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Dave and Betty Sullivan 4/24/2017 9:39:15 PM Dear Joanie..... My heart is broken and my sobs are hurting! It will not be "good-bye", my dear Joanie, because your spirit, and just the thought of you, will last forever. We were 14 together when we first met at Benedictine Academy Paterson NJ. Oh... you were so naughty, but so spirited and funny and contagiously annoying... for four years you marched on being our class clown!!! And then, many many years passed and we each pursed our blessed lives covering so many roads, beautiful people situations and having fun exploring God's wonders. Our individual families grew abundantly under God's watch and His love, but we were miles apart with too many years of separation. Upon our 50th Benedictine Academy High School Reunion, this separation ended for Joanie and I... no...she couldn't use her Airline reservation to fly up and be with us all because George was doing so poorly, she could not leave his side... but it turned out to be our good fortune because Joanie and I, from that point on, began a whole new line of endearing friendship and love...from 2006 to this sad day today that we have lost our earthly friend...so sad is my heart, my soul, my spirit...But then, how full of joy I am with just the glorious thought, that Joanie, right this very minute, has a captive audience in the presence of all of Heaven's treasured saints and angels listening to one of her crazy jokes! Joanie is exactly where she wants to be now, her place...heaven was meant for her and was waiting for her to become the newest ring leader! Just take a minute to imagine how eternally thrilled Joanie is right now in her home that she has spent a lifetime preparing for...Joanie... you radiated God's love every day of your life down here... when you met some of our kids and grandkids two years ago when we spent four amazing days together in Sarasota, they LOVED you...unconditionally. You radiated a magnetic force that just swept the kids into a fascination of wondering who this neat lady was !!! Oh my goodness, Joanie, you were so much to sooo many. I know for sure that Heaven is ready for you...because when God created you, He knew that your earthly energy would revitalize all His troops when you made your glorious entry today...enjoy your eternal bliss my dearest friend and please keep our seats warm in your new heavenly amphitheater !!! Rest comfortably in Our Savior's Arms! Love you forever Joanie... Betty Sullivan
Joan Della Penna Strobel, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Strobel. Mrs. Strobel is survived by sons, Billy Hopper, Illinois, Richie Hopper, Florida, Bobby Hopper, New Jersey, and Scott Stegmayer, Lawrenceville; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Bernice Colefield and Lori Lombardo, both from New Jersey; brothers, Richard Della Penna, California, Guy Della Penna, Florida, and Greg Della Penna, New York. Mrs. Strobel was born on April 19, 1939 in Englewood, New Jersey. She resided in Sarasota, Florida for over forty years, and was a retired LPN nurse from Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Strobel was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, GA, and a former member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida. “She was a friend to everyone she knew.” A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville with Father John Howren officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bridgeway Hospice, 2000 Riverside Pkwy #107, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, or the American Cancer Society in memory of Joan Strobel.
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