Nobuko Akase Strebe, 76, of Pueblo West, Colo. joined the Lord, on Dec. 31, 2014. She passed away on New Year's Eve doing the things she loved. Nobuko was square and line dancing with family and friends and closed the dance by singing Auld Lang Syne in Japanese. Nobuko was born to Tadakatsu and Yoshi Akase on July 2, 1938, in Nagasaki, Japan. She was married to Arnold G. Strebe on January 30, 1959 in Tokyo, Japan. Nobuko was a Nagasaki Atom Bomb survivor and lived a full and meaningful life and was loved and adored by many. She enjoyed creating special moments with family and friends throughout her entire life, enjoyed square dancing, line dancing, traveling and helping others. Nobuko is survived by her husband, Arnold; three children, Arnold (Sigrid), Tori, and Glenn (Terri); four grandchildren, Tori, Courtney, Joshua, and Kamiko; two great-grandchildren, Adeline and Duncan; one brother; and four sisters. Preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Kaji and Shuzo. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Church of Christ, 220 W. 2nd St., in Florence. Memorials may be made direct to Alzheimers Association, 4104 Outlook Blvd. Bldg. B, Pueblo, CO 81008. Online condolences, www.Montgomery & Steward.com

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  1. So sorry to hear of Nobuko’s passing. My deepest sympathy to your family. She was always a joy to visit with and I still have the rice cooker she gave my Mom. If you come this way please call I’d love to see you again. Deepest sympathy

  2. Arnold and Tori, I am so deeply sorry for your loss, and for the loss for all of you (sons and brothers, Arnold, Glenn, and the entire family), of this truly lovely person and dear soul — Nobuko brought so much that was so good into the lives she touched in the world, and though I did not see her often, I, too, will miss her gentle spirit. My heart goes out to all of you.

  3. Arnold, please accept Judy and my condolences for the death of Nobuko.. I personally remember her from my visit to your home in Japan. Judy also has fond memories of Nobuko’s visit to Australia. Because of her kindness and knowledge we finally got a rice cooker.
    Bob & Judy Becker Nairne South Australia

  4. Arnold & family We were so sorry to hear of your loss: Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Dear Arnie,
    It breaks my heart to hear of Nobuko’s passing but it lightens it somewhat to see where she was dancing. That’s the way I would like to go too. Think of you guys so often and of all the fun we had and would love to be able to turn back the clock. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. So sorry to hear, Arnie. The loss of a parent is something that is supposed to be natural…..but never feels that way. Nancy’s and my thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Arnie. Based on her son, she was obviously a great woman and will surely be missed by many.
    Bobby & Vanessa Reynolds

  8. So sorry for your loss of a loving wife , mother and grandma . Our thoughts are with all of you. The Linda Clark Family

  9. Arnie and Family,
    Heartfelt condolences to you during this time. While I never had the privilege of meeting your mother, Arnie, you have told me many wonderful stories about her. You and your family are in the hearts and prayers of my family at this time.

  10. Thinking of the Strebe Family during this time of great loss. She was a lovely and sweet lady. I feel blessed to have met her. My children, who are now in their teens now, still remember when she gave them her Japanese candy many many years ago. She will be missed but never forgotten, treasure your memories. I am a friend of Tori’s, as we were classmates and neighbors in ND.

  11. Nobuko was such a joy to all of us with her ever present smile and friendly greetings. It was amazing that she never seemed to foget our names, no matter how long it had been since we had last seen her. She will be missed by so many people! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Arnold.

  12. Dear Strebe Family, I was an honor and privilege to spend Nobuko’s last evening on Earth with her. We are new to the dance group and felt very welcomed. I look forward to dancing with Nobuko in the next life. Sincerely Sharon and Allen Sibole

  13. Arnold and family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Nobuko was a wonderful woman – warm, kind, generous and loving. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
    You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time.
    Rhonda Boshears

  14. Dear Arnold and family. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of you wife and mother. We met at the Linda Block Party a year or so ago. We pray for you. Will keep in touch.

  15. Arnold our hearts goes out to you and your family, we love you guys and we feel the loss as well. Nobuko was a blessing in our lives as are you and she will be truly missed.

  16. Dear Strebe Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to you as you deal with this great loss.

  17. Dear Arnold and family, the love you shared with your dear wife was so obious to anyone who saw you two together. She was so open and friendly to all. I had the pleasure of meeting Nobuko at square dancing years ago and she always recognized me and spoke to me at dances all over town! My heart goes out to you because I know how much you will miss her. Your love and respect for each other was a blessing to all who had the pleasure to witness it. Rhonda Atwater

  18. Dear Strebe Family, our heartfelt sympathy and condolences are being sent to you from the Irving Family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Bruce and Carol Irving.

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