Louise Doris Grabow, 93, Minot, and formerly of Surrey, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Louise was born Aug. 25, 1920, on the family farm in Surrey Township of Ward County, near Surrey, to Karl and Louise (Goetz) Elker. She was reared on the family farm and attended country school and Surrey school. Later in life, she was proud to have earned her G.E.D.
Louise married Lesley Grabow on Sept. 7, 1937, at the family farm. They made their home in Idaho, California and Donnybrook before returning to Idaho. The family settled in Surrey in 1950 and Louise was employed by the Surrey Post Office and Minot Post Office. She was appointed the postmaster of Surrey in June 1974, having previously served as the assistant postmaster.
Lesley died Feb. 23, 1982. Following his death she continued as postmaster until her retirement in January 1986. She continued to reside in Surrey until moving to the Brentmoor Assisted Living Facility in Minot in January 2007.
Louise was a member of Our Redeemer's Church, Minot, and a former member of Velva Nazarene Church, Velva, and the Church of the Brethren, Surrey. Also, she was a member of the National Association of Postmasters.
She especially enjoyed gardening, yard work, crocheting and embroidery, and most of all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Louise's loving family includes: her children, Geraldine "Gerry" (Keith) Burns, of Surrey, Warren (Paula) Grabow, of Merced, Calif., and Janice (Marshall) Weston, of Aurora, Colo.; 10 grandchildren: Gerry's children, Lynn (Becky) Burns, Bart Burns, Kelly (Michele) Burns; Warren's children, Kary (Cindy) Grabow, Julie (Jeff) Chambers, Wes (Angela) Grabow, Kristy (Kevin) Stark, Wade (Amy) Grabow; Janice's children, Chad (Monica) Weston, Brett (Erin) Weston; Lynn's two stepgrandchildren, Carter and Olivia Gage; 14 great-grandchildren; Lynn's children, Eric (Meggan) Burns and their children, Chloe and Preston, Trista (Jason) Wood and their children, Joseph, Judah and Joanna, Naomi (Forrest) Macy and their son, Elijah; Bart's children, Zachary and Michaela Burns; Kelly's children, Brooke and Brady Burns; Kary's children, Levi, Becky and Caleb Grabow; Julie's children, Jaclyn (Tim) Cederwall, Jeana and Jessica Chambers; Wes' children, Owen and Oswin Grabow; Kristy's children, Tatum and Beckett Stark; Wade's children, Graham and Eden Louise Grabow; Chad's children, Courtney, Aileen, Dominique and Monica Weston; Brett's children, Hannah, Isaiah, Cole, Cade and Chloe Weston; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Louise was preceded in death by: her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Jean Grabow; sister, Esther Lapp; and brothers, Walter, Reinhold, Leonard and Oswin.
Celebration of the Life of Louise Grabow: Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. in Our Redeemer's Church, Minot.
Interment: Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Surrey.
Visitation: Thursday, June 12, from 2 to 6 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.
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