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Janet Rugar

Obituary of Janet Rugar

Janet Olive Rugar, 88, passed away peacefully at her Poughkeepsie New York home on January 5, 2023, surrounded by family and caregivers. She was predeceased in death by her husband of 50 years, Robert Gerald Rugar. Janet was born April 21, 1934, in Rhinebeck New York to Gordon and Nellie (Baldwin) Mergendahl. She was the third of nine children including two older brothers Gordon Jr. and Eugene, and younger siblings Joseph, Robert, Mary Ellen, Thomas, Sandra and David   Janet married Robert Rugar on August 25, 1956, in Rhinebeck New York.  Janet and Robert were blessed with five children, Robert, Charles (Donna), Fredrick (Tessie), Eva (Anthony) Abbott, and Beth Ann (Gregory) Jerman.  Her family continued to grow with thirteen grandchildren: Corey (Lacy), Jennifer (Don) Satterly, Christopher, Destinee, Chuck, Sara, Billy, Joey, Clarissa (Roberto DeJesus) Abbott, Nicole (Juan) Morales, Adam (Roy McFadden) Jerman, Joshua Jerman, and Alicia (Brenden) Miklavcic.  The final joys of her life were doting on nine great-grandchildren: Brayden, Acelynn, Avery, Wyatt Satterly, Amora Morales, Dante Morales, Deslin Morales, Brianna DeJesus, and Dylan DeJesus. The love that Janet shared through the years with family, with the foster children she took care of, with co-workers, with Sunday school students, with her mall friends, and in the end with her caregivers, will live on in their hearts. Visitation will be held at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave Poughkeepsie New York, on Thursday January 12, 2023, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Interment will be at the convenience of the Family. Special thanks to Hudson Valley Hospice and her caregivers Julie, Karen, Teri, and Liz.  Their care allowed her the dignity and comfort of living at home until she was called to her eternal home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hudson Valley Hospice ( 

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