Elna Anne Grau passed away December 20th, 2019

Elna Anne Grau passed way peacefully on December 20th, 2019, in Longmont, Colorado. Elna began her life in St. Joseph, Michigan, on June 26, 1927, the eldest child of Paul and Anna Kasischke. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she and Herbert Carl Grau were married, November 11, 1950. They lived in LaPorte, Indiana where she and Herb raised their children: Susan, Mary, David, and Jim. Elna later moved back to Saint Joseph, before moving to Longmont.

Elna was a gracious, thoughtful person, offering kindness and compassion to those she met. She began each day with a positive attitude. She was a talented artist, sharing her God-given ability in drawings, oil paintings, ceramics, china painting, and watercolors. She genuinely enjoyed her retail experiences at Low’s, Levine’s, and Judee’s, in LaPorte.

She is survived by her daughter Susan Case and son-in-law Duane, of Eau Claire, Michigan; daughter Mary Powell and grandson Robert, of Longmont; son David Grau and daughter-in-law Penny, of Tualatin, Oregon; and Jim Grau, of Dallas, Texas; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her brother Earl and his wife, Joan; sisters-in-law Carolyn Kasischke and Lucille Grau, and cousins, nieces, and nephews. Her husband, Herbert, and brothers Edward and Eldon preceded her to their eternal home-Heaven.

A graveside service for Elna will be held on Saturday, December 28th, at 12:00 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, Michigan, with Rev. Michael Roth officiating.. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran School. 

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