Daniel Petke

Daniel Petke, 99, widower of Jeannette Petke, passed from this life peacefully on June 1, 2014 at his residence in Newington, CT. He was born in Terryville, CT, son of David and Amelia Petke. He attended Terryville public schools and went on to attend Valparaiso University in Indiana. Daniel served his country with honor during WWII as a member of the 9th Army Air Corps. He attained the rank of First Lieutenant and flew bombing missions over Italy and Sicily in 1943. His B-24 Liberator went down during its second mission and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea. Lieutenant Petke sustained a broken leg in the incident but in spite of his injury he was able to save the life of the plane's navigator who could not swim. For his actions Lieutenant Petke was awarded the Purple Heart and the Soldier's Medal for Valor, the highest honor given for heroism in a non-combat situation. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he and his wife Jeannette, made their home and raised their children in Bristol and Burlington, CT. Daniel was employed for many years as a pressman in the commercial printing industry, first at Hildreth Press and later at Connecticut General, now Cigna Corporation. Daniel was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Terryville. He enjoyed all sports and excelled at tennis and golf. He was a lifelong supporter of the New York Giants of the NFL and the New York Yankees. He leaves his cherished children, James Petke, Rosemary Petke Parsons, Raymond Petke and his wife Debra, and Stephen Petke and his wife Suzanne. He also leaves three beloved grandchildren, all children of Rosemary Parsons, Laurence Roberts, James Roberts, and Ben Roberts and his wife Lisa. Additionally he leaves his sister Eleanor Wasley and her husband Dr. David Wasley, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by ten brothers and sisters. The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff of Middlewoods of Newington for their many kind and thoughtful acts while Daniel resided there, to Masonicare for their compassionate care and service, and to Stay At Home Care of Manchester, CT for their exemplary dedication to Daniel in his final days. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are being made by Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, CT. A service of remembrance and celebration of Daniel's life will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Terryville, CT on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 11 A. M. Burial with military honors will take place at Forestville Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel's name to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 8 Maple St., Terryville, CT 06786., or United Methodist Homes Donations Attn: Cory S. Jacobs, 10 Acre Place Binghamton, NY, 13904, or The Masonicare Annual Appeal, c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut P. O. Box 70 Wallingford, CT 06492. Please visit Daniel's memorial site at www.FUNKFUNERALHOME.com

Funeral Home

Funk Funeral Home
35 Bellevue Avenue Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-4107

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 8, 2014