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Joseph Michael StroemelDecember 1, 1959 ~ December 20, 2017 (age 58)
Joseph Michael (Joe) Stroemel passed away on December 20, 2017 in the hospital following complications of open heart surgery. He was 58.
Joe was born December 1, 1959 in Wichita, Kansas to his parents, Julius T Stroemel and Rose Ann (Lies) Stroemel. Shortly after, Joe’s family moved to Oklahoma City where Joe grew up. He attended Bishop McGuiness High School, graduating in 1978. Following high school, Joe attended Oklahoma State University graduating in 1982 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He worked in Oklahoma City at Doyle Willis prior to moving to Denver.
In 1985, Joe moved to Denver, Colorado and began working as a Landscape Architect for Randall Blake, Inc. (now known as American Civil Contractors). Later he moved to Hamon Construction where he worked to help develop a landscape division. He left Hamon to pursue opportunities at T2 Construction. Following this, he began working at Rocky Mountain Environmental Construction. Then, in 2006, Joe started his own landscape maintenance company, Arbor Landscape Management, which he owned until 2015. He joined Designs By Sundown and then in 2016, Joe moved to Consolidated Division Inc., at which he enjoyed working until his death.
In 2008, Joe met his soulmate Caroline Goldberg Asbury. The two married in July of 2010 in a ceremony in Castle Rock, Colorado. It was a fairytale romance. The couple was perfectly matched. And, Joe very much enjoyed having a family and loved Emilie and Ross very much.
Joe loved farming, skiing, hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, playing softball, watching baseball, watching football, campfires, working in the yard, happy hours, going out to dinner, attending the theater, traveling, and anything related to Oklahoma State University. As long as he was spending time with friends and family, Joe was happy.
Active in his church, Joe served on the landscape committee, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and always enjoyed working the Friday night fish fry during Lent and the Tootsie Roll Drive.
Joe is survived by his wife, Caroline Stroemel (Goldberg Asbury) of Parker, Colorado. Caroline’s two children, Emilie Asbury and Ross Asbury of Parker, Colorado; three sisters, Ann Johnson (Jack) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Mary Hauk (John) of Arlington, Texas; and Susan Stroemel of Tampa, Florida. He also is survived by two brothers, Mathias Stroemel (Bonnie) of Walla Walla, Washington and Ben Stroemel of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He also has several nieces and nephews and one great niece. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Joe donated his corneas to give sight to two different people. Joe has now been cremated. A funeral mass and celebration of Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. A rosary is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM, a funeral mass at 11:00 AM and a celebration of life at 12:00 PM. In addition, a funeral mass and another celebration of Joe’s life will be held in Walker, Kansas with internment to follow at St. Anna’s cemetery in Walker, Kansas on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend either or both masses and/or celebrations.
In lieu of flowers, we are asking people to donate blood. Please use code #7391 or let the facility know the donation is for Joe Stroemel. In addition, donations may be made to The Knights of Columbus Chapter #7880.