Obituaries: Funk, Grant, Braker

Charles E. Funk (1936 – 2013)

GHENT—Charles Edward Funk, 76, of Stottville, passed away peacefully at the home of his son Michael, Monday, August 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.

Born August 26, 1936 in Stockport, he was the son of the late David and Lowella Funk.

He grew up in Stockport and graduated from Hudson High School in 1955. He was employed in the food service industry his entire working life, with more than 40 years of loyal service to the Grand Union and later Victory Market – Great American Chains.

Mr. Funk is survived by: his loving wife of 50 years, Doris (Urban) Funk of Stottville; his devoted children, Charles, Jr. (Stacey) of Clarence Center and Michael (Veronica) of Ghent; his sister, Helen Morris (Alfred) of Kinderhook; six grandsons, Eric, Tyler, Ryan and Daniel Funk of Clarence Center and Michael and Jonathan Funk of Ghent; his nephew, James Morris of Northborough, MA; his niece, Gloria Foley of Bethlehem; numerous cousins; other relatives and many friends.

Mr. Funk was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenport, serving as an usher for many years, and actively participating in the Men’s Club.  He was a life-member of the Philmont Rod and Gun Club as well as an NRA Member. He was also a 60-year member of the Stockport Fire Company. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life, with his great passion for deer hunting a favorite. He enjoyed special memories of friends and fellowships throughout his life, but especially during his retirement years with his coffee buddies at Bob’s Restaurant in Greenport.

Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 22 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home in Hudson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 am Friday, August 23 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Greenport.  Interment will be in Stuyvesant Falls Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 555 Joslen Boulevard, Hudson 12534.

Visit www.batesanderson.com to leave condolences.

Margaret Vater Grant (1929 – 2013)

RED HOOK—Margaret Vater Grant, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 at her home after a brief illness.

Born January 6, 1929 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck, she was the daughter of the late Ernest C. and Margaret (Kruse) Vater.

Mrs. Grant was an honor graduate of Pine Plains Central School, class of 1945 and president of her class. She attended the New York State College for Teachers at Albany and also attended various business management classes at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie.

She retired in 1984 from the New York State Office of Mental Health after serving 37 years with various titles; paymaster at Wassaic Developmental Center, assistant business officer at Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie, business officer at Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Wingdale, and as chief budget analyst at the Hudson River Regional Office in Poughkeepsie.

Mrs. Grant was a 15-year resident of Red Hook after residing for 37 years in Millbrook. She was a member of the Red Hook United Methodist Church. While residing in Millbrook, she was an active member of the Lyall Memorial Federated Church, serving on the Board of Trustees as well as many other committees. She was also an active member of the Women’s Society of the church, serving as its president at various times, as well as treasurer.

She was a life-member of Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Red Hook. In 1983, Mrs. Grant served as district deputy grand matron of the Columbia, Dutchess and Putnam districts and also served as matron of Amenia, Halcyon and Dover chapters at various times during her membership.

On August 5, 1961, she married Stephen E. Grant, a well-known arborist from Millbrook, who predeceased her March 1, 1997.

She is survived by: her sister, Doris (J. Paul) Ward of Albany; a foster brother, John (Marigo) Brandt of Pine Plains; a step-daughter, Barbara Grant (John) Battistoni of Stanfordville; her step-grandchildren, Glenda (Peter) Brown of Red Hook, Lori (Edward) Conklin of Maryland, Debra (Gary) MacElveen of Poughkeepsie, Mark (Catherine) Battistoni of Millbrook and Carol (Eric) Waldschmidt of Verbank; 12 step-great-grandchildren; a sister in law, Doris Vater of Pine Plains; two nieces and several cousins.

She was also predeceased by her loving companion, Harold V. Boice of Copake; her brother, Ernest C. Vater, Jr., and a nephew, Vincent Vater of Pine Plains.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Thursday, August 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. Eastern Star will hold services during calling hours.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook. The Reverend Jennifer Tiernan-Bindler will officiate. Burial will be at Nine Partners Cemetery, Millbrook.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of Red Hook, 4 Church Street, Red Hook 12571 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook.

For directions or to sign the online guest book visit www.Burnett-White.com.

Audrey Weeks Braker (1928 – 2013)

HAVERSTRAW—Audrey Weeks Braker, 85, of Linlithgo died Friday August 16, 2013 at Northern Riverview Health Center, Rockland County.

She was born August 11, 1928 in Hudson, the daughter of the late Alvin and Louise (Girard) Weeks.

She had worked as a dental assistant for many years for Dr. Harold Link in Hudson.

She was a communicant of the Church of the Nativity, Linlithgo.

Mrs. Braker was predeceased by her husband, Harry Braker, Jr., whom she married in Hudson June 1, 1947; two brothers, Alvin R. Weeks and Kenneth Weeks and a sister, Elizabeth Caparaso.

Survivors include: her sons, Harry of Catskill and Barry of Coxsackie; a brother, James Weeks and five grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, August 20 at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson. The Reverend Theodore Gerken officiated.

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

 

 

 

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