Harold August Brau, 96, of Chaska, former 47 year resident of Arlington, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at his residence.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 30, 2016, 10:30 a.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska, with Father Fernando Ortega presiding. The visitation will be today, 4-7 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska, and also one hour prior to the Mass at church. Prayer Service will be Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bertas Funeral Home. The burial will be at Guardian Angels Catholic Cemetery, Chaska. Memorials are preferred to Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Chaska.
Harold was born August 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 1941-45 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.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law, Bob Greenagel and siblings, Leonard, Norbert and Hildegarde.
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, 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; brother, Clem (Betty) Brau of Rosemount.
Funeral arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska.