Albert B. Drogalis, 94, a former resident of Lost Creek No. 2, passed away Sunday, the day before his 95th birthday, at Ridgeview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Shenandoah Heights, with his family by his side.
Born in Lost Creek No. 2, June 5, 1922, he was a son of the late Simon and Anna Gurevicins Drogalis.
He was a graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School.
He was a decorated World War II Army veteran, having served in the 413th Infantry Regiment.
Albert was a retired coal miner, having worked in the local anthracite industry. He later worked for and retired from the former Purolator Products, Pattersonville.
He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. George Church. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a former member of Disabled American Veterans, Shenandoah.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were three brothers, Carl Possessky, John Possessky and Ernest Drogalis; three sisters, Jennie Joyce, Olga Magill and Anastasia Swater. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Surviving are his niece and caregiver, Diane Drogalis; additional nieces, nephews and cousins.
Religious services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. The Rev. Robert T. Finlan will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Dawn Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Angel Fund, c/o Dr. Lori Milot, 9 Lafayette Ave., Tamaqua, PA 18252, or Ray of Hope Fund, c/o Mountain Shadow Veterinary Hospital, 64 Kiehner Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.