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Boonsboro salutes couple's service, generosity

September 28, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

BOONSBORO - The lives of Merle R. and Margaret E. Funk, a local couple known for their lifetime of good works in the community, were remembered in Boonsboro Saturday when a building in Shafer Park was rededicated in their names.

The building until Saturday was known as the Boonsboro Lions Memorial Building. It is the official home of Troop 20 Boy Scouts. Scouts participated in the dedication ceremonies.

The Funks left $110,000 to the Lions Club to maintain the building. It was built in 1988 by volunteers. It replaced a log cabin building at the site that was built in 1950.

The Funks were Washington County public school educators. Margaret Funk taught in elementary schools from 1924 to 1969. Her husband, taught high school English from 1926 to 1958 when he became vice principal at North High. He retired in 1973 as principal of Boonsboro Junior High School.

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Merle Funk over the years was a charter member of the Lions Club, a scoutmaster, a local Red Cross director, a firefighter and an ambulance squad member.

Speakers at Saturday's ceremony included state Sen. Don Munson, R-Washington, state Del. Bruce Poole, D-Washington, Skip Kauffman, Boonsboro mayor, and J. Gilbert Everline, long-time friend and neighbor of the Funks.

Everline said that while the Funks themselves never had children of their own, they befriended children in the community all of their lives.

The invocation was given by the Rev. Joseph Donovan, who called the Funks, "two very special people." He said rededicating the building in their memory means the lives they lived won't be just a memory, but a reality.

Munson presented the Lions Club with a Senate proclamation on the rededication and a new Maryland flag to fly over it.

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