John A. Grau, 85, Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY —  John Adam Grau, 85, of Lowville, NY passed away, in the presence of his loving family, on Sept. 26, 2019, at the Lewis County General Nursing Home.

He was born Feb. 13, 1934, the son of Louis and Agnes Grau, he graduated from Beaver River Central School. He pursued additional training and education including attending DHIC “Milk Testing” school at Cornell, diesel mechanics, locksmithing, and shoe repair.

He married Alice Ann Widrick on Aug. 21, 1955.

He worked briefly as DHIC Supervisor in Lewis County, and at Payne Jones Paper Company in Lowville, before taking over Widrick’s Shoe Sales and Repair from his father-in-law, which he and Alice ran successfully for many years.

He had a variety of interests including active church participation, woodworking, horses, antiques, fishing and Barbershop Quartet singing. He also enjoyed community service and was elected Watson Town Councilman for 2 terms starting in 1992.

Surviving are a son, Michael and wife Cynthia Moser Grau of Vermontville, NY; a daughter, Helen and husband Ronald Johnson of Lowville, NY; a son, Nelson and wife Donna Lehman Grau of New Bremen, NY; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice Ann (Widrick) Grau; a son, Phillip Wayne (died at 1 day old in 1959); two brothers, Louis and Ray Grau; two sisters Marie (Elwood) Stoddard, and Nancy (Olin) Lyndaker; and half-sisters, Dora Graves and Pauline Whitton.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc. in Lowville, NY. A private burial service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, family members request that donations be made to Beaver Camp (8884 Buck Point Rd, Lowville, NY 13367), one of John and Alice’s favorite organizations.

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