Joseph Volkell passed away on April 9 at the age of 99.
He was the youngest of 7 children of Solomon and Dora Volkell, and was the last surviving member of that family. His brothers and sisters were Anna, Sally, Fannie, Jack, Nat and Bob. Joe’s beloved wife Shirley passed away in 2006, and he never stopped missing her. He is survived by his daughter Debbie, son-in-law Mark, granddaughter Lauren and her husband Tim, and his great-grandchildren Ramona and Sylvia.
Born in the Bronx in 1917, he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School. He married Shirley Levy, the love of his life, on April 12, 1942. He served in the army during World War II for four years, until 1946, in Europe and the Pacific.
Joe made his career as a salesman, selling fabric and lace to clothing manufacturers in New York's garment industry. After he and Shirley retired, they moved to the Berkshires, in Western Massachusetts, for several years, and then moved to Florida.
After Shirley’s death, Joe remained in Florida until 2010, when he moved to Bethesda, Maryland to live with his daughter Debbie and son-in-law Mark.