Beatrice Josephine (nee Mueller) Strobl entered into eternal rest Saturday, April 23, 2022. Known as “Bea” to everyone, she entered this world December 21, 1924. The second of four children born to Agnes and Joseph Mueller, Bea was raised in Mattese. She met the love of her life, Bob, at a young age, they were married on June 8, 1946, and put down roots close to her family. To this union, Bea and Bob were blessed with four children, Ann, Steve (Georgeann), Jim (Jan) of Florida and Joe (Carolyn) of Farmington.
Over the course of her 97 years, Bea was an avid and enthusiastic cook making many huge kettles of apple butter, trays of peach cobbler, and apple dumplings. Making jelly in her collection of baby food jars was also a cherished pastime. Bea impeccably sewed and appliquéd uniforms for Johnny Mac for many years. In addition to making custom shirts for the Disney trips, Bea was also kept happily busy by her grandchildren fixing holes, hemming pants, putting on patches, and whatever else needed to be done to clothing items. Additionally, Bea had a beautiful talent for knitting and crocheting and always had her needles in her hands. Over the years, as grandchildren were added to the family, Bea made sure every grandchild had at least one afghan custom made, including one for their babydolls.
Bea leaves behind her grandchildren, Jenny (Ron) Bailie, Becky (the late Paul) Just, Steve (Alicia), Katie, Stacey (Kevin) Smith, Amy (Mike) Kerckhoff, Kristy, Jeff (Kate), Kari (Ellis) Boswell, Elizabeth (Brian) Derickson and Michelle. Bea also has 26 great-grandchildren: Charlie and Robby Bailie, Taylor, Emily and Chase Just, Stephen III and Iris Strobl, Jessica Draper, Cody and Cyle Lingo, Luca and Gabriella Smith, MJ, Kenzie, Dylan and Ali Jo Kerckhoff, Benji, Brody, Noah and Nash Strobl, Jackson and Madison Boswell, Riley, Lucas and Lydia Derickson and Audrey Pavely. Bea epitomizes the word grandmother; sweet as can be, always happy to see them, plenty of snacks on hand, and of course they could do no wrong. “Let them be” was her common phrase when the young ones would get a little rambunctious. She was lovingly referred to as "Great-Great", a name that fit her to perfection, so great it had to be said twice. Bea was always kind and gentle, unless the Cardinals were on, then the little ones could not be around due to her “enthusiastic critiquing” of the game. She religiously kept score every single game and was for sure one of the Cardinal’s greatest fans.
To know Bea was to witness true love of life and family. She would always light up when family and friends would visit, and you knew you were in the company of an amazing and irreplaceable woman. Her life was her family, and she will be most dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. We know her beloved husband, parents and brothers were ready to welcome her home.
Visitation will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4556 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO, 63129 at 9:00am followed by a 9:45am funeral mass. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
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