Gertrude Doris Straka

May 6, 1930November 14, 2020

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs 31:31

Gertrude Doris Straka, 90, of Houston, Texas passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020. She was born on May 6, 1930 in Brenham, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents Louis Phillip Galla and Mary Pearl (Stegent) Galla; her husband Johnnie Steve Straka; daughter Rita Straka David; and siblings Bennie Galla, Janie Gummelt, and Edward Galls. Gertrude is survived by her daughter Linda Straka, son Gary Straka and wife Gaylan Straka, and son Jan Straka. Grandchildren: Shannon Stevens, Tonya Griffin and husband Gene Griffin, Kristy David, Jason Straka and wife Casey Straka, Sarah Straka and Brian Bohannon. Great-grandchildren: Zachary Ford, Stephen Fleming Jr., Lexi Parker, Avery Moor, Camden Straka, and Sawyer Straka. Great great-grandchild Marley Ford; Sister-in-law Nancy Galla; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gertrude was a beloved mother and grandmother “MeMe”. She was a strong woman of great faith and will be dearly missed. The love, support, and prayers she gave her family will last a lifetime; and she will live on forever through cherished memories and through the stories she loved to share.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with a Rosary Service from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on Friday, November 20, 2020. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 21, 2020 with a Graveside Service and reception immediately following. All services, gravesite, and reception will be at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston, Texas. 12800 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77077.

Lead Pallbearer: Jason Straka. Pallbearers: Brian Bohannon, Gene Griffin, Robert Galla, Mike Gummelt, Gregory Galls, and Richard Galls.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. P.O. Box 1000 Department 142 Memphis, TN 28148 or at



  • Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Rosary

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Alvin Johnny & Debby Mikus

November 20, 2020

As a Beloved family member has now gone to be in our Lords loving embrace, we offer our condolences to family and friends. Till we meet on the other side we love you Aunt Gertrude!
John & Debby

Sarah Straka

November 18, 2020

I have so many special memories with MeMe, but one of the most special moments I had with her was speaking with her during her final days. MeMe always called me her angel; and during most of our visits and conversations she would be sure to remind me of that. During our last conversation she told me “I love you very much. Never forget that you are my angel and always will be. I am so proud of you, and always remember I know you are going to continue to do great things in life.” It was those final words from her that I will forever hold in my heart. MeMe was such a strong, independent, and courageous woman, who I admire very much. I will miss all her stories she loved to tell, her sweet laughter, and her radiant and youthful energy. It brings me peace knowing that she is in Heaven now with the Lord and her family who she missed dearly while here on earth. Now MeMe is my angel, always looking down over me from Heaven. I love you so much, MeMe! You are my guardian angel. As you always would say, “this is not goodbye; this is I will see you later!”

Nancy Galla

November 18, 2020

Johnny Straka was my step-father’s cousin. Johnny and Bennie had been fishing and they stopped by our house on their way home. Bennie saw me and asked Gertrude, his sister, to set up a meeting so we could meet. Gertrude asked our family to come over for a visit. After we arrived Bennie happened to stop by. Gertrude had our wedding shower in her living room. The rest is just history and many more wonderful memories. Rest In Peace Gertrude. I love you! May Our Lord bring your family peace and healing !🙏🏻♥️

Johnny Vazquez

November 18, 2020

I remember Meme so well, She always made me some of the best wild game I ever ate. My first taste of wild game was when I was leaving her house with her granddaughter Shannon. I ran over a squirrel on a accident. Meme came running into the street grab the squirrel and cooked it up for me. That was the first taste of wild game ever for me. Meme soon cooked up some deer meet that her son Jan had killed at her lake house. I was hooked on Meme's cooking from then on. She always welcomed me with open arms. I had a chance last year to share a few stories with her through her granddaughter Tonya. Rest in peace Meme. I will always remember my first taste of game meet because of you. Thank you!

Lillie Vanek

November 17, 2020

The memory I want to share is from the first time I met her.It was soon after she married my Uncle Johnny Straka. Our family traveled to Houston to visit all our Houston kin,during this visit we went to see them ,they lived in a little apartment and the kitchen had a breakfast nook kind of like a booth in a cafe.Our family was crammed around this table while Aunt Gertrude was serving us a meal.They had a new "pop up toaster "that they got as a wedding gift.These country folk had never seen one so she was toasting some bread to show us how it worked every time the toast popped out everybody at the table jumped we laughed as we poped right along with the toast.My dad loved the toast and on our return home he bought a pop up toaster.We fell in love with our new aunt,she had a good sense of humor and she fit into the family. I was seven or eight years old at the time. My prayers are for the family so the Lord helps with coping with the grief and for her soul but I think she is quite happy as she meets God face to face.Lillie Havelka Vanek

Tonya Griffin

November 17, 2020

My favorite memory of my Meme
Is how one day we was in the car and I had put some music on in the car and I started dancing and I was singing and when she got in she noticed the song and she liked it too and she started singing it with me and she started dancing in my vehicle with me.
I had never seen her act like that before. She had so much youth about her that day!!! It was amazing!!! We was both laughing, smiling, singing, and dancing all at once..... I will never forget that moment!!!!

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