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Vera Margaret (Rea) Strub

Born: Tue., Apr. 17, 1917
Died: Sun., Jan. 13, 2013

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Location: Grace EpiscopalChurch

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Vera Margaret Strub

     Vera Margaret Strub, 95, of Lake Monticello, died on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at The Laurels of Charlottesville.

     She was born on April 17, 1917 in Lancaster County, PA, a daughter of the late Hiram M. and Edna (Brown) Rea.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Theodore Weinert Strub and her sister, Esther M. Rogers.

     Mrs. Strub was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She attended Bucknell University and earned a degree in mathematics, loved dogs, enjoyed reading and was an avid New York baseball and football fan.  She will be missed.

     Survivors include four children, Rea L. Mueller and her husband, James, of Palmyra, Dr. Paul T. Strub and his wife, Shirley, of Corvallis, OR, Peter M. Strub and his wife, Cindy, of Ocean, NJ, and Margaret N. Richter and her husband, Robert, of Neptune, NJ; five grandchildren, Joseph R. Mueller, Jeffrey W. Mueller, Dr. Graham M. Strub, Brett W. Johnson and Stefani A. Ulibarri; and eight great-grandchildren.

     A memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church in Cismont by the Rev. Randy Haycock. 

     The family will receive friends in the church parish hall following the service.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Sea Bright Rising, a hurricane Sandy relief fund, at PO Box 6245, Fair Haven, NJ 07704; or to the Charlottesville Salvation Army, 207 Ridge St., Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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Vera's Family
   Posted Tue January 15, 2013
Vera Margaret Strub, nee Rea
January 13, 2013

All lives are stories; all lives are songs. The end of the story is never in question but the words before the end are up to us. The warriors go to battle saying, “Let our deeds be worthy of a song.” “Life is for the living,” we are told, to remind us that, while living, we occupy that miraculous part of the story when we get to write the words. “Life is for the living” also means that we carry forward the stories started by others who are no longer here.

Vera’s story is composed of many chapters. Vera was and is: Daughter, Sister and Best Friend, Wife and Lover and Best Friend, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. But for four of us, Vera is mostly Mom.

Vera-Mom, who was the heart and the heartbeat of our family, has now finished writing her story. Some of you have read the real story of her first 20 years, which she wrote and gave to us some years ago – a gift for us to treasure. The rest of the story wasn’t written down; but the pieces of that story are woven through our lives, even if we never tell the stories in words.

Vera and Esther, her sister and best friend, were the daughters of Hiram, who wanted to be a doctor and a healer. Hiram was amazed at the marvels he saw around him in the early twentieth century and he wanted the education that would let him understand. His father said he must be a farmer. But Hiram left the farm to follow his dream, and although he did not become a doctor, he found education at the free Normal School for teachers. He also found and fell in love with Edna. They both taught and then he went into business with his father-in-law, Vera’s favorite Grandfather Brown, who read her Uncle Wiggly stories from the paper and then made up his own. Grandfather Brown and the extended family shared Hiram’s love of education; so Hiram saved, even during the Depression, and sent his daughters to the college he could not attend. There, Vera met Paul and became his partner for life and mother to their four children. Her son Peter is a councilor, a healer of emotions and minds, while Peter’s son Graham is the medical doctor Hiram wanted to be. The stories go on. The love of education permeated the family, as embodied in her children and grandchildren: Rea, Jim, Jeff, Kerry and Ted are all teachers. And the success at business that became the trademark of Hiram, Grandfather Brown and Paul lives on in grandson Joe and daughter Margaret. Margaret continues the family tradition of strong business-women, a tradition that was pioneered by Vera’s Aunt Eliza and her sister Esther. Vera also went out of her way (literally 3000 miles) to get to know Ted and Shirley’s children and grandchildren. Their son Brett and his wife Susan are in the healing profession and their daughter Stefani, like Vera, is the consummate Mother, home schooling her five children while holding the family together.

So today, although Vera’s own heartbeat has stopped, the stories go on. Life is for the living, never to forget the past but to carry the stories forward, to embody and live the stories even after we forget the words. It would be impossible for us not to continue those stories. We are in, and we continue to live, Vera’s story.

Linda Gallagher
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013

I am sorry to hear about your mom and apologize for not being able to be there in person to express my sincere sympathies.

I read the family tribute to your mom and she sounds like she was a remarkable woman.

Linda G.

jim perri
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
Peter, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God bless you all!

Pat Tatum
   Posted Thu January 17, 2013
Rea, I was so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a truly lovely lady and a pleasure to have known. She is now in God's hands at I'm sure a special place close to Him for making the most of her 95 years and leaving a family that she touched in so many ways. God Bless her!


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