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Edward P. Draugelis Sr.

1930 - 2020
Edward P. Draugelis Sr. Obituary

Edward P. Draugelis Sr., age 90, of Danville, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 23, 2020, a patient of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Ed was a resident of his home in Danville since 1995.

He was born on Sunday, Oct. 5, 1930, in Girardville, a son of the late John M. and Victoria G. (Touchelaski) Draugelis. Ed graduated from the former Girardville High School in 1948. On June 29, 1952, Ed married his loving wife, the former Shirley M. Davies, formerly of Girardville.

He was a member of the UMWA local coal mine union No. 2587. Ed relocated to Philadelphia in 1956 to begin his career as a Tastykake supervisor. In 1967, Ed accepted a salesman position with Tastykake and moved back to his beloved coal region. He proudly raised his family in Cresswell Gardens, Ashland. Ed was an active member of numerous Butler Township and Schuylkill County civic groups. His favorite would always be the Cardinal Brennan Men's Society. As a salesman for Tastykake, Ed trained other salesmen for the company. He earned numerous awards during his successful Tastykake salesman career. His proudest award was an all-expense paid one-week vacation to Paris. Ed and Shirley, along with another couple from Tastykake, boarded the Concorde and were honored guests at The Hotel De Crillon.

Ed retired in 1986 from Tastykake after 30 years. His love for salesmanship led him to earn his real estate license and begin working for Kaplan Reality, Frackville. That led to an opportunity to sell new construction at Valley of The Lakes, Hazleton.

In 1995, Ed finally decided to actually retire. He and Shirley built a home in the Meadows Retirement Community, Danville. They both became active members of the retirement community. They organized trips, dinners and many social activities and volunteered for Red Cross blood drives. Ed organized and taught a bible study class for many years. He volunteered and escorted patients for the Maria Joseph Manor Nursing Home and Emmanuel Center to various appointments. He also became an active member for the Residents Counsel.

Ed was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Danville. He em-braced and loved his Roman Catholic faith. He and Shirley proudly attended many March for Life rallies in Washington, D.C. Ed also loved sports, hunting, fishing, coupon shopping, politics and his Lithuanian heritage. He and his two sisters, Mary and Florence, spent two weeks touring and visiting relatives in Lithuania in July 1998.

In 2004, he toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland with his grandson, Ricky. He never missed any of his grandson's sports activities or events. He became an excellent baker and would always whip up a cake for a sick neighbor.

In addition to his parents, Ed was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Draugelis and Anne Malarkey; three brothers, John Draugelis, Blaise Draugelis Joseph Draugelis.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 68 years, Shirley M. Draugelis; a son, Edward P. Draugelis Jr., of York, and a daughter, Lynn A., wife of Richard Wetzel, of Ashland. He was a proud grandfather of his two grandsons, Richard Wetzel Jr., of Salisbury, Md., and Jess Wetzel, of Ashland; two sisters, Florence Smith, of Danville, and Mary Draugelis, of Danville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 68 Center St., Danville, with the Rev. Timothy D. Marcoe as the celebrant. Graveside committal services will immediately follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. The Allen Funeral Home Inc., 745 Market at Eighth streets, Bloomsburg, is honored to be serving the Draugelis family. Memorial contributions in Edward's name are suggested to Eternal Word TV Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210 9948, or Your Loving Choices Inc., 904 Market St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Friends and family wishing to send a memorial gift, share a personal memory or offer condolences to the family, a Memorial Tribute Page in Ed-ward's honor and a Sympathy Store are available at www.Allen FuneralHome.com.

Published in Republican & Herald on Oct. 26, 2020
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