Marie Frances Grau

27 October 1918–22 July 2007 (Age 88)
Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States

The Life of Marie Frances

When Marie Frances Grau was born on 27 October 1918, in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States, her father, Adolph Martin Grau, was 38 and her mother, Elizabeth Volkmann, was 35. She married Victor Robert Gantner on 22 June 1939, in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Riverdale, Dougherty, Georgia, United States in 2007. She died on 22 July 2007, in Riverdale, Clayton, Georgia, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Forest Park, Clayton, Georgia, United States.

Photos & Memories (1)

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about her you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Victor Robert Gantner
Marie Frances Grau
Marriage: 22 June 1939
Edward James Gantner

Spouse and Children

22 June 1939
Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1922 · Women Granted the Right to Vote

Age 4

The 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote, was passed and became federal law on August 26, 1920. Georgia law prevented women from voting until 1922. The amendment wasn’t officially ratified until 1970.

Age 24

On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small band of scientists and engineers demonstrated that a simple construction of graphite bricks and uranium lumps could produce controlled heat. The space chosen for the first nuclear fission reactor was a squash court under the football stadium at the University of Chicago.

Name Meaning

1 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’.2 Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin gradus ‘step’).3 French: from Old French grau denoting a type of agricultural fork with curved tines (apparently of Germanic origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of such implements.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Marie F Gantner, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Marie Grau, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Marie Grau, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.