Marie was the daughter of Fredrich Grage and Lottie Wohler, both of Germany. She immigrated here with her parents and siblings in 1883 and the family settled in the Chicago area. She married William Wilke on 6 Jun 1891 in Chicago and they had seven children, one who died in infancy.
She and William came with their family to Iowa around 1903 and lived in Scott and Cedar County.
Her full obituary was printed in the Tipton Conservative in Nov 1953.