Lucy Ann Wolfe Straka


Lucy Ann Straka, 96, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018, at The Grand in Dublin. Lucy Ann was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with a focus on her children and their families. She was a faithful friend with many friendships cultivated over a lifetime of living in Fairview Park, prior to her move in her later years to Columbus.

She was a caregiver all of her life, working as a registered nurse and volunteering with the local PTA, Girl Scouts and her church. She and her husband, Joe, traveled to Europe and Asia and spent the winter months for many years in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mostly, Lucy Ann valued the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and her many friends.

Lucy Ann was born in DeGraff on Jan. 26, 1922, the oldest daughter of the late Daniel and Mary Moore Wolfe. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. John Wolfe, and her husband, Joe Straka.

On April 15, 1950, in DeGraff, she married Joe Straka and they moved to Cleveland where they lived for 62 years. They had three children and she is survived by daughters, Mary Ann (Patrick) Straka Schrote of Seattle and Joann (Mark) Straka Rosenberg of Columbus; son, James (Hilarie) Straka of Atlanta; grandchildren, Mallory (Matthew) Straka Cohen of Atlanta, Benjamin Rosenberg of Chicago, M. Sean Rosenberg of Columbus and Spencer Schrote and Rachel Schrote, both of Seattle; one great-grandchild, Collins Monroe Cohen of Atlanta; and a niece, Marilyn (Stan) DeMoor of Cleveland and nephew, John Winn Wolfe of Seattle and their families.

Lucy Ann attended Riverside High School, Denison University, where she was an Alpha Xi Delta, and Huron Road Nursing School in Cleveland. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and of John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmstead. Lucy Ann will be remembered as the heart of her family, instilling the love of family in her children. She loved to connect with people, was a devoted nurse and caregiver, and enjoyed golf, gardening, cooking, card games, music and travel.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff. A life celebration is planned for 5 p.m. at La Scala Restaurant in Dublin followed by refreshments. Donations to your favorite charity can be made in Lucy Ann’s honor.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff and condolences may be expressed to the family at