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John Lyons

1929 - 2024


John R. Lyons 94, of Wappinger Falls passed away peacefully on Saturday March 30, 2024 at his home. He was born in Wappinger Falls on November 2, 1929 the son of James C. and Anna Bain Lyons. He graduated from Wappinger Falls High School in 1947 where he stood out in baseball and football. John served in U.S. Army from 1951-1953. On September 25, 1954, he married the love of his life Olive M. Johnson at St. Joachim’s Church in Beacon, NY who he was married to for 65 years. John was employed at Central Hudson until he retired in 1992. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed tying his own flies. He also enjoyed watching sports and traveling with family and friends. He loved sitting on the beach in Rhode Island and playing Pinochle with family and friends. He cherished visits with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is survived by his children Michael Lyons (wife Jackie) of Hyde Park, Cathy Benicase (husband Alan) of Highland, Bernadette Stevens (husband Ralph) of Milton who predeceased him, and Carol Wachenheimer (husband Steve) Of Lagrangeville, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Regina Burke and his brother Vincent Lyons. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday April 6 at 10:00 am at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, Jackson St., Fishkill. A burial at St. Joachim’s Cemetery will follow the Mass at 1pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hudson Valley Hospice or Fishkill Food Bank, 717 Rt. 9 Fishkill NY 12524. Arrangements are in charge of Delehanty Funeral Home. To send a condolence or for directions, visit


Saturday, April 6

10:00 AM

St. Mary Mother of the Church

106 Jackson Street, Fishkill, NY


St. Joachim Cemetery

523 Washington Avenue, Beacon, NY


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