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Obituaries: Ogden, Makoske, Funk


Roger Ogden, Sr., 90, WWII vet, philatelist

VALATIE—Roger W. Ogden, Sr., 90, a resident of Barnwell Health Facilities in Valatie, died there Monday, March 7, 2011.

Born in New Bedford, MA, June 4, 1920, he was the son of the late Ernest William and Estelle (Bates) Ogden.

Mr. Ogden was a US Navy veteran, who served during World War II. He was a data processing manager for the Continental Screw Company in New Bedford MA. He was a loving husband, a good father and advisor. He was an avid philatelist and also enjoyed singing.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Murphy (James) of Elizaville; a son, Roger W. Ogden, Jr., (Val) of Brookline, NH; and six grandchildren, Meredith Ogden, Lindsay Ogden, Sam Ogden, Pam and Tom Sharkey and Josh Ogden.

He was predeceased by his wife, Thelma (Baylies) Ogden; a son, Robert Ogden; and a daughter, Linda Sharkey.

Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Valatie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Road, Loudonville 12211.

Mary Makoske, 90, dairy farmer, telephone operator

HUDSON—Mary Elizabeth (Colfer) Makoske, 90, of Stottville, passed away peacefully at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Wednesday night, March 9,  2011.

Her 10-year-wish, “to be with her Raymond Teddy,” her late husband, was fulfilled.

She was the daughter of John J. and Anna Mary (Finnigan) Colfer of Long Island City.

She and her late husband of 62 years, Raymond T., owned and operated a dairy farm in Stottville. Mrs. Makoske was also an operator with New York Telephone and a manager, supervisor and trainer at Montgomery Ward. She retired in 1975.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard T. in 1995 and James J. in 1948.

Mrs. Makoske was involved in the Holy Family Rosary Society, Columbia Memorial Hospital volunteers, and was an AARP tax preparer for 17 years. She was the beloved mother of Marianne C. (Peter Burger) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and John M. Makoske of Stottville; the cherished grandmother of Michelle (Ed) Waldron of Elizaville, Lynn M. (Jeff) Hotaling of Craryville, Jill A. (Steve) Hix of New York City, Timothy R. and Thomas Burger of Palm Beach Gardens FL, Elizabeth, Alexandra, John Jr. and Michael Makoske of Stottville. She also leaves six great-grandchildren and many, many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Calling hours will be Monday, March 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at McDonald-Valenti-Richards Funeral Home, 700 Town Hall Drive, Greenport. Funeral services follow at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private cremation will follow at Albany Rural Cemetery and Crematory in Menands.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and/or Susan B. Komen Cancer Research.

Ruby Funk, 91, active in church, travelled extensively

HUDSON—Ruby Ellen Funk, 91, a long-time resident of Hudson, died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at home.

Born July 27, 1919 in Lutesville, MO, she was the daughter of a Baptist minister, William Eaker and Anna Eaker.

She had seven siblings and was a descendent of Suisse, German immigrants to North Carolina in the early 1700s.

Mrs. Funk was a member of the Linlithgo Reformed Church of Livingston, serving on numerous committees over the years. She was a member of the Church Consistory Board and taught Sunday School for 25 years.

Mrs. Funk was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and devoted grandmother.

She met her husband of 60 years, Benjamin A. Funk, Sr., when he was stationed in St. Louis, MO during World War II. They were married April 12, 1944.  Upon his return from deployment in Okinawa, Mr. and Mrs. Funk were then stationed in Alaska before returning to Valatie, where Mr. Funk was born and raised. He then began his business, Ben Funk, Inc., International Trucks, and they lived on Route 9 for over 50 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, who was also 91 at the time of his death September 24, 2005.

Mrs. Funk was active in the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and she and her husband were members of the Columbia Golf and Country Club, playing in golf leagues for many years.

She traveled with her husband to Hawaii, Spain, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and extensively throughout the US.

Survivors include: her daughter, Shirley Unger of Hudson; her son, Benjamin Funk, Jr., and his wife, Barbara, of Hudson; four grandchildren, Eric Unger of Orlando, FL, Dr. Ben Funk, III of Hudson, Jamie Checket of Metuchen, NJ, and Kristin Dana of Brooklyn; remaining siblings, Bill Eaker, and his wife, Ruth, of Florida, and Eula Newell of St. Louis, MO.

Funeral services were March 12 at the Bates & Anderson—Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment followed in the Kinderhook Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.


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