MERIDEN - Donald L. Drapeau, 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at MidState Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Barbara Buehrle Drapeau. Born in Meriden on Jan. 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Raymond and Teresa Lakipo Drapeau. He was a graduate of Meriden High School and the University of New Haven and had been employed as an electrical engineer at Walbro until his retirement in 1996. After his retirement he was employed as church secretary at St. John Lutheran Church, where he was active in church affairs. He served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Kamala A. and Carl Zemke and Kelly Drapeau, all of Meriden; a son, Donald L. Drapeau II of Meriden and a granddaughter, Kaylie Ann Zemke of Meriden. The funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004 at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Meriden. The Rev. David R. Brinkley and the Rev. Wallace Merdinyan will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery in the spring. Relatives and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. If desired, contributions in Donald's memory may be made to a trust fund for the education of his granddaughter, Kaylie Ann Zemke, c/o Hudson United Bank, 30 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dearest Kami and your family, No words can express the loss you are suffering now. When God closes a door He opens a window. May you find that window and find comfort in that. Deepest sympathies.

  2. Kami – I\’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. If there\’s anything I can do, please feel free to let me know. I think of you and your family daily and hope that with time your broken heart will mend. Let me know if there\’s anything I can do. Fondly, Carmen Martindale

  3. Kami, I am so sorry for your loss and that I was unable to be there in person. If you need anything please know that I am here anytime.

  4. Kami, to you and your family I offer my deepest sympathies. I am sorry that I could not be there in person but please know that I am here for you if you need anything.

  5. Kelly, I had just called Lonnie to pray for your father and then got the news he passed away. I am so sorry. It was so nice knowing him from New Life Church and seeing you at the blood drive for our Church. I pray the Lord will be with you and your family in this hard time but I am so glad your father new the Lord and that I had the opportunity to meet and enjoy him. God Bless,Carolyn

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. May you be comforted by the fact that he is now with the Good Lord and all the other loved ones that have gone before him. May God Bless you and your family. Linda J.

  7. Sorry I could not make it there to pay my respects. St John will not be the same without him. Cathy Poulin

  8. To all of you, My sincerest sympathies for your loss. I still smile when I think of all the good times we had in the past. May God bless you and keep you during this sad time. Joy

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