Elaine Grace Simon Strubbe passed away peacefully on August 1, 2018 in Naples, Florida. She was 97.
She was born on March 30, 1921 in Racine, Wisconsin to Grace and Peter Simon. As a young girl she and her family moved to Chicago, Illinois where she attended St. Viator's elementary school and then later Alvernia High School. After attending Illinois Institute of Technology she wed the love of her life, Dr. James Marshall Strubbe, in January of 1946 with whom she had nine children. She possessed an adventurous spirit, as one would need, traveling to Mexico for an extended trip with her husband, six children and a seventh on the way. As a devout Roman Catholic she was selfless and at times generous to a fault. Losing her husband to cancer after only 25 years of marriage she faced the task of raising her nine children alone, which she did with a quiet grace and strength which was her hallmark. A child of the Great Depression, she saved everything and was considered by her family to be the original recycler-an old Kool Whip container was never discarded. She was never too busy to listen or counsel those in need; she had a wonderful facility to see the best in people and was never judgmental.
She is survived by a brother-in-law Thomas Strubbe (Kathy) and seven of her nine children, James (Tonya), Kathleen Malone, Virginia Horth (Kenneth), Francine, Elaine Burgess (Michael), Charles and Paul (Bridget) as well as eight grandchildren, Jeremy Carbone, Sean Malone (Kelly), Emily Sustar (John), Michael Burgess (Teah), Matthew Horth, Ryan Burgess (Morgan), James Burgess (fiance Nichole) and Peter Horth as well as eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Lawrence Simon (Jean) her husband, James, son David Peter Strubbe and daughter Mary Ann Strubbe as well as her parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Naples, FL. Graveside services will be at All Saints Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Vitas Healthcare Hospice of Naples or Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Florida.
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