January 21, 1926 – December 11, 2013
Gretchen Marie Grabau, age 87, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Westhaven Community in Boone.
Gretchen was born January 21, 1926 in Boone, Iowa, the daughter of Daniel Thomas and Anthia (Lewis) Price.
She graduated from Boone High School. Following high school, Gretchen continued her education at Kirkwood Community College and University of Iowa, receiving her degree in Dentistry.
On June 9, 1944, Gretchen married Chris Grabau Jr. in the Grace United Methodist Chapel in Des Moines, Iowa.
Gretchen was a certified and registered Dental Assistant and certified practice manager. She worked with the late H.J. Spies DDS and Elon G. Tucker DDS. She then worked for D.W. Tucker DDS in Boone.
Gretchen was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Boone. She was a republican activist serving the state, local and district in Iowa. Gretchen was active in her professional organizations, the American Dental Assistants Association and Iowa Dental Assistants Association. She was a Boone County United Way Board of Director and also served as a 4-H Leader.
Gretchen is preceded in death by her parents; her two sisters, Maye Lorraine Irwin and Margaret Ann VonKrog and her husband Chris Grabau Jr. on Monday, December 9, 2013. (See the complete obituary for Chris on the website at www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com)
Gretchen is survived by her daughter, Maureen K. Lightfoot (Tom) of New Mexico; her daughter, Kathleen M. Grabau (Jerry) of Ankeny, Iowa; her three grandchildren, Kalvin Grabau-Keele (Paige); Jeff Lightfoot (Jenn) and Shawn Lightfoot; her two great grandchildren, Olivia Lightfoot and Willow Grabau-Keele.
Following cremation, Memorial Services will be held for Chris Jr. and Gretchen Grabau in January 2014, the date of services will be announced. Burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone in early spring 2014.
Memorials may be directed to their family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com
Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is in charge of arrangements.Information provided by: Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home 503 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036 515.432.1922 www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com