Josephine Drakulich Zakula passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the age of 92 years old. Josie was born on October 2, 1922 in Pueblo, Colorado to Serbian immigrant parents, Vaso and Dragica Drakulich. She was the fifth of six children born to this marriage. The family moved to white Pine County when Josie was 3 years old. Her father passed away two years later. Her mother then married Eli Kantar and together they had three children.
Josie attended McGill Grade School and graduated from White Pine High School in 1940. She married Miche Zakula on November 15, 1941 They had four children; Dorothy, Michael, Linda and Steve. Although Josie was an “old Soul” and Miche was a “free spirit”, their marriage lasted until his death on April 19, 1997. Their children had the best of two worlds: discipline and freedom.
Josie was a hard worker and always had a job. During World War II, she worked on the “Bull Gang” or labor pool at Kennecott Copper and as a waitress at the old boarding house in McGill. Later she worked at various places as a bookkeeper and office worker. She ended her career as a postal worker at McGill Post Office.
After “retirement”, she was always busy with different work projects. Finally, when she turned 91, she said that she was tired and ready to retire competely, which she did.
During her life, Josie enjoyed music, baking, taking walks and traveling with her family. She was also personally a very spiritual woman. She traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and Middle East, but was always happy to return to her little house in McGill.
Josie is survived by her sons; Mike and Steve; her daughter, Linda, her grandson, Marko (Carly) Palczewski and their twin daughters, Jade and Kerris; granddaughter, Dory Palczewski; sister, Millie Goldman; brother, George “Duch” (Ann) Kantar; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Miche; daughter, Dorothy; sisters, Mary (Don) Carline, Ann (Nick) Bogdan, Helen (Ron) Platzke; brothers, Bob (Flora) Drakulich, Steve (Betty) Drakulich and Mike “Chub” (Theresa) Drakulich, nephew; Don and Tom Carline, Eric Platzke; brothers-in-law, Momir Zakula and Robert Goldman.
At her request there will be a private graveside service.
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