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Howard Strabala

Howard Joseph Strabala

January 19th, 1932 - September 2nd, 2019
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Howard Strabala, beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully in his home on 2 September 2019. Howard was born January 19, 1932 in Stuttgart Arkansas. He graduated from St. John’s University in Little Rock with a degree in Philosophy. From there, he joined the Army, and was stationed in Germany which gave him the opportunity to develop a love of travel, music and art. He returned to the US, and then joined the Red Cross which led him to meet his “Sweetie” Vera Mercado in Colorado Springs, who was also working for that organization. He and Vera remained married for 40 years. Their children were born in many varying and exotic locations, including Roswell, New Mexico, the Philippines and Minneapolis. They finally settled for good in Minneapolis, and their children went on to complete their educations. While growing up, the kids remember that Howard was known in the neighborhood as the “fun dad”, because he would also join them in sledding, skating, driveway hockey, tennis, softball, board games, etc. His sense of humor is legendary. He was a very good athlete and kept in very good shape, including playing tennis, golf and biking until his very last years. The death of his beloved Vera affected him for the remainder of his years. Howard was a man of great faith, and his family is comforted by the knowledge that he rests in Peace with Vera and his Savior. He is survived by his children, Ron, Kathy, Anne Marie and Sara, and 4 grandchildren. We will miss him very much.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Gill Brothers Southwest Funeral Home
    Address
    5801 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
    Address
    5426 12th Ave S
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55417
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
    Address
    5426 12th Ave S
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55417
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    Officiant
    Father Joah Ellis
  • Interment

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    753 Front Avenue
    SAINT PAUL, MN 55103
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