Muriel Elizabeth Klaas Graeber, age 98, of Hector, NY formerly of Valois died following a short illness on Thursday, January 11th, 2024 at Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ithaca.
Muriel was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on July 2nd, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Christina Klaas. She married Leroy Graeber on December 13th, 1946 in Dumont, New Jersey. In her early years she worked at the telephone company in New Jersey. After she got married and moved to Valois, NY she became a homemaker. Years later she worked in the vineyards in Valois and Hector. She had also worked at NCR in Ithaca for many years.
She volunteered at the Valois Logan Hector Fire Dept. Auxiliary, serving breakfast and helping with the yearly summer fair. She loved to travel with her husband; one of the best was Alaska and Nova Scotia. She loved to read books, play cards, do jigsaw puzzles, sew, crochet, knit, embroidery, and gardening. In the summer she enjoyed watching hummingbirds at the feeder and in the winter birds at the feeders. Her greatest joy was to see pictures and have visits from her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild.
In addition to her parents, Muriel was predeceased by her husband, Leroy; her four sisters and four brothers, sister-in-laws; and brother-in-laws. She leaves behind many family and friends who loved her dearly. Muriel is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Augustine and her husband, Edward of Watkins Glen, NY; son, Lee Graeber of Hector, NY and special person, Angelita Graeber of Hector, NY; Six Grandchildren; Sixteen Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A service of remembrance with interment at Woodlawn National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of her family. Memorial donations may be made in Muriel's memory to the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department, PO Box 46, Hector, NY 14841. Memories of Muriel may be shared with her family and friends at haugheywoodzinger.com.