FRANKLIN – I, Rene Rudolf Danke, fought hard, but lost the battle to cancer Oct. 11, 2011, at age 58, at home with my wife, son and the two pugs by my side. Wow, what a great ride my life had been – so many blessed adventures. I was born in Stuttgart, Germany, to Margot and Rudolf Danke, and became a U.S. citizen in 1974.
My years were spent in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, California and Maine again for the last seven years. I worked in engineering at Simplex for 18 years, and the rest of my career was spent in California for 20 years working as a lead engineer for NASA and other aerospace-related companies. Although basic education was in Massachusetts, I was honored to be able to obtain my master’s degree at University of California, Los Angeles. At a tennis tournament in Connecticut, my doubles opponent was a funny Valentine, yes – Abbey. After courting for two years, we married and recently celebrated 20 glorious years of marriage. These were a few of my favorite things: painting with watercolors, photography, tennis, smoking a cigar with the guys and of course, prospecting for gold.
My survivors include Carole Abbey Danke, John Frederick, Sybille Norris and Steve, Monica and Emily Norris, and Frieder Hoffman in Germany; and the pugs, Max and Molly. I was so grateful for those angels in my life: the staff at Mary Dow Center; Dr. LaRocco; Sherry Rodgers, Hospice Home Care nurse; the hospice volunteers, especially Mugs and Randall; the gifted Hospice Evensong Singers; the wonderful Egypt Lane neighbors, whose kindness was endless; dear friends; and of course, my Abbey and John.
I have requested my interment be private at Clark Cemetery, Egypt Lane, Franklin, and in Stuttgart, Germany. If you so desire, please make a donation to Hospice of Hancock County for me so their continuous caring gifts to our community can go on and on and on.
It is what it is!
"Thanks for the memories."