81, of Shaler Township, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 12, 2012. Born on July 18, 1931 to John and Lavina Graeb. Beloved husband to Bernice Milbert Graeb of 52 years; loving father to Susan (Kevin) Boroch and Michael (Michelle) Graeb; cherished grandfather to Alexandra and Ryan Boroch; loving brother to Corinne Frayer, Janet Graeb, Maxine Greggor, and the late John Graeb; brother-in-law of Betty (Harvey) Woods and Ronald (Verna) Milbert; nieces and nephews. His father died when he was six, leaving behind five children ages 6 months to 8 years old. With no financial assistance, relatives fed and housed them. As a child he carried coal, delivered newspapers and worked the farms on Mount Troy. He was 13 before having a hand-me-down bike given to him by a cousin. Don graduated from Allegheny High School in 1949. Shortly thereafter he was drafted into the Army and served on the front lines of the Korean War. Having artistic flair and with the help of the G.I. Bill, he enrolled in Carnegie Tech University and graduated in 1959 with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Design. Don's career focus was designing trade shows for many top corporations. Many of his trade show exhibits took him across the country and internationally as well. His work can still be seen today as he designed the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems at the Carnegie Museum, the American Helicopter Museum in Philadelphia, and the Heart Museum in Maryland. Also, his drawings and models were used to accumulate funding for the Dinosaur Hall at the Carnegie Museum. He was highly respected and was considered in the top of his field. While Don enjoyed the design profession, his passion was painting. He became one of Pittsburgh's finest award winning watercolorists, winning awards both locally and nationally. His paintings have been displayed in many corporations, museums, and private collections. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Whiskey Painters of America, and the North Hills Art Center. His favorite place to paint was in the New England area and traveled there regularly to participate in painting workshops over the years. Don enjoyed his sports cars, travel, cruises, golf, dancing, ice skating, and Steeler games. He had a kind spirit and cherished every minute with his family and friends. He was a true gentleman and will be sadly missed. Don succumbed to Lewy Body Dementia - a combination of dementia and Parkinson's disease. Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Wed. and 9-11 Thurs. at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME, LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Glenshaw Valley Presbyterian Church, 1520 Butler Plank Rd., Glenshaw, PA 15116 or a .
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 13 to Nov. 14, 2012