Strickfaden, "Joy" Julia Constance, a 37 year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2010 in Palos Verdes Estates. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Julia was 86 when she died. Julia was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church where she played the organ for various church services. Julia performed in various professional motion pictures, musical stage performances, played piano for various orchestras, and taught piano lessons for more than 50 years. She also was a legal secretary and office manager. She is survived by her husband Thomas, daughter Shelley Rowell, son Thomas Martin Strickfaden II, pre deceased by her son Tracy Strickfaden, 8 Grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. A gathering of family & friends will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010 from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with her Rosary at 7:00 P.M. both at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Holy Redeemer Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, December 1, 2010, 10:00 A.M. with Committal to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. The reception will follow the cemetery services at McCormick Inglewood Mortuary Lighthouse Reception Room.

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  1. Dear family of Joy Strickfaden: My maiden name is Deborah Wolinsky. I wish to say that I am sorry to hear of the departure of Joy, whom I knew as my piano teacher, when I was very young. I have fond memories of Joy that I wish to share with you: She was a fine piano teacher and taught me how to play with discipline. I studied piano lessons from Joy for approx. 8 years which took place every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. My father always took me to the lessons because my father, Jack, is a devout classical music fan. Joy was an inspiration to me. There were moments I was afraid I wouldn’t live up to her expectations but as I grew up and my name reached near the end of the recital program, I felt she became proud of me and I was very excited to perform. One year when I was 17 years old, Cynthia, myself and Shelly appeared near the end of the program! I was thrilled! She taught me much more that a love of playing piano for others! I began the University of CA as a music major, but changed over to architecture during my first year. I believe Joy gave me gifts: dedication, ability to completely concentrate on your task,an appreciation of the arts, and a beautiful way of being a hostess. I recall that Joy’s first house was always a “joy”-ful place to learn music! My father and I admired her so much! My condolences to Mr. Thomas Strickfaden, Shelly and Tommy Jr. May she be in peace with God forever, Sincerely, Deborah Wolinsky (Reynoso)

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