Joseph Strazza

Joseph H. Strazza

Friday, August 16th, 1963 - Sunday, March 17th, 2019
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Joseph H. Strazza, 55, of Spring Lake Heights, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by family and friends. Joseph positively touched so many lives and would want you all to remember John 15:13 Greater Love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Joseph was an incredibly intelligent, generous, and gracious man who knew how to live life to the fullest. He was a loving husband and friend to his life-long sweetheart "143", Lauren Plosica. Joe cared deeply for his 3 stepdaughters, whom he thought of as if they were his own.

Joseph was born in Montclair, raised in Bloomfield and spent his summers in Lavallette, NJ. He spent most of his career living in Manhattan but settled in Spring Lake Heights, NJ to retire. His many successes are a direct product of his parent's influence. Joseph had the distinction of becoming the youngest Eagle Scout in New Jersey, at which time he received a letter from President Jimmy Carter acknowledging his accomplishment. He was a graduate of Brookdale Elementary School and Bloomfield High School, and attended Boston University, before earning his Bachelor’s Degree at Penn State University, where he was a personal friend of legendary Nittany Lion's Coach Joe Paterno. He served as a photographer for the Nittany Lions Football team and made many generous donations to Penn State through the years in support of higher education. Joseph started a scholarship in honor of Martha Laucius and helped fund the Paterno Library renovation under the direction of Sue Paterno. After graduating, Joseph worked for ADP, and for Advanced Retail Systems, his father’s company, before starting his own company with his brother Matthew, at the age of 31, WinMill Software, Inc., in New York City. At one point, fulfilling one of his life long ambitions, Joe was a featured CEO in the Wall Street Journal, based on his work at WinMill. He served as CEO and President of Winmill for 22 years. During his tenure at WinMill Joseph helped to develop signficant partnerships with the City of New York in the government sector and privately with firms such as Sabre, Logic Works, Sybase, and Mercury Interactive at a point at which these firms were all making their mark on the technology industry. He also made a signifigant donation to remodel the kitchen at Hope Lodge, which is a part of Johns Hopkins University, and the center where his father Harold received a life saving bone marrow transplant. Joseph ran the NYC marathon; he loved the beach; and he adored reading - which is a trait he inherited from his mother who is a voracious reader. Joe loved to write and cook. He even put together a cookbook of his own creations under the trademark Joe Flavor. Last but not least, he loved his dogs Tabor and Finley, Snoopy and was a die hard Yankees Fan.

Joseph was predeceased by his father, Harold J. Strazza. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lauren Ann Strazza and his stepdaughters, Taylor, Nicole and Emily Fancera. He is also survived by his mother, Sarah Strazza, and his siblings, Deborah Stone, Donna Strazza, and Matthew Strazza and his wife Rana. Also surviving are his nephews and nieces, David Stone and his wife Brianna, Jennifer Stone, Peter Elsby, his wife Ilana and children Maddie, PJ and Braiden, Sarah Strazella and her husband Bryan, goddaughter Catherine Alltop, her husband Stephen and children Aurora, Bailey and Grant, Nixie and Fina Strazza, as well as his goddaughter Sophia Kuzmkowski, mother-in-law Alice Bass, brother-in-law Michael Plosica, his wife Kathryn and children Morgan and Riley, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 9-11:15 AM, with a service to follow at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joseph may be made to the Raise Penn State, Collegiate Recovery Community (
Please make checks payable to Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community.

Donors will receive tax receipts from the University and the funds will be transferred to the CRC's unrestricted account. Please be sure to list a return address and the following codes :

Collegiate Recovery Comm (CRC)
Allocation Code XXTRY
Budget 0108956 UP
Fund 32D90

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 11:15am
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 11:15am
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Bill Lago


Donations are being accepted for: Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community.


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Katie Reynolds

Posted at 11:21am
Lauren and family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Dave and Connie Collin

Posted at 10:57am
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Dave and Connie Collin

Posted at 10:49am
Dear Sally and family,

We are so very, very sad to hear of Joe's passing. Our sincerest condolences to you all. He certainly was part of our family when the kids were growing up at the shore. Many fond memories! We are making a donation to the Penn State Recovery Community in his memory. Love, Dave and Connie Collin

Connie Goren

Posted at 11:32am
Dear Debi, Donna, & Matthew,

The loss of a brother is incredibly difficult. I am so sorry for your loss.

Fred Klein

Posted at 10:23am
Hard to come to grips with Joe's passing. He was a unique individual super hard working and driven to be the best. When I first met Joe in 1988 I could not stand him..he was super preppy serious and dismissive...That changed in about 5 hours. We became very close and shared many happy moments. Joe was as I said super competitive and decided after watching the NCAA Tourney that he wanted to focus all his extra time becoming a super elite basketball player. Joe would take the train home with me from work on Mon and Wed and play pickup games with a bunch of my friends. Some of these guys were very talented players when Joe stepped on the court it simply did not phase him. What he lacked in terms of BB skills he made up for in energy (and elbows) It became apparent Joe was playing at a different speed..most of those guys came to enjoy Joe's efforts and he became a fixture. When I moved to Dallas he called me one night from the gym to tell me he was high scorer that nite and he was taking everyone out for a beer. That was the essence of Joe here he was now a fixture at games with guys I grew up with and I was no longer there!!! When I moved back Joe had moved to Boston and every time I went to play guys would ask how Joe was doing and whether he was coming back any time soon

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