Melvin J. Gratza
Melvin Joseph Gratza, 65, Marthasville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, with his family by his side. Melvin was born Jan. 18, 1951, in Washington, the son of Robert Gratza and wife Leona, nee Nowak. He was united in marriage Nov. 9, 1973, to Brenda Glosemeyer at St. Vincent Catholic Church, Dutzow. Melvin was an ironworker for many years and a member of Local 396. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and tinkering around in his shop. Melvin loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Brenda Gratza; two sons, Rick Gratza (Lynn)and Kirk Gratza (Sarah); one daughter, Colette Sullivan (Jody); seven grandchildren, Gavin, Katelyn, Matthew, Nolan, Brennan, Augustus and Kyle; 10 siblings, Beverly Mades (Don), Karen Brautigam (John), Bonnie Borgmann (Bob), Laurie Gildehaus (Randy), Aurie Meyer (Richard), Peggy Gildehaus (Jeffrey), Daniel Gratza (Gina), Keith Gratza, (Lisa), Kurt Gratza (Rebecca) and Denise Meyer (David); two sisters-in-law, Karla Aholt (Bob) and Jeanette Marquart (Ronnie); Brenda's brothers and sisters, Leon Glosemeyer (Debbie), Darlene DeVore (Thomas), Audrey Peters (David), Celeste Mueller (Allen), Craig Glosemeyer (Anna), Gerilynn Brinkmann (Carl), Gail Westhoff (Daniel) and Christine Bargen (Randy); many other relatives and friends. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Leona Gratza, and two brothers, Kevin and Marvin Gratza. Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home, Marthasville. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Catholic Church, Dutzow. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Vincent Catholic School, Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital or to Masses, in care of Martin Funeral Home, 510 E. Main St., Warrenton, MO 63383 are preferred. Online condolences can be made at www.martinfuneral.net . The family is being served by Martin Funeral Home, Marthasville.
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