Desiree Mullen
Sweet's Funeral Home
4365 Albany Post Road (Rt. 9)
Hyde Park, NY
RHINEBECK-Desiree Mullen passed away at the age of 50, on Nov. 22, 2020 following a long-term illness. She was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and resided in Rhinebeck, N.Y. After graduating from Coleman High School, Desiree received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oneonta State University and obtained graduate credits at Albany State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in biotechnology from the University of Connecticut. In 1999, Desiree co-authored a publication which appeared in the Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, an accomplishment of which she was very proud. Desiree was employed by Regeneron Pharmaceutical Company in Tarrytown, N.Y. as a research associate in the protein sciences division. She continued her research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. in molecular genetics. Desiree returned to Rhinebeck to be closer to family, where she worked part time at CVS. Her hobbies included tutoring biology at Dutchess Community College, writing, biking, walking and gardening. Desiree took great pride in assisting others and volunteered at a local food pantry. Desiree is survived by her father, Vincent Mullen and her brother, Thomas Mullen, both of Rhinebeck. A private memorial mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, N.Y. on Saturday November 28, 2020 officiated by Father Patrick Buckley. Arrangements were made through Sweets Funeral Home in Hyde Park, N.Y. To send online condolences please visit Memorial donations may be made to Dutchess Outreach ( and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (
Published by the Daily Freeman from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2020.
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Desiree was a sweet, kind, gentle spirit. And also brilliant. May she be in the company of angels, including her Mom and her grandparents. When I lived in Rhinebeck, I looked forward to seeing her at CVS. I was saddened to learn of her death, and will keep her family in my prayers. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and anyone who knew her.
Sincere Sympathy,
Debbie Ignaffo
Debbie Ignaffo
December 3, 2020
Kekili, Hoahanau aloha,
Olinolino, olu'olu e akahai....
Aloha nui loa,
Susan Conforti Neilson
December 2, 2020
Desiree was a kind and loving soul. She would do anything within her power to help anyone she could. I had the pleasure of working with her for a short time and she was always smiling. I will miss her sweet smile. My thoughts and prayers to her brother Tom and her father.
Rest easy Desiree.
Robbin Woods
December 1, 2020
I hope someone will add a recent photo of Desiree, as I know many more in our community will recognize her from her positive interactions with them. Also I would dearly love to have a picture of her. In the given picture she was a sweet, bright-eyed young lady. but I didn't know her in her youth. I knew the beautiful, intelligent, kind, exceptional woman of more recent years. Thank you.
Ruth Cummings
December 1, 2020
I am so grateful to have had the pleasure and good luck of working with Desiree in recent years. What an exceptional person. She was conscientious and honorable, earnest, considerate. She was also fun, funny, clever, and beautifully silly. My heart is broken from sadness and missing you. But I am happy you are in the loving arms of you dearest friend, your beautiful mom, and you are both free of pain and worry. My most prayerful thoughts are with your brother Tom and your father and kitty Leo. I am blessed to have known you. You are the epitome of a kind heart. Thank you, Desi, for your caring friendship.
Ruth Cummings
December 1, 2020
I knew Desiree from the time she was born. She was truly a good and
wonderful person whose thoughtfulness will be missed by all.
May she rest in peace. My condolences to her brother Tommy and father Vincent Mullen.
Jim Spear
December 1, 2020
S Conforti Neilson
November 30, 2020
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