Albert John Graumlich, age 89, died peacefully Monday morning, September 16, 2013, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Al was a good and loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, and he left the world a better place. At six feet five, he was affectionately known to many of his family and friends as "Big Al."
He was born to Elza and Myrtle (Terry) Graumlich on August 20, 1924 in Toledo. Al was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and Purdue University, where he was a member of Acacia Fraternity. He served in the US Navy during World War II and later was a member of Veterans for Peace. On June 14, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jane Rice, at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Toledo. He retired in 1983 after nearly 30 years as an Executive Product Engineer and Vice-President with Allied Signal Corp. and the former Electric Auto-Lite and Prestolite companies. He also was employed by Dura division of Dura Corp. Al was a member of The Toledo
Museum of Art. Through his association with Toledo Friends of Photography, he facilitated workshops and lectures by world-renowned photographers such as Richard Mizrak, and Sam Abell of the National Geographic Society. Al organized and judged a number of National Juried Photo exhibitions at the gallery of the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts. He was an avid photographer, which he combined with a love of travel, to produce thousands of images from around the world.
Al was a founding member of the Toledo Interfaith Justice and Peace Center, and made many contributions to its newsletter, Linkages. He was an active member of several Episcopal churches, including Trinity, St. Mark's, All Saints, and most recently, St. Michael's in the Hills.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; sons, Raymond (Eileen Rhine) Santa Fe, NM, John Henry (Anne Shilton) Santa Paula, CA; daughter, Lisa (Linda Simonsen) Seattle, WA; sister, Marjorie (Frank) McQueary, Toledo, and grandchildren, Eliza Graumlich, Micayla
Graumlich Simonsen and Maya Simonsen Graumlich. He was preceded in death by brothers, William (Jackie), Toledo and Frederick (Claudette), Cincinnati.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., Toledo, at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Al's memory to the Toledo Museum of Art, or the Univ. Of Wash. College of the Environment Scholarship Fund #82-1851; Box 355355, Seattle, WA 98195 or to the
. We also wish to extend our gratitude to the many friends and healthcare professionals who have offered their caring support, help, and expertise in the past several months, in particular the staff at Swan Creek Retirement Village.
Published in Toledo Blade from Sept. 18 to Sept. 19, 2013