Gloria Romaine Anderson Graff, 89

Published 5:34 pm Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gloria Romaine Anderson Graff, 89

Gloria Romaine Anderson Graff, 89

Gloria Romaine Anderson Graff, 89, of Austin, Minn., died July 8, 2014, at Primrose Assisted Living Retirement Community, Austin.

Gloria was born in Steele County on March 4, 1925, to Clarence and Mamie (Grant) Anderson. She was baptized April 12, 1925, (sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Kulzer, Nina Grant (Carlson), and George Peterson), and confirmed Oct. 29, 1939, at Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, rural Austin.

After graduating from Austin High School, she graduated from the Normal Training College, Austin, and continued her education at Mankato State College. She taught school for seven years in Mower and Freeborn Counties. Later, the Austin Public Schools employed her as a media center assistant in the Shaw and Southgate Elementary Schools for 17 years.

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On June 2, 1946, Gloria was united in marriage to Marvin Graff by the Rev. William Milbrath at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Austin. She became an active member of St. John’s Ladies’ Aid.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Randal and Doraine Graff of Austin, and Bradley and Judith Graff of Burnsville; three grandchildren, Amber Marie Graff (fiancé, Jesse Collins) of Winona, Minn., Kevin Andrew Graff of St. Louis Park, Nathan Randal Graff of Fairbanks, Alaska; three sisters, Connie Benson of Albert Lea, Bette (Nelson) Ladd of Phoenix, Ariz., Jean (Richard) Vanberg of Gig Harbor, Wash.; one brother, Carmen (Lorraine) Anderson of Austin; two brothers-in-law, Vernon Graff of Austin, Glenn Gaddis of Sun City West, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, in 2004; parents Clarence and Mamie Anderson; sisters, Muriel Ingvalson, Shylah Berg, and La Vonne Gaddis.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 15, at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Austin with the Rev. Thomas Ogilvie officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family prefers memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church Radio Broadcast or the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.