WELLSVILLE - Josef Franz Doenges, 92, passed away quietly at the Wellsville Manor Rehabilitation Center on Friday (March 30, 2018) after a brief illness.
Josef was born on Oct.3, 1925 as the third of eight children of Josef and Maria Anna Doenges of Steinheim, Germany. Josef grew up during some of the most turbulent times of modern history. He was drafted into the army at the age of 17; was wounded during the invasion of Normandy in France; spent two years in a prisoner of war camp in Texas; and eventually emigrated to the USA in 1962. He became a U. S. citizen on March 25th, 1968. On Jan.1, 1965 he married Rosemarie Kurth who preceded him on July 7, 1981. On Dec.28, 1985 Josef married Patricia Diane Merry at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Joe and Pat loved traveling, sightseeing, and spending time with people they cared about. They spent many happy years together summering in Scio and wintering in Elberton, Ga. until Pat’s death on Feb.23, 2017.
Joe is survived by two sisters, Rosel Gruen of N.J., and Gisela (Konrad) Loebel also of N.J.; two nieces, Ulrika (Jorge) Ocasio of N.J. and Juta (Niko) Chiapparini of Germany; and one nephew, Detlaf (Karin) Staroste also of Germany. Joe will be missed by Pat's brothers, Bill (Fran) Merry of Wellsville and Dave (Sue) Merry of Homer, and his nieces Anne Merry, Karen Merry, Krista (Josh) Kline, Brenna Merry, Kerri McKee.
Mr. Doenges worked as a tool and die maker in various shops in N.J. until his first wife's death, whereupon he traveled the US and eventually settled in the Scio area because he said “It looked like home.”
While Joe liked to travel, he also loved being home, cooking, and spending time outside. Joe had a strong sense of what he felt was right or wrong and was not easily swayed from his beliefs. He was an independent person who loved being free to choose his own course. He also had an interest in others and a sense of humor even when the joke was on him. There are many who can attest to his concern and willingness to help out when there was a need.
Later in life Joe joined his wife Patricia and got baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. They enjoyed spending time with their congregation socially and engaging in their volunteer work of free home Bible education. His deep commitment to his faith, friends, and family will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
There will be a memorial service on April 21, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's.
Witnesses located at 115 Chamberlain St., Wellsville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellsville Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 115 Chamberlain St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville and online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.