Doris E. Mau

MANKATO – Doris Emma Mau, age 91, of Mankato died Saturday, May 11, 2013, surrounded by her family at Pathstone Living in Mankato.

Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mankato, with Rev. Wayne Eichstadt officiating. Burial will be prior to the service at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Emerald Township, Faribault County. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Northview-North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, in North Mankato. Visitation will also be held at the church one hour before the service on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Hospice Program or Immanuel Lutheran School.

Doris was born March 11, 1922, to Edward and Emma (Nagel) Runge in Barber Township, Faribault County, Minn., on the family farm where she grew up. She attended rural school District 55 in Barber Township and graduated from Delavan High School in 1940. After graduation she remained at home helping her mother with a large garden, especially picking a lot of strawberries. She also helped her with all her flowers, chickens, etc. and in the fields with field work.

Doris was very active in 4H for 10 years in leadership and also won many honors and ribbons. She was the Faribault County dress review queen, earning a trip to the state fair. She returned to the state fair another year after winning grand champion in sewing.

Doris married Ruben Mau on November 4, 1941, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Emerald Township. They moved to Tolley, N.D., to farm with Ruben’s brother for one year and then returned to the Blue Earth area to farm. On the farm she loved her flowers, gardening, raising berries, sewing, crocheting, and bowling. They moved to Mankato in 1967, where they bought a rooming house for girls, which they owned for 18 years. In 1984 they sold this and bought their present home. After moving she still bowled, wove rugs, sewed quilts and crocheted afghans for her family and took care of her yard and flowers.

Doris is survived by her children, Sharon (Elton) Rhoda of Elmore, Marilyn (Robert) Timm of Mankato, Barbara Voth of New Ulm, Steven Mau of Mankato; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and extended family.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ruben in 1994; son-in-law, Jim Voth in 2008; sister, Rosa (Ben) Weise; two brothers, Arthur (Alice) Runge and Harvey (Theone) Runge.