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Rene Shannon

Rene K. Shannon

Monday, February 13th, 1950 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sorry we share the news of the passing of René (Kacocha) Shannon after complications from a recent diagnosis of cancer. René passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, René attended St. Peter’s School and later Our Lady of Lourdes High School, graduating in 1967.

For over twenty years, René worked at Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, first as a key punch operator, and then in the maintenance department. After, René went on to start her own housekeeping business, and continued in this capacity for over twenty years, where she met many wonderful customers and made lifelong friendships.

On September 21, 1975, René married Dennis Shannon at St. Peter’s Parish in Hyde Park. Together they had a son, Nicholas. Dennis predeceased René three months earlier this year. Nicholas survives at home. Other survivors include René’s siblings, Carol (Richard) Jennings, Vineyard Haven, MA; Gail (Ed) Skelly, Lanexa, VA; and Paul (Debbie) Kacocha, Stormville, NY. René also leaves behind several nieces and nephews along with many, many friends.

In her spare time, René was an avid gardener and a fabulous cook. René enjoyed entertaining and, when able to, she loved to dance and just have a good time. Many will also remember René’s talent in cross stitching with some of her pieces still hanging in people’s houses.

René’s most important dedication was to her son, Nicholas. He is proud of who he is today and it is a testament of the role she played – and will continue to play in his life.

The family would like to thank the caring staff in the ICU at Vassar Hospital, and Dr. Rachamalla at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care, for the compassion and comfort provided.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, September 30 at William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, from 4 – 7 pm. A Catholic mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 1 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel – St. Peter’s Church, 185 Hudson View Drive, Poughkeepsie, at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Hyde Park Food Pantry of Dutchess County, PO Box 171, Hyde Park, NY 12538 in René’s memory. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel of St. Peter's Church
    Address
    229 Hudsonview Dr.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Peter's - POK.,NY
    Address
    171 Salt Point Tnpke
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
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Christina Myers

Posted at 12:37pm
Nick, Thinking of you during this time and sending lots of love and prayers! Love- Christina Myers & Family

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Kathy Queenan

Posted at 08:10am
Nick- so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this time and sending you lots of prayers. Love- Kathy Queenan
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Susan Naitza

Posted at 11:22am
I am saddened with the news of Rene's passing. I have good memories of Rene from her Central Hudson days and seeing her at St. Peter's Church during Mass every week-end. May she RIP.
Susan Naitza
Wesley Chapel, FL
PA

Pat Ault

Posted at 08:19pm
Nick--I remember your mom especially from the 4:00 mass at St. Peter's..We would always share a nod or a smile..My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family ..Pat Ault (Mary's mom)
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Beth Richardson

Posted at 01:05pm
Our heartfelt condolences go out the family of Rene Shannon. She started out as someone who came to clean our house, but soon became a friend. We got to know her over 14 years and her retirement coincided with my retirement from the HP School District. Every time we use pine cleaner in our house, we think of Rene and how she helped us with our house over the years. She was a wonderful person and we kept in touch with her over the last 6 years to see how she was doing. Our last conversations with her were this past summer. We miss her already and will think of her often in the years to come. Our children are saddened by her passing and send condolences to the family.
Les and Beth Richardson
Jen, Dave, and Kim
 
MN

Mary Ann Neelen Posted at 10:03pm

Nick, I was very sad to hear of your moms passing. I have known Rene for many years, I also enjoyed dancing, and we would spend the weekends dancing the nights away in our younger years. In the later years we would have lunch together, and reminisce about our life. I always will Remember the good times we had. Together. So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences to the whole family. Mary Ann Neelen
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