Marita Agnes DeGraff


Whitehall, New York – Marita Agnes DeGraff, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1935, in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Francis and Rita Mary (McDonald) Walsh.

Marita was a communicant of the former Notre Dame des Victoires Catholic Church in Whitehall where she served as a housekeeper for the priest and currently was a communicant of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church of Whitehall.

She and her husband John DeGraff were married on June 28, 1954. John passed away on Feb. 3, 1993, following 38 years of marriage.

She was formerly employed by the Factory Outlet in Fair Haven, Vermont, in charge of purchasing until it closed. She then was employed as a rural route mail carrier for the United States Postal Service until her retirement.

Marita enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens for many years and enjoyed canning the fruits of her labor. She enjoyed mowing her own lawn and cutting wood for her stove for many years until her health would not allow for it any longer. She also enjoyed swimming as a youngster and throughout her entire life. Most of all, her family was a very important part of her life, and family gatherings were always so special to her.

In addition to her parents and her husband John, she was predeceased by her four brothers, Patrick, Michael, Thomas and Robert, and her granddaughter Brittney Marie Perry.

Survivors include her five children, John (Beverly) DeGraff of Dresden, New York, and Alamo, Texas, Kathy (Patrick) Greenough of Dresden, Patricia (Richard) Perry of Granville, Thomas (Cathy Jo) DeGraff of Whitehall and Christine (Herbert) Stark of Whitehall. She also is survived by 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, Skene Street in Whitehall with Reverend Zachariah Chichester, pastor, officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Whitehall, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband John.

Friends may call on the family from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Michael G. Angiolillo Funeral Home, 210 Broadway in Whitehall.

The family would like to thank the aides who helped take care of their mother, hospice and the staff at Castleton Health Associates.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Marita’s memory to Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 9 Wheeler Ave., Whitehall, NY 12887 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To leave an online condolence or to purchase flowers, please visit angiolillofuneralhome.com.