Aug. 16, 1920-Dec. 27, 2016
CHASKA — Mass of Christian Burial for Harold August Brau, 96, of Chaska, formerly of Arlington, is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 218 W. 2nd St., Chaska, MN 55318. Funeral arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, MN.
Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. today at Bertas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 200 W. 3rd St.,
Chaska, Minnesota 55318. Visitation is also one hour prior to the Mass at church. The burial will be at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska. Memorials are preferred to Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska.
Harold died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at his residence.
Harold was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Lucan to Joseph and Rose (Zitzman) Brau, one of five children. He was baptized and confirmed in Lucan and graduated from Milroy High School in 1938. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1941-1945 during World War II in the 40th Engineers. Harold was a professional musician his entire life and was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in New Ulm. He was a member of The Jolly Lumberjacks and also the Clem Brau Orchestra. He loved entertaining on the organ and piano in local churches and nursing homes. He was a member of the Chaska American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, fishing and being at his cabin on Lake Washington near Dassel, MN.
Survivors include his loving wife, Eileen; children: Bev Greenagel of Eagan, Don (Mary) Brau of Inver Grove Heights, Jim (Jennifer) Brau of Woodbury, Nancy (Randy) Trocke of Brooklyn Park, Jack (Ann) Brau of Eden Prairie, Scott (Marie) Brau of Eden Prairie and Mike (Kris) Brau of Fairmont; grandchildren: Shanna, Shelley, Katie, Judd, Amy, Erin, Nic, Chris, Betsy, Samuel, Andy, Michael, Kelly, Kristin, Susanne, Emily, Abbey, Nellie, Sydney, Haylee, Hannah, Sophie and Sawyer; many great-grandchildren; and brother, Clem (Betty) Brau of Rosemount.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Bob Greenagel; and siblings, Leonard, Norbert and Hildegarde.