Joseph S. Dabkowski Age 79 of Wilmington, DE passed away Monday, September 3, 2001 in the VA Hospital in Elsmere, DE. Mr. Dabkowski was a steel tester for Phoenix Steel for 43 years. He retired in 1983. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was wounded when his outfit, the 39th Infantry regiment of the 9th Division went ashore during the invasion of the Italian Island. Captured by the Germans, he spent 18 months in hospitals and prison camps before being released in an exchange program of wounded prisoners of war. These 2 events resulted in him receiving the Purple Heart medal and the Bronze Star medal for his meritorious achievements in ground combat. Mr. Dabkowski was a member of the Order of Purple Heart, the DAV and the Claymore Senior Center. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean (Siwik) Dabkowski; a son, David J. Dabkowski and his wife Kathy of Wilmington, DE; daughter, Janice M. Dabkowski of St. Inigoes, MD; a brother, Henry Dabkowski of Wilmington, DE; and 4 grandchildren, Neil, Samuel, Nicole and Haley. A funeral mass will be offered 10:30 am Saturday, September 8 in St. Hedwig Church, Linden & S. Harrison Sts. Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the JOHN F. YASIK FUNERAL HOME, 607 S. Harrison St. from 7-9 pm on Friday, September 7. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Order of Purple Heart, Chapter #9377, c/o 3 Westover Circle, Wilmington, DE 19807.
Published in The News Journal on Sept. 5, 2001