Martin B. Gronau, 85, died Monday (June 18, 2001) at Newton Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 21, 1915, to Frank and Rosa (Adler) Gronau in rural Whitewater. They preceded him in death. He married Margaret Grochowsky Nov. 24, 1938, in Newton. She survives.
He attended the Whitewater school system and worked on the family farm. In addition to farming, he was employed with the Santa Fe Railmill and the Santa Fe Mail Dock. He also was employed at the Newton Sale Barn on E. 12th Street in Newton, the Cow Palace, the Newton Livestock Auction and the Newton Hog Buying Station for many years. He enjoyed building and built the family house, barn and machine shed on the farm where he lived until his death. He did all the work on the farm including electrical, plumbing and maintenance. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton and helped build the new church and rectory. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Newton. Earlier in his life he enjoyed playing baseball in Newton. He loved his family and spent much time creating woodworking crafts and toys for his children, grandchildren and other family.
Other survivors include: a son, Don Gronau of Newton; four daughters, Theresa Saven of Painesville, Ohio, Margaret Mary Buchman of Alta Vista, Darlene Reuter of Kansas City, Mo., and Becky Torres of Newton; a brother, William Gronau of Newton; a sister, Katherine Overwaul of Wichita; 23 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by: a son, Anthony Gronau; three brothers, Albert Gronau, John Gronau and Bernard Gronau; and three sisters, Rosie Gronau, Mary McNeill and Anna Endres.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.
Recitation of the rosary will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Fr. Floyd McKinney officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.