Rita McHugh Graf

Rita McHugh Graf, 95, of Wilkes-Barre died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Riverstreet Manor.

Born Oct. 7, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Catherine Reilly McHugh.

A graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Rita continued her education at the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Rita was a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, serving in the American and Pacific theaters from 1942 to 1945.

Mrs. Graf was an active registered nurse for nearly 50 years. She was employed by several different New Jersey hospitals and worked at Valley Crest Nursing Home after returning to Wilkes-Barre. Following her retirement in 1985, she continued nursing in private duty.

Her husband, Thomas J. Graf, died Dec. 30, 2003. Her sisters, Kathryn Brannigan, Mary Ellis, Claire Farrell, Alice Klein and Helen (Lolly) Kittrick, brother, James McHugh, and twin sister, Regina McEvoy, also preceded her in death.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Mary Malone, Wilkes-Barre; sons, James and his wife, Regina Graf, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Thomas and his wife, Peggy Graf, Hackettstown, N.J.; grandchildren, Ingrid Marria, South Carolina; Jennifer Graf, Georgia; Brian DeSantis, Georgia; Erin and her husband, Tom Harding, Mountain Top; Matthew and his wife, Stacie Malone, Wilkes-Barre; and Molly Malone, Philadelphia; great-grandchildren, Drew Marria, Brian, Kristen and Kaitlyn DeSantis, Elizabeth and Ryan Harding, Aidan and Heath Malone; nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Rita's life will be held Wednesday, with a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Patrick, Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains Township.

Rita's family is grateful to the staff of Riverstreet Manor and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the kind and compassionate care they gave her.

Arrangements are by McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service.

Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Rita's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 27, 2012