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Donald George Graef

June 30, 1933 January 31, 2019
Donald George Graef
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Obituary for Donald George Graef

Donald George Graef age 85 previously of Lena passed away on January 31, 2019 at the Oconto falls Atrium. He was born to the late Philip and Ernestine Graef in Lena on June 30, 1933. He graduated from Lena High School in 1951. He married the love of his life Jean Carol (Van Dreel) May 2, 1953. He was employed at Unit Structures in Peshtigo until he was drafted into the Army in 1953. After serving his time in the Army he returned back to Lena to take over the family farm. He owned and operated a milk route for 12 years and he was a field representative for Frigo Cheese for over 18 years. He loved to travel with his wife and friends, they were fortunate enough to travel to all of the Continental United States and Canada. He had a passion for Polka Music and Polka dancing. He enjoyed fishing at his cabin on Lake Noquebay. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Jean, 4 sons Gary, Dennis (Lori), Bruce and Tom (Laurie) Graef; 3 daughters Brenda (Jeff) Sellen, Mary Jo (Glen) Meyer and Jo Ann (Randy) Lierman. 19 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. 4 Sisters Marie Marquardt, Pat Perron, Margaret LeFebre, Jeanette (Larry) Dabb and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by infant daughter Carol Graef, infant grandson Steven Graef. 3 Brothers Bernard, Philip and infant brother James Graef. One sister Claire Mae.
The family would like to thank Heart Land Hospice, Oconto Falls Atrium and Meadow land Cottages for their loving care.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Lena on Monday February 4th from 4-7 PM the Wake Service will be at 7PM with Deacon Peter Gard officiating. The Visitation will continue again on Tuesday February 5th at St. Annes Church in Lena from 9-11AM the Service will be at 11Am with Father Joel Sember officiating. Donald will be laid to rest at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Spruce.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

4

Feb

4:00 PM 2/4/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/4/2019 7:00:00 PM
Rhodes-Charapata - Lena

438 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 67
Lena, WI 54139

Rhodes-Charapata - Lena
438 W. Main Street Lena 54139 WI
United States

Service

Monday

4

Feb

7:00 PM 2/4/2019 7:00:00 PM
Rhodes-Charapata - Lena

438 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 67
Lena, WI 54139

Rhodes-Charapata - Lena
438 W. Main Street Lena 54139 WI
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

5

Feb

9:00 AM 2/5/2019 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Anne Catholic Church, Lena

221 E. Main St.
Lena, WI 54139

St. Anne Catholic Church, Lena
221 E. Main St. Lena 54139 WI
United States

Service

Tuesday

5

Feb

11:00 AM 2/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
St. Anne Catholic Church, Lena

221 E. Main St.
Lena, WI 54139

St. Anne Catholic Church, Lena
221 E. Main St. Lena 54139 WI
United States

Graveside

Tuesday

5

Feb

2:00 PM 2/5/2019 2:00:00 PM
Pine Hill Cemetery, Spruce

County Road B
Spruce, WI 54139

Pine Hill Cemetery, Spruce
County Road B Spruce 54139 WI
United States
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