Olive Burnette Cox Funke
Greenwood, S.C. — Olive Burnette Cox Funke of Wesley Commons, Greenwood died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in the loving care of family and friends.
Olive was born to Logan and Herbert Cox on June 23, 1919, in Lynn, Mass. She attended Lynn Classical High School and New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. She later worked for several years at Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She met her future husband, John Funke, Jr. when he began his 45-year career at General Electric in Lynn in 1941. They married in 1943 and shared 63 years together until John’s death in 2006. During their marriage, they lived in Pittsfield, Mass., Schenectady, N.Y., and Greenville, N.C. before retiring to Wesley Commons in Greenwood.
Olive was the mother of four children, grandmother of ten, and great grandmother of nine. Her family was her greatest joy and her most treasured topic of conversation. In addition to being with her family, she loved playing golf and bridge, boating with John on their boat Jolle, family beach vacations, her close friends at Wesley Commons, and her fellow members of the PEO Sisterhood.
Olive leaves her four children, Carole Ann (and James) Collins of Pittsfield, Mass., Elizabeth (and Peter) Robbie of Norwich, Vt., Janice Funke Bradshaw of Charlotte, N.C.; and Dr. John (and Margaret) Funke III of Greenwood; along with grandchildren, James (and Michelle) Collins, Jennifer Collins Porter, Matthew Robbie (and Jenny Heiny), Katherine (and Henry) Stokes, Meade (and Emily) Bradshaw, Logan (and Matthew) Sullivan, John Wesley Bradshaw, Samantha, Sara and Hope Olivia Funke; and her beloved great-grandchildren, Olivia and Ella Collins, Jay, Ian, Reid Heiny-Robbie, Riley Elizabeth and John Daniel Sullivan, Barrett Bradshaw, and Oscar John Stokes. Mrs. Funke’s family is very grateful to the extraordinary administrative staff and caring aides at Wesley Commons.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Olive Funke on Saturday, Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. in Asbury Hall, Wesley Commons, Greenwood. Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be an internment service at 3 p.m at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Greenwood Cancer Fund, PO Box 612, Greenwood, SC 29646
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.