Bill Straub, 87, passed away June 27, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 20, 1933 in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania to the late Theodore and Philomena (nee Stritzinger) Straub and grew up in Allison Park.
Bill’s father, a volunteer fireman, was killed when Bill was six years old. He and his two sisters, Bernadette “Bernie” and Phyllis (and later, his half-brother, Charles “Chuck”), were raised by his mother, who taught her children how to be strong in the face of adversity. He attended Hampton High School, where he was a stand-out athlete in multiple sports, and subsequently Penn State University, majoring in agricultural engineering and playing Varsity Football. All who knew him will remember his passion for the Nittany Lions.
After college, Bill moved to Akron to take a position with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He eventually retired, after forty years, as the Manager of Tire Testing. Bill’s original residence in Ohio was fortuitous, as the landlord’s daughter was Marilyn Jean Santschi, his soulmate. Marilyn and Bill celebrated their 60-year anniversary two days before his passing. Bill was a devoted and loving husband and father to his four children. He never missed a track or swim meet when he was not travelling for work. Bill was very involved in the community, serving as a Coventry Township Trustee, as well as a member on the Zoning Board of Appeals. In his later years, he served as Treasurer for the Portage Lakes Advisory Council. Additional activities included serving as President of the Coventry Parent Teachers’ Association and as Boy Scout Commissioner; as part of the latter role, Bill’s chili was infamous! Dad was our rock, and he was a pillar of strength for all those he touched throughout his long and amazing life. His loss leaves a hole that will be felt by many.
Bill is survived by his wife Marilyn; children, Ted (Angela), David (Susan), Diane and Chrissy (Steve); grandchildren, Keegan, Gabe, Emma, Jonah, Samantha and Ethan; sister, Phyllis Wylie; brother Chuck Stockfish; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 P.M. on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Tudor House, 655 Latham Lane, New Franklin, Ohio 44319. Family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. until the time of the celebration. In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family requests that those wishing to pay their respects donate to either Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia research or support planting a memorial tree. For the former, donate to the National Institute on Aging, Budget Officer, Financial Management Branch, Building 31, Room 5C35, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2292, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2540; please write Alzheimer’s Research on the memo line. For the latter, please see the funeral home website. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com
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