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Herbert J. Straub | 94

June 5, 1927 - October 24, 2021

Herbert J. Straub, 94, of 626 Sherry Road, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after a brief illness.

He was born June 5, 1927, in St. Marys, son of the late Peter P. and Irene Fritz Straub. Herb attended the St. Marys Parochial Grade School and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School Class of 1945. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the 33rd Infantry Regiment in the Panama Canal Zone.

After military duty, Herb attended the Bryant & Stratton Business School in Buffalo, NY, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Having finished business school, Herb was employed at Straub Brewery, Inc., serving as a past president and CEO. He retired in 1992.

On December 30, 1950, in the St. Mary’s Church, Herb married his High School sweetheart and love of his life, Irene “DeDe” Wortman, who survives.

Also surviving are seven children: JoDene McDonald and her husband William of St. Marys; Andrew Straub of Hamburg, NY; Cory Straub and his wife Debra of Kersey; Mary Rochelle Hess and her husband David of Vincent, OH; Melissa Greene and her husband Roger of San Diego, CA; Amy Jo Foote and her husband David of St. Marys; and Terry Straub and his wife Jane of St. Marys. Herb is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan Smith of St. Marys; by his two brothers: Victor Straub and his wife Dolores “Dot” and John Straub and his wife Sylvia, both of St. Marys; and by two brothers-in-law: Leo Simbeck and Ed Bosnik.

In addition to his parents, Herb was preceded in death by four sisters: Mary Grace “Sissy” Simbeck, Elizabeth “Betty” Bosnik, Irene “Blondie” Taylor, and Carol Williams; and by two brothers: Peter V. and Jerry Straub.

Herb was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, served on the former Parochial School Board, and was a Mass commentator and radio announcer for over 20 years. He was a past president of the St. Marys Industrial Council and the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail, where he was a charter member since 1952. He was also on the Board of Directors and served as Membership Chairman for the St. Marys Elk County Golf Association. Herb was a Chairman and founding member of the former Benzinger Township Municipal Golf Course Authority and also served as Secretary of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #146, for 20 years.

Herb served as an Elk County Commissioner for eight years, four of which he served as Chairman of the Board. He was a part of the Memorial Day Parade for many years, helping when he was in his youth, and later serving as Grand Marshal.

Herb was a special man who loved God, his wife and family, his friends and his community. We are all better for sharing our lives with him. He is dearly missed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home. Please wear a mask and respect COVID protocols.

 Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM. Please wear a mask and respect COVID protocols. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will follow in the St. Mary‘s Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity in Herbie’s name.



October 27, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

October 28, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

Final Resting Place

October 28, 2021
11:00 AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Jodene and family, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Embrace all your memories with all the love your Dad gave you all his life.

  2. Ours prayers go out to the Straub family! We are so sorry for your loss! I will truly miss Herb!

  3. You have my sincere, heartfelt condolences. May your grief be short-lived and the celebration of his life be eternal. Always the confident, gregarious guy, anyone who knew Herb knew his life’s journey would be one of success and happiness. Dwell on the good times and his many, many accomplishments. Celebrate his passing knowing he’s about to accept his next assignment.

  4. I am holding Aunt Dede and all my Straub cousins and their families in the Light. I have fond childhood memories of Uncle Herb with his sweet smile and gentle manner. I pass along deepest sympathy from the all the Dorans.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    The Dailey family- John, Maryjo, Michael and Linda.

  6. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the entire Straub family. My hope is the memories you have help to fill the void that is left with his passing.

  7. Amy Jo, Terry and family….so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of your father.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Keep the memories close to help heal your hearts. I have fond memories of your dad and our dad out at the golf course and other outings. He was a very special man and you could tell he loved his family. I’m sure my dad and your dad are playing a round of golf or maybe playing cards.

  9. Our thoughts are with you and your family Shelly. God bless!!!

  10. My condolences and prayers to the family. Sorry I can’t get up home to offer them in person.

  11. So sorry for your loss. A good man indeed.

  12. So sorry for your loss, he was a great friend and gentleman. Will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Gene & Yvonne Hooper

  13. Sorry for your loss. No matter how old we are, it is so sad to lose a parent.
    As all of you begin to cherish the memories, you will begin to smile more and then laugh more often. Peace to you all

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Herbie was a very special man and had a heart of gold and a laugh to make anyone smile. It was an honor to know him. He will truly be missed.

  15. So sorry. We just loved Herbie. RIP

  16. So sorry for you loss, may he R.I.P. Prayers are with you & the Family.

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