Obituaries

Max Joseph Striedl Sr.

August 24, 1936 - October 26, 2020

Born to Max and Marie Striedl on August 24, 1936, Max J. Striedl, Sr. died peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, October 26th.  Max was raised in Batavia, and was valedictorian of the B.H.S class of 1954.  He participated in football, basketball, track & field, baseball, the Latin Club, and Student Council, and remained a proud “Bulldog” through and through his entire life.  He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Illinois, earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering. It was there that he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Rothermel, and they were wed on June 22, 1963 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva.  They raised their family of five in Max’s hometown of Batavia, and his family remained the center of his life and heart all his days.  He began coaching Batavia youth baseball during his college summers, and later coached Little League for his four sons.  After serving many years on the board of Batavia Boys Baseball, he was recognized by having a Batavia baseball field named in his honor.  As official time-keeper for Batavia football and basketball for 48 years, Max was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coach’s Hall of Fame in 1992.  He was named Batavia’s “Citizen of the Year” in 1993, the “Les Hodge Bulldog Backer of the Year” in 1995, and the “Batavia Basketball Fan of the Year” in 1998, and was inducted into the Batavia Public Schools “Hall of Honor” in 2018.  Max was involved in B.S.A. Troop 12 with his sons, serving as committee treasurer and coordinator of the Troop Christmas tree lot for many years, and was awarded the “Boy Scout District Award of Merit” in 1992.  Active for years in the Batavia Music Buffs, Max was chairman of the Fundraising Committee and Coordinator for the annual B.H.S. hoagie sale.

After working for many years as Chief Estimator for Lorig Construction in Des Plaines, Max retried and took his dream job working as an usher at Wrigley Field for 10 years.  Most important to Max was his family, his Catholic faith, and his love for his Lord, Jesus Christ.  A life-long member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, Max was a youth Catechist, co-chair for the church’s Barn Sale, and a member of the Building Committee for the new Church and the Parish School.  Max also served on the Board of the Batavia Brotherhood Banquet, volunteered regularly at Hesed House in Aurora, and was the Coordinator of the Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference for more than 20 years. 

Max was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Marie, and his brother, Richard Striedl, and sister-in-law Mary Beth Striedl.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Ann, his five children and five grandchildren, Rev. Max Striedl, Jr. of Elburn, Melissa Striedl of Aurora, Matthew (Sue) Striedl and their daughter, Rose, of Sugar Grove, Mark (Gretchen) Striedl and their children Max and Olivia, of Lake In The Hills, and Mitchell (Sue Jin) Striedl and their children, Christopher and Joshua of Wheaton; as well as his brothers George (Shirley) Striedl of Batavia, and Frank (Chris) Striedl of Yorkville, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear close friends.  Visitation for Max will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, where the number of people inside at one time will be restricted, and waiting lines may be maintained outside.  Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia. Due to COVID restrictions, attendance at the Mass will be limited to family and invited guests, and the public at large may reserve any remaining seats through the Holy Cross Parish website beginning Friday, October 30.  Masks will be required for both the visitation and the Mass.  Interment will be held private in River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Max’s name to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, and Hesed House in Aurora. 

Guest Book

  • Marjorie Logman I remember the family so well .So sorry for your loss. My Dad was Bert Johnson. I taught kindergarten at Gustafson
  • Craig Lawrence My deepest condolences to the Striedl family. What a remarkable man who touched so many lives. Please know you are surrounded by love during this difficult time.
  • Rudy J Dubis To the Striedl family,my thoughts and prayers are with you with the passing of Max. He was always a good friend of mine throughout the 45 years of working with him at Batavia High School. Rest in piece my friend.
  • Kenneth Aurand Mary Ann and family, you are all in our prayer. Max and I worked on some Curcillos and Catholic Men's Conferences over the years. Max's love of Jesus and family was a grace shared by him to many. He will be missed by many. Peace of Christ's love to all. Ken/Tricia Aurand
  • Mike and Rita Bergeron Mike and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Max, Sr. He was a solid fixture at Holy Cross and will be dearly missed. Offering prayers of comfort and healing at this time.
  • Dcn. Ken Ramsey My deep condolences go out to the entire Striedl family. Your whole family has always been important to me and I loved and respected Max immensely. I am sorry I will be unable to attend any services as I am restricted to my contact with others due to my health.
  • Mary & Sheila Green We have been blessed by Max's friendship over many years. His big, warm hugs on Sunday mornings at Holy Cross Church will be especially missed but always remembered. We may have cheered for opposite Chicago Baseball Teams, but shared the love of the Game. Our deepest sympathy to the Striedl Family. Rest in Peace, Max.
  • Light of the World Evangelization Ministries Fr. Max and all the Striedl's - We are praying for the repose of the soul of your dear father, Max and all of you for peace as you grieve his loss!
  • Jennifer Pilarski Missy, Mrs. Striedl, Fr. Max, Matthew, Mark, Mitch and the Striedl family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Husband. In knowing him through my friendship with Missy, I long admired his example of what it was to be a faithful servant and witnessing how faith has always been at the center of everything with your family. He was so full of love for all of you and led an extraordinary Christian life. Undoubtedly, your Dad touched countless others, including myself, and for that, we are grateful. My prayers continue for all of you. Rest in peace, Mr. Striedl.
  • Patrick Kelly I always loved to be in a conversation with Max and to see him at all the sporting events. He was a warm and gracious soul. My heartfelt prayers with you all.
  • Paul & Debbie Nelson Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the Striedl family. DeColores and God speed.
  • Jan Marie (Giebelhausen) Jacobson Dearest Aunt Mary Ann, Fr. Max, Melissa, Mitchell, Matthew & Mark; may your husband/father Rest in Peace knowing he served the Lord to his fullest capacity during his life, leaving legacies for all of us to be proud of, admire and follow. His physical presence will be missed by all, yet his spiritual strength remains in all our hearts.
  • Michael Stiers Difficult to realize that Max is gone. He was bigger than Life. When one reflects on his many roles in and around Batavia....Our town will not be the same.Blessings and prayers go out to Mary Ann and the terrific kids.
  • Daniel Hoefler I had the honor of being on the baseball board and with Max on the Brotherhood Banquet committee and through scouting. He was a dedicated member of each and we will miss his thoughts and leadership especially with the brotherhood group. He will be missed
  • Damon Frugoli I had the honor of volunteering with Max at the Great Lakes Catholic Men's Conference. He was a joy to be around and always made me feel important. I will never forget the hug he gave me the last time I saw him. Rest in peace Max.
  • James Giebelhausen Dear Aunt Mary Ann, Mx, Melissa, Matthew, Mark & Mitchell...I am very saddened to hear of the passing of your husband & father. Max was an amazing, funny & respectable man, and I will always be honored that he is my godfather. I know he is looking down watching over all of us and smiling. Rest in Peace "Uncle Max"
  • Matt and Chris Winkle Very sorry to hear of Max's passing. Our prayers go out to the Striedl family.
  • Anita Such a sweet man. Loved his family, wife and children so dearly. Enjoyed working with him in the process of caring for his wife. Loved making his favorite Friday lunch for him, grilled cheese. So weird with him gone. Truly missed. Rest in peace Max.
  • Mary Ann Sestak Mary Ann, I am so very sorry to learn of your loss of Max. He was a great man. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to share his friendship. My prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. God bless!
  • David and Jeanne Leezer Dear Mary Ann and Family, The world lost such good man in Max’s passing from this world. I loved coming to know him on the Choir trip to Austria and Italy where we had so much fun and made such lovely memories. His Faith in Christ led him to make such a difference in the world in so many arenas. May Our Heavenly Father welcome Max home with the words that he so richly deserves... “Well done, good and faithful servant, Well done” We will be praying for God’s Grace to comfort you.
  • David and Jeanne Leezer Dear Mary Ann and Family, The world lost such good man in Max’s passing from this world. I loved coming to know him on the Choir trip to Austria and Italy where we had so much fun and made such lovely memories. His Faith in Christ led him to make such a difference in the world in so many arenas. May Our Heavenly Father welcome Max home with the words that he so richly deserves... “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We will be praying for God’s Grace to comfort you.
  • Carol Schroeder Schmitt MaryAnn and family- I was saddened to hear about Max. I hope your faith will carry you through this difficult time. I have known your family my entire life, and the world lost a good man with his passing.
  • Russ and Mary George Safe journey, Max, into the arms of your waiting heavenly Father. You have been an inspiration to us. Meeting you at Cursillo, we came to know you as a passionate leader in spreading the faith to all you knew. The joy of knowing Jesus as your Savior and Lord forever motivated you to share the Good News of God's love in what ever way was before you. You will be missed in this world, but we look forward to one day meeting you again at the Heavenly Banquet Table. De Colores!
  • Janet and Joe Marmion St. Augustine “It is perfectly in order for loving hearts to grieve at the death of their dear ones and to shed the tears that suit our mortal condition, but these tears should be quickly dried by the joy of the faith with which we believe that when the faithful die, they depart from us only a little while and pass on to better things. You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
  • Jeanne Murray McCloskey I didn't know Max Sr, but I'm sure he was a most wonderful man as evidenced by his kind, humble, wise son, Father Max Jr, who I knew for 6 years at St Mary in Huntley. What a shock I'm sure. I pray for the repose of his soul and the prayerful keeping of his family. God Bless!
  • Mary Fran and Alan Fulton Max and his family have been friends for over 40 years. Has been a rock at Holy Cross and at the Men's conference: as well as a model citizen. Will be missed!
  • Phil Meyers Max was a man who contributed much good to the world. His leadership of the Great Lakes Catholic Men's Conference brought many guys to Christ.
  • Loretta (Kelly) Brace MaryAnn and family, so sorry to hear the news about Max. I'm picturing he and Dan catching up on the last two years of baseball. Sending thoughts and prayers.
  • Maria Maddox May the angels lead him into paradise, and may the martyrs welcome him on his way, and lead him into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the choirs of angels welcome him, and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may he have everlasting life.
  • Nancy and Ed Brenski To Maryann, Father Max, Missie, Matthew, Mark and Mitch, I have never known a man more committed to his family, community and his Church. I know you will miss him .
  • Ken Kosek I'm so sorry to hear this news, and pass along my prayers and sincere condolences. Max was always one of my favorite people in the Holy Cross family. You all are in my prayers.
  • Andy Wujek Accept our sympathy from the Catholic men from Holy Cross Mendota who attended a number of GLMC over the years. God Bless Max!!!
  • Jane Mayer MaryAnn and Family, I am extremely sad at the death of Max. I however rejoice in the knowledge he is with all who have gone before him and is at peace. God bless you all. Jane and Max
  • Mike & Janice Petri MaryAnn and Family, Max was a great friend, and we will miss him. You have our deepest sympathy. Mike & Janice Petri