Michael E. Neaton of Green Island, New York | 1940 – 2019 | Obituary


Michael Edward Neaton passed into eternal life, at the home he was born in, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. At his side was his life partner and caregiver Geri de Seve. Michael’s grace, enthusiasm for life and incredibly positive attitude never faded during his long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born on May 20, 1940 in Green Island NY, Michael was the youngest of six children of Jane and William Neaton. He graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1958 and was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1966.

During his time at St Mary’s parish from 1969 to 1972, he earned a Master’s Degree in counseling and was the Director of the CYO in Troy, NY. In 1973, after serving as a monk at Weston Priory, he co-founded The Priory of St. Benedict in Chestertown, NY.  Known for his work throughout the Adirondack community, he was a beloved, vibrant presence there.

Michael lived humbly and spread messages of love, respect and inclusion. He continued his progressive commitment to social issues as he returned to civilian life in 1986. He worked for 16 years as an education counselor at Coxsackie and Green Correctional Facilities.

He met the love of his life, Geri de Seve, in 1990, and quickly captured her heart with his radiant smile. For over 28 years they shared family, travel, opera, skiing and hiking. In the 1990s, Michael became a “46er,” having climbed all 46 Adirondack high peaks.  He served on the Board of Governors of the ADK Mountain Club, and also served his Green Island community as a Town Councilman.

Michael was predeceased by his brothers Bernard (Terry) and James, and his sister Mary Jane (late Paul) Zimmer. He is survived by his siblings, William (Marlin) and John (late Lupe) Neaton, and several nieces and nephews, as well as Geri and her family, Steve (Sabine Aronowsky), Mike (Daniela Kostova), Jim (Kian Tjong) and Karen (John Fairbairn) de Seve. He was “Grandpa Michael” to Delphine, Vega, Ellery and Cyane.

Many thanks to the wonderful friends who visited Michael at home over the years, to his service coordinator, to the staffs at Eddy Daybreak in Cohoes, and at Albany VNA, to his nurses and therapists, and especially to his dedicated caregivers, Patty, Allene, Ugonda, Shameika, Rashida, Philip, Kasanna, Seanyel and Brenda.  Without their help Michael could not have stayed in his home. Thanks also to Patty, Bob and Rick for their special help, to Dr. Eric Molho and to Doctor Kevin Costello for his amazing care.

Funeral from the McNulty Funeral Home, 147 Hudson Avenue, Green Island on Saturday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m. and at Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue in Troy at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Randall Patterson.   Interment will be beside his parents in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Troy.  If desired, donations may be made to Joseph’s House or to Unity House’s Deuteronomy fund.