial Staff