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Helen L. "Aunt Geggie" Graff

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Helen L. "Aunt Geggie" Graff

AGE: 94 •

Helen L. Graff, 94, our beloved aunt, of Bonita Springs, FL was called home September 7, 2015 at NCH, North Naples Hospital, after a brief illness. Born July 18, 1921 in Chester, PA to the late John L. and Anna Graff of Eddystone, PA, she graduated from Eddystone High School. She worked for nearly 30 years at Strawbridge and Clothier in Wilmington, and Christiana, DE, as personnel supervisor, before retiring to Sanibel Island, FL in 1981. One who cared deeply about those she hired, it is fitting that she died on the day set aside to honor workers. Helen was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, FL and the Republican Women's Club.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Florence G. Hill, Anna G. Richter; and Elsie G. Darr, all of Southwest, FL; and her niece, Elizabeth H. Sweatman of West Chester, PA. Helen is survived by her nephew, Harry I. Darr III of Newark, DE; her niece, Deborah D. Stayton (William) of Dover, DE; four great nieces: Kristin S. Gibbons (Christopher); Kimberly E. GIbbons (Jeffrey); Melissa A. Knowles (Sean); and Megan E. Darr; and two great nephews: James (Sarah) and John (Allison) Sweatman of West Chester, PA. Helen is also survived by five great-great nieces: Alexa, Jenna, Maya, Chloe and Sydney Gibbons; and another great-great niece due in December to Melissa Knowles.

The English language does not have a word to adequately describe the relationship of our beloved Aunt Geggie to us. She was an excellent listener, and a natural counselor, who taught us about forgiveness and faith. She had a remarkable mind that never dimmed with age, was an avid reader and had a great sense of humor. In her unique way of calculating age, she was 4 years old in "Geggie years", when she died. She loved to travel, touring Europe twice, and was thrilled to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau. She cruised to Bermuda and went to Mexico and captivated us with her many narratives and rich experiences.

The youngest daughter of immigrants from Austria-Hungary, Helen lost her mother at the age of 10, so it is with a sense of joy that we know that she and her mother are now reunited, along with the sisters whom she adored.

A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12pm, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, FL with Fr. John Ludden officiating. Interment followed in the memorial garden, and a luncheon reception was held in the Parish Life Center following the burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warriors Project or St. Jude's Hospital. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.

Published in The News Journal from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2015
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