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Marie Bernadette Straw

On March 25, 2024, Marie passed away in her home at age 93. Born in 1930 in Chicago, IL, her family ultimately moved to San Francisco, CA where she attended San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain) and graduated with a BS, majoring in chemistry. After working at Cutter Labs, she went to St. Louis University and received her master’s degree in biochemistry. She was one of only two women in the program. She then worked at the Radioactivity Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco until her marriage to Richard Straw in 1956. She paused her career to raise her 7 children but began teaching chemistry in 1974 at Sacramento City College. Later, she accepted a tenured position at College of the Sequoias where she taught full time, not retiring until she was 82! She cared deeply for her family, neighbors, and friends. She did this not out of obligation, but because of the kindhearted person she was. She loved working in her garden and everything she touched thrived. She is survived by her children, Frank Straw (Angelica), Tony Straw (Suzi), Mary Marty (Paul), Paula Kelly (Sean), Daniel Straw, Matt Straw (Christina), and 15 grandchildren. All loved her fiercely and will miss her terribly. She was predeceased by her husband Richard Straw and son Richard Straw Jr.


Rosary Service:
Friday April 19, 2024 at 6:00pm
George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers
2691 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818

Funeral Mass:
Saturday April 20, 2024 at 9:00am
St. Robert Parish
2243 Irvin Way, Sacramento, CA 95822

Committal Service:
Saturday April 20, 2024 at 11:00am
St. Mary Cemetery
6509 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820