Fred G. Strebel
Resident of Rancho Mirage
Was born on June 19, 1931 in San Mateo, California to Bertha Meier Strebel and Fred Gustav Strebel. He died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on December 28, 2011.
He grew up in San Mateo attending local schools, graduating from San Mateo High School. During this time, Fred shagged balls and caddied at the Pennisula Golf & Country Club and the Burlingame Country Club where he developed his life-long passion for golf.
After graduation, Fred attended San Mateo Junior College. Another adventure awaited. He crossed the U.S by train, took a freighter to Europe, then attended the University of Zurich where he enjoyed skiing, learned to yodel and became fluent in German.
Returning to the U.S., he attended the University of Oregon with a golf scholarship, supplemented with a job on the green chain in a Eugene timber company. After graduation, Fred joined the Army Intelligence Corp. where his fluency in German was put to use in Germany. He also met his future wife, Paula Schmidt.
Returning to San Mateo, he managed his father's lock shop, San Mateo Lockworks, which he later owned. Together, Fred and Paula grew the business into a commercial venture.
After her death in 1995, he was a confirmed widower for three years. Then he met Michele Carey, an accomplished movie actress full of fun and life. They were married in 1999, enjoying their life together at their homes in Hillsborough and Rancho Mirage.
Fred was an avid golfer winning many tournaments, including the San Francisco Senior Golf Tournament and the San Mateo County Golf Tournament. Playing a round of golf with Fred was always a pleasure; he was demanding of only himself but never of others graciously over-looking any blunders by them.
He was active in the Elks Club and Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Michele, his brother, Dick Strebel, and sister, Betty Strebel Jager and their families.
A celebration of his life will be held at Sharon Heights Country Club, (2900 Sandhill Road, Menlo Park) on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 3-6 p.m. A gathering in Rancho Mirage will follow at a later to-be-announced date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Peninsula Volunteers, the Humane Society, or a
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jan. 4, 2012