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Visitation

Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home
Thursday July 29th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Mass

Our Lady of Victory Church
Friday July 30th, 2021
10:00am - 10:45am

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Joseph J. Strang, Jr.

Joseph Strang, Jr. Troy-After a life filled with love, Joe Strang, 78 years of age, passed onto the next stage of his journey with God on Sunday, July 25. Joe was born in Troy, New York on August 15, 1942, the only son of Joe and Betty Strang. Joe is survived by his loving wife and best friend Janice Green Strang, with whom he shared 56 amazing years; his children: Genevieve (Robert) Stinson, Janice (Norm) Dascher, Kate (Dave) Gutman, Joe “Jake” Strang (Stacey), Bill (Aimee) Strang, Eric (Angela) Strang; his 19 grandchildren: Alex (Melinda) Piatek, Elizabeth (Bob) Poleto, James, Genevieve, Theresa, Mathew, Joseph, Brennen, Shaun, John, Ellie, Emma, Owen, Ryan, Maddie, Will, Isabel, Ian, Grant; his great-grandchildren Sam & Bobby; his sisters: Betty (Richard) Glasheen, Virginia (Stephen) Ziemniak, and Colleen Asbury and many loving nieces and nephews. A 1960 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy, Joe began his career in the footsteps of his father as a Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Worker, soon to become a Master Journeyman. Joe tackled the most dangerous work as a rigger, connecting steel beams, rising higher as the building was constructed. As the family he and Janice were building together grew, Joe also ran two successful businesses, both as an iron worker and a licensed electrician. Joe began a career with Niagara Mohawk. His drive and determination led him to ascend rapidly within the corporation, and after 34 years, Joe retired as Eastern Division Fleet Manager. In retirement, Joe and Janice enjoyed living a relaxing life in Port St. Lucie, FL among cherished friends. In the eyes of loved ones and anyone who knew him at all, Joe’s greatest accomplishment is the amazing family that he and Janice raised together. Joe was and will forever be the Bridge Over Troubled Water, the source of strength and comfort to his family. Joe’s intelligence, grit, drive, sense of humor, and selfless dedication to his family have been an inspiration. Joe will be forever remembered dancing in the living room with his bride to the delight of his young children and at every wedding and birthday as the love he fostered grew. Joe will be forever remembered singing Stars Are the Windows to Heaven around campfires in Lake George and silly songs to his beloved grandchildren at every Rhode Island beach vacation. Joe loved sailing and utilized every sailing adventure to share with his family a sense of support, teamwork, togetherness and love, lessons that taught them the true meaning of The Power of Eight. This power and love continues to grow as Joe’s family blossoms. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 N. Lake Avenue, Troy. Family and friends are invited to visit with Joe’s family on Thursday, 5-7 p.m. in the Daniel D. Purcell Funeral Home, Troy. The family is asking in lieu of flowers, for a memorial donation to be made to the Colon Cancer Foundation, 10 Midland Ave., Suite M-06, Port Chester, NY 10573, www.coloncancerfoundation.org or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org.

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Janice and family I am so sorry for your great loss. I have fond memories of you and Joe while visiting my sister Nancy and Wil in Florida and get togethers at the Moon. Such a warm and caring couple. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Fondly, Dee

Dee Edwards Aug 16 2021 12:00 AM

Janice and family I am so sorry for your great loss. I have fond memories of you and Joe while visiting my sister Nancy and Wil in Florida and get togethers at the Moon. Such a warm and caring couple. Thinking of you and your family during this sad time. Fondly, Dee

Dee Edwards Aug 16 2021 12:00 AM

May memories of the happy times you shared help ease your loss and bring comfort to you and your family. With our deepest sympathy, Laura, Dean and all your friends at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Dean Miller Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Strang, Jr.

Dean Miller Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

May memories of the happy times you shared help ease your loss and bring comfort to you and your family. With our deepest sympathy, Laura, Dean and all your friends at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Dean Miller Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Strang, Jr.

Dean Miller Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

For over 50 years, I have been proud to be the goddaughter and niece of Joseph Strang, Jr. There was so much to love about this great man: his generosity and kindness, his bravery and strength of spirit, his terrific sense of humor and of fun; his love of life and his devotion to his family. My mother is the eldest of the Strang kids, one year older than Uncle Joe. She remembers when they were little, she was always his protector, but as they grew, things changed and he became the one who stood up for her for the rest of their lives. They were lucky to have always remained so close to one another. To my Aunt Janice: Our whole family stands with you in the loss of Uncle Joe. Together, you had the love so many people dream of finding, since your first meeting at 14 and 15 years old at Pauls Restaurant. As you grapple with this tremendous loss, please know our family is always here for you. To my cousins Genevieve, Janice, Kate, Joe, Bill, Eric and all your families: Our hearts are with you. You have our sympathy, love, friendship and support. We are thinking of each of you and sending prayers. Uncle Joe, we love you. We were blessed to have you in our lives and you will live in our hearts forever. May the road rise to meet you and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Erin Glasheen-Sheldon, on behalf of: Richard and Elizabeth Glasheen, Lee Sheldon, Tricia Glasheen and Shannon Glasheen-Brock

Erin Glasheen-Sheldon Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

For over 50 years, I have been proud to be the goddaughter and niece of Joseph Strang, Jr. There was so much to love about this great man: his generosity and kindness, his bravery and strength of spirit, his terrific sense of humor and of fun; his love of life and his devotion to his family. My mother is the eldest of the Strang kids, one year older than Uncle Joe. She remembers when they were little, she was always his protector, but as they grew, things changed and he became the one who stood up for her for the rest of their lives. They were lucky to have always remained so close to one another. To my Aunt Janice: Our whole family stands with you in the loss of Uncle Joe. Together, you had the love so many people dream of finding, since your first meeting at 14 and 15 years old at Pauls Restaurant. As you grapple with this tremendous loss, please know our family is always here for you. To my cousins Genevieve, Janice, Kate, Joe, Bill, Eric and all your families: Our hearts are with you. You have our sympathy, love, friendship and support. We are thinking of each of you and sending prayers. Uncle Joe, we love you. We were blessed to have you in our lives and you will live in our hearts forever. May the road rise to meet you and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Erin Glasheen-Sheldon, on behalf of: Richard and Elizabeth Glasheen, Lee Sheldon, Tricia Glasheen and Shannon Glasheen-Brock

Erin Glasheen-Sheldon Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

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