Irene Grabau
Irene Grabau
Irene M. Grabau, 94, of Wykoff, 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 Oct. 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 County, until their retirement in 1981, when they moved into Wykoff. Roy died Aug. 1, 2002. She became a resident of Spring Valley Senior Living in March 2003.

She 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; 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 and six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vernon Kohlmeyer of Champlin.

She was preceded in death by four sisters.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 24, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church with the 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.