November 24, 2014


JoAnn Grau

JoAnn Grau (nee Molinaro), 72, of Sheffield Lake, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Mainm Grau_JoAnnStreet Care Center in Avon Lake. JoAnn was born May 5, 1942 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

She was an English teacher at Elyria High School for 17 years, retiring in 1999. Prior to that, JoAnn taught in the Xenia and Glenville School Districts. JoAnn was a former leader and member of 3rd Order of Franciscans at St. Anthony Church in Lorain. She was a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and a former teacher for Cleveland and Lorain Right to Life.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, Michael; sons, Jeremy (Nancy) and Jeffrey (Robin); six grandchildren, Kevin, Jason, Emily, Michael, Joseph and Matthew.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Ellen Molinaro.

Friends may call Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 P.M., at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Road, Avon. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 A.M., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 521 Harris Road, Sheffield Lake, with Father Steven Shields as the Celebrant. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon.

Memorial contributions may be forwarded to Habitat for Humanity, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, GA 31709. 440-937-6175

  • Michelle Bogle

    I was blessed to have Mrs. Grau as my 9th grade English teacher. She saw more in me than I knew existed, and inspired me to dream bigger. She was a special woman. I remember that I cross-stitched a picture of some birds for her for Christmas that year to show my appreciation in the interest she took in me. I’m sure that she touched many lives during her career in similar ways, and that her influence will continue to live on through each of them.