Rev. Fr. Francis Clair Graff

Died: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
Location: James F. Ferguson Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

9:00 AM Wed., Oct. 17, 2018
Location: Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

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Rev. Fr. Francis Clair Graff, M.Ed., 88 of Blairsville, PA (Blacklick Twp.) died on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, PA.  He was born May 7, 1930 in Black Lick, PA.  He attended elementary school at Mahan, Blacklick Twp. and then attended Blairsville High School.  He was a US Army Veteran.  He went on to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sacred Theology and a Masters in Education.  Francis was ordained a priest on May 1, 1965 by Bishop John Wright at Saint Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA.  During his career he was assigned to many parishes including, St. Charles Parish, Donora, PA; St. Dominic Parish, Donora, PA; St. Peter Parish, Pittsburgh, PA; St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, McKees Rocks, PA; St. Peter Parish, Butler, PA; St. Anthony Parish, Bessemer, PA and St. Camillus Parish, New Castle, PA.  After years of service, he retired from the priesthood on June 1, 2009 and then went on to run a Christmas Tree farm in Grafton, PA.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Graff and his sister, Mary Rose Bolen.  The family will receive friends at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9AM in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Coral, PA with homilist, Fr. Joseph Beck and the most Reverend David A. Zubik as celebrant.  Interment will be in the St. Francis Cemetery, Coral, PA.

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Linda Rumcik
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
There are many memories of Father Graff while at St. Camillus in New Castle, but the most memorable are from Christmas time. Every year Father Graff would deliver (atop his old station wagon) a Christmas tree to the rectory. Several parishioners then gathered to decorate a beautiful tree, handpicked by Father Graff from his very own Christmas tree farm.

God Bless Father Graff and may he rest in peace - Linda Rumcik

Ron and Kathy Katich
   Posted Tue October 16, 2018
Fr. Graff was very special to us. As teenagers, my sister and I worked at the parish rectory at St. Mary's in New Castle, answering phone calls and taking messages. He was so kind, checking in on us and striking up conversations. Later, he officiated at my wedding. He became the parish priest at St. Anthony's in Bessemer, where we were members after our marriage. He was always so humble and kind.

   Posted Wed October 17, 2018
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family. During this difficult time, God is near to those that are broken at heart, and those who are crushed in spirit He saves.
Psalms 34:18.

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