Barbara Graner (October 16, 1939 – September 1, 2021)
A loving wife/mother/grandmother, Barbara Graner passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of September 1, 2021. She had been in declining health over the past few months.
Barbara was born in Brooklyn on October 16,1939 to Katharine (nee Steiniger) and Leo Schrafel. An active, athletic young girl she grew up in Floral Park on Long Island. Barbara graduated from Sewanhaka High School, where she participated on the twirling team, yearbook committee, and numerous other clubs. After graduation she worked several jobs as a secretary, including those at General Electric (GE) and Sperry Corporation on Long Island.
She met William (Bill) Graner in 1961 at a cousin’s wedding. They were married on August 31, 1963. A few years later, they settled in East Setauket, NY (Long Island) where they lived for more than 45 years. Back then, Barbara was an avid bowler, baker, member of the Three Village Homemakers Club, had many friends and was involved in her children’s school activities. In 2011, to escape the deep winter snow, they moved to Sun City in Bluffton, SC where Barbara was also involved in many clubs including In-Stitches, the Sew What Club, Dine-Around Group, the Long Island Group, and Bible study at the Church of the Palms.
Always well-dressed with a pretty smile, Barbara was known to be friendly, well-meaning, and kind. She enjoyed crochet and knitting, music, playing the piano, going to movies and theatre, exercising, reading, dining out, going to church, watching Blue Bloods on TV (her favorite show), playing board games (especially Scrabble, competing with both her mother and daughter Patty over the years), and spending time with family/friends.
Barbara is survived by her husband Bill of 58 years (they just celebrated their anniversary on August 31), their daughters Patty and Sue (Tom), grandsons Tyler and Sean, older sister Kay (Paul), numerous cousins, and many long-time and new friends who she kept in touch with regularly. She will be missed dearly.
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