Services will be Monday, June 4, from 2 p.m. at the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home for Joshua L. Foster, 42, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away May 31, 2018, in Louisville, where he had lived for the past eight years.
Joshua was born in Washington, D.C. on March. 4, 1976, the only child of Donald Wayne Foster and Donia Kravitz Foster.
Josh attended Liberty High School, University of Pittsburgh and ultimately graduated from Youngstown State University, where he met his wife Allison. The two dated for several years and were married on May 31, 2014.
Josh held a BFA in painting, and a BA in Religious Studies from YSU. He then continued his education focusing on a Master’s in History, writing his thesis on the “Jungle Inn.” Josh was involved with AZA growing up and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in college. He later became president of SAE and was very involved in philanthropic activities.
Josh had a love for many things including animals, family and the preservation of history. Josh last worked as the Internet Manager at Oxmoor, however he was a man of many talents. He was an artist, writer and known resource within the community regarding history and organized crime. He spoke at many events and co-authored a book titled “A History of Jewish Youngstown and the Steel Valley.”
He is survived by his beloved wife, Allison Foster; his mother, Donia Foster; several of his aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws; and three cats which he adored, Lily, Julie, Sox.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Foster and his grandparents.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Immediately following services, the burial will be held at El Emeth Cemetery on Granada Avenue.
The family will be sitting Shiva and people are invited to visit the family at the home of Jack and Cindy Kravitz in Liberty Township on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
A celebration of life will also be held in Louisville for those unable to travel to Ohio for the funeral. Details to be sent out to friends and family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks for donations to be made in Josh’s memory to the Animal Care Society, 12207 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40245.