BEEKMAN, N.Y. — Philomena “Phyllis” Hughes, 86, of Beekman, died on Oct. 18.
On June 28, 1930, in the Bronx, she was born to Salvator and Philomena Zeccardi and raised by Dominic and Gladys Mamo Diaco.
She was lovingly known as the “Mayor of Beekman Rec” and the “Park Matron” as she spent much of her time volunteering at the Town Recreation Center with many programs, including the Toddler & Tots Preschool and Summer Camp Programs. She was a member of the Beekman Fire Company Auxiliary, where she often assisted with bingo. She also served as an elections inspector. She was honored by state Sen. Greg Ball for her service to the community, as well as by the Beekman Baptist Church for her many years of service. In 2008, she was inducted into the Jack French Memorial Hall of Fame for her contributions to the town.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph T. Hughes; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Cathy Hughes and Thomas and Mara Hughes; grandchildren, Stephanie, Mariana, Joseph and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Alex and Matteo; brother, Carmine Zeccardi; and sister, Tessie Powell.
Calling hours will be from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the McHoul Funeral Home Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Denis Church, 602 Beekman Road, Hopewell Junction. Interment will follow in St. Denis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Beekman Fire Department Auxiliary.