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Funeral Scheduled for Former Bedford Teacher Friday

The funeral for Florence C. Rakow, a former Bedford resident and elementary school teacher, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford.

Rakow died on July 29 at the age of 96. She was predeceased by Otto Rakow, her husband of 49 years, in 1987. She later married Leo Land who also predeceased her.

Rakow is survived by her five chidlren: William of Fairfax, VA; Eugene of Rutland, VT; Donald of Missoula, MT; Marylin Leslie of North Salem, NY; and Lois Trieb of Honeoye Falls, NY. Rakow also had 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Rakow was born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1914, to Frank and Florence Graser Capalino. She had an interest in tap dancing and piano and headed a small dancing school at one point

After earning a Bachelors in English from Long Island University, she married Otto Rakow on Oct. 12, 1938 and moved to Bedford. She later earned her her Masters in elementary education from Western Connecticut State University and became an elementary school teacher for Bedford schools. She retired in 1978 after 20 years, but kept in touch with some of her student afterward.

Rakow was of member of the Bedford Village Chowder and Marching Society and the Bedford Garden Club. In 1983, she moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. with her husband, Otto, and was an active tap dancer and performer in community musicals.

She returned to the northeast in 2003 and resided with several of her children. Most recently, she lived in Fairfax, Va.

Her wake will be held today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. Memorial contributions are welcome to the Parkinson Alliance, P.O. Box 308, Kingston, N.J. 08528-0308.

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