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Sandra Lea Grau

February 9, 1937 September 25, 2023
Sandra Lea Grau
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It is with great sadness that the family of Sandra Lea “Gigi” Grau, from Morrison, Illinois announces her passing, at Allure of Prophetstown, on September 25, 2023 at the age of 86. Sandra Lea was born on February 9, 1937, in Chillicothe, Illinois, to Irvin and Elsie Mae (Cooper) Hines. Sandy was a proud graduate of Morrison High School. On April 22, 1956, she was united in marriage to Merle Lester "Bompey" Grau, in Morrison, Illinois. Merle preceded her in death on January 9, 2019. Sandy dedicated her life to her family and was Merle's right-hand woman on the 3rd generation of Grau farms. She had a diverse career, including working at the Whiteside County Bank, serving as a dedicated mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and working as a real estate agent for Ray Harvey and Smith & Associates Real Estate Companies. Sandy was deeply involved in her community and cherished her memberships in the PEO Sisterhood, the Morrison Boosters, and the Morrison United Methodist Church, where she shared her beautiful voice in the choir. She was an avid golfer and belonged to the Morrison Country Club. For many years, she played in Ladies Lincoln Highway Golf Tournament, and was equally excited to spend a day on the course with Merle and friends. Sandy and Merle shared a passion for travel, crisscrossing the United States, coast to coast, to support their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren's activities. They spent twenty delightful winters in The Villages, Florida, creating treasured memories together.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and there will be no services; however, the family will be hosting a Celebration of Sandy’s Life, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at Harvest Bakery in Erie, IL. We deeply appreciate those that have reached out, as it has given us comfort during this difficult time. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Morrison United Methodist Church, the American Alzheimer's Association or (as a 7-year survivor of Pancreatic Cancer) to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Sandy is survived by her loving family, including two daughters: Lauri (Keith) Meier of Lyndon, Illinois, and Lindy (Art) Angeli of Lakewood, Colorado; one son: Mitch (Carole) Grau of Carrollton, Texas; seven grandchildren: Dawn Temple, Cole Temple, Ashley Angeli (Travis) Kupfer, Jordan and Darik Angeli, Kyle (Stacy) Grau, and Scott Grau; six great-grandchildren Miles and Logan (Dawn); Addison and Callum (Ashley); Teague and Marren (Kyle); three step-grandchildren: Amada (Joe) Hendrix, Mike (Jodi) Meier, and Andy Meier; and sister: Roberta (Robert) Blean.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Elsie Hines, her beloved husband, Merle Grau, and sister, Beverly (Carlos) Lynch.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 6/2/2024 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 6/2/2024 5:00:00 PM
Harvest Bakery & More

916 Albany Street
Erie, IL 61250

Harvest Bakery & More
916 Albany Street Erie 61250 IL
United States

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