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Roberta L. Rau

Roberta L. Rau, aged 86, (formerly of Hastings), passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, 2019, in Grand Rapids.
She was born to the late Donald and Lois (Allery) Silvernail in New Haven.
Roberta enjoyed playing the piano and organ and was actively involved in her church. She traveled extensively and taught school for many years. Her early teaching career included country schools known as Little Red Brick and Welcome Corners. Roberta later taught for Middleville Public Schools for a number of years until she retired.
She is survived by her two sons, Allan (Patti) Rau, Bruce (Rajeana) Rau; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two  great-great- grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Geneva Silvernail and her brother-in-law, George Wierenga.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Dale F. Rau; and her brother, Keith Silvernail.
The family would like to express their appreciation for Roberta’s care for the last several years to the staff at Vista Springs Assisted Living Center in Grand Rapids.
A memorial service is anticipated in early May.


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