Susan L. Grau

  • Born: October 24, 1944
  • Died: April 21, 2020
  • Location: Hillsborough, California

Crosby-N. Gray & Co. - FD-96

2 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

Tel. (650) 342-6617

Tribute & Message From The Family


Susan Locklin Grau passed away on April 21, 2020 at her home in the Bay Area. She fought cancer with grace and grit for six years. She felt compelled to participate in clinical trials for the sake of research and future treatments. She was born in Scituate, MA on October 24, 1944 to Chester and Lillian Locklin. She was predeceased by her adored husband, Fritz H. Grau. They shared a great love and passion for each other. Susan is survived by her beloved daughter, Laura McCormick, Laura's partner, Stacy Grant, and their daughter, Jamie Grant; step-children Tara Martin, Alice and Alex Smith, and Fritz Grau, Jr.; five grandchildren and their spouses, Chancey and Emily Martin, Tyler Martin, Cameron Smith and Jeff Edwards, Katie and John Roberts, and Charlie Smith and James Loduca; eight great grandchildren (Camille, Huxley, Max, Elliot, Teddy, Sam, Charlie and August); and her dog, Penny. Susan also deeply cherished numerous friends in her life. She brought joy to so many and will be sorely missed.

Susan was a strong, brave, fiercely authentic, and a charismatic woman who loved to party, dance, travel, and play bridge. She was unapologetically true to herself, her values, and passions and, therefore, loved and conquered life!!! She was wise, curious, and open-minded and pushed herself to continue to evolve for the better. She was artistically talented, as evidenced by her magical gardens, prize winning flower arrangements, and the interior design career she built. Her final garden was registered with the Smithsonian. A progressive advocate for the planet, she cared deeply about all humans, animals, and plants. She loved supporting the Marine Mammal Center, Hillsborough Garden Club, Garden Club of America, and Creative Growth.

The family is profoundly grateful Susan had the most amazing caregivers during the last three years of her life. Thank you Esther, Flor, Arlene, and Luana. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Creative Growth or the Marine Mammal Center. A Celebration of Life will be conducted in her garden with friends and family at a later date.


Condolence & Memory Journal

my deep condolences to Susans family. I had the pleasure of working with her on many beautiful interiors over the years, and I always enjoyed her spirit, her directness, love of beauty, and her kindness. She was a very special person, and I am grateful to have know her. I will miss her. Please do let me know if there is to be a memorial gathering.

Posted by Laurel Sprigg - Coworker   May 08, 2020

I worked for susan and fritz for 30 plus years as there gen contractor susan always had such creative fun projects that i really loved doing she had such a fun personality and a beautiful smile that just lit up any place she was, she loved her gardens and it showed she also loved the environment and made me more aware of products and practices that could harm the planet, i am a better person and extremely grateful to have met susan such a wonderfull soul i will miss her laughter and her smile rest in piece susan im sure you are walking in a lovely english garden with Fritz hand in hand

Posted by michael warren - Friend   May 06, 2020

I was lucky to have spent time with Susan being her personal trainer at Equinox. I looked forward to hearing amazing stories about her life and was in awe of her dedication to trying to be healthy. She will leave a void in anyones life she came in contact with. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.

Posted by Debbie Lucchesi - Acquaintance   May 02, 2020

Sorry to hear this news; Susan was a lovely woman and will be truly missed. My condolences to Laura and Susan's extended and cherished family.

Posted by Liz Engh - Friend   April 30, 2020

it was a honor to have worked for Mrs Grau and a blessing to have gotten to know her. I will never again look at a beautiful garden with out thinking of her.

Posted by Robby Mortimer - San Francisco, CA   April 30, 2020


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