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JOSEPH J. DRABEK Joseph J. Drabek passed away peacefully at the Princeton Medical Center on Christmas Day, December 25, 2012. With his wife Marie, he was a long-time resident of Princeton, NJ and raised his children here. Well-known and beloved in the community for his good humor and generous outgoing spirit, he had many friends and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Saint Paul's Catholic Church, both in Princeton. In recent years he was a regular visitor to the Patterson Senior Center. Born May 20, 1924 in Cicero, Illinois to John and Anna Drabek, Joe graduated from high school there where he was an avid soccer player and equestrian. Earning business degrees from University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He served in the Canary Islands in World War II, trained as a fighter pilot and cryptographer and was honorably discharged. He married Marie Brady in Chicago in 1950 and they were married for 46 years, until her death in 1997. He worked as a marketing executive for Continental Can/American Can Company for 25 years and later for Paul Flum Ideas of St. Louis, MO, retiring in 1985. Joe was a devoted husband, father and mentor. Sometimes known as "Big D" or "JJ," he will be missed dearly by his friends and family. He had a passion for tennis and for grand opera. He loved his dogs and he loved horses. In retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and watching TV and film westerns. He is survived by his sister Mary Ann Wagner of Fredericksburg, TX., children, Jaime Drabek (Belinda) of McAllen TX, Suzanne Drabek of Princeton NJ, Jonathan Drabek (Stephanie) of St. Augustine FL; his grandchildren Taylor and Grant Drabek of Harlingen, TX, and Matthew and Connor Drabek of St. Augustine FL. Funeral services were held on January 5, 2013 at the Kimble Funeral Home, One Hamilton Avenue in Princeton, NJ followed by burial in the family plot in Princeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Extend condolences at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com Sign the guest book at www.themonitor.com/obituaries
Published in The Monitor on Feb. 7, 2013
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