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Mathilda Christine Marie

(Vogel) Grau

Born - April 24, 1913

Baptized - May 9,1913

Confirmed - May 8, 1927

Married - November 16, 1938

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - February 26,1980

Buried - February 28, 1980

Zion Lutheran Cemetery,

Phillips County, Kansas





Mathilda Mary "Tillie" Vogel Grau passed away February 26, 1980 at the age of 66. She was born April 24, 1913 in Phillips County to Henry and Emma (Eltiste) Vogel.  She was united in marriage to Ernest Grau on November 16, 1938. They made their home west of Phillipsburg.

Tillie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Ernest of the home; daughters, Laverne Merklein, Stockton, Kansas, Leanna Gibson, Salina, Kansas; sons, Delvin, Rose Hill, Kansas, Melvin, Phillipsburg, Kansas; one sister, Norma Preuss, Phillipsburg and seven grandchildren; Dale, Dwight, Sally, Susan, LeRoy, David and Sheila.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an

 infant brother.

Tillie was baptized into the Lutheran Faith on May 9, 1913, and was confirmed at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church on May 8, 1927.

Memorial services were held Thursday, February 28, at 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Douglas Zurek officiating. Special music was furnished by Betty and Roland Nyquist with Luella Zillinger as organist.

Casket bearers were LeRoy Hays, Dale Merklein, Dwight Merklein, Larry Preuss, James Zillinger and Louis Zillinger, . Interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Phillips County, Kansas.


We wish to express our sincere appreciation for the many acts of sympathy and concern shown at the time of our bereavement. The cards, floral tributes, food brought in, memorial contributions and other kind deeds were truly appreciated and will always be remembered.

The Family of Mathilda "Tillie" Grau

Phillips County Review

Thursday, March 6, 1980




Husband - Ernest H. Grau

Born - June 5, 1912

Died - June 25, 1997 - Kansas



Daughter - Laverne (Grau) Merklein


Daughter - Leanna (Grau) Gibson


Son - Delvin Grau


Son - Melvin Grau



Sister - Norma Frieda Margarethe (Vogel) Preuss

Born - March 25, 1919


Brother - Willis Christ William Vogel

Born- November 14,1923

Died - September 10, 1924

Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas



Father - Heinrich Vogel

Mother - Emma Katherina (Eltiste) Vogel


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