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Mary Blau Brey
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Birth: Dec. 25, 1863
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: May 10, 1949
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA

Mary's parents, Michael Blau and Barbara Dobmeier, emigrated from Gleissenberg, Kreis Cham, Bavaria, Germany, on June 12, 1862. They lived in Buffalo, New York a short time. It was then that Mary Blau was born. She was baptized at St. Ann Catholic Church in Buffalo. Not long afterward, the family settled at Plain (Franklin Township), Sauk County, Wisconsin.

The baptism record shows a different date of birth (Dec. 30):
Anna Maria Blau baptism. Born December 30, 1863. St. Ann Catholic Church, Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Translation from Latin: Anna Ma Blau. The ... baptism of Anna Maria born the 30 December, legitimate child of Michael Blau and Barbara Dobmeier.
Sponsors: Nicolas Meindel and Anna Maria ["Dobmeier" was crossed off] Meindel born Dobmeier. P. Nick. Haering [priest]

Mary's first husband was Daniel George Brückl (Jr.). They were married November 12, 1884 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Plain by Father Henricus Keonig. Witnesses were Michael Blau and Elizabeth Voelker. The Weekly Home News of November 13, 1884 reported, "Mr. Joseph Blow [Blau] and Miss Annie Brickle [Brückl] were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at St. Luke's Church Tuesday, by Rev. Father Koning of Keyesville. At the same time and place Mr. Daniel Brickle [Brückl] and Miss Mary Blow [Blau] were married by the same gentleman." Daniel died July 7, 1900 after an operation.

Mary married her second husband, John L. Ruhland, on December 2, 1901 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Plain by Father John G. Lauer. Witnesses were Simon Brickl. The Weekly Home News of November 14, 1901 reported, "The marriage of Joe Rhuland and Mary Brickl is announced." John died January 31, 1905 after being scalded and crushed to death by the overturning of a steam engine and boiler which were mounted upon a pair of bob sleighs.

Mary married her third husband, George Brey (a recent widow with 6 children) on August 21, 1905 at St. Luke Catholic Church at Plain. On May 21, 1918 a cycone struck their farm south of Plain. The May 23, 1918 issue of the Weekly Home News reported ". . . The first farm in the Plain vicinity to be struck by the tornado was George Brey's place. Mr. Brey lost his large barn . . ." In October 1920, they moved into the village of Plain.

Weekly Home News/Home News (Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin), May 12, 1949, page 1, col. 1, obituary of Mary Blau Brickl Ruhland Brey:

Foster Children Mourn Death of Mary Brey.
Although Mrs. Mary Brey had no children of her own, her death is mouned by a large group of foster children whom she raised. Mrs. Brey died at her home in Plain Wednesday afternoon, and will be buried after a funeral service at St. Luke's church Saturday morning at 9.
Mrs. Brey was born December 25, 1863, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Blau, and was 85 at the time of her death. Her first marriage was to Daniel Brickl. After his death she married John Ruhland, whole death left her a widow a second time. Her third marriage was to George Brey who also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Brey raised four step-children; Mrs. Eulalia Ratzer of Evanston, Ill., Isador Brey of Madison, and George and Arthur Brey of Plain, as well as an adopted daughter, Mrs. Phillip [Elizabeth Cavanaugh] Bettinger Sr. of Plain, and two foster children, Mrs Marie [Walsh] Weitzer of Cleveland and Frank Blau of Merrimac. Besides those she is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Simon Brickl, and a brother, John Blau, both of Plain. 
Family links: 
  Michael Blau (1825 - 1892)
  Barbara Dobmeier Blau (1833 - 1920)
  Daniel George Brickl (1857 - 1900)
  John L Ruhland (1867 - 1905)*
  George Brey (1863 - 1928)*
  Joseph Blau (1861 - 1930)*
  Mary Blau Brey (1863 - 1949)
  Michael B. Blau (1865 - 1900)*
  Barbara Blau Brickl (1869 - 1953)*
  Franz Blau (1870 - 1890)*
  John Blau (1874 - 1961)*
*Calculated relationship
George 1863 - 1928 - Father
Mary 1863 - 1949 - Mother
New Saint Lukes Catholic Cemetery
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: DebbieBlau
Record added: Jun 22, 2010
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