Maurice H. Graves, 75, Castorland

CASTORLAND, NY  –  Maurice H. Graves, 75, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, 2019, at his home with his family by his side. He has been under the care of Lewis County Hospice, Inc.

Born Dec. 29, 1943, in Lowville, the son of the late Harold Arthur and Marion C. (Thoma) Graves, he graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School and where he was an avid basketball player.

He married Mary L. Zehr on June 28, 1968, at Lowville Mennonite Church with Mary’s brother, Rev. Richard Zehr, officiating.

He was employed by Climax Manufacturing in Castorland where he was a warehouseman. The couple made their home in Castorland.

Maurice is survived by his wife, Mary, their children, Glenn M. (Lise) Graves of West Palm Beach, FL; and Marsha S. (Stanley) Jordan of Palmyra; his grandchildren, Daniel, Wesley (Brooke), Aleesha, Ethan, and Olivia; his great granddaughter, Abigail; his sisters, Pearl Kloster of Raleigh-Durham, NC; Doris (Fred) Bingle of Castorland; Mary (Loren) Fisher of Vancouver, BC; and Yvonne Ablan of Carthage; and his Zehr family.

He predeceased by his sister, Ruth Graves and his brother-in-law, Thomas Ablan.

Maurice was a member of the Naumburg Mennonite Church where he was a church trustee for several years, a past member of the Castorland Fire Department, and was involved with Castorland Boy Scouts for several years. He also enjoyed helping Elmer Moser and Sons on the farm.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at the Naumburg Mennonite Church, with Rev. Titus Mast, pastor, and Rev. Myron Roggie officiating. Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Calling hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at the Naumburg Mennonite Church.

Memorials in Maurice’s name may be made to: Mennonite Disaster Service, C/O: Jeff T. Mosier, 5365 State Route 289, Mannsville, NY 13661 or Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville, NY 13367.

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