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Joseph H. Strada, 69, a retired insurance agent and former orchestra leader, died Friday (Dec. 14, 1990) in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.

A saxophone and clarinet player, Strada organized the Joe Strada Orchestra that specialized in jazz and swing music for nearly three decades until 1988.

He was born in Lizzano, Italy, and came with his family to the United States in 1929. The family settled in Buffalo. After completing school in Buffalo, Strada entered Fredonia State College. He remained in Fredonia after his graduation.

He belonged to the Fredonia Kiwanis Club and held memberships in the Buffalo and Jamestown locals of the American Federation of Musicians.

Surviving are his wife, the former Christina Bryson; two sons, Michael of West Liberty, W. Va., and David of San Francisco; two daughters, Elaine Parker of Westfield, and Mary Grygier of Williamsville; a brother, Frank of Buffalo; a sister, Ann Viapiano, also of Buffalo; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph's Church, Main Street, after prayers at 9:15 a.m. at the Fantauzzi Funeral Home in Fredonia. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fredonia.

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