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Lau, James F.

James F. Lau, age 93, of 3400 Yorkshire Lane, Manitowoc, died Tuesday morning, July 9, 2013 at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center..

He was born on December 11, 1919 in Hartland, Wisconsin, son of the late Fred and Grace (Ubbelohde) Lau. Jim was a graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School, Class of 1938. On June 26, 1943 he married Lorraine M. Federer at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Sheboygan. She preceded him in death on March 26, 1999. He then married Beatrice (Beatie) Dornaus on October 26, 2002 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Manitowoc.

Jim farmed in the town of Meeme for 40 years. He was also an inspector in the engine plant at the Kohler Company. Since his retirement in 1985, Jim had been working with blind seniors for the Department of Health & Social Services Division of Supported Living. He was a member of the Cleveland and Manitowoc Senior Centers and a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul.

Survivors include his wife: Beatrice (Beatie) Lau, Manitowoc; four sons and daughters-in-law: Donald J. & Sheryl Lau, Sheboygan Falls, Paul J. Lau, Campbellsport, Allan W. & Patty Lau, Chicago Heights, James D. & Fay Lau, Denmark; five daughters and sons-in-law: Patricia A. & Melvin Baumgartner, St. Nazianz, Katherine E. & Steve Anderson, The Villages, FL, Jeff Dietzler, Appleton, JoAnn M. & Roger Christel, Valders, Annette P. & Dan Liermann, Rockwood; two step sons and their wives: Richard & Pat Dornaus, Oregon, WI, William & Beth Dornaus, Howard; two step daughters and their husbands: Ann & Tom Kozel, N. Branch, MN, Dolly & Don Noskowiak, Green Bay; 26 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 16 step grandchildren; and 8 step great grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers and sisters-in-law: Otto & Catherine Lau, Indianapolis, IN, Alfred & Evie Lau, Silverthorne, CO; a sister and brother-in-law: Edna & Herb Heiden, Sheboygan; four step sisters-in-law: Elizabeth Hartsworm, Appleton, Grace Torrison, Valders, Joan Schuh, Valders, Sharon Schuh, Clarks Mills; and a step brother-in-law: Owen Peterson, Gladstone, MI. Jim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by an infant son: Ralph; a daughter: Grace; a daughter-in-law: Amy; four brothers: Walter, Clifford, Clarence and Edward; a sister: Doris; a step son: David Dornaus; a step daughter-in-law: Jeanne Dornaus; step in-laws: Marge & Marvin Pivonka, Sue Peterson, Jack Schuh, Jim Schuh, Charles Schuh, including other step inlaws.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi on Marshall, Manitowoc. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. David Beaudry with entombment at Knollwood Mausoleum, town of Kossuth.

The family will greet relatives and friends at St. Francis of Assisi on Marshall, Manitowoc, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013. Friends may also call Saturday morning at St. Francis of Assisi on Marshall, Manitowoc, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Jim passed away while he was praying the rosary with his family. He had a great love for the Blessed Virgin and handmade 1000's of rosaries for missions around the world. During his life he was a gentle man devoted to his family.

He was also a man who loved trees, flowers and walking about God's great outdoors.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center and staff from Holy Family Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Jim.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from July 11 to July 12, 2013
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