Date of death: 4/9/2015
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1952
Father John J. Strebig, 88, entered eternity on Thursday, April 9, 2015 to be welcomed by the Lord Jesus whom he served as a priest for 63 years. He took his last breath as the Albertine Sisters prayed the rosary at his side. He preached and practiced the Catholic Faith with humble piety and devotion. As a priest and pastor he treated his people with kindness and gentleness. He has a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and considered himself committed to Pro-Life postures in public society. Father Strebig was a graduate of Cathedral Grade School in Fort Wayne, Sacred Heart Seminary in Fort Wayne and Saint Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1952 in the Cathedral at Fort Wayne. The parochial assignments of Father Strebig were many. he was an Assistant priest at Holy Name in Cedar Lake, St. John Bosco, Hammond, St. Mary, East Chicago and St. Bridget, Hobart. He was the founding pastor at St. Bridget’s in Hobart. His last assignment was as pastor at Sacred Heart in LaPorte. Named a senior priest in 1997, he spent the last years of his life in residence at the Albertine Home in Hammond. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester Charles Strebig and Dessie Mann Strebig; his brother, Dr. Charles Strebig; and sister, Jean Stayanoff.