OBITUARIES: Ponkos, Ponkos

Cornelia C. Ponkos (1927 – 2016)

HUDSON—Cornelia C. Ponkos of Claverack died August 10, 2016 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Born June 12, 1927 in Hudson, she was the daughter of Clarence and Susan (Hiscox) Card.

She was a graduate of Albany Business College.

For many years Mr. Ponkos was an office manager for Drs. Burton Krafte and Stephen Menkes in Hudson. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Ponkos was also active in the community as a member of the Junior Service League and the Greenport Historical Society. She was devoted to her family, and loved to socialize with her cherished friends.

She is survived by: two daughters, Mary Lou (Robert) Nicholson and Jane Ponkos, both of CT; several nieces and nephews. A sister, Marion Smith predeceased her.

Thomas J. Ponkos (1922 – 2016)

CLAVERACK—Thomas J. Ponkos of Claverack died Wednesday, August 10, the same day as his beloved wife of 67 years, Cornelia.

Born February 25, 1922 in Hudson, he was the son of Thomas and Anna (Petro) Ponkos.

Mr. Ponkos was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and United Methodist Men’s Club. He was also a member and past president of the Hudson Lion’s Club. Mr. Ponkos was also a veteran of the United States Navy, proudly serving in World War II.

He was an avid golfer, and loved oil painting, especially local scenes and depictions of his life growing up.

Mr. Ponkos is survived by: his two daughters, Mary Lou (Ponkos) Nicholson and her husband Robert and Jane Ponkos, all of CT; his brothers, Rudolph of Hudson and Raymond of Stuyvesant; a sister, Goldina Coleman of Rotterdam; several nieces and nephews. Three nephews, David and Robert Ponkos and Phillip Coleman predeceased him.

Funeral services celebrating the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Ponkos were August 12 from the Trinity United Methodist Church, Joslen Boulevard, Greenport. Burial was in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in the names of Mr. and Mrs. Ponkos may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were with the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson.

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