Muriel M. Straub

Muriel M. Straub (nee Meyer), 108 years old, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur, son John, grandson John Martin, daughter-in-law Jacqueline and longtime companion Thomas Kiely. She was the loving mother of Arthur Straub, Jr. and his wife Charlene and Stanley Straub. Adored grandmother of Suzanne (Jason), Kurt (Christy), Ashley (Jeff) and Julie (Andie). Cherished great-grandmother of Julia, Sophia, Wyatt, William, Jack, Hendrick and Madison. Also survived by loving family members Lillian and John Skoda as well as many other relatives and friends.

Muriel was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an Air Warden during WWII and was a life member of the Norwood Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a school crossing guard in Norwood at the corner of Blanch Avenue and Summit Street for over 30 years and retired at age 97. She was also a longtime member of the Norwood Senior Center.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 4-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 11 AM with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norwood EMS, PO Box 8, Norwood, NJ 07648.


  1. Muriel,
    May you Rest in peace, you were an amazing soul..God Bless you

    Debbie and Dani

  2. I loved “Mike” and my strong devotion to her was rooted in her love for my big brother, Rick. When Rick’s biological mom died, Mike treated Rick as her #4 son! They had a playful relationship based on their quirky sense of humor. Rick worked for his Uncle Walter as a plumber. Mike took ceramics and one year, she gave Rick a gift – something she made in ceramics – a toilet! But the funniest part was that she put tootsie rolls in it to look like…! They gave that gift back and forth to one another for years. My brother passed away two years ago, and my sister-in-law found the infamous ceramic piece which I now have and will treasure always as a reminder of their love and awesome sense of humor!
    After I moved from NJ to MD, I loved coming up to visit Mike. When I was there, she would always ask me if we were going to have a “party” on Saturday night. By that she meant that I would cook a meal (“What do you want to eat Mike?” “Anything you want to cook!”) and invite my cousins Jane and Ruth to come over and join us! She would always set the table with her fine china and silverware and served her Opici wine!
    Sometimes she wanted to go to Brady’s Fox Hunt Inn where she could enjoy a delicious meal (her favorite was the Brady Burger!) and to be spoiled by Ed (the owner) and Majella (the bartender). We also took many jaunts to D’Ercole Farms where Joey and Anna would trade stories with her of days gone by. Inevitably, Joey would send her home with a box of delicious donuts from D’Ercole Donuts – which she loved!
    She was also very fond of my cousin Billy. I would take her to his shop (Northern Valley Stone) and visit with him and his wife, Liz. We all traded stories and tales of days gone by and laughed and laughed!
    Sometimes, she just liked to drive her around town to see what was changed. My cousin Ruth was often “kidnapped” to go on our little escapades! The very last time we did that, Mike wanted to see the Immaculate Conception church in Norwood. She heard they put in an elevator and re-did the parking lot and wanted to see it!. We rode through the parking lot and, in addition to a new elevator there was a beautiful statue of Our Lady. I had Rosary beads in my car, said a prayer, and draped them over her hands. Her only concern was that someone would steal them!
    Mike was an awesome, young-at-heart woman and was loved by so many people that she touched throughout her 108 years of life. I loved her with all my heart and will miss her so much. But she is now resting in the arms of the angels…May she find some comfort there.

    • Yes Doris I loved spending time with Mike when I came here first from Ireland I actually thought Mike was one if the falkenstern aunts !!! We spent so many good times together . She even came down the shore with me . All her stories about her friendship with aunt Marian and aunt aunt Elenor and their card parties cracked me up . I will miss her

  3. Joan Kohlberger Bryson

    I am praying for your family at this time. I remember Muriel through my Uncle Tom. She always had a smile and kind word.

  4. Kari Martens Meyer

    The news about your passing was a sad message to receive.
    Rest in peace.

    Our deepest sympathies
    Jan Martens Meyer, Roy Martens Meyer,
    Rita Martens Meyer, Kari Martens Meyer and Leslie Christine Reppe.

  5. Kari martens meyer

    Hello, I have no more to add, thank you very much.
    Regards, Kari

  6. Kari martens meyer

    Except, sorry, I forgot; could you please add on the card that we all live in Norway, we are her Norwegian relatives. Thank you very much.
    Please let me know if it’s all right.

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