Aaron C. Straus, age 47, of Astoria, New York, passed away on April 26, 2021. Born in Elmer, New Jersey in December of 1973, he graduated from Pitman High School in 1992. His love for music lead him on a path to Lebanon Valley College, where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Recording Technology.
After college, with his sights set on Broadway, Aaron moved to New York. When Pigs Fly was his first big Off Broadway show, where he demonstrated that he had what it took to run the sound. From there he went on to work shows such as Cabaret, Newsies, Kinky Boots and most recently he worked as a sub on Hamilton, just to name a few. Aaron was dedicated to his work, and he enjoyed what he did.
Aaron is survived by his wife, Fruzsina Straus, his children, Clara and Sebastian Straus; His parents, Louanne Straus and Robert Straus (Lin Brodsky); His sister Leisl Zabelin (Pasha), step brother Casey Watson, and nephew Ruslan Zabelin. He is predeceased by his grandparents Louis J. Gerlack and Phyllis M. Gerlack of Elk Township, New Jersey and Gertrude Straus and John Straus of Glassboro, New Jersey.
When the lights went out on Broadway last year due to COVID 19 restrictions, Aaron went to spend time in the country at his late grandparent’s home in New Jersey. While there he enjoyed meandering outdoors, helping his mom and aunt, riding the John Deer tractor around the property, and relishing in the quiet solitude of a nighttime bonfire either alone or with the occasional visitor.
Aaron had a big heart full of love for those near and dear to him. A college friend of Aaron’s shared the following words that so aptly capture his nature: “His calming spirit, he was like a shield, being in his presence was an honor…His beauty inside and out were breathtaking, the way he communicated his love without saying a word, and those sneaky ways he expressed it, they were magic and undeniable.”
A celebration of Aaron’s life, as well as his late grandfather’s Loius J.Gerlack who died at the age of 98 on April 9, 2020, will be held on August 1. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details if you wish to attend as we are requesting an RSVP for attendance.
If you would like to send a gift in Aaron’s memory we are suggesting you make a donation in his name to The Actor's Fund.
They provide a variety of services and assistance not only to actor’s, but for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community.