Joanne Weaver Stroh

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Joanne Weaver Stroh, 82, for­merly of Abing­ton and rp­per Dublin, died Feb. 23, 2013.

She is sur­vived by hus­band Ru­dolph W. Stroh Jr.; chil­dren Dr. Karen Weaver (Carol), Mark Weaver (Lori) and Lau­rie Weaver Plum (Matt); and grand­chil­dren Jamieson, Rob­bie, and Bradley.

Joanne was born to Ken­neth and Jean Ma­teer and grew up in Paoli. An ath­lete and stu­dent leader at Tredyffrin-Easttown High School, she went on to at­tend the rniver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia on a State Se­nate aca­demic schol­ar­ship. In col­lege, she worked to pay liv­ing ex­penses while also serv­ing as year­book ed­i­tor and a mem­ber of the Al­pha ui Delta soror­ity. She then earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Penn and a master’s de­gree from Tem­ple rniver­sity.

Joanne spent her ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor, teach­ing read­ing at Over­look Ele­men­tary, fourth grade at Ard­s­ley Ele­men­tary and plan­ning cur­ricu­lum at North Hills Ele­men­tary in the Abing­ton School District. In 1973, she be­came Abing­ton School Dis­WULFW’V fiUVW KXPDQ UHODWLRQV co­or­di­na­tor, de­vel­op­ing pro­grams that helped teach­ers, stu­dents, par­ents and ci­ti­zens learn to peace­fully co-ex­ist de­spite dif­fer­ences. Later, she was founder and chair­per­son of the Abing­ton Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion, a vol­un­teer po­si­tion she held for more than three decades. She was also one of the founders of Abing­ton’s Po­lice Ath­letic League and D.A.R.E. pro­gram. In th­ese roles, Joanne helped re­solve count­less neigh­bor­hood dis­putes, dis­crim­i­na­tion al­le­ga­tions and on at least one oc­ca­sion, a po­ten­tial race riot. The state Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion hon­ored her for that work. From 1980-88 she was prin­ci­pal of Ry­dal Ele­men­tary, help­ing that school earn na­tional hon­ors for ex­cel­lence. Later, she was prin­ci­pal of Wil­low Hill Ele­men­tary, where she was a pos­i­tive force in the lives of many lo­cal fam­i­lies. She re­tired from Abing­ton School District in 1996 af­ter 40 years of ser­vice.

In 1997, the r.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives hon­ored Joanne in a res­o­lu­tion laud­ing her pro­fes­sional achieve­ments.

In re­tire­ment, Joanne en­joyed vis­it­ing Maui with her hus­band and also loved to spend time with her chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews. Even as age be­gan to slow her, she re­mained ac­tive in the com­mu­nity, start­ing Abing­ton’s chap­ter of “No Place for Hate,” as­sist­ing Abing­ton Po­lice with com­mu­nity chal­lenges, and serv­ing on vol­un­teer boards at Ann’s Choice. She re­ceived numer­ous awards from the Anti-Defama­tion League, the Wil­low Grove NAACP, the Abing­ton Town­ship Com­mis­sion­ers, and oth­ers. Joanne loved to dance, sing, and read. She of­ten spent time in Ocean City, N.J., and was a faith­ful Phillies fan. She was a mem­ber of the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Ger­man­town and was an or­dained el­der and Stephen Min­is­ter. Be­cause of her love of an­i­mals, friends may make a me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tion at www.Mont­gomeryCoun­ in lieu of flRwHUV. DRQDWLRQV PDy DOVR be made to Ann’s Choice Benev­o­lent Fund.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held this Satur­day, March 2, at 1p.m. at the Ann’s Choice Chapel, 30000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warmin­ster. Burial was pri­vate.

More de­tails at www.­mem­berJoanne.

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