Juanita "Nita" Graff

August 2, 1934 - October 31, 2017
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Juanita “Nita” Jane Graff, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in New Dawn Retirement Community at Dover following a period of declining health.

A daughter of the late Lewis M. and Julia E. (Pisony) Gundy, Nita was born August 2, 1934 at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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Juanita “Nita” Jane Graff, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in New Dawn Retirement Community at Dover following a period of declining health.

A daughter of the late Lewis M. and Julia E. (Pisony) Gundy, Nita was born August 2, 1934 at New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Nita graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1952, and she formerly worked for Daniels Clothing and in the cafeteria at New Philadelphia High School and South Elementary School.

She was an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia where she often volunteered her time in the kitchen and the nursery. Nita also volunteered in the arts building during the Tuscarawas County Fair, with her daughter, Cindy, at the Salvation Army and served as a 4-H Advisor. She enjoyed square dancing as a member of Star Promenaders and was also a member of various card clubs. In her spare time, Nita enjoyed gardening, canning and camping and her family and friends will fondly remember her for her wonderful cooking and baking skills.

She is survived by her children, Paula (John) Cush of Bolivar, Cindy (Kevin) Case of New Philadelphia and Scott (Peggy) Graff of Columbus; her grandchildren, Jonathan (Marissa) Cush of New Philadelphia, David (Danika) Cush of Bolivar, Michael Cush of Irvine, California, Gregory Cush of Bolivar and Erik Cush of Denver, Colorado, Michael (Tia) Case of Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Jennifer (Seth) Corder of Dover; four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Teagan and Grayson Case and Owen Cush; and a brother, Richard (Toni) Gundy of New Philadelphia.

Nita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Graff who passed away on March 16, 2017; a daughter, Debra “Debbie” Abel; and a sister, Loretta Burkey.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. A funeral service celebrating Nita’s life will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Mick Foster officiating. Burial will follow in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Following the committal service a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall at Broadway United Methodist Church.

Contributions may be made in Nita’s memory to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or to Broadway United Methodist Church, 120 Church Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

East Avenue Cemetery


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Broadway United Methodist Church


120 Church Ave. SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Broadway United Methodist Church

120 Church Avenue SW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: August 2, 1934
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Cheryl (Swaldo) Fickes posted on 11/6/17

With deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all the family. What a great loss to so many! Nita was such a beautiful lady,inside and out and so sweet and kind to all who worked at the Rootbeer Stand years ago--- and I mean YEARS! I ran into she and your father many times at Drugmart over the years and we would "yak and yak"! Then,regretfully,I would see her in the hallway at the nursing home and I was so saddened but I did taik to her and pray that it helped and that she knew me. I will treasure Nita's memory as long as I live.


Terry Hill posted on 11/2/17

Such a beautiful lady! I'm very sorry for the loss of your mother, Paula. My condolences to you and your family. I will always carry wonderful memories of your mom and dad as well the fun times we shared all of us together. Praying for you all. Love Terry Hill


Pat Dunn posted on 11/2/17

Nita was a special lady for sure! I was a third grade teacher at South Elementary when Nita was our one and only "chef and bottle washer"! What I most remember about her was she was so kind and caring with the children, never let anyone go away hungry, even teachers! She always had a jolly attitude, big smile. And she was generous with leftover green beans, loved those dishes of green beans. Love the memories of the good old days at South! God bless you all, her loved ones. She was special for sure! God's blessings to you, Pat Peters Dunn


Tom Hardin posted on 11/1/17

Paula, Please accept our family's condolences on the passing of your mother, and we will pray for your your family during this difficult time. Please have John let me know if we can be of can help. God bless you and your family. The Hardin Family


Bob and Cindy Mathias posted on 11/1/17

With deepest sympathy to Mrs Graff's family. Bob and Cindy Mathias


Mary Cardani posted on 11/1/17

So sorry to hear about Juanita. My deepest sympathy to all.I met her and Paul when I was taking care of Harold Graff.


Rita Debevec Kohl posted on 10/31/17

My deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and sister. Growing up on the south side, I remember the pleasant smile that she always had - a very nice lady to the kids that went to her house.


Becky Richesson posted on 10/31/17

Sending prayers and hugs to all of you. She was a beautiful woman.


Lucy Ricklic posted on 10/31/17

Dear Paula and family, hugs and prayers for you. Your mom was such a wonderful lady and I always enjoyed times together. The family was so special your parents and she was always happy to share the news of everyone. What a wonderful legacy she leaves!


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 10/31/17

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We worked at South Elementary together where she was the cook and I was an aide. Also knew her from Union Camp gatherings where your Dad and my late husband worked together. She always had a smile that would make even the worst days bright again.


Joyce Wright posted on 10/31/17

Hugs and prayers to Cindy and Kevin and family, she was a sweet lady.


Karen Rippeto posted on 10/31/17

Nita was the sweetest friend a person could have. Always smiling and always doing for others. But her family came first and the pride on her face when she spoke of them made you happy. We have been dear friends, sharing many things over a period of some 40 years. God definitely needed a beautiful Angel today. He took the best. Our prayers for Cindy, her sister and brother and especially the grandkids that she was so very proud of. This leaves a huge hole in our heart today. Lovingly, Karen & Keith Rippeto


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 10/31/17

To the Graff Family in memory of "Nita"...What a wonderful lady that I worked w/at the New Philadelphia High School Cafeteria...Knew Paul as well, sending sincere sympathy thoughts and prayers.. Carolyn Vaughn