Juanita Jane Graff, 83, Dalton

October 5, 2018

Juanita Jane (Atkinson) Graff, 83, of Dalton, entered eternal life on Oct. 1, 2018, surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Juanita was born at home in Portage, on April 11, 1935, to Raymond and Lillian (Nehls) Atkinson. She was baptized on May 23, 1935, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portage. She was confirmed on May 16, 1948, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pardeeville. She lived her childhood on a farm in rural Portage, as the oldest of seven children. She graduated from Pardeeville High School in 1953, and Evangelical Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, Milwaukee, in January 1956, as a registered nurse. She started her career at Beaver Dam Hospital, and then worked at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage for 42 years.

Juanita was united in marriage to Alfred A. Graff on April 28, 1957, at St. John’s, Pardeeville. They lived their entire married life on the family farm in rural Dalton, where they raised five children. Her home was always open to family, friends and relatives. Juanita and Alfred enjoyed traveling West with a van full of new explorers. Juanita’s greatest love was raising her Christian family.

Survivors include her children, Teresa (Daniel) Trotz, Nancy (Allan) Hoffmann, Barbara (Jeffrey) Lang, Lawrence Graff and Douglas Graff; grandchildren, Andrea (Caleb) Opalewski, Andrew Trotz, Adam (Heather) Trotz, Dustin (Brooke) Hoffmann, Megan Hoffmann, Lauren (Gerald) Chatman, Anna Mae (Zane) Rosencranz, Chance Lang, Levi Lang, Jade Lang, Zackary (Elizabeth) Graff, Gunner Graff and Gus Graff; great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Emmy Opalewski, Austin, Ashtin and Addy Trotz, Fletcher, Ryker and Decker Hoffmann, and Kinley Chatman; sisters, Wanda Atkinson, Pat Tamminga, Sally (Hayden) Jerome, Susan (Gerald) Kieck, and Linda (Larry) Rhode; sister-in-law, Dorothy Dickerson; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; infant daughter, Anita; infant brother, Larry Atkinson; parents, Raymond and Lillian Atkinson; in-laws, Adolph and Anna Mae Graff; and brothers-in-law, James Dickerson and Ronald Tamminga.

Visitation for Juanita will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Cornerstone Funeral and Cremation Services, 181 S. Main St., Markesan. Visitation will also be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, N796 Linden St., Dalton, with the Rev. John Hildebrant officiating. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, town of Kingston.

Memorials can be made to Grace Lutheran Church in Dalton, Alzheimer’s research or charity, or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Anna’s House for their loving care shown to Juanita over the past three years.

Cornerstone Funeral and Cremation Services in Markesan is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.

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