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Catherine Graf


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Catherine Graf Obituary
Graf, Catherine
1922 - 2017
Catherine "Kay" Marie Schroeder Graf of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away peacefully on November 5, 2017 with her family at her side. Raised in New Bremen, Ohio, she graduated from The Ohio State University in 1944 with a degree in Music Education. While at OSU she was crowned Homecoming Queen in 1941, was a member of Delta Omicron and Pi Lambda Theta, and became a member and lifelong volunteer with Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She authored the first history of the sorority, became the organizer of the KKG Heritage Museum located in Columbus, served as its first curator, and received its Adelphe Society honor. A scholarship in her name is given annually to an intern at the Heritage Museum. Kay and her husband, Jack met at OSU and were married in 1945. She is survived by their three children, Jack R. Jr. (Kay) Graf of Columbus, OH; Holly (Steve) Fries of Boulder, CO; and Laurie (Dave) Chrisman of Longmont, Colorado; along with 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Kay was music supervisor at New Bremen Schools and thereafter followed her life's calling through volunteerism within central Ohio. She was also a lyricist, a published poet, and author of numerous works including the first history of Scioto Country Club. Some of her other Board involvements included Childhood League, Canterbury Unit, Group Y, Columbus Symphony, UA Wednesday Club, Mortar Board, the Ohioana Book Award, Vaud-Villities, and The First Community Church. She co-founded the Lower Vision Society of Lower Arlington and would not miss a Trivia Night or Rusty Singers practice while residing at the Chelsea in First Community Village. Her family wants to thank both parents for teaching us how to be strong and independent people; to embrace teamwork: to love unconditionally and celebrate our differences; to be physically active and enjoy competition; to appreciate the arts and to have music in our lives; to laugh and keep a sense of humor; to be involved in the community; to be lifelong learners; to care for and treasure friends; and to keep a foundation of faith upon which to build a family with love. The Service of Memory (which Kay authored) will be held Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2 pm at The First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd, Marble Cliff, Ohio 43212, with a reception immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the First Community Foundation at the same address. To sign Kay's online guestbook, please visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 3, 2018
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