Obituary, Violet Marie Drabek

Violet Marie Drabek, 94, a longtime resident of Dover Plains, NY, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2023, at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Born on April 26, 1929 in Kent Cliffs, NY she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Edna (Wildey) Williams. Mrs. Drabek was a child care provider and foster mother to 27 foster children over 10 years. She was also a member of the VFW Post #5444 in Dover Plains.

Mrs. Drabek is survived by her loving children: Allen John Miller and his wife, Barbara, of Freehold, NY, John Smalley, Jr. and his wife, Aleatha, of Dover Plains, Jesse Smalley of Red Hook, NY, Jennifer Ann Nicks of Hayes, NC, Alice Pilch and her husband, Thomas, of Dover Plains and Laura Strickland of Dover Plains. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Drabek was predeceased by three sons, Radford Miller, Jr., Harold Smalley, and Ricky Smalley; a daughter, Addie Smalley and three former husbands, Radford Miller, Sr., Francis Drabek and John Smalley, Sr. She is also predeceased by four brothers, Paul, Grover, Fred and Charles Williams and three sisters, Frances Adams, Pearl Corey and Bessie Booth.

Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2023 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. Funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Thom Fiet officiating. Burial will follow at Union Halstead Cemetery in Carmel, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions or to send the family a condolence, please visit

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Author: Harlem Valley News