Francis X. “Frank” Straub

Francis X. “Frank” Straub, 76 of 123 Terrace Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 2, 1935 in St. Marys, son of the late Frank E. and Marguerite (Peg) Bender Straub.  He was a lifelong resident of the area.  He was educated in the local Catholic Schools and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1953, after which he attended Duquesne University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1957.  After graduation, he began working full time for his father and William Smith at St. Marys Drug Store, a store he later became a partner until he merged with Gene McBride (City) Pharmacy in 1970 and formed the newly remodeled St. Marys Pharmacy Inc.  He sold his interests in the Pharmacy to his son Frank in 1996.  He had worked at the same location for over 50 years.  He was a founding co-owner of the Bennetts Valley Pharmacy and he also co-founded the St. Marys Pharmacy Home Health Care, which he managed for many years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Kathryn (Kitty) Lenze, who he married on August 8, 1991 in Forestburg, NY.  Also surviving are his four children, Frank X. (Cheryl) Straub III of St. Marys, Pat (Susy) Straub of St. Marys, Paula (Mrs. Louis) Chiappelli of St. Marys, Rosanne (Mrs. James) Hannon of Butler; their mother, Barbara Brisson Straub of Smickburg, PA; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; four step children, Missy Barnett of Aurora, Colorado, Russ (Denise) Klaiber of Kersey, Kim (Mrs. Charles) Axtman of Turbotville, PA and Scott (Amy) Klaiber of Weedville; and nine step grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lee Bankovic of St. Marys; his brother, Richard “Dick” (Kitty) Straub of St. Marys; and a brother-in-law, Gary Smith of St. Marys.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gretchen Smith.

Mr. Straub enjoyed going to and working at his camps, including maintaining the Bear Run Property which he dedicated a great part of his life.  He enjoyed big game hunting, dry fly fishing, horseshoes, snowmobiling, gardening, riding his ATVs and spending time with family and friends.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Straub Brewery for 20+ years.

He was a member of the Army National Guard (Company L and Headquarters) in Ridgway from 1957 to 1965.  He was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the BPOE Elks, St. Marys Sportsman, PA Pharmaceutical Association, the NCPA (National Community Pharmacy Association), the Forest Landowners Association, the NRA (National Rifle Association), a life member of the North American Hunting Club and was a developer of his gas and oil interests in Wetmore Twp., McKean County for 25 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM with the Rev. Paul Taylor, OSB, his cousin, as celebrant.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 144 Church Street, St. Marys, PA  15857 or to a favorite charity.

Bob Shellenberger April 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

My deepest sympathy to you and your family . My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this very difficult time.
Bob Shellenberger

Bill Brock April 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Frank – you are missed already – you became a great friend, mentor and boss. We will move on but it will never, ever be the same.

Mike and Jane Wolfel April 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

Frank, Pat, Paula, Rosanne and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Remember all of your good times with your dad and I am certain that he was very proud of each and every one of you.
Mike and Jane Wolfel

Pat Aydelott April 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

Frank, I am very sorry about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Joan Smith April 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

We lost a caring man. You are all in my prayers.

*THE KLAIBER KREW* April 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

*HEAVEN gained another ANGEL*…THE KREW will sure MISS ya! THANKS for being a GREAT FRIEND! Thoughts going out to all your FAMILY & FRIENDS. I’m sure you’ll be “WATCH’N over us ALL”! *THE KLAIBER KREW*(Russ, Denise, Taylor, Brock, Sydney & Kennady 2)

Tim and Diane Mattivi April 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We both knew Frank; he was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Don Fisher April 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Dear Frank, Cheryl and family.

So sorry to hear about Frank Sr. May your family find comfort in the many good memories. My deepest sympathies for your loss.


Jane & Joe Gnan April 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

There are certain truths
that we know in our hearts—
When one day ends,
another day starts…
When a tree sheds its leaves,
New buds start to grow…
When the rain finally ends,
The rivers will flow…
When the sun sets at dusk
it will rise once again…
And when love has been shared,
It’s a bond without end.
Thinking of you during this very difficult time. May you find comfort knowing that Frank is at peace with God in Heaven.

Paul and Paula Hamby April 20, 2012 at 4:06 am

Our sincerest condolences at this time of loss.
He was a good man and will be missed.

Tracey Whitaker April 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

David and Amber Hast April 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Dear Straub family,
Our sincere condolences for your family during this difficult time of loss. We had the pleasure of knowing Frank from years of spending time at Bear Run and enjoying listening to Polka music while sitting on the camp patio on Sunday mornings.
Dave(Tex) Hast (friends of Rick and Toni)

Dan Shields April 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father at such a young age. Be thankful for the full life he led and grateful that he is with the Lord. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Dan Shields

Nick and Margie April 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Frank. What a kind spirited man, so helpful, so willing to assist where needed. He certainly made his mark on this life and on this town. He will always be remembered. Many prayers to all of you, his family and for Frank as enters into peace much too early in life. God Bless you all. God Bless Frank.

Jean Dodrill April 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

My sympathy goes to Frank’s family.

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