Ferne Schumacher Graff

October 3, 1921 - May 17, 2020
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Ferne E. Schumacher Graff, 98, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully in Park Village Southside on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Born in Stone Creek on October 3, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Ruby (Troendley) Schumacher.

After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1939, she continued h…

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Ferne E. Schumacher Graff, 98, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully in Park Village Southside on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Born in Stone Creek on October 3, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Ruby (Troendley) Schumacher.

After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1939, she continued her education at Wittenberg College, ultimately graduating from Muskingum College.

On June 21, 1942, she married her late husband, Ted S. Graff. They celebrated 66 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2008.

Ferne taught home economics at Strasburg High School for 28 years prior to her retirement. As an educator, she valued her membership with the College Club, Tuscarawas County Retired Teachers’ Association, and Chestnut Society of Kent State.

Ferne had a love of music, classic movies, traveling, playing bridge and sewing. She also enjoyed designing beaded jewelry. Most importantly, she treasured time spent with her children and grandchildren. Additionally, her faith was nurtured at Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she was a lifelong member.

Ferne is survived by her two daughters, Vicki (Dean) Baldwin of Erie, PA, and Linda (Rod) Sauer of Athens OH; her grandchildren, Philip Baldwin, Tanya Baldwin Foose, Shawna Sauer (Aaron) Garry; great-grandsons, Thomas, William and James Baldwin, Jayananda Foose, Evan Garry and Ethan Garry; and nieces and nephews.

Private visitation and services will be held followed by burial in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia alongside her husband.

Memorial contributions in Ferne’s memory may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, The Quaker Foundation, PO Box 627, New Philadelphia, or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia.

Ferne’s family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of both Park Village South and Community Hospice for their exceptional care of Ferne.


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Private visitation and services will be held.

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Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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A private burial will be held alongside her husband.

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Emmanuel Lutheran Church

202 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Quaker Foundation

P.O. Box 627
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: October 3, 1921
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John Alpeter posted on 5/28/20

I was so fortunate to get to share stories of our lives when I visited Ferne on behalf of our church. She was a special person.


Jean Crow posted on 5/25/20

Mrs. Graff was my teacher at Strasburg. She was a great teacher and I remember her fondly. She was so friendly when I would run into her outside of school. She was a very classy and respectful woman. Praying for peace and comfort for her family. Jean Thomas Crow. Class of 1975.


Vicki Baldwin posted on 5/23/20

Like Linda, I also want to say how truly overwhelmed I was by all the heartfelt comments made by my mother’s students and friends. Their comments and appreciations are comforting to me and our extended family. She was a great mother, and we are glad to know how so many of her students thought she was a wonderful teacher, too. She was also very blessed to have had so many faithful and loving friends. We will all miss her, but we were fortunate to have her for 98 fulfilling years. Miss you Mom! Love, Vicki


Elizabeth W Stephenson posted on 5/22/20

She was such a fine lady and will be remembered fondly by many. Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Brenda posted on 5/20/20

My deepest sympathy to the family. I was just visiting Janet Hawk last week and we were talking about our neighbors growing up. I told her that Ted and Ferne Graff lived right beside us and her parents Oscar & Ruby lived behind them and behind us. And I was always at one or the others house all the time! She told me she was at Park Village South. If it wasn’t for the virus, I would of went there in a heartbeat to go see her and reminisce about the past and so many wonderful memories and I would of loved to of asked her what she remembered about my mom. My mom has been gone 13 years. May God comfort you in this very difficult time. Hold on to all those wonderful memories. You were truly blessed with incredible parents. Brenda Fenton Luikart


cheryl (Brady) oconnor posted on 5/20/20

I had mrs Graff for home economics and I loved it. She was patient with me and I learned a lot from her.


Cheryl Montgomery posted on 5/20/20

Ferne was a kind, sweet, and classy lady. My fondest memory is there was never a time of the day when she was not in her heels. Bob and I were blessed to have she and Ted as our neighbors for 21 years. A wonderful couple.


Pam Schram posted on 5/20/20

Oh my Mrs. Graff, you’ll never be forgotten at SHS. I will forever hear the click click click of your high heels in those hallways. Always a lady trying to teach us all how to cook and sew. Thanks for your long service to education.


Linda Sauer posted on 5/19/20

As Ferne's younger daughter, I'm so touched by all of your comments here! They are so comforting! I only hope she's somehow seeing these in Heaven! And to Lynne and Sue, we really were family! Our parents had such wonderful Saturday evening parties with life-long memories!


Susan Davis posted on 5/19/20

Deepest sympathy to Ferne’s family. I have fond memories of her as she drove me to Strasburg for a few months when I did a long term sub job there right out of college the spring of 1969.


Bonnie Bronson posted on 5/19/20

Mrs. Graff was my Home Economics teacher at Strasburg High School. She was the nicest, sweetest person. I have very fond memories of her. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy to the family. Bonnie Resh Bronson


Sue McPherson Mathieu posted on 5/19/20

So many childhood memories of our parents and their “club” and our family times as well. I still look at their photos sometimes- they had so much fun at their monthly get-to-gethers, especially their New Years Eve parties! I’m so sorry for your loss


Gayle posted on 5/19/20

I so enjoyed visiting with Ferne. We had many good conversations, filled with laughter and good stories. The twinkle certainly came into her eye when she talked about her family, who she dearly loved. She was a true lady, and I am enriched by knowing her. She will be missed.


Laura Stephenson Sherrets Moran posted on 5/19/20

What wonderful memories I have of Ted and Ferne. Ferne was always so nice and I can hear her voice as I am typing this. Thinking of you all as you celebrate Ferne's remarkable life. With love, Laura


Shirley Hall Walters posted on 5/19/20

My sympathy to her family and friends. She was my teacher at Strasburg High School. When I saw her these last few years we could always talk about the fun at Strasburg Schools. May you be comforted.


Lynn Johnson Foust posted on 5/19/20

Sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were like another set of parents to me.We all kind of grew up together. So many memories. My mom is the only one left. Lynn


Amber Swaney Golacinski Class of '68 posted on 5/19/20

My condolences to her family and friends. .May the Lord comfort her loved ones.She was a great teacher, we always had a fun time in class. Rest in peace.


Patty Burson posted on 5/19/20

With sincere sympathy to her family. Ferne was a kind and sweet lady. She will be missed at Park Village Southside especially by my dad and classmate Dick Beaber . Patty & Tim Burson


Sklp Limbach posted on 5/19/20

My deepest sympathy to the family. Ferne was a dear friend and neighbor. She was always warm, welcoming, and ready for an interesting conversation and a frosty. I will miss her. The stars will be much brighter now. Skip Limbach


Babs Thomas-Moore posted on 5/19/20

So sorry to hear about Mrs. Graff's passing. She was a very special lady and enjoyed life to the fullest. We send our sincere sympathies...Babs & Mike


Jill Herman posted on 5/19/20

Mrs. Graff was my home ec teacher for 3 years. She was so sweet. I have a thought of her often through the years as I made my money sewing for others. See you in Heaven Mrs. G.


Brenda Norris-Steigereald posted on 5/18/20

Mrs. Graff was a wonderful person. She was my home economics teacher at Strasbourg High School. We had a lot of fun with her. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her. Rest in peace


Cindy Czerepak posted on 5/18/20

Mrs. Graff was my high school home exam teacher. We loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Siobhan Brantley posted on 5/18/20

Mrs Graff taught me in the early 70's. Life lessons learned. May you find peace in your memories. She was very special and will be missed. Siobhan Swaney Brantley Class of 1975


Misty posted on 5/18/20

What a wonderful angel has gone home to be beside God and do his work forever!


Linda Margo McKenzie posted on 5/18/20

My Deepest Sympathy to the family of Mrs. Graff. I had her as a home economics teacher. I learned a lot from her. She will be missed.


Diana McMurray posted on 5/18/20

My prayers and sympathy to the family. So sorry for your loss. Mrs Graff taught me home economics at Strasburg. She was a very nice lady.


Stacey Burris Vickers posted on 5/18/20

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Graff. She was a good teacher. Taught me alot and enjoyed her class. Will never forget her. You all have my deepest sympathy. God bless you and your families. Stacey (Burris) Vickers Class of 1982


Cynthia K Mathias posted on 5/18/20

Linda, My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss of Mrs. Graff. With love and friendship, Bob and Cindy Mathias


Maggie Leglise posted on 5/18/20

She was one of my favorite teachers at Strasburg High School. She taught my 3 sisters and myself. I learned many life lessons.


Darlene McRobie Kirkbride posted on 5/18/20

Had her for home economics. She was a great teacher! Prayers for the family!