- November 5, 1912 - August 29, 2013
- Fort Myers, Florida
of Mimi's Passing
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Helen May "Mimi" Straub, 100, died quietly in her sleep on August 29, 2013 in her home at Emeritus Assisted Living in Bonita Springs, Florida. "Mimi" Straub was born Helen May Voglesonger on November 5, 1912 in Rochester, Minnesota to Annette DeBeer Voglesonger and the Reverend Henry Voglesonger. She is survived by her daughters, Suzanne Currey and Kristina Straub, grandchildren Laura Currey-Taseva, Brownlee Currey, Bailey Clark, and Evie Clark, and by great-grand children Sofia Taseva and William Tasev.
At the age of five, she moved from Minnesota to Pennsylvania, where Rev. Voglesonger took up the post of minister at a Presbyterian church in Carlyle. Later, he became a minister in Newport, Pennsylvania, where Mimi Straub grew up. She attended Beaver College for two years, and worked for the Work Progress Administration before she married Harrison David "Bud" Straub in 1942. The couple lived together in five different southern states until 1992 when Bud passed away in Estero, Florida. During her life, Mimi worked in several different positions as secretary and office manager, ending her career as building manager for Casa Bonita on Bonita Beach. She loved music and began playing piano at her father's church at the age of 11. She was still playing piano for church services held at Emeritus Assisted Living during the last year of her life.
Mimi was deeply interested in history and very active in her community of Estero, where she worked as a docent for Koreshan State Park. In doing this work, she discovered her ability as a public speaker, and is remembered for speaking eloquently for environmental and social causes in Estero. In 1999 she founded the Estero Historical Society, and to the time of her death remained a passionate speaker about and advocate for the study of local history. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Estero Historical Society, PO Box 1314, Estero, Fl 33929.