Stephen Dratch, 86, was relative of New Milford residents

Stephen Dratch, 86, of Redding, died Aug. 14, 2009, on the anniversary of his mother's birthday, at the Redding home of his daughter, Darlene, with his grandson, Matthew, and son-in-law, Hank Wimbrow, nearby.

Mr. Dratch was born Sept. 13, 1922, to the late Mary (Koziar) and Frank Dratch of one of the last working farms in Stony Hill in Bethel.

He kept himself busy volunteering and being constantly on the go since the death of his wife, Rose Marie Michael of Danbury in 1995.

Although Hawthorne Terrace in Danbury had been Mr. Dratch's home for the past 54 years, his love for Bethel was great. He was a familiar face known to many from his days at the window of the Bethel Post Office and his many hours spent at St. Gregory the Great Church in Danbury.

He was lovingly known as Uncle Steve around Hawthorne Terrace.

Mr. Dratch is survived by four sisters, Irene Hanna of Danbury, Katherine Patella of New Orleans, La., Dorothy Grana of Bethel and Anne Meyerholtz of New Milford; a brother, Theodore Dratch of New Milford; a brother-in-law, Joseph Michael, of New Milford; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Dratch was predeceased by a sister, Mary Baldelli; two sisters-in-law, Adele Farmer and Labeeby Ellis; and a brother-in-law, George Michael.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Regional Hospice, Home Care Program, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810, or to the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, 279 New Britain Road, Suite 5, Kensington, CT 06037.