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Marion E. Makes

August 19, 2001

Marion Elizabeth "Muna" Makes, 82, of 48 Eleanor Road and Jupiter, Fla., died Sunday at home in Pittsfield. She and her husband, Nicholas J. Makes, owned and operated the former Yellow Aster restaurant from 1955 to 1984.

Born in Pittsfield on Sept. 22, 1918, daughter of David J. and Jennie Freehoffer Tierney, she was a 1936 graduate of Pittsfield High School and a 1938 graduate of the former Berkshire Business College.

A veteran of World War II, she served in the Navy WAVES from 1942-45 and was assigned to radio communications.

Prior to opening the restaurant, she had been employed by Berkshire Life Insurance Co. and the former Rosenfeld's men's clothing store.

In the 1950s, Mrs. Tierney was instrumental in the passage of state legislation that required nonfederally chartered banks to pay interest on escrow accounts used for real estate taxes. At the time, such accounts did not earn interest, and federal GI home loans required property taxes to be paid into the accounts in monthly installments, according to Eagle files.

A communicant of St. Joseph's Church, she remained active with the WAVES.

She leaves her husband, whom she married Sept. 6, 1947; three daughters, Victoria M. Yurkerwich of Fairfield, Conn., Brigid A. Makes of San Carlos, Calif., and Kate M. Dabe of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two sons, Michael J. Makes of Pittsfield and Nick T. Makes of Fairfield; five sisters, Margaret Barry and Constance Coughlin, both of Pittsfield, Grace Jones of Stuart, Fla., Pat Campbell of Morrison, Ill., and Rosemary Brennan of Marblehead; two brothers, David J. Tierney Jr. and William E. Tierney, both of Pittsfield; nine grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9:15 from DERY FUNERAL HOME, Pittsfield, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Joseph's Church concelebrated by the Rev. Michael A. Shershanovich, church pastor, and the Rev. Peter A. Gregory, pastor of St. Charles' Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be today, Tuesday, from 4 to 8 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield.

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