Axel Alan Strang

Smethport - Axel Alan Strang, 58, of Smethport, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (January 2, 2018) at his residence.

He was born Sept. 20, 1959 in Kane, a son of Harold A. and Grace C. Safstrom Strang.

Mr. Strang was a 1977 graduate of Smethport Area High School and attended Mansfield University, where he received his Bachelor's degree.

Mr. Strang worked as a custodian at the Smethport Area High School. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport and a Son of the American Legion. He loved running, his family and friends.

He is survived by:

three sisters: Roxana L. Strang of Wilmington, DE, Jane B. (Philip) Anderson of Paulden, AZ and Susan M. (James) Snyder of Akron, OH,

one brother: Edward R. (Edith) Strang of Middlesex, NJ

He also was the beloved uncle of eight nieces and and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 AM, with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorial donations, if desired, are going to be made into a scholarship in Axel's name at the Smethport Area High School, and should be forwarded to Roxana Strang, 105 Congressional Drive, Apt. D, Wilmington, DE 19807. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.