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Margaret R. (Marge) Graf

Oct 11, 2017

March 26, 1917 - October 7, 2017


Margaret R. (Marge) Graf, age 100, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2017 at her apartment at the Village at Alameda in Albuquerque.


A visitation will be held on October 11, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Strong-Thorne Funeral Home, 1100 Coal Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NMFuneral services will be held Thursday October 12 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1100 Indian School Rd. NE with internment at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marge's honor to St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Ballut Abyad Children's Hospital Fund or the Women in Military Memorial in Washington D.C. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit


She was born to Charles and Nettie Teschendorf on March 26, 1917 in Detroit, Mich., days before the United States entered World War I. She grew up in Detroit and enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1942. She was stationed in England in 1943 as a supply sergeant and eventually moved on to France as the allies advanced. By the war's end she had been commissioned as a second lieutenant.


After the war she met and married U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant Glenn Graf of Lockridge, Iowa. They were stationed at various duty stations around the country from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. and raised their three sons eventually settling in Albuquerque in 1953. Other than a short stint in North Carolina they remained residents of Albuquerque until 1967. Marge worked at the Atomic Energy Commission on Sandia Base from 1962 until 1967 when the family moved to Northern California. She and her husband Glenn both worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif. until their retirement in 1978. After Glenn's death, she eventually moved back to Albuquerque to be close to family.


Marge was a member of the Yucca Temple of the Daughters of the Nile as well as a member of the Adah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a Past President of the Honored Ladies, Widows of Nobles of Ballut Abyad Shriners Temple. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.


Marge was an avid traveler always ready for a new adventure. She liked to golf in her retirement and was able to play into her eighties. She greatly enjoyed her card games and was ready for a session of Village Poker right up to the end.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Sr. and oldest son John; as well as her brothers, Bud and Art; sisters, Eileen, Thelma and Ann. She is survived by her sons Glenn Jr. and wife Lynn of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Jim and wife Diane Souder of Albuquerque; grandson, Jason Graf (Heather); granddaughters, Sara Jones (Robert), Emily Graf and Rachel Graf; as well as great-grandson, Carson Graf and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Graf.


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