Mary L. Merlau

Jan. 22, 1922 - April 12, 2011

Mary L. Merlau, 89, died at Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. She was born in Racine on Jan. 22, 1922, daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (nee Sietz) Noe.

On Aug. 5, 1950, she was married to Maurice R. Merlau in Holy Name Catholic Church. He preceded her in death Aug. 12, 2010.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science in public health from the University of Michigan, and then served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Nursing Corps during World War II. She continued her nursing career at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, and then spent many years at North View Home in Waukesha. Mary liked to crochet, reading mystery novels, and traveling. She was formerly a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, and was a current member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Union Grove.

She is survived by her 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 and Steven (Jennifer) Bradley both of Waukesha, Tammy (Chris) Worden of Dousman, Mary (Douglas) Dickson of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, Katie (Aaron) Kletzke of Ottawa, Christina Tatreau of Waukesha, Sarah, Paul and Ruth Merlau of Friendswood; great-grandchildren, Amber, John, Sean, Brooke and William Bradley, Samantha Lewis, Andrew and Connor Worden, Joshua, Hannah, Mathew and Marina Dickson, and Asher and Levi Tatreau; her sister, Ruth Krumberger of Racine; sisters-in-law, Roberta Noe of Racine and Marion Noe of Texas; brothers-in-law, Donald Merlau and Charles Merlau, both of Hilton, N.Y., and Richard (Joanne) Merlau of Rochester, N.Y.; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Raymond (Louise) Noe, Robert Noe, Richard Noe, Millie (Shorty) Parson and Margaret (Robert) Bodi; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Henry Krumberger, Robert Merlau and Barbara Merlau.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial Mass on Saturday, April 16, at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, 3220 S. Colony Ave., Union Grove. A private committal service will be held at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.

Many thanks to the staff at the Union Grove Veterans Home for making Mom and Dad’s last years so wonderful.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home, 552-9000, is serving the family.