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Jerome P. Straub, 88, of 550 School St., St. Marys, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 9, 1924 in St. Marys, son of the late Peter Paul and Irene Leona Fritz Straub.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Vincent Prep School. He was also a graduate of Penn State University, Class of 1946, earning an Engineering Degree. He was a retired employee of the Keystone Carbon Co., retiring in 1986 after 40 years of service.
On July 4, 1944, in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Eunice Rose â€śPeggyâ€ť Drake, who preceded him in death in 1982. In July 1983, he married Alice Pichler Meier, who preceded him in death in 2002.
He was a member of the St. Maryâ€™s Church, a 3rd Degree K. of C., and was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and a fighter pilot. Joe Kim and Jerry rejuvenated the St. Maryâ€™s Church choir in 1948 and Jerry became director. He also sang at the Holy Cross Church in Rasselas for many years. He was a member of the St. Marys Parking Authority and served as chairman when they were interested in building the Depot Street Parking Lot. He also enjoyed spending time at his camp.
He is survived by three sons, Michael Straub (Krystyna) of St. Marys, Kenneth Straub (Catherine) of Emporium, and Robert Straub (Luz Rayel) of Chester, Va.; five grandchildren, Jason Straub, Rebecca Straub Benson, Courtney Meredith, Meredith Straub, and Victoria Straub; five great-grandchildren, Dakota, Kyle, Ethan, Owen, and Isabella; two sisters, Joan Smith and Irene â€śBlondieâ€ť Taylor, both of St. Marys; and three brothers, Herbert Straub (DeDe), Victor Straub (Dolores â€śDotâ€ť), and John Straub (Sylvia), all of St. Marys.
In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Grace Simbeck, Carol Williams, Elizabeth â€śBettyâ€ť Bosnik, and in infancy, Mary Straub; and one brother, Peter Straub.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome P. Straub will be celebrated in the St. Maryâ€™s Church on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Paul Taylor, OSB, his nephew, will be celebrant of the Mass. Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Maryâ€™s Church, 144 Church St., St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.