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Donald J. Strasser
July 20, 1929 - September 15, 2017




Full Name: Donald J. Strasser
Date of Birth: July 20, 1929
Date of Death: September 15, 2017
Country of Birth: United States
Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Place of Death: Riverview, FL
Memberships: Graduate and Alumni of Notre Dame University; Inductee and Recipient of the Catholic League Hall of Fame, Illinois Officiates Member, Booster Clubs of ICCP, Visitation Grade School
Biography:

Dad grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Visitation Parish.  He met his beautiful wife, Mary, at school and was smitten; he would stand on the street corner and wait for her to walk by just to say hello; he would then run blocks forward and wait on another corner so he could see her again and say hi;  such a sweet story. They were married in 1955 and spent 60 wonderful years of love and happiness together. Dad went to Leo High School where he played basketball; he was awarded a scholarship to Notre Dame University. As a freshman, he earned a spot on the Varsity Team. He joined the ROTC while in College and served in the Korean War.  Upon his return to the States, he married our Mother; Mary in June of 1955; they went on to have a family of five boys and one daughter and then moved to the suburbs(Elmhurst) where they would raise their family.  Dad taught school at ICCP in the late 50's, became good friends with the priests of the parish and got to know everyone involved in the school. He, along with his good friend, our Uncle Bob Shields had a day camp for kids during the summers; he coached Basketball, Football and Golf. (First Golf Coach at IC). He went on to work with Anhueser Busch for over 30 years. Made many, many good friends there!!  Was a referee for the Chicago Catholic league. He worked very hard in providing for his family.  He enjoyed with great pleasure his 12 granchildren, his 7 great grandchildren and was blessed to meet and make sweet faces to his great, great grandaughter.  He was a good man, a loyal and true friend, kind but a warrior; forged life long friendships with people from many areas of his life.  He would treat a person the very same whether you were the maintenance crew or the CEO. He loved his wife fiercely and always put her First. We kids took a back seat to our Mother which was admirable. He was a wonderful brother and uncle.  He was loving, compassionate, full of energy; fun, he had a fabulous sense of humor, could tell great stories, accents and all; especially Irish accents!  He was tough but fair.  He was a Wonderful Coach, Teacher and Mentor. He will be missed by all those who were blessed to have known him.  We, his family will miss him very much as well as our Mother; but know that they are together again for all eternity.  Dad was a religious man and had a very strong faith along with our Mother; this gives us Peace knowing they are with the Good Lord. 

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