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In Memory of Marvin Grabau

Marvin J. Grabau, age 77, of Hudson, WI, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN following an apparent heart attack. Marvin was born October 27, 1943 in Bismarck, ND to parents Fredrick and Lydia Grabau. After his graduation from high school, Marvin went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Westmar College, then onto to pursue his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Lemars, IA. Marvin “Mr. Grabau” began a fulfilling career in education. He started teaching at Climbing Hill High School in Iowa, before making Hudson High School his home where he taught many years in the science department. Throughout his career, Marvin always enjoyed socializing with his colleagues over lunch or coffee. He had a curiosity with anything involving science, especially the stars and cosmos. Marvin’s mind was always thinking and hypothesizing over the many mysteries of the universe. He was also interested in geology as he had an extensive rock & fossil collection. Marvin was a fan of the southwest & western regions of the U.S; especially Yellowstone Park. He envisioned what it would have been like if he himself was a cowboy.

In the summer of 1964, Marvin became the proud husband of his dear Doris J. Goodrich. The couple met in college and it literally was love at first sight. The couple shared two children and nearly 60 years of bliss and adventures. Marvin was a hopeless romantic, and expressed his love for Doris through many flowers, candlelit dinners, gifts, and surprises over the years. When their children, Kevin & Angela, came along, Marvin always made sure they knew how special they were to him and how proud he was to be their dad. His pride was extended with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those feelings of love & the memories Marvin leaves with his family will live on in their hearts forever.

Marvin is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Doris; his children, Kevin (Nancy) Grabau of Hudson, WI, & Angela (Jeff Compagner) Grabau of Holland, MI; grandchildren, Sasha (Daniel) Blair, Kayla Grabau, Kevin B. Grabau, Mandi Haas, Tiffany (Boudy) Vier, Calvin Compagner, & Maria Compagner; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Kaisen, Kinsley, Eli, Kaylee, Hadley, Kyra, Bella, Sam, Noah, Kaelyn, & Aiden; brother, Jerry (Sharon) Schaible; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, & friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick & Lydia; sister, Sharon (Bill) White; and a stillborn baby brother.

A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Marvin’s life will be held from 4:00-6:00 P.M, Monday, November 9, 2020 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI 54016. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Life Source, an organ, eye and tissue donation organization at https://www.life-source.org/.

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    • And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you your beloved husband, father, and grandfather’s life and the many lives he touched.

      May you miss him deeply, forgive him often, and always claim the best of him in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven.

      His constant smile, good cheer, and mischievous teasing added much pleasure to our lives. Dan and Liz Bruch

    • Some of my best high school memories are of Mr. Grabau’s science class and my time as the manager of Mr. Grabau’s wrestling team. So sorry to hear of his passing … my heart goes out to his family and friends.

    • Hey papp. I love you so much! We enjoyed so many great times together. I was very blessed to call you grandpa. I love seeing how you touched so many lives and how important you were to so many. Making friends everywhere you went. I’m proud to carry on the Grabau name. Love you. ❤

    • I had Mr Grabau as a student, but mainly wanted to express my sympathies to Kevin as we’ve played some YMCA football together back in the day. Keep those great memories close friend.
      Pete Schultz

    • Heartfelt sympathy to the Grabau family for his passing. He was such a bright spot in the day of his students, taking a personal interest in each of them. I remember great conversations with him in biology as well as outside of class. Thank you for sharing him with so many HHS graduates.

    • Marv’s legacy as a teacher, friend, & family man live on as we share his stories. He & his teammate or as they used to say, turn mate,Bob, helped first year teachers survive. His ready smile, followed by his hearty laugh, always brightened the day. We called him ‘Marvin Gardens’. Prayers are with you, Doris, Kevin & family, Angie & family.

    • Twenty three years ago, I had Mr. Grabau as my science teacher. He was an awesome science teacher. He had patience with his students and was so kind. We all loved him and his sense of humor. So sorry for your loss. Happy this world was blessed to have him.

    • Mr. Grabau was a favorite teacher of mine. He encouraged me to challenge myself and made me feel like I had a lot to offer. It’s so sad that he has gone.
      Goodbye Mr. Grabau, and thank you.

    • So very sorry to hear this news. I am a past student and only have good memories of him. I will remember him for his smile, encouraging spirit, and having a “You can do it attitude”! He always had a little spring in his step that was noticeable to his students. Very positive influence for many kids!

    • Hey papa, it’s Kayla here . Just wanted to let you know that I love and miss you . You were loved so very much and will be missed by all . You were the best grandfather anyone could ever ask for . This is not good bye, but a see you later one day in heaven . Hadley loves and misses you papa

    • Hey Papason, I love you so much and you will always be a part of all of us. We see you throughout the family in humor, forthrightness, love of the Packers, (cmon over Sasha…) the smell of sulfur for the ultimate fireworks show, competitiveness, and simply doing for others. You are the rock. And took care of us all, always. I will miss calling and talking for hours about everything and nothing. Recipes, market cucumbers, books, things only you and I thought were funny! I will continue to unearth fossils, look up the sky for constellations and shooting stars, and enjoy a good bonfire. I will always be your Padunkler, and Marvette. Thanks for loving us so deeply. I hope heaven doesn’t have any deedle deedle music and only We are the Champions!

    • Hey Papason, I love you so much and you will always be a part of all of us. We see you throughout the family in humor, forthrightness, love of the Packers, (cmon over Sasha…) the smell of sulfur for the ultimate fireworks show, competitiveness, and simply doing for others. You are the rock. And took care of us all, always. I will miss calling and talking for hours about everything and nothing. Recipes, market cucumbers, books, things only you and I thought were funny! I will continue to unearth fossils, look up the sky for constellations and shooting stars, and enjoy a good bonfire. I will always be your Padunkler, and Marvette. Thanks for loving us so deeply. I hope heaven doesn’t have any deedle deedle music and only We are the Champions!

    • Marv was a wonderful teacher and an esteemed colleague. I will always remember how much fun we had teaching environmental ed for teachers. He will be greatly missed.

    • I had two really great teachers in high school and he was one of them. He was able to make his subject interesting and fun, while challenging us to explore and question the world around us. Thanks Mr. Grabau! RIP! My condolences to the family.

    • So sad. My prayers for his family. Great teacher. I had him in 95’. Funny guy. I remember his stories of his wife and kids. He adored them so much. Touched by many. Always remembered. RIP.

    • Such a great brother-law and friend. I was blessed to have my own fire stir stick for many years. I loved you as a brother. Thanks for loving my sister so completely.

    • A smile that welcomed many to class each day. A consistent blend of challenge and support.
      May you rest easy. Condolences to the family.

    • Damnit Coach…you didn’t ask us if you could go.
      Fine wrestling coach, friend later, discipline, “Get it done” and “How are your grades”. Never to be forgotten by many in the HHS Wrestling Room.
      RIP Coach, the bucks up in Cushing can rest easier. ✌️💕🤼 🦌

    • I’m so very sorry to hear about your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all right now. Marv put on the best fireworks displays and was always ready to entertain the crowd.

    • Its the chacha here. I love you so very much! I was blessed to have you as a grandfather. We had so much fun as kids and I will forever cherish the memories we made. You had a smile that could light up the room and was such a fun spirit to be around! We will miss you so very much but will see you again! Love you! ❤

    • Hey Dad, I wanted to be the first to share. I love you Papp. Best Dad ever!! I love you so much!! You have been so much to so many. Such a great and selfless Husband to Mom!! Such a great Grandpa!! Such a great friend!! I am so blessed to be your son!!