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Joan A. Strouse

Joan A. Strouse, 83, of Oak Brook, formerly a 49-year resident of Elmhurst, died suddenly on November 4, 2017.

Beloved wife for 57 years of Lee Strouse; loving mother-in-law of Rosario "Rusty" Strouse and granddaughter, Lourdes; and endearing mother of the late David and Jeffery Strouse.

Joan was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in music performance and music education. She touched the lives of hundreds of middle school and high school students with piano and music lessons taught in her home studio. She shared a mutual love relationship with her students that went far beyond the typical student-teacher experience.

The Illinois Chapter of the American String Teacher's Association honored Joan as the 1998 Outstanding Studio Teacher of The Year. She was a prominent member of the Elmhurst Symphony's cello section for over 50 years as well as serving as an officer and member of the board of directors. She also played cello with the Hinsdale Chamber Orchestra and served as the organization's president.

Joan was a deacon and longtime member of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church and actively supported fundraising efforts for the church and its PADS program. A Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, she was an active supporter of the Elmhurst Symphony, the Elmhurst and Wheaton Rotary Clubs and The Night Ministry of Chicago.

An avid gardener, with a special affection for fall colors, she thoroughly enjoyed giving gifts of potted plants and flowers to her friends and neighbors.

The Strouses extend our special thanks to relatives, friends and colleagues for their love and support during this extremely difficult time.

Visitation Friday, November 17 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ahlgrim Funeral Home, 567 S. Spring Road, Elmhurst. Memorial Service Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, 367 S. Spring Road, Elmhurst.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated in Joan's memory to The Night Ministry, 4711 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640 or Elmhurst Presbyterian Church.

Funeral info 630-834-3515 or www.ahlgrim.com.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Nov. 10, 2017
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