A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, January 11, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kansas City, MO, for Margaret Mary (Nowatzki) Straub, who passed away January 5, 2019, in Kansas City. Burial at St. Joseph’s Church Cemetery in Flush, Kan.
Margaret (known as “Peggy” to many) was born May 4, 1938, in Walhalla to Joseph Ambrose and Eva Marie (Pelletier) Nowatzki. She grew up on the family farm and attended elementary school in a one-room school house near Mt. Carmel. Her father passed away when she was 13 years old leaving behind her mother and four younger siblings to manage the farm. Her mother married Martin Hell, who was a devoted husband to Eva and step-father to her and her siblings. She attended high school at St. Alphonsus Catholic High School in Langdon. Because the family farm was far from town, she lived in town working for room and board while attending high school. She received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. and taught high school in New Ulm, Minn. and Hazen. She then moved to Manhattan, Kan. where she earned a master’s degree in Home Economics Education from Kansas State University. She taught there at the college level as well as supervised student teachers. She met her husband of 36 years Wilfred Straub while she lived in Manhattan. They married in 1969 and had three sons, Philip, Henry (Hank) and Edward (Eddie). After having children, she became a homemaker focusing on the family, but never lost her passion for teaching. She served as PTA president and room mother for all three of her sons, volunteered in the nurse’s office, taught religion class, led a small Christian faith group, volunteered as an officer in her neighborhood association, tutored and worked in school libraries, along with countless other generous donations of her time and talents. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She genuinely cared for everyone she met and will be profoundly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred, parents, and brothers James and Robert.
Survivors include her sons: Philip and wife Michele (Overland Park, Kan.), Hank and wife Debbie (Olathe, Kan.) and Edward Straub (Kansas City); 11 grandchildren, brother John Nowatzki (Fargo), sister Catherine Linzbach (Merrifield, Minn.) and a wealth of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO.