Leo Ratka

Leo G. Ratka

Friday, October 15th, 1926 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Leo G. Ratka, 93, a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie, passed away on October 5, 2020. He was the son of the late Alexander and Caroline Ratka. He was also predeceased by his brothers Alec and Edward and his sister Florence.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years Charlotte (Noll) and his daughters and their husbands, Linda and Jim Connolly and Lori and Jim Ormsby. He is also survived by his grandchildren Brian Connolly, Scott Connolly and his wife Laura and Kim Alboum and her husband Scott and several nieces and nephews.

Leo served in the Navy during WWII, graduated from Siena College and had a long career in financial planning at IBM.

He was an avid golfer and was always ready to offer his advice or debate current issues.

Leo's family would like to thank his wonderful neighbors on Alfred Drive who watched over him especially these past few years.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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    Calvary Cemetery
    62 LaGrange Avenue
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David Harnan

Posted at 03:58pm
Linda and Lori , sorry to hear about your father.

Ralph Ganzhorn

Posted at 11:55am
I first met my friend Leo Ratka in 1969 . I liked him from the start .This may sound corny but I viewed Leo as a true gentleman and
a person you could count on and trust . Leo I was blessed knowing you...May you rest in peace ...Ralph

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Cynthia Aberle Murray

Posted at 07:59am
I would like to express my condolences to the Ratka family. Leo was such a loyal friend to our dad, Bill Aberle, coming and sitting with him for hours, chatting and watching television. They were placing wagers on the weekly NFL games right up until Bill died. Leo told me at the funeral that he sent what he owed my dad to Hospice. I like to imagine Leo being greeted by the old gang--Bill, Bob, Dick--who are ready with a cold beer.

Stephen Bartlett

Posted at 06:01pm
Charlotte and children, I came to IBM Pok in 1979; Leo was a manager in my business unit. He was so welcoming and generous, he was one of my mentors that helped me make the transition from the field to the Lab. I could always go to him with questions - he guided me well. We have seen you at St. Martins at Mass many times. One thing about Leo, in my eyes he never seemed to change. Now I will miss him greatly. In your grief be comforted that he is at peace in the hands of our Lord and Savior.
Steve Bartlett

Anthony DiMaso

Posted at 05:42pm
Lori, I was so sorry to read about your father's passing today. It was such a pleasure to work with him the many years I spent in Business Planning. He was always willing to help me in every way. I appreciated all the advise he gave me about the business and I will always remember his kind and thoughtful ways towards everyone. I could always count on him to give me the right advise when I needed it the most.

Tony DiMaso

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