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Joseph Straka Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1919 - 2013

Joseph Straka, 94, of Dublin, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at his home. As a member of the hole-in-one club, if Joe wasn't golfing he was likely watching it. His luck ran deep when it came to playing cards. He loved music and collecting music, especially from the Big Band era. He cooked the world's most perfect bacon and eggs, never missed the opportunity for a good Danish, and was a master at BBQ'ing. Mostly, Joe valued the time he spent with his children and grandchildren, teaching , sharing his advice and relaying stories from his life, especially stories from his days in the Marines and WWII.

He was born in Lakewood, Ohio on October 24, 1919, the youngest son of the late Mike and Mary (Roskos) Straka. He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Ann Straka Freitag, Mary Straka Vedder and 2 brothers, Michael Straka and John Straka.

On April 15, 1950 in DeGraff, Ohio, he married the former Lucy Ann Wolfe and she survives along with daughters, Mary Ann (Patrick) Straka Schrote of Seattle, Washington, Joann (Mark) Straka Rosenberg of Dublin, Ohio; son, James (Hilarie) Straka of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Mallory (Matthew) Straka Cohen of Atlanta, Georgia; Benjamin (Jenna ) Rosenberg of Chicago, Illinois, M. Sean Rosenberg of Nashville, Tennessee, Spencer Schrote and Rachel Schrote both of Seattle, Washington; and his niece, Marilyn (Stan) Vedder DeMoor of Cleveland, Ohio.

Joe attended Lakewood High School, Western Reserve University, and Baldwin Wallace College, and served in the Marines. He was a member of John Knox Church, North Olmstead, Ohio, a Mason in Rocky River, Ohio and a member of the American Legion and Shriners-Al Koran. Joe loved his family, his work, golf, card games, music, a good joke, sports in general, and travel, including many years vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC.

A celebration of Joe's life will be held at the Dublin Retirement Village, 6470 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016 at 11am on Saturday, November 30th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, c/o HCR Manor Care Foundation, 333 North Summit Street, Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086 or The First Tee of Central Ohio (a youth golf education organization) 7309 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home, DeGraff, Ohio

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There are currently 7 condolences.

Rob and Jane Moore
Monday December 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I first met Joe and Lucy Ann at a Moore Family reunion, many years ago. Several reunions later, my mother-in-law, Chat Moore, my sister-in-law, Gail Bosserman, and our daughter, Mindy enjoyed a couple of days at their home in Fairview Park. We all had a wonderful time. Joe gave us a great tour of Cleveland. He was a master at choosing the best of restaurants! We all enjoyed his stories and our time together. May life perpetual shine upon him.
Rick and Pamela Donohue
Friday November 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Our deepest condolences for your loss. We lift you all up in prayer during this difficult time. We also join you in celebrating your father's life filled with wonderful memories. love, Rick and Pamela Donohue
Susan Ward
Monday November 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Growing up Joe and Lucy Ann were always in my life. I loved spending time with the family and got along great with the girls but Jim was a different story. He was a typical little brother always bothering us. To this day I look back with fond memories of time spent with the Straka family. In later years I was lucky to see all the Strakas at family reunions held every three years. After our dad passed away, Joe took over as head of the family. It won't be the same without him next time. I am so glad I was able to see Joe at the wedding last summer. What a special man he was and we will all miss him.
Curtis Bergesen
Sunday November 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I've always enjoyed speaking with Joe at the Moore family reunions. Listening to stories about his extensive record collection and passion for music hit home with me. To describe Joe in a word: smiling. His obituary chronicles an eclectic, fulfilling life filled with adventures and family. I look forward to celebrating his life and continuing to make new memories with his family at the next reunion.
Hilarie Straka
Thursday November 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Dad, You were an amazing father-in -law, a wonderful grandparent and an exceptional card player. The need to warn the angels in heaven not to sit with you on their right side, or they will never be able to call a suit in Euchre!! Love always, Hilarie
Mary Ann Schrote
Thursday November 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Rest in Peace
Herb Sharfenaker USMC 1964/70
Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

RIP "ole"Leather Neck Semper Fi !

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