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Charles M. RANKL

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Charles M. RANKL Obituary
RANKL, Charles M. Charles M. Rankl, 95, of Smith Street, died on Sunday, (January 16, 2011) at his great niece, Amy Baker residence with her at his side. He was born in East Hampton, Connecticut, January 31, 1915, the son of Joseph and Anna Rankl. Charlie lived on the family farm until the age of 12, when he moved to Jones Hollow Road in Marlborough, CT. Charlie married Olga Nelson in 1938. From 1944 until 2009 he lived in Glastonbury, CT on Neipsic Road. His wish was to be able to stay out of a nursing home. His wish was granted by Virginia Shevlin and his great niece, Amy Baker. They provided care and a home for him for the past 32 months. During his working career, he worked for 38 years as a mechanic at Pratt & Whitney Air Craft in East Hartford, CT, he retired on January 31, 1977. He also worked as a caretaker / park ranger at J.B. Williams Memorial Park in Glastonbury, CT for 38 years, until his retirement at the age of 93. Charlie thought of the park as his second home. He loved to mingle with all the parties that were there and many invited him to join them to eat. Another interest was his firewood. He loved to cut, split and stack it. Usually there was 30 cords stacked in his back yard. Charlie a lot of the times would give it away to people that needed it or other people would purchase there wood supply from him. Charlie loved his garden, his cat Betsy, and pizza. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Olga (Nelson) Rankl in 1994. Survivors include his son, Carl Rankl of Glastonbury, CT; two brothers, Max Rankl of Hebron, CT and Richard Rankl of Norwich, CT; and his great niece, Amy Baker and husband Lee of Woodsville, NH. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. The service date will appear in the paper at a later date. Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, NH is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign an online condolence please go to

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 18, 2011
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