Carl Christian Straus|
Dec. 13, 1932 - June 25, 2012
Carl Straus, 79, of Beal City, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at home, surrounded by his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2012 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Beal City with Father Patrick Jankowiak presiding. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the gathering room of St. Joseph Church on Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with the Vigil beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation continues on Friday one hour prior to Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, Beal City Sports Boosters, Eagle Village in Hersey, MI, or Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at the church or at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home.
Carl was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Beal City, son of the late Herbert and Florence (Emmons) Straus. He graduated from Beal City High School in 1952 and entered the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Mary Ann "Susie" Wejrowski on November 12, 1955 at Sacred Heart.
He owned and operated Straus Masonry, Inc. since 1965, incorporating his sons in 1988. He enjoyed spending time with his family and practicing his faith.
Carl is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Susie Straus; 5 children, Carla (Mike) Schafer of Beal City, Brian (Mary) Straus of Beal City, Julie (Ken Fifelski) Gorno of Bellaire, Erick (Carrie) Straus of Beal City and Emily (Steve Campbell) Straus of Beal City; 16 grandchildren, Krista (Mark) Gross, Tim and Ken Schafer, Ashley Straus, Katherine, Christian, Collin, Kevin, Curtis and Kadin Straus, Clayton and Marlena Gorno, and Mason, Stone, Reagan and Casey Straus; 3 great grandchildren, Jackson and Brandon Gross and Lucas Cashen; siblings, Ladonna (Cal) Havekost of Littlefield Lake, Larry (Ernestine) Straus of Drummond Island, Margaret Simmer of Beal City, Pete (Irene) Straus of Rogersville, MO, Carolyn (Larry) Mead of Beal City, Nancy (Ray) Chaplin of Mountain Home, ID; sisters-in-law, Vera Straus of Beal City, Betty Straus of Flushing, Esther Straus of DeWitt and Peggy Straus of Beal City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Craig in 1987; and brothers, Gerald, Max, Paul, Arthur and Fred.
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Published in The Morning Sun on June 27, 2012