Beverly J. Graff, 81, Tama, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama with Pastor Thomas Dowling officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in rural Tama. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 28. from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama. Beverly was born on April 23, 1930, in Montour, the daughter of Joseph and Gladys (Burke) Murty.
She graduated from Montour High School.
She married Leo Backen in July of 1952 at St. John Lutheran Church. On Oct. 31, 1956, she married Paul Graff at St. John Lutheran Church. Beverly worked for Dr. Wright and later for Dr. Walker in their optometry practices. She also sold Avon for many years. Beverly volunteered at the Toledo Sr. Center and Iowa River Hospice. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Tama where she was active in the church circle and the bell choir. She was also a member of the Tama Legion Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution. Beverly enjoyed embroidery and spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids. She especially enjoyed family get togethers.
Beverly J. Graff
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, Leo in 1954 and Paul in 1962; one grandson, Tommy Graff; two sisters, Sharon Sterns and Barbara Hartsoe; and two brothers, Dennis and Dick Murty.
Survivors include five children, Gail (Frank) Blaha of Gold River, CA, Rod (Penny) Graff, Toledo, Sheryl (Jack) Aguilar, Marshalltown, Stan (Ellen) Graff, Tama and Carol (Mike) Crawford, Marshalltown; nine grandchildren, Elise, Robbie, Curt, Stef, Mike, Janette, Karen, Kelle, and Bryan; 12 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Lyle (Gene) Murty, Waterloo, Joe (Pat) Murty, Clinton, Lawrence (Pat) Murty, Tama, and Shirley Deal, Green Mountain; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Murty. Chelsea, Mildred Backen, Tama, Hazel Moyer, Toledo, Helen Weiner, Montour, Dena Graff. Marshalltown, and Sharon Graff. Tama; her brothers-in-law, Chuck (Judy) Sterns. Des Moines, and Bob (Dorothy) Backen. Tama; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.
Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is handling the arrangements.