Theresa Binkley

Theresa O. Binkley

Wednesday, March 27th, 1935 - Friday, September 6th, 2019
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Theresa O. Binkley, 84, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on September 6, 2019. She was born in Binghamton, NY, the daughter of Frank and Mary Olszewski. Theresa graduated from Binghamton Central High School, received a B.S. in Chemistry from RIT and then a Masters in Chemical Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh. While she was attending RIT she was part of the Fencing Team and was inducted with her teammates into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame. She was employed as an engineer by IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY and had a distinguished career in which she was awarded 4 patents.

Theresa was a loving and devoted mother. She was a member of St. Martin de Porres Church, St. Martin's Senior Group, The Red Hats, and IBM Retirees. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends in the Pleasant Valley Senior Group and dominoes with her dear friend Marian. Theresa was also an avid birdwatcher and loved to travel. Her travels for IBM took her to Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. She traveled with her friend Janet to Egypt, Russia, and Alaska. She also enjoyed time in the Caribbean with her daughters.

Theresa is survived by her daughters: Tracy and Jody Binkley of Hoboken, NJ and Mary (Raymond) Stefanacci of Irwin, PA. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved granddogs: Zoey and Sandy. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Frank, and beloved godson Thomas.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 4-6 PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc, 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10 AM in St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. Interment will be at a later date in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Binghamton, NY. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit our website at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help end breast cancer at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Martin de Porres Church
    118 Cedar Valley Road
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Robert Olszewski and Ramon Espinoza Olszewski

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray,

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair

Upon whose blossom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems were made by fools like me
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