Frances H. DeGraff

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Frances H. DeGraff AlbanyFrances Helen (Brooks) DeGraff, 95, of Albany, NY passed away peacefully on April 25, 2013 at Albany Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on December 31st, 1917. Frances came to Schenectady, where she obtained an RN from Ellis School of Nursing in 1939. Soon after on a blind date she met her future husband, Addison Jay DeGraff, and stayed home to raise four children. They lived in Rotterdam, Niskayuna and retired to Sarasota, FL. In Sarasota Fran became director of nursing at Doctors Hospital (1970) where she had worked from 1967 to 1977. Frances and Ad also enjoyed many summers at their home on Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondack Mountains with the family and friends. Frances was an optimistic, interested, intelligent, warm person who always had time to listen to others in her life. She loved nursing, politics, science, crossword puzzles, mysteries and most of all her family. Her positive attitude was always an inspiration to others, a loving woman who gave everything to her family. All of her family and friends will truly miss her. Beloved wife of 56 years to the late Addison Jay DeGraff (2/05/1997); beloved mother to Dennis (Carmen) DeGraff of Buena Vista, VA, Corinne DeGraff of Marshfield, MA, Frances DeGraff (Dan Wisniewski) of Middleton, WI and Mary (Arthur) Gordon of Schenectady, NY. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Jennifer, Laura, Kate, Randy, Michelle, Mitchell, Paul, Seth, Geneva, Patrick, Brenda, Brian, Jeff and Denny; and 16 great-grandchildren. We want to thank her adopted daughter and neighbor, Kara and Laurence, for all their love and support as well as the caring home health aides, especially Frosina. Funeral services for Fran will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Frances' name to the Boys and Girls Club of America, to the Northeastern New York, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Avenue Ext., Albany, New York 12205-5515 or to the Northeast Association for the Blind at To leave a special message for the family online, visit

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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 28, 2013
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