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GRABER, Grace Edna


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 12/28/2009 at 14:57:04

"The Fairfield Ledger", Monday, December 21, 2009, Page 10

GRABER, Grace Edna -- Grace E. GRABER, age 80 of rural Lockridge, IA, passed away Sunday, December 20, 2009 at Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield with Rev. Mike Metz officiating. Following the service, a time of fellowship will be held in the church basement with the family in attendance.

The family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer's Treatment & Research Center, First United Methodist Church or Fairfield Public Library: Children's Section. Cards and memorials may be sent c/o: 205 W. Washington, Fairfield, IA 52556.

Grace Edna GRABER was born in Cantril, IA on November 29, 1929, the daughter of Arthur and Florence B. (WARREN) CONRAD. She graduated from Fairfield High School with the Class of 1947 and was united in marriage with Harold D. GRABER on November 22, 1951 in Fairfield. They made their home in Fairfield from 1951-1976, and then moved to rural Lockridge.

In addition to being a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, Grace taught rural school in Salina and Center schools, both north and south of Fairfield for a total of five years. She volunteered her time as a private tutor, teaching reading and the English language to immigrant adults and children for 20 years. She hosted nature tours on the family farm for school children. Grace was an avid landscape painter for over 30 years, using hand saws and barn boards as her canvas. She was a member of Questors and the Jefferson County Historical Society. She had great faith in Jesus and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for 20 years.

Grace is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harold GRABER of Fairfield, IA, and their children and families: Marilyn (Norbert) FUEST of Darien Center, NY, Paul (Nohema) GRABER of Fairfield, Tom (Barbara) GRABER of Evansville, IN, Jim (Deanne) GRABER of Bettendorf, IA, Bill (Diane) GRABER of Iowa City, IA, and John GRABER of Des Moines, IA. She was blessed with 14 grandchildren: Beth HULSHOFF, Tom FUEST, Tim FUEST, Andy FUEST, Christian GRABER, Jared GRABER, Nohema Marie GRABER, Anna GRABER, Elizabeth GRABER, Tommy GRABER, Seth GRABER, Hillary MILO, Hannah GRABER, and Sarah GRABER; and two great-grandchildren: Ellianna FUEST and Caleb FUEST. Survivors include siblings: Joyce LINDELOF of Saybrook, IL and John (Roberta) CONRAD of Aroma Park, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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