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John Joseph Stricker, Sr.

February 27, 1935 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 86)


John Joseph Stricker, Sr., 86, originally of Catonsville, died at his residence in North Carolina on December 9, 2021.  Born in Baltimore City on February 27, 1935, a son of the late John Berkley and Eva (LaMontagne) Stricker.  Survived by his devoted and beloved wife of nearly 67 years, Sylvia (Bauer) Stricker; sons John Jr. (Barbara), Michael (Janis), James, Steven (Mary Teresa), and Paul (Stephanie) Stricker; daughter Susan (Steve) Spicer; brothers Edward (Elizabeth) and Charles (Rena) Stricker; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.  

John spent his entire career with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, whereby not only did he dedicate over 30 years of service, but he also built and maintained several lifelong friendships with his colleagues. Starting in the early 1970’s, his immediate and extended family would come together for an annual summer vacation to Deep Creek Lake, embarking on what was once a nearly six-hour journey.  It was during these years of packing station wagons and renting various cabins, that he and his wife’s love of the area was solidified, ultimately purchasing property in 1979.  Over the subsequent twenty years, John and his family would kickoff annual vacations whereby one and all spent time enjoying such activities as fishing, swimming, waterskiing, games of horseshoes, snow-skiing, snowmobiling, and card games, to name just a few.  Upon his wife’s retirement, he, and Sylvia both became ‘snowbirds’, dividing their half-yearly time between Deep Creek Lake and the South.  

By all accounts, John enjoyed the simple things in life; preferring to read the newspaper, particularly the supermarket circulars, spend time with friends and family, watch televised football games, and cook- particularly being known for his hearty breakfast, spaghetti, and mashed potatoes (always by hand).  

John’s faith was of utmost importance and remained such for the duration of his life.  A student of Saint Benedict in Baltimore and Saint Vincent in Latrobe, he remained steadfast in his commitment to God, and to the Catholic church.  A man who leaves behind many amusing anecdotes, he will remain forever missed by those he leaves behind.  

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Carolyn Oxley, a longtime neighbor and friend, for her unending support and compassionate care, most especially in recent years.  

Calling hours will take place on Monday, December 13th from 4 to 6 o’clock.  A Mass of Christian Burial will commence at 10 o’clock, Tuesday, December 14th, in St. Marks Chapel.  Friends are kindly asked to meet directly at church.  Interment will immediately follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Marriottsville.  

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December 13, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Candle Light Funeral Home by Craig Witzke
1835 Frederick Rd.
Catonsville, MD 21228

Funeral Mass
December 14, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mark s Chapel, Catonsville
30 Melvin Ave.
Catonsville, MD 21228

Interment Following Mass

Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens
2150 Mount View Rd
Marriotsville, Maryland 21104

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