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Marie Sandra Straub

Marie Sandra Straub

August 11, 1942 - May 10, 2019     Age: 76

Marie Sandra Straub gently slipped away on May 10th, 2019. She departed this life just as she preferred to live it, beside her dedicated husband, surrounded by her loving children, amid her dearest lifelong friends.

Though born on August 11th, 1942, Marie did not start counting the years until her senior year of high school in 1961, when she met the man with whom she was destined to share the rest of her life. She and Joseph B. Straub, Sr. were engaged that very summer after graduation, and she married him, the love of her life, the following May. Marie soon became a military wife and mother, making possible Joseph’s successful twenty-four year career in the Navy. Side by side, Marie and Joseph embarked on their journey together. Marie managed a growing family through multiple moves, as she and Joseph wove the tapestry of their family legacy together, adding threads from myriad destinations in which they would reside spanning the globe. Ultimately settling in New York, Virginia, then Florida, they continued their life together in a manner reminiscent of characters only found in old love stories from eras long forgotten. Even after fifty-seven years of marriage, there was no place Marie would rather be than by Joseph’s side.

Secure in her relationship with the man she adored, Marie quietly set about constructing a legacy which will be a remembrance of her presence on this earth long after her passing. Never having known her own mother, Marie possessed a unique motherly love that existed free from the bonds of shared surnames or similar genetic lineage. Marie mothered any child lucky enough to cross her path who was willing to accept her love. Marie fostered many children and could always be persuaded to add just one more. Her empire consisted of not only the four children she carried herself, but also the many youngsters she and Joe fostered and/or adopted over the years. Marie and Joe were blessed with a house full of children, and in time this would grow to include visiting grandchildren, followed by great-grandchildren. She never turned away a soul and was never happier than when all of the beds in her home were full. A house bursting with life and love is what felt like home to Marie.

Her beloved children and cherished family, however, were not the only ones that peopled Marie’s empire. Making friends came easily to Marie and this talent could cross the chasm of decades separating her from those much younger than she. New neighbors easily became lasting friends, especially when they had children to be loved and enjoyed.

The art of friendship was a language that Marie spoke fluently.  Especially adept at nurturing strong and lasting relationships, Marie had special lifelong friendships forged with a few amazing ladies, friendships of the best and closest kind. These friendships kept these ladies together despite relocations that ended up spanning the entirety of the eastern coast. Once one of these lifelong friends moved from New York to Virginia, the others soon followed. The distance from Virginia to Florida could not keep them apart. Marie and her closest friends ended up together again, calling the beautiful town of Fernandina Beach home. She shared her entire life with these women and loved them as the family they became. With more than daily phone calls, frequent dinner parties, and recurrent celebrations, their lives were fundamentally intertwined from her earliest years until she departed this life.

Marie has gone to patiently wait for her loving family and treasured friends in the arms of those who preceded her in death, her eldest son, Joseph B. Straub Jr., and best friend-in-law, Thomas J. Grady.

She is survived by her immensely loved, devoted, and doting husband Joesph B. Straub, Sr. of Fernandina Beach, Florida; their children, Mary E. Meyer of Spotsylvania, Virginia, Terry L. Smith of Bel Air, Maryland, Diane R. Straub (Joseph B. Straub Jr) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Donald R. Straub (Cindy) of Caroline, Virginia, Stephen M. Straub (Jodi) of Maidens, Virginia, Christopher A. Straub (Anne Carey) of Bumpass, Virginia, and John C. Straub of Fernandina Beach, Florida; their many, many grandchildren and their great-grandchildren. Marie also leaves behind her brothers in law William J. Straub and his wonderful wife, Louise of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Al E. Straub and his wife Mary Jane of Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Additionally, Marie will greatly miss her former neighbors with whom she and Joe became good friends, T.J. and Kelley Rew along with their two children whom Marie greatly adored. And, for a time, she leaves behind those who comprised her very special group of lifelong friends, Linda Shook and her husband, Bob, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and especially Vicki Grady, also of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Marie made her wishes known for what was to become of her earthly remains. As such, a Memorial Service will be held to celebrate her life 5:00pm on June 15, 2019 at the Amelia Island Golf and Country Club in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Eventually, Marie’s remains will be entombed with her husband when he is returned home to her once more, leaving both her earthly and heavenly forms exactly where they are supposed to be, right beside her true love, her eternal partner, forever and ever. MTYLTT.

 

 

10 Condolences

  • Robert & Virginia Dykes Posted May 13, 2019 7:25 am

    Thinking of you, Joe, and your family at this time.

  • Jim grady Posted May 14, 2019 11:37 am

    Marie Straub, had a strong Will and a heart of gold. From humble means yet she changed the course of several lives ( including my own) through her love, her compassion and her way of no nonsense talk that told it like it was. She will be missed by all who came in contact with her. All of the people she touched on this earth are better for knowing her and blessed by her spirit.
    God Bless the Straub Clan and RIP Aunt Marie

  • Melissa Ambrose Posted May 23, 2019 11:18 am

    To all of the Straubs, my Aunt Marie was truly one of a kind. She had one of the biggest hearts I have ever known. I am grateful for all the love, laughter and tears she has shared with my family through the years. God Bless you all and may you find comfort in Marie’s never ending love for each of you.

  • Amanda Ruotolo- McAuliffe Posted May 24, 2019 4:10 pm

    We will miss her dearly

  • Frank and Nina Leaming Posted May 24, 2019 4:44 pm

    Marie was one of the most loving human beings we know. We will miss her so much. Praying for the repose of her soul.

  • Bob Jessie Mcfadden Posted May 24, 2019 5:58 pm

    What a wonderful life U2 shared. There is nothing more important and rewarding than a loving family. You and your family are in our prayers

  • William J Straub Jr Posted May 24, 2019 6:40 pm

    Aunt Marie was one of the most wonderful women I had known in my lifetime. I met her when Uncle Joe introduced me way back when I wasn’t even a teen yet. Through the years intermittently seeing her and more regularly when she and Uncle Joe moved to FL, she became close to me and my wife Maggie. She would always make us smile and we shared a love of books. RIP Aunt Marie and know that you are loved and will be missed until we all meet again. Butch and Maggie

  • Gloria Bresciani Posted May 25, 2019 9:41 am

    Marie was a bright and caring lady, true to her friends and family. It was my privilege to have met her and become one of her ladies birthday lunch group. We will all miss her so much. RIP sweet Marie.

  • Don and Sandra Gendron Posted June 8, 2019 12:20 pm

    We are deeply sorry for your loss and send our sincere condolences to the entire Straub family.

  • Liz Harper Posted June 17, 2019 2:39 pm

    Am so very sorry to hear that Marie is gone.. Marie was such a good friend when you all were in Virginia. She was so vibrant and always happy.

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