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Grace W., of Ho-Ho-Kus died peacefully at home on April 29, 2013 at the age of 98. She was born on Ackerman Avenue in Glen Rock to Louise Ackerman and Frank Waldon, former mayor of Glen Rock. She is descended from Jacob Ackerman a settler in the 1600's in Bergen County New Jersey. She married Philip DeGraaf in 1975 and moved from Glen Rock to HoHokus. After graduating from Ridgewood High School in 1932, she finished teacher training at Glassboro Normal School and completed a Bachelor's degree from William Paterson University. In addition, she has an M.A. degree from New York University and a Professional Diploma from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was an elementary teacher (22 years) and subsequently the Reading Consultant for the Glen Rock Schools (17 years). She retired in 1975 after 39 years. Mrs. DeGraaf traveled extensively, and she has been active as a volunteer in numerous local civic and professional organizations. She leaves her nieces Sandra Johanson of Convent Station, NJ and Judith Martin of Asheville, NC; a grand-nephew Christopher Johanson of Bowling Green, KY; and a grand-niece Karin Johanson of Morristown, NJ. She also leaves stepsons David DeGraaf of Hendersonville, NC and Robert DeGraaf of Acqualoreto, Italty; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren from the DeGraaf family. A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Glen Rock Community Church where she was a member since birth. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name to the Grace Waldron DeGraaf Scholarship Fund at William Paterson University 300 Pompton Rd. Wayne, NJ 07470 would be appreciated. Arrangements C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood.
C. C. Van Emburgh - Ridgewood
306 E Ridgewood Ave Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Published in The Record/Herald News on May 1, 2013