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521 West Main St
NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
Phone: (413) 663-6523
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Joseph Dragotta

Joseph John Dragotta

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
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LONGTIME NORTH ADAMS POLICEMAN
Joseph John Dragotta, 99 of North Adams, MA died on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT. He was born in North Adams, MA on January 4, 1920, a son to the late Joseph and Raffaela (Vigna) Dragotta. He attended schools in North Adams, including Drury High School. He also attended Berkshire Community College. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, enlisting in the US Navy in January of 1940. During his service he assisted in the evacuation of civilians from Singapore while under fire. He also served in combat in the invasion of Philippines, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945.
Mr. Dragotta was a longtime Police Officer for the City of North Adams for over 31 years until his retirement. He was a communicant of the former Holy Family Church. He was a member of the Clarksburg VFW.
Mr. Dragotta married his wife, the former Olive Grace LeBeau on May 10, 1957 in Stamford, VT. She died on January 3, 2013. Survivors include his daughter, Cheri Dragotta, his son, Norman Gelinas and two grandsons, Bruce and Wayne Gelinas as well as nieces and nephews. He also leaves his long time friend, Cynthia McGrory. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Anna and Anna Dragotta and three brothers, George, Damiano and Antonio Dragotta.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Joseph Dragotta will be held at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams on Wednesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. followed by a burial with military honors in the Southview Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4-7p.m. on Tuesday October 29 at the Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home, WEST CHAPEL, 521 West Main Street, North Adams. Memorial donations made be made to the Activities Program at the Vermont Veteran’s Home through the funeral home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals- West Chapel
    Address
    521 West Main St.
    North Adams, MA 01247
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    Address
    70 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Officiant
    Rev. Dariusz Wudarski
  • Interment

    Location
    Southview Cemetery
    Address
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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Ruth Wickline

Posted at 07:57pm
Sorry for your loss. My mom, Natalie Mazzuchi and I send our love and prayers. My founders memories are of this tall handsome officer coming in to say hello or bring lunch from Jack’s Hot Dogs for my dad at The Studio. He was a dear cousin and friend to my mom. A gentle and caring man.
With our Love,
Natalie Mazzuchi & Ruth Mazzuchi Wickline
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charles and arleen

Posted at 07:48pm
We are sorry for your loss and wish we had words to comfort you. The loss of a parent leaves an emptiness that cannot be replaced. A part of who you are is no longer here. We last spoke with Joe about 6 weeks ago, it was not a long conversation. I only met him the one time when Charles, James, and I made the trip from Georgia to meet Charles' family. However; the yearly phone calls, made me feel like I knew your family. We hope your memories will help ease your grief. Charles and Arleen Marsden
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