Ina (Place) Macko

Born: Sat., Apr. 26, 1924
Died: Sat., May 2, 2020


Graveside Service

Location: Pachaug Cemetery


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Ina (Place) Macko, age 96, of Griswold, CT, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2020 after a short battle with Coronavirus.  She was the wife of the late Walter Macko.

Ina, the only child of Cyril and Ina (Moore) Place, was born on April 26, 1924 and raised in Providence, RI, graduating from Classical High School before moving to the Place family farm in Greene, RI. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1945 with a degree in Agriculture and supported her husband's poultry farming business. She extended her education with a Masters degree in education and went on to teach Math for twenty-five years at Voluntown Elementary School. Ina was very supportive of youth activities including sports, scouting, 4-H Club, Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School. She sang with the church choir and the Griswold Senior Singers.

An exercise enthusiast, Ina loved to dance, workout at Curves, enjoyed a daily swim at Hopeville Pond in the summer, hiked up Mt Washington, and loved joining in the Chicken Dance at family functions. Frequent trips to Westerly beaches were filled with riding the waves and building sand castles. Her favorite trips involved taking family groups to many National Parks. Ina never ceased in her quest to be active.

Ina is survived by her daughter Barbara (Tom) Cappucci, her sons Paul (Patty) Macko, Glen (Kathy) Macko, Jay Macko, and Kenneth (Brenda) Macko, thirteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her son Brian.

Arrangements are by the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home in Jewett City, CT. A future memorial service will be scheduled when larger groups are allowed to gather.  Donations in Ina’s memory may be made to the 1st Congregational Church, 878 Voluntown Rd., Griswold, CT 06351. A family only graveside service will be held May 8, 2020 at Pachaug Cemetery, Griswold.

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Stan Woronik
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Ina’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at VES and always admired her enthusiasm for life.

Dean Davis
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Sorry to hear of her passing. Mrs. Macko taught me a lot, not just about math. She was ahead of her time when it came to computers, teaching computer class before any of us students realized the impact they'd have on the world. She also taught me the value of frugality and not to be wasteful. RIP, Mrs. Macko.

Anastacia Seuferling
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Sorry for your loss to all the members of Ina’s family.
We had a lot of laughs together at VES with Ina. She knew her Math and helped us get started leaning on the computers.
Ina loved her hard boiled eggs for lunch. She love her family. God Bless all of you! With love Stacie

Michelle Matheson
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. She was my math teacher for three years at VES. She was a tough teacher but I learned a lot. I will always remember her pig bucket in the back of her room where we were to put our lunch scraps in! May she rest in peace.

David Florence
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
The family chose a very nice picture that shows her lovely smile. I too remember that pig bucket. I placed many peanut butter an jelly sandwiches in it. I think of her when I pick my red raspberries, as I got them from her.

Linda Christensen
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
I have several fond memorials of Ina from Voluntown Elementary School. She was a character!! Always making us laugh and always in a "Teachable Moment" both in her classroom and the teacher's room!
My thoughts are with her family.

Ralph S Daniels
   Posted Sat May 09, 2020
My condolences, Barbara and Paul & familly. No matter the age, losing a mom is a momentous thing. And I never realized you had roots in PVD RI—no wonder you turned out so well.

Dean & Dennis Fontaine
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
Jay & Family,
Sincere condolences on your mom's passing. We have fond memories of good times in Scouting.
Dean & Dennis

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