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Irene M. Grabau


Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Irene M. Grabau, age 94, of Wykoff, Minn., died Wednesday morning, March 21, 2012, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Irene was born March 21, 1918, in Wykoff the daughter of Ernest and Alvina (Westphal) Kohlmeyer. She married Roy N. Grabau October 5, 1938, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff. The couple farmed and made their home on Roy’s family farm in Forestville Township, Fillmore Co., until their retirement in 1981 when they moved into Wykoff. Roy died August 1, 2002. She became a resident of the Spring Valley Senior Living in March 2003.

Irene was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was active in the Ladies Aid. She was also involved with a local social club, the Wykoff Senior Citizens and the Wykoff Food Shelf. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidering, crocheting, cooking, baking, canning and gardening.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Verna Savory of Xenia, Ohio, and Belinda (Daniel) Foisy of Coon Rapids, Minn.; one son, Marvin (Shelly) Grabau of rural Spring Valley; seven grandchildren, Scott, Jeffrey and Patrick Savory, Donna and Michael Foisy and Christine Hyrkas and Shannon Grabau; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vernon Kohlmeyer of Champlin, Minn. She was preceded in death by four sisters.

The funeral was Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wykoff, with Rev. Peter J. Sestak officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the donor’s favorite organization.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Wykoff assisted the family with arrangements.

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