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Joseph H. Strob Sr.

November 16, 1939 — November 4, 2023

Reading, Massachusetts

Joseph H. Strob Sr.

Joseph H. Strob Sr. of Reading, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, November 4, 2023.  He is 83 years of age.

Born on Thursday, November 16, 1939 in Somerville, Joseph is the loving son of the late William Strob and Olive (Coleman) Strob.  Joseph is a warm, kind, and loyal son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed.

Joe was a devoted husband and father who loved spending time with his family and always took care of Edith when she became ill.  He loved playing 45s and Cribbage with her, Jay, and Eric as well as other family members and friends on Saturday nights.

Joe had many hobbies.  He enjoyed working on his boats including one named the “Grandkids 6”.  He also enjoyed fishing and went every Wednesday with his brother in-law, and many other trips to fish in various spots including the ocean.

The hobby he loved most though was working on cars.  He worked as an auto mechanic for many years, as well as spending countless hours working on his own vehicles.  He loved going to car shows and watching races on TV every Sunday.

Joe had a deep love for helping others, and upon retiring from being an auto body mechanic, he drove for EMARC to give back to his community.  He assisted special needs and handicapped adults with rides to appointments, work, and various locations.

Joe was a devoted grandfather who loved to spoil his grandchildren.  He shared many of his hobbies with them, but a favorite was taking them to Joe’s Playland at Salisbury Beach.  Joe and his family created beautiful lasting memories at the Salisbury Beach Reservation where he loved to camp each summer.  The family also enjoyed camping in many other spots over the years.

Joe also shared a deep love for Christmas time.  His house was always full of decorations and cheer around the holidays, hosting an annual Christmas Eve party and of course lighting a path for Santa.

Joseph is the beloved husband of Edith (Smith) Strob.  He is the devoted father of Joseph Strob Jr. and his wife Deana, Eric Strob and his wife Lauren and the late Sandra Zarella.  The cherished grandfather of Madison, Devin, Kelley, Katie, Boston, and Bella Strob, Nicole Zarella, Valerie Brander, Samantha Guarniero and Robert Zarella, he is the dear brother of Bill Strob, Ruthann Sampson, Jack Strob, and the late Tim Strob and Naomi Landry.  Joseph is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, great grandchildren, and friends.

A Funeral Service Celebrating Joseph’s Eternal Life will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 1pm in the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden Street READING.  Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Joseph’s Family prior to the Service beginning at 10am.  Parking attendants and elevator are available. Interment Charles Lawn Memorial Park, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Joseph’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association,225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

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Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, November 11, 2023

10:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Barile Family Funeral Home-Reading

11 Linden Street, Reading, MA 01867

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Barile Family Funeral Home-Reading

11 Linden Street, Reading, MA 01867

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Interment

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Charles Lawn Memorial Park

Charles St, Reading, MA 01867

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