Mary M. (Marge)'s Story

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Mary M. (Marge) Graber, retired librarian and church volunteer died at her home in Goshen, Indiana on July 1, 2017, from natural causes at the age of 87.
Marge was born in 1930 in Bluffton, Ohio, the second of two children of the late Alda (Sprunger) and Noah N. Soldner and grew up in rural Pandora, Ohio. She graduated from Bluffton College in 1951 with a degree in English and journalism and married fellow Bluffton college student Daniel J. Graber, on Nov. 29, 1951. She received a master's degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University in 1972.
During their 60+-year marriage, Marge raised four children, served with her husband, Dan, as director of Camp Friedenswald, and worked as the Middle School Media Specialist for the Edwardsburg (Michigan) Public Schools.
Upon retirement, she and Dan traveled with friends, and volunteered at Camp Friedenswald, Mennonite Central Committee, and many other organizations. She remained active as a church volunteer until recently and enjoyed attending lifelong learning classes in the Goshen community.
Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Dan, in 2012 and is survived by her four children Stephen D. (and Karen Kuzmicz) Graber of Baldwin, Michigan, Peter N. (and Mary E.) Graber of Elkhart, Indiana, Jeanne E. (and Ross) Mielke of Atlanta, Georgia, and Julia A. Graber (Rafe LaFrance) of Gainesville, Florida; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Fred (and Harriet) Soldner of Decatur, Indiana, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
As per her wishes, Marge's earthly body was donated to the Indiana University School of Medicine. A memorial service for Marge will be held on Friday, July 21, at 3 p.m. at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S. Eighth St., Goshen. Visitation with the family will be the same day from 1 to 2:45 p.m. A short reception following the service will also be held at the church.
In keeping with Marge's commitments in life, memorial gifts may be made to Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S. Eighth St., Goshen, IN 46526 for the Solar Panel fund or Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton, OH 45817-2104 for the Peter P. and Magdalena Graber Scholarship Fund.
Published on July 10, 2017
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