Our precious mother and friend, Laura M. (Underbrink) Strubhart, passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on June 2, 2021 at the age of 95 years. She was born March 21, 1926 in Riviera, to Orlando and Grace (Remingler) Underbrink. She went to Catholic school in Vattman, with her siblings. She would tell stories of working and playing on her family farm and how much she loved helping her daddy with planting and milking cows.
When she was 19 years old she worked at Walter Craig Wholesale House in Kingsville, as a (self-taught) bookkeeper. Laura at the age of 14 years, met a handsome man Anthony (Tony) Strubhart, who she knew she would marry one day. He went off to war for 3 years, returned and still in love, they married Jan. 16, 1946. They shared their lives together for 55 years raising 13 children on their small dairy in Riviera.
Laura was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was known best by everyone for her kindness and sweet smile. After raising her children she and her husband moved from Riviera to Shiner. Laura was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. She was active and dedicated her time for many years to Catholic Daughters, Alter Society, KJZT Society, VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary.
Laura was a woman of unwavering faith, devotion and love, shown not only by example, but shared freely with family, friends and strangers. She had a love for the beauty of the outdoors all her life.
She spent many hours a day doing yard work and gardening. There will be a big void now that she has left us, but she will not be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts.
Laura is survived by her 13 children. 3 daughters; Susann Dudzik, Mary Davis and Laurie (James) Kocian. 10 sons; Donald (Delores) Strubhart, Frank (Beth) Strubhart, David (Janet) Strubhart, Danny (Jackie) Strubhart, Leo Strubhart, Anthony Jr (Dana) Strubhart, John Strubhart, Pat Strubhart, Tim (Cindy) Strubhart, Charles Strubhart. 29 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren and 36 great great grandchildren. 1 sister Margie (Underbrink) Brown. 1 sister in law; Loraine (Till) Underbrink.
Preceded in death; husband Anthony B. Strubhart. 7 sisters; Irene (Bill) Cumberland, Clara (Edward) Schonefeld, Idella (Lawrence)Strubhart, Alma (Sherman) Sinton, Edna Key, Henrietta Underbrink, Awanda Underbrink. 4 brothers: Cornelius (Adelaide) Underbrink, Marion Underbrink, Harold (Billie Faye) Underbrink, Orville Underbrink.
The Family wants to give a huge thank you to Dr. MG Wilkinson for the excellent care provided and love she gave to Laura for the last 40 years. Thank you to every medical provider and caregiver that touched her life. She loved and was very grateful to them all.
In lieu flowers, donations may be made to Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas.
A visitation for Laura will begin on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas with a rosary recited at 5 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 10 a.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Shiner, Texas with Father Bryan Heyer officiating. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.
Buffington Funeral Home - 520 North Ave. C, Shiner, Tx 77984 Phone (361) 594-3352.