Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Kathleen Mae Straka

Kathleen Mae Straka, age 93, of Shelby, died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Kathleen was born January 28, 1929 in Shelby to Ralph and Emily (Spangler) Allwine and was a 1947 graduate of Shelby High School. Kathleen had worked for the Shelby Sales Book Company, Roethlisberger Transfer Company, and ultimately retired from the Mansfield News Journal. She also babysat and did housework for many area families.

Kathleen was a lifelong member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and longtime member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Throughout her life, Kathleen and her family were active with Pro-Life Ohio, Inc. She also was a member of the John Birch Society, liked putting together puzzles and researching genealogy of her family history, and had enjoyed painting portraits of her father’s photography.

Kathleen is survived by her son: R. Myron (Bonny) Straka of Curtice, Ohio; Paula Straka of Shelby; sister; Janice Davis of Mansfield; brother: Lawrence (Joan) Allwine of Colorado; sisters-in-law: Dolores Allwine and Elsie Allwine; caretakers and friends: Barb Castor and Barb Studer; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. On July 3, 1950 Kathleen married Paul Albert Straka and he preceded her in death on January 30, 2013. Her parents; 3 brothers: John Allwine, Francis Allwine, and Richard Allwine; and 2 sisters: Rosemary Gross and Eleanor Rietschlin also preceded her in death.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, January 7, 2023 from 12 noon-1 pm at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 where her funeral mass will immediately follow at 1 pm. A rosary will be recited at 12:45 pm for anyone wishing to join in prayer prior to Mass. Fr. Chris Mileski will officiate with burial following in the church cemetery. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Care for Kathleen and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Online condolences can be left on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Jane Butler says:

    Myron and Paula,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the death of your Mom. She will be greatly missed.
    Jane and Greg Butler

  2. Barbara Castor says:

    What a blessing to get to know this lady in a special way! Her beautiful smile, her quiet disposition, and cute sense of humor. Heaven gained a special angel. Deepest Sympathy to her family and friends. RIP Kathleen.

  3. Rich & Bonnie Banichar says:

    Myron & Paula,
    Our prayers are with you. Your family was great neighbors and always kind to our children. May the Risen Christ Bless you with Peace
    and Joy.
    Rich & Bonnie

  4. amy a beechingIm says:

    Im so very sorry for the loss of your mother Paula

  5. Betsy and Jake Tijerina says:

    We’re so very sorry for the loss of your mom… we pray that your memories of her will bring you some comfort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jake and Betsy Tijerina

  6. John Rietschlin says:

    Dear Myron and Paula,
    We offer you our deepest condolences and our prayers on the death of your mom, our Aunt Kathleen. We know that she will be deeply missed. We are grateful that we were able to spend time with her this summer during our visit to the Shelby area. Sending you our love and best wishes at this difficult time.
    John and Donna Rietschlin

  7. Laura Butler says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Great Aunt Kathleen has passed. I appreciated her knowledge of our family genealogy. Sending love and comfort to her children, Myron and Paula.

  8. Missie Harperink (Woessner) says:

    Paula and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear the passing of your mother. I always had fond memories of you all when you use to babysit me. May god comfort you in this time of loss. Hugs to you all. ❤️❤️

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