- December 28, 1926 - October 24, 2010
- Williamsville, Vermont
of Joseph's Passing
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“Our deepest sympathy to Dot and family and all of the Druke family. I have known Joe and the Druke family since I was very young and have many fond...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Patty (Page) Levesque - MA
“Rejoice! He is now with our Lord and you have gained an angel. Thank God that He gave Daddy Joe to you during his short stint in this world. God...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Esther R. Cataluna - Quezon City
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I knew most of the Drukes and what a marvelous family. I am sure their parents were very proud of...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Kathleen Sullivan Davis - FL
“My deepest sympathies to the Druke family!
4 of 4 | Posted by: Paula Roberts - Berlin, NH
Williamsville- Joseph Leon, Joe Druke, 83 of Newfane Hill Road, died peacefully Sunday afternoon, October 24, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness. Joseph was born at home in Williamsville on December 28, 1926, the son of Joseph J. and Gertrude E. (Hickethier) Druke. He was raised and educated in Williamsville and was a graduate of Saint Michaels High School, class of 1945. He went on to graduate from Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation College in Fisherville, VA where he earned his Associates Degree in mechanical engineering. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and following his honorable discharge from active service he returned home to Williamsville. For 26 years, from 1960 to 1989, he owned and operated Druke Insurance Agency in Williamsville. In conjunction with his insurance company, he served as postmaster for the town of Williamsville, the last postmaster to be appointed by the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in 1961. Joseph was a member of the Valley Lions Club and the American Legion, White River Post #26. A devout Catholic, he was a communicant of Saint Michaels Roman Catholic Church. He was an ardent outdoorsman and a man who loved people. He was especially fond of his boyhood home and enjoyed time shared with his family of which his life was centered around. On July 10, 1959 in Waynesboro, VA he was married to Dorothy Addair who survives. Besides his wife of 51 years he leaves, two daughters, Christine Mariano and husband John of South Newfane and Theresa Chapman and husband Paul of West Dummerston, one son, Stephen Druke and wife Lori of Lancaster, N.H., three grandchildren, Rebecca Chapman, Joseph Mariano and Manika Druke, four sisters, Sr. Matilda Druke, S.R.M. of Albany, N.Y., Mary Dauphinais and Barbara Barnish both of Brattleboro and Theresa Druke of Portand CT, four brothers, Bernard Druke of Brattleboro, Edward Druke of Newfane, John Druke of Kirkville, N.Y. and Charles Druke of Weare, N.H. Additionally he leaves many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Dina Addair Marino, three sisters, Sr. Mary Michael, O.C.D., Gertrude Druke, and Frances Druke and one brother, Arthur Druke. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michaels Catholic Church. Committal Rites and burial will follow in Williamsville New Cemetery. Friends may call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 P.M. Memorial contributions in Josephs name may be made to, Saint Michaels School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT. 05301, attn: Elaine Beam Principal, or to, Newbrook Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Route 30, Newfane, VT. 05345.