Pauline E. Graff

May 21, 1952 - July 13, 2020

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Saturday, October 10, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Goshen VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike Street, Goshen


Saturday, October 10, 4:00 PM
Goshen VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike Street, Goshen


Pauline E. Graff, 68, of Blackman Lake died Monday, July 13, 2020 at her residence.

She was born May 21, 1952 in Kitchener, Ontario to Elmer and Mildred (Reynolds) Bechtel.

On December 6, 1975 in New Paris she married Douglas K. Graff. He survives at Blackman Lake.

She moved to Blackman Lake in 2018, coming from Goshen.

Pauline enjoyed quilting, fishing, cooking and spending time on the lake.

Mrs. Graff was a county auditor for Elkhart County. She attended Archbold High School in Ohio and later Goshen College.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was president of the Indiana State Auditors Association for eight years and she was auditor of the year for the state of Indiana for two years.

Also surviving are two sisters, Melva Sanders and Eva Miller; a sister-in-law, Pat Bechtel; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jay Bechtel; a sister, Arlene Hartsough; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Hartsough.

A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Goshen VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike Street, Goshen. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the Blackman Lake Improvement Association.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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David and Diane Hess
October 6th, 2020 4:28pm

Doug, Sympathy and regrets, due to a prior commitment we will not be able to attend the memorial service for Pauline. Our prayers are with you.

Janie Cope
July 23rd, 2020 1:09pm
Fishers, indiana

Such a sweet and loving person. Heaven has received another angel.

Ron Norman
July 21st, 2020 1:15pm

A true public servant with a smile that could light up any room. I'm grateful to her family for sharing this beautiful soul with Elkhart County. May her light kiss the morning sun and the stars at night and God bless her family and friends.

Steve and Joyce Kaiser
July 20th, 2020 4:13pm
Syracuse, IN

Doug, Just got your message about Pauline. We pray God will comfort you in your loss. We read the obituary, I am sure you will miss your wife of many years. Please let us know of the memorial service; we plan to attend. Your Graff side relative, Steve Kaiser

Mike & Dawn DeFreese
July 19th, 2020 11:02pm

She was a fine person, all who knew Pauline will miss her. Condolences to her family.

Mary & Stephen Messenger
July 19th, 2020 2:49pm
Simcoe, Ontario Canada

Doug, we are so sorry for your loss. The fun times we had together will forever be remembered. RIP Pauline.

Rebecca (Becky Martin) & Don Boyer
July 18th, 2020 10:19am

So sorry to hear of your loss. We live next to Chain O Lakes State Park which is not far from you. Would love to see you again after all these years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you..

Natalie Adams
July 17th, 2020 4:33pm

She was a sweet, beautiful woman. Doug I’m so sorry for loss, I’m sure everyone will be taking of youπŸ’•πŸ’•

Kris Jensen
July 16th, 2020 10:41am

I worked for Pauline for many years in the Auditors office she was a wonderful person and great friend fly high with the Angels my friend until I see you again RIP

Carol Caviness
July 15th, 2020 9:30pm

Pauline - you will be missed. Hard to believe you are gone.

Lawrence and Pat Rieck
July 15th, 2020 5:27pm
Goshen Indiana

Our sincere condolences to the family. Prayers to the family

Kenlyn Arnott
July 15th, 2020 1:48pm

Pauline was a dear friend. We worked together in Auditors office when she moved back from Florida and for many years. Rest In Peace my friend and you will be missed.

July 15th, 2020 1:36pm

I worked for Elkhart County, and Pauline always greeted you with a smile. She always answered your questions with honesty, and would help whenever you asked. I am so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful person and a friend.

Wendy Tillery
July 15th, 2020 1:35pm

You are loved so much.

David and Diane Hess
July 15th, 2020 1:05pm

Doug, Our prayers are with you , Pauline was a great co-worker! Lot's of good memories! During the 2007 recession Pauline was right there helping to figure out how to keep the doors of Elkhart Co. gov't open.

Marva Shay
July 15th, 2020 12:05pm

Thoughts and prayers to Doug and family. So sorry for your loss. Pauline was a special person who will be deeply missed.

Dennis & Esther Alwine
July 15th, 2020 11:40am
Goshen IN

Pauline was a sweet and generous person. She will be deeply missed. Praying for Doug and the family during this difficult time. May God bless you and give you peace.

Dennis & Esther Alwine
July 15th, 2020 11:36am
Goshen IN

Pauline was such a sweet and generous friend. She will be deeply missed. Praying for Diug and the family during this difficult time. God bless you and give you peace.

Joyce Rider
July 15th, 2020 11:29am
Goshen IN

Our deepest sympathy to Doug & the family. She was very special to us all. We certainly will share in your loss.

Larry and Sharol Blackport
July 15th, 2020 10:50am
Goshen, IN

Cathy Bartow
July 15th, 2020 3:48am
Goshen, Indiana

I will never forget your smile and honesty. Prayers to Doug. You will be missed. Your friend, cathy

Orv Myers
July 15th, 2020 12:07am

Doug, you have my deepest sympathies. She will be missed at the VFW by many. May Pauline rest in peace πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²

Karen Chrispyn
July 14th, 2020 11:35pm

You are in our thoughts, Doug. Her laugh and the fun with her at the VFW will be greatly missed.