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Obituary for James A. Stecher

Wappingers Falls - James A. Stecher, a lifelong area resident, died on March 5, 2023 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Beacon on December 14, 1955, he was the son of the late James and June (O'Dell) Stecher. Jay graduated from John Jay High School in 1973 and immediately began a career in the construction industry that would span 50 years. He later attended Dutchess Community College where he studied architectural design. He was employed as a construction superintendent for GDC Construction Corp in Valhalla, NY.

On June 26, 1983, in Hopewell Junction, Jay married Cathy Riley who survives at home. He is also survived by his children, Cori Stecher, Zach Stecher and his fiancé Lindsay Beltz, and Cody Stecher; his grandchildren, Kyon, Kiana, Donnie Jr. and Kamilah; his great-grandson, Gionni; his siblings, Kathleen Seeley, Debra Darcy and Richard Stecher; many nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Dakota.

Jay loved to drive. He grew up racing go-karts and his passion evolved into motorcycles, muscle cars, and more. If he wasn’t driving, he could be found working in his garage, fishing with his sons or tending to his garden.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4-7pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. There will be a funeral service at 7pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the animal rescue of your choice.