OBITUARY

Joseph Patrick Ashenbrener

February 25, 1922February 20, 2021
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Joseph Patrick Ashenbrener passed away on Saturday, February 20, in Portland Oregon, just five days short of his 99th birthday.

Joseph was born on February 25, 1922 in Joliet, Illinois. He was the second of five children born to Anton and Mary (Krotfil) Ashenbrener, originally from Croatia.

Joseph graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago in 1942, where he met Cecilia Strobot, who was to become his second wife. Because of the uncertainly of the war, they opted not to wed. He was drafted into World War II and was gravely injured during maneuvers in Tullahoma, TN while training to be a paratrooper. He later said, he completed ten jumps, eight successfully. Ankle and back injuries proved to be a blessing, preventing him from being deployed with his company to France on D-Day. He later learned that more than half of his company did not survive the mission.

After being discharged from the service, he moved to Nashville to recuperate. There, he met his first wife Marcelle Vreeland while taking a night class. Marcelle was a young widow, raising a daughter, Pattye. Joseph and Marge wed in Nashville on Oct. 12, 1949.

Joseph worked for over thirty years as a safety manager for Time Trucking from where he retired in 1981. He later worked as a guard manager at Security Alarms & Service Inc. Marcelle passed in 1990. In 1993, Joseph reunited with Cecilia Strobot. Both widowed, they wed in Portland, OR, in September 1994. They enjoyed traveling extensively, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends in Nashville, Chicago and Portland. After Cecilia died in May 2015, Joseph remained active. He golfed regularly until he was 97 and traveled to Italy when he was 94. He attended college and high school sporting events and enjoyed regular BBQs and dining out with family and friends.

His four siblings predeceased him. He is survived by his stepdaughter Pattye and Charles Brooks; two grandchildren, Larry (Penny) Brooks and Karen (Carl) Storey; six great grandchildren and nine great -great grandchildren all living in the Nashville area. Other survivors include his nieces Dorothy Ray, of Homer Glen, IL, and Sharon Christianson and Michelle Noe, both of Las Vegas. In Portland, his survivors include Monica (Sopke) and Joe Cory, and their extended family, and Rosemary White, a dear friend to him in his final years.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 26 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97233.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland, OR.

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Biography

Joseph Patrick Ashenbrener passed away on Saturday, February 20, in Portland Oregon, just five days short of his 99th birthday.

Joseph was born on February 25, 1922 in Joliet, Illinois. He was the second of five children born to Anton and Mary (Krotfil) Ashenbrener, originally from Croatia.

Joseph graduated from Bowen High School in Chicago in 1942, where he met Cecilia Strobot, who was to become his second wife. Because of the uncertainly of the war, they opted not to wed. He was drafted into World War II and was gravely injured during maneuvers in Tullahoma, TN while training to be a paratrooper. He later said, he completed ten jumps, eight successfully. Ankle and back injuries proved to be a blessing, preventing him from being deployed with his company to France on D-Day. He later learned that more than half of his company did not survive the mission.

After being discharged from the service, he moved to Nashville to recuperate. There, he met his first wife Marcelle Vreeland while taking a night class. Marcelle was a young widow, raising a daughter, Pattye. Joseph and Marge wed in Nashville on Oct. 12, 1949.

Joseph worked for over thirty years as a safety manager for Time Trucking from where he retired in 1981. He later worked as a guard manager at Security Alarms & Service Inc. Marcelle passed in 1990.

In 1993, Joseph reunited with Cecilia Strobot. Both widowed, they wed in Portland, OR, in September 1994.

They enjoyed traveling extensively, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends in Nashville, Chicago and Portland.

After Cecilia died in May 2015, Joseph remained active. He golfed regularly until he was 97 and traveled to Italy when he was 94. He attended college and high school sporting events and enjoyed regular BBQs and dining out with family and friends.

He passed away February 20 in Portland.

His four siblings predeceased him.

He is survived by his stepdaughter Pattye and Charles Brooks; two grandchildren, Larry (Penny) Brooks and Karen (Carl) Storey; six great grandchildren and nine great -great grandchildren all living in the Nashville area.

Other survivors include his nieces Dorothy Ray, of Homer Glen, IL, and Sharon Christianson and Michelle Noe, both of Las Vegas.
In Portland, his survivors include Monica (Sopke) and Joe Cory, and their extended family, and Rosemary White, a dear friend to him in his final years.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 26 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 2310 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97233.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Portland, OR.