Albert B. "Bernie" Stroshine Jr.

December 28, 1941June 6, 2019
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The famous call welcomed by all NASCAR fans “gentlemen, start your engines” will no longer be heard by one of the sports’ biggest fans, Albert B. “Bernie” Stroshine, Jr. 77, of Swanzey, NH, with his sudden passing on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

His parents, Lucille (Poulin) and Albert Bernard Stroshine, Sr., welcomed their son into the world on December 28, 1941, in Springfield, Mass. He grew up in Keene, NH and was a 1959 graduate of Keene High School.

Bernie’s work career spanned many aspects of customer service. He was widely recognized for his role as owner of Stroshine Auto Parts in Keene for fourteen years. After selling his business, Bernie sought out a new career in customer service as a service advisor with an automobile dealership in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, after sixteen years in Charlotte, his home routes drew him back to Swanzey.

Bernie was a parishioner of St. Bernard Church in Keene; a member of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Assembly Knights of Columbus 4th Degree; and an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 819 of St. Bernard Church, and served as chairman of the Home Association and as a member of their Board of Directors. He was a former member of the Keene Rotary Club, and a current member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 927 and the Italian Club. He was also chairman of the Swanzey Pack 297 Cub Scouts.

Bernie enjoyed being at the ocean, loving the sound of the waves and the tranquility this sound provided. However, as an avid NASCAR and stock car racing fan, the true music to his ears was the sound of the roaring engineers. Great days were found watching the NASCAR races on Sundays as well as watching and rooting for all of the New England sports teams.

He will be greatly missed by many, especially his wife of 58 years, Joanne C. (Dubuque) Stroshine of Swanzey; his children, Alan Stroshine and his wife, Melissa, of Keene, Lara Routhier and her husband, Jon, of Dunbarton, NH, Chris Stroshine and his wife, Kristen, of Keene; his grandchildren, Alexander Stroshine, Claire Stroshine, Jonathan Routhier, Lincoln Routhier, Collin Stroshine, Karli Stroshine; a niece, Shelley Burch of East Wakefield, NH; two nephews, Jere Worcester of Gehenna, OH and Matthew Worcester of Dublin, NH; and a sister-in-law, Jeanne Sterling and her husband, Bill, of Dublin. He was predeceased by a brother, John Stroshine.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 13th at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene. Burial in the Mt. Caesar Cemetery, Swanzey, will be private. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00PM at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Stroshine’s memory to the Salvation Army, 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Joanne C. (Dubuque) Stroshine, Wife
  • Alan Stroshine and wife, Melissa, Son
  • Lara Routhier and husband, Jon, Daughter
  • Chris Stroshine and wife, Kristen, Son
  • Alexander Stroshine, Grandson
  • Claire Stroshine, Granddaughter
  • Jonathan Routhier, Grandson
  • Lincoln Routhier, Grandson
  • Collin Stroshine, Grandson
  • Karli Stroshine, Granddaughter
  • Shelley Burch, Niece
  • Jere Worcester, Nephew
  • Matthew Worcester, Nephew
  • Jeanne Sterling and husband, Bill, Sister-in-law
  • John Stroshine, Brother
  • Lucille (Poulin) Stroshine, Mother
  • Albert Bernard Stroshine Sr., Father



  • Visitation and Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 13, 2019


  • Private Burial in Mt. Cesear Cemetery, Swanzey


Albert B. "Bernie" Stroshine Jr.

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Bill Sullivan

June 11, 2019

I remember Bernie and his mother fondly. When I ineptly had feelings for Sharon Whitney back in Catholic grammar school and bought her a pen to celebrate her birthday, his mother replaced it with a gift suitable for a girl. When I returned to Keene from the University of New Hampshire or after my days in Venezuela with the Peace Corps, Ernest Hebert and I would made it a point to visit our friend Bernie. God bless his soul.

Bill Sullivan

Maureen Miller

June 10, 2019

I first met Bernie in KHS when he was dating my good friend, Joanne. He was such a gentleman and very charming. I was so happy for my friends when they married. As our respective families grew, we enjoyed the ups and downs of parenthood.
Over the years time and distance have separated us, but there has always been a special place in my memories for this couple who always welcomed me with a hug.
So sorry , Jo and family for this unfathomable loss in your lives.
Love you always. Our prayers go out for you all.
Maureen and Wayne

Jeanne Sterling

June 10, 2019

I was 13 when I first met Bern. It was his first date with my sister, Joanne. This pony-tailed, baby-doll pajama clad kid sister, eyed him up and down. The one word that kept going through my mind was "he's SO clean!!!" I mean, really shiny..... shiny cheeks, shiny teeth, clean white shirt, tan chinos, white sneakers and tan chino trench coat. Yup.... clean ! I remember tossing a baseball back and forth with Bern when he visited us on Pako Ave. We'd do that until it was too dark to see the ball. Uncle Bern picked up the slack for my sons, in the absence of their own dad. Too many memories to share in this space, but I must say, even though I didn't have a biological brother, I had a 'heart' brother in Bern. Family events and holidays will never be quite the same. Love you, Bern.... Jeanne (Dubuque) Sterling

Ernest Hebert

June 10, 2019

I have fond memories of Bernie from our days at St. Joseph's Elementary school. If we had voted for the most popular boy in our class at St. Joe's, a Mister Cordiality, Bernie would have won it hands down. He always remained his own person, but at the same time he could get along with anybody, whether in the playground, the classroom, or in the corridors. We lost touch after St. Joe's so I never knew him well as a grown-up, but for sure I can say he was a great kid.

Jon Larson

June 9, 2019

Sincere condolence to Joanne and to Bernie's entire family from a 1959 KHS classmate. Bernie's generosity as host for Class of 1959 Reunion Picnics and his friendship will be missed by many. Bernie's legacy will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him: friends, family, and business associates. May God bless and rest his soul.

- Jon Larson '59

Diane Kingsbury

June 8, 2019

Too many've all been part of my family will be missed Bernie.
Sending love hugs and prayers to the whole family.
Diane Kingsbury

Sandi Franceschini

June 8, 2019

Oh my, this news is so hard to hear........ My dad loved going to the races with cousin Bern, so many years ago. And my mom looked forward to Joanne and Barns visits. So many laughs and family visits through the years. I remember my parents and Aunt Doris taking a little side excursion to the Keene POKIE after imbibing a bit too much with the Stroshines!!! Luckily all turned out well!!! Love you Cousin Bernie. RIP.

Sharon Koshar

June 8, 2019

Lara, I remember your dad from my waitressing days at The Pub. He was always funny, friendly, and kind. Maybe you got some of your wonderfulness from him? I’m sorry I won’t be at the service - I’ll be out of town. My heart will be with you.