Rita S. Graffi

February 8, 2017                      
WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Rita Sophia Graffi, 85, passed Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home where she has been a resident.

The funeral service will be held  5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hart & Bruce Funeral Home, 117 N. Massey St., Watertown, with Pastor Paul D. Luisi officiating.

Calling hours will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home.

Burial will be in North Watertown Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Born Sept. 5, 1931, in Watertown, daughter of Samuel and Sofia Spooner Klee, she graduated from Watertown High School in 1949. She then graduated in 1952 from the House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing as a registered nurse.

In 1952 she went to work at the House of the Good Samaritan and worked beside Dr. Nelson in the operating room for several years. In 1979 she worked at the Samaritan Keep Nursing Home up until she retired in 1994.

She married Johann Graffi Jr. of Watertown on Dec. 29, 1956, at the Concordia Lutheran Church with Rev. Vogt. officiating. 

Mr. Graffi was a mechanic at Town Motors and retired from the NJ National Guard at Fort Drum.

Rita was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and she and her husband enjoyed spending summers at their cottage in Hy Knoll.

Among her survivors are son and daughter and law, John M. and Karen Graffi, Felts Mills; a daughter and son in law, Gerald and Linda M. Brotherton, Watertown; a brother, Samuel R. Klee , Brentwood, Long Island; a sister and a brothers-in-law, Mary Alice Barkley, PA, Leonard Edus, Watertown ; three granddaughters and their husbands, Amanda and Sean Santucci, Jessica and Jeffrey Bukowski, Alicia and Greg Eddy; a grandson, Adam John Brotherton, three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons, Sophia, Gianna, Jack, Jace, Mariella  and Garrison; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Johann Graffi, a sister, Betty J. Edus and a brother-in-law, Christopher Barkley.

Donations may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church or Samaritan Keep Nursing Home Resident Fund.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartandbrucefh.com.

Information provided by Hart & Bruce Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.