Charlene Grabau, 55, sister of Chatfield man

Charlene M. Grabau, 55, of Preston, died on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. She was born on Dec. 5, 1963, in Fillmore County, to Harold and Della (Frazer) VandeZande. She attended school in Lanesboro and Lewiston. She helped her parents until her marriage to Lyle Grabau on Dec. 12, 1983, in Preston. She was a homemaker all her life. She enjoyed horseback riding when she was younger, was an avid doll collector and especially enjoyed taking care of her grandson, Brantley. She is survived by her husband, Lyle of Preston; daughters, Cheyenne (Paul) Thompson of Harmony and Shawnee Grabau of Preston; one grandson, Brantley; four siblings, Sharold Buchanan of Rushford, Shirley (Ed) Smith of Greene, Iowa, Sharon (Art) Merkel of Rochester and David (Karen) VandeZande of Chatfield and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters and one nephew. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Greenleafton Reformed Church. Condolences may be left at