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“Dear Peggy and Family, I was very saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. He was a sweet man, and I know he and you had one of those special...Read More »
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“I was very saddened to hear that Ralph had passed. My memories of Ralph are growing up together in Brooklyn , playing softball with the Terrace...Read More »
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“Dear Peggy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn Ralph's passing. I'm so very sorry for your loss. May Ralph's memory...Read More »
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“Peggy & Family, We are sad & sorry to hear of your loss. We wish we could be with you tomorrow. Know that our prayers & thoughts are with you. We...Read More »
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“I was so sorry to read about Ralph. He is certainly in my prayers and you are too. Since Tom is home under Hospice care I probably won't be able to...Read More »
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“To Peggy and the family, we want to send our deepest sympathy. We found a friend, made a friend and lost a friend. Ralph will surely be missed and...Read More »
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“Dear Peggy, We were sorry to hear about Ralph. We always admired you on the dance floor. We enjoyed your company whenever we saw you at the the...Read More »
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“Peggy and family, Please accept my condolences on the passing of Ralph , it was great to meet him when you came to my home for my parents fiftieth...Read More »
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“My memories of Ralph were the 'good' years we spent together as workmates and friends at IBM. Ralph was very much like by everyone and his kindness...Read More »
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Ralph A. Buono

Ralph A. Buono of Poughkeepsie entered into rest Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. He was 65.

Son of the late Ciro G. and Frances Caulo Buono, he was born on October 8, 1945 in Brooklyn. He married Peggy Schwind on February 13, 1997; Mrs. Schwind-Buono survives at home in Poughkeepsie.

Ralph received two associate degrees in Architectural Engineering and Electrical Engineering. He went on to work as a Union bricklayer for a time until taking a job as an engineer for IBM in Poughkeepsie, until his retirement. Ralph stayed busy even in retirement, working as a home inspector; he was a member of the Nat'l ASHI Organization. He also enjoyed his time as a bus driver for the Arlington School District; he held a special place for the special needs children he cared for each day. Formerly, Ralph was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club and President of the IBM Country Club. In his spare time he was active in Boy Scouts while his sons were growing up. Ralph especially enjoyed ballroom dancing. For 25 years he was general manager of Switch-In-Time Jazz Band.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, he is survived by his children, Anthony Gerard Buono and his wife, Emma of Valatie, and Michael Francis Buono and his wife, Eva of Rochdale, MA, and their mother, Vicky Buono of Hyde Park; step-children, Tracy Schwind and his wife, Debbie of Wappingers Falls, Tina Schwind of Rhinebeck, and Steven Schwind and his wife, Lisa of Pasadena, CA; a sister, Angela Pratt of Mastic, NY; grandchildren, Emily Rose, Meredith Grace, Matthew Anthony and Alexander Li Buono; step-granchildren, Robb, Valerie, Zodi and Elsabeth Schwind; and a niece, Angela Orfini.

Family will receive their friends on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home, 55 E. Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the New Hackensack Reformed Church, Route 376 in Wappingers Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ralph's name to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd # 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

For directions to the funeral home or to send the family a personal condolence, please visit our website at www.StraubCatalanoHalvey.com.

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