ST. MARYS - Francis X. "Frank" Straub, 76, of 123 Terrace Road, St. Marys, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (April 17, 2012) at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
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He was born May 2, 1935, in St. Marys, a son of the late Frank E. and Marguerite "Peg" Bender Straub.
Mr. Straub 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 of 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 more than 50 years.
Mr. Straub was a founding co-owner of the Bennett's Valley Pharmacy and he also co-founded the St. Marys Pharmacy Home Health Care, which he managed for many years.
He enjoyed going to and working at his camps, including maintaining the Bear Run property, to 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.
Mr. Straub was on the board of directors of the Straub Brewery for more than 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 St. Mary's Catholic Church, the BPOE Elks, St. Marys Sportsmen, Pa. Pharmaceutical Association, the NCPA (National Community Pharmacy Association), the Forest Landowners Association, the NRA (National Rifle Association), a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club and was a developer of his gas and oil interests in Wetmore Township in McKean County for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Kathryn (Kitty) Lenze, who he married on Aug. 8, 1991, in Forestburg, N.Y. Also surviving are his four children, Frank X. (Cheryl) Straub III, Pat (Susy) Straub and Paula (Mrs. Louis) Chiappelli, all of St. Marys, and Rosanne (Mrs. James) Hannon of Butler; their mother, Barbara Brisson Straub of Smickburg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four stepchildren, Missy Barnett of Aurora, Colo., Russ (Denise) Klaiber of Kersey, Kim (Mrs. Charles) Axtman of Turbotville and Scott (Amy) Klaiber of Weedville; and nine stepgrandchildren. 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.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Church with the Rev. Paul Taylor, OSB, his cousin, as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Mary's Church, 144 Church St., St. Marys, PA 15857; or to one's favorite charity.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 18 to Apr. 25, 2012