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Catherine Keays Levine passed away peacefully on June 18, 2020 at Wingate in Beacon, NY, at the age of 86.
Catherine (Kay) was born on August 28, 1933, in New Hamburg, NY, daughter of the late Annunziata Pettorrosi
and the late Francis (Frank) Keays. She was predeceased by her husband, John R. Levine, and her brothers-in-
law Michael Levine and George Rapalje.
Catherine is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Dyson) Faulds, and her husband, Tim, of Fishkill; daughter, Lori
Moss, and her husband, Hugh, of Cold Spring, NY; daughter Patricia, of Beacon; son, John, of Fishkill, NY. Also
surviving are grandchildren Rebecca Sela, and her husband Dave; Emily Ivansheck, and her husband Zach; Colin
Faulds, Victoria, John, James, and William Moss; great-grandchildren Owen and Harper Ivansheck; niece Carole
McElduff, and her husband John; niece Christine Rapalje, and her husband, Keith; niece Anne Rapalje; nephew,
George Rapalje, Jr., and his wife, Lisa; great nieces Claire, Colleen, and Erin McElduff, and Hope Rapalje, and
great-nephews Jack McElduff and George Rapalje, lll. Kay is survived by her sister-in-law, Carole Rapalje, of
Kay was a 1951 graduate of Wappingers High School, in Wappingers Falls. In 1952, she married John (Jack)
Dyson; they later divorced.
In the late 1950s, Kay worked at Texaco Research Center, in Beacon, where she met John Levine. They were
married in Beacon on October 30, 1960. Shortly thereafter, John and Kay opened Riverview Restaurant, on Fair
Street in Cold Spring, and remained Cold Spring residents for the rest of their lives.
In 1968, Kay began working at Butterfield Hospital, in Cold Spring, first as Ward Clerk, then Medical Records
Technician and, eventually, the Director of Medical Records. She remained at Butterfield until it closed in 1993,
leaving only briefly to take a position at Putnam Hospital Center, in Carmel. She also served on the committee
for the annual Butterfield Hospital Fair for many years. After retiring, Kay volunteered for both the Putnam
History Museum and the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce, working in the visitors’ kiosk on Main Street.
In 1969, Kay became somewhat of a celebrity in Cold Spring when she appeared on the television game show
Jeopardy, where she remained the defending champion for a full week. During the 1960s and 70s, she also
dedicated much of her time to the Girl Scouts of America, serving as a troop leader for hundreds of Philipstown
girls at virtually every level of scouting. Kay went on to serve as a Westchester-Putnam Council district chair
and organized a jamboree at Haldane Central School which drew girl scouts from around New York State.
An avid rock and roll fan, Kay began attending concerts in the mid-1970s. In 1977, she took her children to
their first real concert ever – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours tour show at Madison Square Garden. Over the next
several decades, Kay attended nearly fifty concerts, the likes of which included Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Eric
Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jethro Tull, Chicago, ELO, the Doobie Brothers, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul McCartney,
and the Rolling Stones.
During their 59 years together, John and Kay traveled extensively around the country, visiting nearly all 48 of
the continental United States. During the 1980s and 90s, they took their grandchildren Rebecca, Emily, and
Colin on some of these adventures.
Like her husband, Kay was a die-hard football fan, and the New York Giants were her team. She also got
immense joy from watching her grandsons, John, James, and William Moss, play for both the Philipstown Pop
Warner Seahawks and the Haldane Blue Devils. Anyone who knew her well will remember Kay's passionate,
albeit sometimes overzealous support of her teams.
Donations may be made in Kay’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
John Robert Levine passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at Wingate in Beacon, NY, at the age of 82.
John was born on April 24, 1938, in Beacon, NY, son of the late Margaret (nee Moshier ) and the late John Levine.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine (Kay) Levine, and sister, Carole Rapalje , of Beacon, NY. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Levine, his brother-in-law, George Rapalje
Also surviving him are his daughter, Lori Moss, and her husband, Hugh, of Cold Spring, NY; daughter Patricia, of Beacon; son, John, of Fishkill, NY; step-daughter, Pamela Faulds , and her husband, Tim, of Fishkill, NY; grandchildren Rebecca Sela , and her husband Dave, Emily Ivanshe c k , and her husband Zach, Colin Faulds , Victoria, John, James, and William Moss; great-grandchildren Owen and Harper Ivanshe c k ; niece Carole McElduff , and her husband John, niece Christine Rapalje , and her husband, Keith, niece Anne Rapalje ; nephew, George Rapalje , Jr., and his wife, Lisa; great nieces Claire, Colleen, and Erin McElduff , and Hope Rapalje , and great-nephew s Jack McElduff and George Rapal
John was a 1956 graduate of Haldane High School, in Cold Spring, NY, where he excel l ed in football and track . In the late 1960s, John was one of the founders of the Haldane Alumni Football Associ ation, which is still in existence tod ay, and honors a Haldane senior athlete annually with the George Ellis Memorial Scholarship .
In the 1950s, John helped manage his parents’ store, Marge’s Delicatessen, in Cold Spring. He later worked at Texaco Research Center, in Beacon, NY, where he met Catherine (Kay) Keays . They were married in Beacon on October 30, 1960. Shortly thereafter, J ohn and Kay opened Riverview Restaurant, on Fair Street in Cold Spring.
During the 1960s, John worked for Clinton Funeral Home and later began his own limousine service, Custom Livery. In 1968, John had the honor of serving as Barbra Streisand’s chauffer during the filming of Hello Dolly in Cold Spring and Garrison.
In the 1970s, John began his career as a car salesman, working first for McCormack Lincoln-Mercury, which later became Jennings Lincoln-Mercury, in Poughkeepsie. He later went to work for Terry Buick, also in Poughkeepsie, where he became Sales M anager.
Also during the 1970s, J ohn worked for Pat and Nick Deluc c i a at Dockside Restaurant, at the majestic Cold Spring riverfront. Local patrons spent many a night belting out Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” with particular emphasis on the line, “Now, John at the bar is a friend of mine; he gets me my drinks for free.”
After winning his first of three battles with cancer, in 1981, John embarked on his entrepreneurial venture of operating a coffee and newspaper stand at the Cold Spring Metro-North station, then known as Conrail.
In the 1990s, John was well-known as the bartender at Killeen’s on Main Street in Cold Spring, and later co-owned and managed Downtown, also a Main Street tavern. John’s final professional position was with Healey Brothers, in Beacon, NY, where he worked for the service department.
Anyone and everyone who knew John knew that football was his passion, and the New York Giants were his team, through the tough years as well as the triumphant ones. Beginning in the 1980s, he traveled to Canton, OH, nearly every year for the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The group that went to C anton varied from year-to-year; John was the constant, as he organized the excursion. On at least one occasion, he creatively maneuvered his way “behind the scenes” by impersonating a press reporter.
John was also an amateur photographer and an avid chef, and trav eled to New Orleans to attend the New Orleans School of Cooking. John and Kay, during their 59 years together, traveled extensively around the country, visiting nearly all 48 of the continental United States . In their early years, they took their grandchildren Rebecca, Emily, and Colin on some these adventures.
John was the life of the party and had many friends, far and wide, but some of his most treasured and lasting friendships were those he made in his homet owns of Beacon and Cold Spring. This included his treasured pal George Stevenson, who asked about John every single time, without exception, that he ran into one of John’s family members.
John will be missed by everyone who was fort unate enough to have known him. Donations may be made , in John’s memory, to the Halda ne Football Association, c/o Krissy Irwin, 740 Route 301, Cold Spring, NY, 10516, or the Haldane Alumni Football Association , c/o Michael Rapalje , 7 Cherry Street, Cold Spring, NY , 10516
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