Maurice R. Merlau

Sept. 25, 1922 – Aug. 12, 2010

Mr. Maurice R. Merlau, 87, of Union Grove and formerly of Racine, died at the Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010.

He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Sept. 25, 1922, the son of the late Fredrick and Ina (nee VanVoorhis) Merlau. On Aug. 5, 1950, he married Mary L. Noe in Holy Name Catholic Church.

Mr. Merlau served his nation with the U.S. Army during both World War II and the Korean War. After his discharge, he attended and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture. Some of his work included the designs of St. James Church in Mukwonago and St. Mary’s Church and School in South Milwaukee.

He was a former member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. After moving to Union Grove, he and his wife joined St. Robert Bellarmine.

Mr. Merlau enjoyed his time woodworking, gardening and traveling with his family.

In addition to his loving wife, Mary, his survivors include his children, Anne (Arvis Stuart) Bradley of Waukesha, Richard (Karen) Merlau of Elkhart Lake, Patricia (Robert) Godfrey of Ottawa, David (Mary) Merlau of Friendswood, Texas, and William Merlau of Waukesha; grandchildren, John (Gloria) Bradley of Waukesha, Steven (Jennifer Klietz) Merlau, Tammy (Chris) Worden of Dousman, Mary (Douglas) Dickson of Elmendorf, Ala., Katie (Aaron) Kletzke of Janesville, Christina Tatreau of Waukesha, and Sarah, Paul and Ruth Merlau of Friendswood; greatgrandchildren, Amber, John, Sean, Brooke, Samantha, Lewis and William Bradley, Andrew and Connor Worden, Joshua, Hannah, Mathew and Marina Dickson and Asher and Levi Tatreau; brothers, Donald Merlau and Charles Merlau, both of Hilton, N.Y., and Richard (Joanne) Merlau of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Ruth Krumberger and Roberta Noe, both of Racine, and Marion Noe of Texas; as well as many dear nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Merlau; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Barbara Merlau, Millie (Shorty) Parson, Margaret (Robert) Bodi, Ray (Louise) Noe, Robert Noe, Richard Noe and Hank Krumberger.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the noon funeral Mass on Monday, Aug. 16, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 3320 S. Colony Ave., Union Grove, with Rev. Robert Kacalo officiating. A private burial will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home is serving the famly. For more information, call 552-9000 or visit the funeral home online at www.draeger-langendorf.com