Mary Ellen Graef, 78, Luther Acres nurses aide, mother of six, enjoyed puzzles, crafts

By on February 17, 2016

Mary Ellen Graef, 78, of Manheim, formerly of the Midwest, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2016, at the Masonic Health Care Center, Elizabethtown.

Born in Winside, Neb., she was the daughter of the late Jens A. and Mabel Anderson Christensen.

Mary Ellen attended Manheim Brethren in Christ Church. Prior to retiring in 2002, she was employed as a certified nurse’s aide by Luther Acres in Lititz. Previously, she was employed by Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim. In addition to making and painting country crafts, she enjoyed solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles, sing-alongs, and playing games.

Family was very important to Mary Ellen, and she was the center of the family. She is survived by six children: Jennifer, wife of Tom Leedle, of Lake Geneva, Wisc.; Susan, wife of Tom Ford, of Manheim; Michael, husband of Susan Graef, of San Marcos, Calif.; Connie, wife of John Patten, of Sharon, Wisc.; Traci, wife of David Cooper, of Culpeper, Va.; and Gina, wife of Duane Ober, of Manheim; 22 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother and six sisters.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. There will be no viewing. The family will receive guests at a reception at the church immediately following the service. Interment will be in the Manheim Fairview Cemetery on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made to Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, earmarked the Dorcas Fund, at 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To express a condolence with the family or to watch a webcast of the memorial service beginning the day following the service, visit spencefuneralservices.com. Spence Funeral Services, Manheim, were entrusted with the arrangements.

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