Maria Strauss, a resident of Grayslake, passed away Thursday April 3, 2014, at the age of 78. She was born July 11, 1935 in Verovitisa, Yugoslavia Croatia to Johann and Katarina (nee: Spoljaric) Hermann. Maria was a member of the St. Mary of Annunciation Church. She loved to cook, bake, and gardening. Maria like to watch sports with her husband, but most of all she loved spending time with the family and especially her grandchildren. Maria is survived by her husband of 57 years, Stefan, whom she wed on October 4, 1958 in Chicago, her children Helga (David) Brand of Wauconda, Richard (Laurie) of Grayslake, and Josef (Nancy) of McHenry, her grandchildren Jonathan Brand, Heidi Strauss, Maria Strauss, Dan Strauss, and Ken Strauss, and her siblings Aloisia Hermann of Chicago, Anna (Mathew) of Germany, Katarina of Austria, and Johann of Australia. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Josef. Friends of the family may visit from 10:00am to 11:00am with a funeral mass commencing at 11:00am on Monday, April 7, 2014 at St. Mary of Annunciation 22333 W. Erhart Rd. Mundelein, IL. Interment will follow at Ascension Catholic Cemetery in Libertyville. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.