Franz Gunter Graef

Fundraising Goal:  $1,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 14
Total Value of Gifts: $835.00

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Michael Graef

Jennifer and Grant Lee

Perrelle Family

George Meyer and Gregory Vogel

Ernie & Cindy Freeman

The Larkins

The Corral Family

Jeff Brandvold & Michael Curtis

Gayle Knapp

Putzmeister America, Inc.

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On March 10th, 2014, Frank was diagnosed with duodenum cancer. He was told that in order to enhance his life expectancy that he would need to undergo an intensive in-patient procedure called ‘the whipple procedure.'

On April 16th, 2014, Frank underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove the tumor that was found. Frank was remarkable-The surgery was so challenging, but after 24 hours- he still managed to act like his old self.

A month after Frank’s ‘whipple procedure,’ he started chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, with the third round of chemotherapy, the treatments took a toll on his physical state. On July 31st, 2014, Frank was taken to the emergency room and given a CT scan to determine whether the cancer had spread. Almost four months after his intensive surgery, the CT scan found that the cancer came back with a vengeance and had metastasized to his pancreas, stomach and liver. After the CT scan was performed, the doctors’ prognosis for Frank was not bright- he was given roughly 1-2 weeks to live his life.

Frank had three wishes before he passed. His first wish was to see his son, Adam, get married. His second wish was to hear the headers on his beloved Oldsmobile 442 and his third wish was to be surrounded by his family and friends.

Due to the immense amount of love for Frank, all three of his wishes were granted. On August 12th, 2014, Adam married Chelsea in Frank’s hospital room at Kaiser Permanente. On August 14th, 2014, Frank was discharged from the hospital to be greeted upon arrival by the headers on his prized Oldsmobile 442 and on August 18th, 2014, Frank lost his battle with duodenum cancer, but was surrounded by family and friends in his days before his passing.

Frank was a dedicated husband, proud father, doting brother and remarkable son. He was an amazing man, with amazing talent and a shining, irrepressible spirit and though he is gone, he will always keep shining. His infectious smile, distinctive thumbs up and sense of humor could instantly make anyone feel better. Even during his roughest days with dueodenem cancer, he still had a knack for cracking jokes and lighting up the room with his smile and while the disease may have taken him, it never beat him.

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Bill Coffie
Sat, Mar 28, 2015
I was so sad to read of the death of an old friend. We were stationed at Ft. Meyer and I would drop him off on the weekends I headed home to Detroit. I remember him for his jovial personality, and our UFO encounter one night returning to Virginia. To my knowledge, we never discussed it publicly. Our friendship was cut short when I got orders for Viet Nam.
Rest in Peace, my long lost friend.

Jennifer Lee
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
In loving memory of my Dad, Frank Graef
January 3, 1947 August 18, 2014
By Jennifer Lee
Although you have ended
Your earthly endeavor
Farewell for now
But not forever
Your heart so big
Your laugh so robust
Your twinkle, your smile,
Will always be with us
You are amongst angels
We will forget you never
Farewell for now
But not forever
As a watchful guardian
We will look to you
For peace and assurance
To guide us through
With a big thumbs up
And wink so clever
Farewell for now
But not forever

Jeff Brandvold
Wed, Aug 27, 2014
I have many great memories of Frank from my time working with him at the Press-Telegram. He was a wonderful, kind man who knew his stuff when it came to Circulation. He was kind, generous with his time, and always quick with a smile. I will not forget him, and wish his family and friends my deepest condolences.

Dennis Schafer
Tue, Aug 26, 2014
Frank was for many years the strength of the Press-Telegram Circulation Department. It seems that he worked through (rather effortlessly it seemed) ten circulation directors and maybe more publishers as well as many phases of change to the structure and management of the paper over the years. When I started my time at the PT I quickly discovered that Frank was the "go to" guy for a great perspective on any matter and when something was needed you could always count on Frank. As the PT became part of the newspaper group the people all across the group soon realized the same thing. This guy was a great professional and confidante. I have great recollection of Frank in attendance and taking an active role at PT events whether it be an employee basketball or softball tournament and always for many years one of the key guys at the annual LB Grand Prix and always with Adam by his side. The thing that you knew as much as anything about Frank was the love he had for his family and his children Adam and Jennifer. And you knew where he was from! He stuck with Cleveland through and through whether it be the Browns, Indians or Cavs. He always had their back. Long live the memories of Frank Graef.

Amanda Fahnestock
Mon, Aug 25, 2014
I love you with all my heart and cant believe that you are gone. I miss you more than you know. I know that you are watching from above and are in no more pain I love you Taufpate Rest in Peace

Jim Smith
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
I'm gonna really miss you, Frankie. I so loved your oversized laugh, not to mention your oversized heart. You were a great colleague to me at the Press-Telegram, and a great friend -- just as you were to so many others. Rest in peace, my Friend.