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JOSEPH MICHAEL DROZDOWSKY of Mt. Laurel, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 at the age of 85.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, on October 23, 1938, he is the son of the late Frank M. and the late Margaret R. (nee Casey) Drozdowsky. Joe grew up in South Jersey and has resided in Mt. Laurel for many years.
Joe was a hard worker and from an early age he picked tomatoes, potatoes, and asparagus on his grandfather’s farm and packed tomatoes for the Campbell Soup Company. He also spent many hours working at his father’s gas station. His first official job was with the Camden County Fair. Joe was never one to watch the world go by. He gardened, raised his beloved chickens, and grew prize-winning gladiolus. Joe loved and listened to a wide variety of music. He graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1957 after participating in archery, student council, and chorus.
Joe began his career at RCA and went on to work at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA for over 25 years, retiring in 2003. His volunteer work included serving for several years with the Stratford Fire Department.
Joe loved his family, nature, birds, and traveling. He visited many countries and was a perpetual cruiser, always excited to decide on where to visit next.
His family will miss his wonderful stories as well as his ability to listen and make them feel loved and accepted.
Joe is survived by his devoted longtime companion Della Freire of Mount Laurel. He is the beloved father of Sharon Perkins (Jim) of Graham, NC and Patricia Bechamps (Ron) of Robbinsville. He is the beloved grandfather of Brenden Bechamps and Aiden Bechamps.
Joe is also survived by his “adopted” family, daughter in heart, Barbara Freire (Gordie) and John Edmonds. His grandsons Michael Edmonds (Jennifer) and David Edmonds (Briana).
Finally, Joe is survived by his sister Elaine Jones (Sid) of Carrollton, GA, several nieces and nephews, and his special friend Shiloh.
Joe is predeceased by the mother of his children, Cynthia Drozdowsky, his daughter in heart Diane Edmonds, and his siblings Margaret Giese and Frank Drozdowsky.
Relatives and friends are invited to greet his family on Thursday, December 7th from 9:30 – 11:00 AM at the BRADLEY & STOW FUNERAL HOME, 127 Medford-Mt. Holly Road, Medford, NJ, where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in the Colestown Cemetery in Cherry Hill, NJ. In Lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy the family requests memorial donations to: The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4520 East West Highway, Suite 610, Bethesda, MD 20814. https://bcan.org or the New Jersey Audubon Society, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. (www.BradleyStow.com)
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
420 East West Highway, Suite 610, Bethesda MD 20814
NJ Audubon Society
9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville NJ 07924