Woman Who Survived Sinking of Titanic Dead at 92
CHICAGO (AP) _ A Chicago woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic has died of natural causes at age 92, relatives said Wednesday.
Ann Straube moved from Scranton, Pa., with her parents to their homeland of Ireland at an early age. But as a teen-ager she boarded the Titanic with an aunt to come to the United States, said Mary Kapolnek, one of Mrs. Straube’s daughters.
The British steamliner struck an iceberg and went down on the night of April 14, 1912, with a loss of 1,500 lives, including Mrs. Straube’s aunt.
Mrs. Straube was rescued and brought to New York. She eventually moved to Chicago, where she married and had three daughters.
Mrs. Kapolnek said her mother would not talk about the sinking and refused to return to Ireland to see her parents because she was afraid of both the water and flying.
″She would be scared if we (children) even went in a rowboat,″ Mrs. Kapolnek said.
Mrs. Straube is survived by two daughters, 11 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.