Jonamay "Jo" Struben

Friday, March 18, 2005

DUNDALK, Md. ---- Jonamay "Jo" Struben, of Dundalk Md., passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2005 in her home following a long illness.

Born in 1921 in Linton, she was the daughter of William and Esta Dixon. In 1941, she married Howard Struben, who passed away in 1970.

She grew up in Worthington and returned yearly to visit. She and her husband owned a novelty store in Baltimore until 1947 when they founded State Sales Company. After her husband's death, she served as president of the company until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star chapter 049, and Daughters of the Nile Zitta Temple 27. She and her husband co-founded the Dundalk Democrat Club. She was a volunteer for the PTA, Girl Scouts, and a frequent room parent.

Survivors include: four daughters, Christena Struben of Westminster, Md., Nancy Struben of Sacramento, Calif., Marie Tassone of Baltimore City, Md., and Deborah Struben and her husband Michael Butler of Elk Grove, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Bruce Gorski, Jessica Morris, Danielle Morris, Gina Tassone, Nikki Lemmon, Anthony Tassone, Jr., and Johanna Tassone; 11 great-grandchildren, Ben, Zac, Elyna, Theresa, Tony, Charlotte, Amani, Tariq, Dhari, Samiha, and Dahlia; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard Struben, a brother Bill Dixon of Worthington, and three sisters, Geneva Martindale of Worthington, Bula Jones of Linton, and Bernice Carson of Petersburg.

Funeral service was Tuesday with interment in Oaklawn Cemetery and visitation was Monday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 Padonia Road West, Timonium, Md.