Margaret Mary Straub

May 4, 1938January 5, 2019
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Margaret Mary (Nowatzki) Straub passed away January 5, 2019 in Kansas City, MO. A rosary will be prayed Thursday, January 10 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO at 5:30 pm followed by a visitation from 6 pm - 8 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 11 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Church cemetery in Flush, KS with a graveside service at 4 pm.

Margaret (known as “Peggy” to many) was born May 4, 1938 in Walhalla, North Dakota to Joseph Ambrose and Eva Marie (Pelletier) Nowatzki. Margaret grew up on the family farm and attended elementary school in a one-room school house near Mt. Carmel, ND. Her father passed away when she was thirteen 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 Margaret and her siblings. Margaret attended high school at St. Alphonsus Catholic High School in Langdon, ND. Because the family farm was far from town, she lived in town working for room and board while attending high school. Margaret received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and taught high school in New Ulm, MN and Hazen, ND. She then moved to Manhattan, KS 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.

Margaret 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, Margaret 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, KS), Hank and wife Debbie (Olathe, KS) and Edward Straub (Kansas City); eleven grandchildren, brother John Nowatzki (Fargo, ND), sister Catherine Linzbach (Merrifield, MN) and a wealth of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO.

(Arr: McGilley Antioch Chapel,, 816-453-7700)


  • Philip and wife Michele Straub, Son
  • Hank and wife Debbie Straub, Son
  • Edward Straub, Son
  • John Nowatzki, Brother
  • Catherine Linzbach, Sister
  • Eleven grandchildren and a wealth of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

  • St. Patrick Catholic Church


  • Rosary Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Margaret Mary Straub

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Kathleen Morrison

January 31, 2019

Margaret I miss you as our leader of our Small Faith Community. However, your kindness will forever be etched into my heart❤.

Mark Grant

January 14, 2019

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was truly an inspiration to all who knew her. The legacy that she left is an inspiration to all of us who knew her. Know that I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow.

Chasity Jones

January 11, 2019

When Mrs. Margaret Straub entered a room, you couldn't help but feel comforted and at peace. Margaret volunteered at Eastgate Middle School for many years and created an amazing rapport with students and teachers alike. I had the privilege of hearing several stories about her educational background and tearfully heartfelt stories about her husband and children. She was truly a woman who expressed her faith and loved her children with every bit of her heart. When she knocked on my door to return her small group of students after a tutoring or read aloud session, she would have pages and pages filled with her tiny handwriting about the students' progress. She reflected on their learning so deeply. she wanted to help them not only academically, but she wanted to cultivate empathy and kindness and sought out ways to do so.

Her humbleness brought tears to my eyes. When we nominated her for the friends of education award, she mentioned that she wasn't deserving...that she could have done so much more. At the ceremony, Mrs. Marx said kind things about her and presented the award. In the photos, you could see her humble heart and beautiful joyful smile. Through her stories, I learned so much about love and life. She always moved forward and showed appreciation for the good and rough times in her life. She will be so missed. I'm looking through some of those hand written notes right now and remembering her heart and the joy she brought into so many people's lives. Thank you, God, for letting us borrow her as long as you did. Thank you to her family for sharing her with us. She was a wonderful woman.

Judi Koehmstedt

January 11, 2019

Peggy and I graduated from St. Alphonsus high school together. She was quiet, smart and probably the nicest person ever. Her brother, John, always made sure I was included in gatherings whenever she visited N.Dak.
The world needs more "Peggys".

Olga Lang

January 10, 2019

It was never anything she said, but all that she was, that showed me she was a loving, holy woman. Rest in Jesus' arms, little Margaret.

Leigh Marx

January 9, 2019

Peggy was known as Margaret at Eastgate school. She was too nice to correct us. We didn’t find out for a couple of years that she went by Peggy. By that time she was Margaret to us.

Margaret helped in the school library for 13 years. One of her tasks was to mend our damaged books. When we would find a book that was in bad shape I would tell Margaret I’d replace it and want to throw it away. She would give me that crushed look, take it, and with her loving little hands spend forever repairing that book. Today a young boy brought one of her book “babies” to the desk to check out. With a smile and a tear in my eye I thought Margaret would be happy to know it is still being read.

I miss my friend.

Rayann Herndon

January 9, 2019

Peggy. I still remember the first time I saw you, you’d just bought your house, two little boys to play with mine. The night we were in your basement,watching for a tornado, and you told us Eddie was on the way!
I can see you waving , as you left for the hospital, smile so big.
The best of neighbors, you and Willie taught my boys so much! Cliff writes just like you! And flying! Willie got them both hooked on that.
But most of all, I saw a woman who loved God and her family, with a gentle ,spirit that was a true example of the Proverbs 31 woman.
You were truly a “ good and faithful servant”.
We’re grateful we knew you.

Richard Lebrun

January 8, 2019

Peggy was a favorite cousin, though in later years I never saw much of her. I have a rather curious tale to tell about one adventure with her. One time when I was in Winnipeg and needed a ride back to Winnipeg (to catch a plane, since I was living in Ottawa ON at the time), Peggy was driving to Winnipeg for some reason and gave me a lift. Unfortunately I forgot my camera in her car. After I returned to Winnipeg, Peggy mailed the camera to me. The funny part is that when I went to Customs to retrieve the camera, the customs officer belittled my story about forgetting it in a cousin's car and insinuated that it must have been a girl friend. He did release the camera to me.