Joanne Weaver Stroh

Joanne Weaver Stroh 82, formerly of Abington and Upper Dublin, died February 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 University 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 Xi Delta sorority. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree from Penn and a Master's Degree from Temple University. 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 District's first Human Relations 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 U.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, New Jersey 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.MontgomeryCountySPCA.org in lieu of flowers. Donations may also be made to Ann's Choice Benevolent Fund. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, March 2, at 1pm at the Ann's Choice Chapel, 30000 Ann's Choice Way, Warminster. Burial was private. More details at www.TinyUrl.com/RememberJoanne.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Feb. 26, 2013