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Nathan Strube Memorial Garden

Strube family to unveil garden dedicated to 13-year-old killed in accident.

The Strube family on Sunday will celebrate Nathan's birthday by unveiling a memorial garden dedicated to the .

Anyone who knew or was touched by Nathan are invited to view the memorial garden during a dessert reception held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Strube's residence, 1131 Canton Ave.

"When I first saw (the garden) I had a flash of joy and I knew I would eventually be OK," said Katie Strube, Nathan's mother. "When Nathan died I thought I was going to die. A mother's broken heart is almost unbearable."

The idea to create a memorial garden came from Mirna Gonzalez, a family friend.

Bringing the idea to life was a community effort, Katie said.

Calvin, Nathan's younger brother, and his classmates raised funds to buy plants for the garden.

Area businesses donated time and equipment to pave the Strube's backyard. Donations made to the also helped purchase a gazebo and other item to decorate the garden.

"We want to thank the community again. People have just been so wonderful," Katie said. "Not just generous with their time and money, but thoughts and prayers. People care. This is worse than any physical pain I've ever had in my life. I appreciate everbody's support so much."

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Katie Strube August 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A special thanks to Mirna and family, Sean Chew and family, and Kris Demarest and family for all of their hard work in making the garden come alive.
Janet Niermeyer August 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This turned out absolutely beautiful! Katie, would wouldn't miss this. See you soon friend!
kaylei martines November 12, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I've seen the garden to it is beautiful!i will always miss nathan he was the big brother i never had.
kaylei martines November 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
the garden is awesome im sure he would love it if he could see it

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