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Cora Margaret Ogle

1920 - 2015 PITTSFIELD - Cora Margaret Ogle, 95, of Pittsfield and Lanesborough, passed on to be with all who wait for her in Heaven on Sunday, November 22. Born in Scotia, NY, on June 20, 1920, she was the daughter of Herbert Charles and Mattie Chapman. Her maiden name lent her the nickname "Chappy". Chappy was raised in Scotia, NY and was educated at Kansas State University, graduating in 1941. While in college, she met her future husband, Richard Henry Ogle, who was at the nearby University of Kansas. Coincidentally, they had both grown up in Scotia less than a mile from one and other, but due to a few years age difference they had not previously met. After their college courtship, she and Richard were married in 1942. Her life with Richard followed his career as an engineer and took her to live in New York, Colorado, Florida and North Reading, MA before they settled in Pittsfield. Chappy served as substitute teacher in the Pittsfield Public Schools, and as the Director of the Blood Program at the Berkshire Chapter of the American Red Cross for many years before her retirement. Later she served as a volunteer reader in the Pittsfield elementary schools and was a long-time member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization supporting the advancement of women. She was a communicant of the First Congregational Church in Pittsfield. Chappy was a unique and wonderful woman, mother and grandmother. Her kindly and engaging spirit will not be forgotten by her loved ones. Having faced several difficult trials in her life, including the untimely passing of her husband, Richard, in 1968, the loss of sons, James and Richard Jr., as well as overcoming cancer, Chappy maintained an incredibly strong and positive spirit. Through her uncommon viewpoints and pithy sayings (that her family affectionately termed "Chappy-isms"), she conveyed many lessons. Her Chappy-isms will be remembered by those that loved her for many years to come. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Sykas of Stowe, VT and son, John and his wife, Nancy of Lanesborough, with whom she lived the final years of her life. She is also survived by her five loving grandchildren; Will Sykas of San Diego, CA and Christine Sykas-Yeh of Montreal, Stefan Ogle of Pittsfield, Jay Ogle of Durham, NH and Jennifer Ogle of Lanesborough. We all love you deeply, and will miss you dearly. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours, and a private family service will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross and/or P.E.O. in care of Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 24, 2015
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