Joseph James DePollo

Joseph James DePollo

Joseph James DePollo, a Thomas native and an Elkins business man and musician, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., after a short illness. Born April 10, 1931, in Thomas, Joe was a twin son of the late John and the late Elsie Butch DePollo. He graduated in 1949 from Thomas High School, where he played baseball and basketball. He attended West Virginia University. On Sept. 2, 1957, he married Mary Grace Bachtel DePollo at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Thomas. They were married 57 year when she preceded him in death in July 2015. Joe's early career was spent working in his father's general merchandise business, DePollo's Store in Thomas, now the site of the Purple Fiddle. In 1964, he and Grace moved their family to Elkins, where he started a successful insurance and investment business and ran it until earlier this year. Joe not only served the people of Elkins with insurance and investments, but also those in many surrounding counties and western Maryland. He represented a number of insurance and investment firms over the years. Joe’s family was his greatest pride and pleasure, but he also loved music, particularly polka music, and shared his talent for playing the accordion through the many dance bands with whom he played. For many years, he and his brother John were part of the "Polka Dots," the Saturday night house band at the Horse Shoe Tavern in Horse Shoe Run, Preston County, W.Va. Over the years, he and his brother played as the "Godfathers" and most recently, "The DePollo Brothers," with a variety of talented local area musicians, performing for family reunions, wedding receptions and dances. They also professionally recorded some of their music, which will be cherished by family and friends for years to come. Among their favorite performances were the annual birthday celebrations for their father at the former DePollo's Store and their annual concerts at the Purple Fiddle in his memory. Joe was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Joe is survived by two daughters, Janice (Charles) Lantz of Greensburg, Pa., and Karen (Ed) Basham of Charlottesville; three grandchildren, Zachary (Vicky) Basham of Farmville, Va., Lauren Basham of Charlottesville, and Olivia Lantz of London, England; his brother and best friend, John Charles (Virginia) DePollo of Winchester, Va.; his sister-in-law, Ann (Joe) Serafin of Philippi, W.Va., several nieces and nephews and their families, and many special cousins. The family will receive friends at the Saint Brendan Catholic Church from 4 to 8 PM, Friday, September 20, 2019. On Friday, at 7:30 PM, at the Church a Wake Service will be recited. On Saturday morning, September 21. 2019 the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM. The Rev. Fr. Jim O’Connor will be the Presider and interment will follow at the Saint Brendan Cemetery at Elkins, WV. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Saint Brendan Catholic Church, 181 Saint Brendan Way, Elkins, WV 26241.
April 10, 1931 - September 13, 201904/10/193109/13/2019
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Susan Meyer
September 24, 2019
I was sorry to read about Joe’s death. I saw “the twins” a few years ago at the Purple Fiddle playing on August 25. I reminded them that they had played for my sister, Barbara’s wedding reception on that same day in 1962. They were in our yard and everyone was dancing... Continue Reading
Veronica TEkavec Staron
September 23, 2019
To the DePollo family. I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. the families in Davis and Thomas have a long history together. know that I will keep Joe in my prayers and I will also pray for comfort for the members of your family. Veronica Tekavec Staron
Denise Smith
September 20, 2019
I was sorry to hear of Uncle Joe's passing. I have fond memories of family gatherings in Thomas, WV. Uncle Joe and my dad looked forward to their visits, always managing to entertain family and friends with their beloved accordion music. Additionally, they would tell a ... Continue Reading
Robert and Sandra Tilgner
September 20, 2019
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Deborah DePollo
September 19, 2019
I have fond memories of family gatherings where you could always count on seeing smiley Uncle Joe. His eyes lit up with joy when he shared entertaining stories and jokes. He loved talking about growing up in the mountains of Thomas WV. Not only was he my Dad’s twin bro... Continue Reading
Anthony and Barb DeCapio
September 19, 2019
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Helen Woolridge
September 19, 2019
Joe introduced me to the insurance industry many years ago and it became my career! Sorry to hear of his passing!
Juliana Serafin
September 18, 2019
I always loved visiting with Uncle Joe and Aunt Grace in Elkins, and also with Uncle Joe's parents at the DePollo Store in Thomas, WV. Some of my favorite times were going to Elkins for the Forest Festival parade (usually snow pants were required lol) and visiting Thoma... Continue Reading
Purple Bright
September 18, 2019
Joe will be missed immensely. Joe had a gravitational warmth and brought smiles to the faces of all with his jokes and story-telling. Every summer the DePollo twins have played their polka music on the Purple Fiddle stage to the delight of many friends, Thomas residents ... Continue Reading
Sheila Himes
September 17, 2019
Please accept our sympathy for the loss of Joe. We were neighbors on Findley Street years ago, and on many occasions we talked at the end of the driveway as he took his evening walks. We'll miss his encouraging words of wisdom.
Sheila Himes and Family