Virginia “Ginny” Lorraine Graf, age 91, of Peru, IN, entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, May 14, 2021, while visiting family in Nashville, TN. She was born November 5, 1929, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to William E. Hines and Iva Nora (Hayden) Hines and was the youngest of four children. Upon graduation from Western Hills High School, Ginny moved to Peru with her family. She was briefly employed as a store clerk and bookkeeper, and later, as a technician at Memcor. She married Harlen G. “Lefty” Graf (died May 26, 2001) at the First Christian Church in Peru on July 3, 1948. They made their home in the Oakdale area of Peru where she supported her husband in his 20 years of service as a Peru Police officer, and later, in 20 years of service as the assistant manager at Mississinewa Reservoir. Throughout their almost 53 years together, Ginny managed her home, cared for many, and attended various work and social events such as FOP banquets and events at the Moose Lodge where they were long-time members. As a young adult, she sang in the choir at First Christian Church of Peru and had an exceptional talent for playing the organ by ear as family loved to gather around to sing with her. After retiring, Ginny returned to Van Buren Avenue in Peru where she spent the remainder of her life living, laughing, and loving all who were blessed to call her family or friend.
Ginny is survived by her son, John Graf (Jennifer) of Peru and her daughter, Linda Ledger of Sarasota, FL; grandsons Shawn Graf (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, IN, Brandon Sturch (Cindy) of Peru, and Brooks Ledger (Katie) of Logansport, IN; granddaughters Heather Anderson (Kevin) of Hendersonville, TN, Amy Harner of Menlo Park, CA, Haley Ralph (Jay) of Peru, Shalana Seifert (Damon) of Peru, and Mari Driver (Mason) of Whittier, NC; her beloved 18 great-grandchildren, Wread, Victoria, Autumn, Jordan, Eastyn, Zoe, Peyton, Gabe, Chase, Brinly, Taylor, Marleigh, Dalayna, Braley, Lawson, Kynlei, Lorraine, and Oakley; and one great-great-granddaughter, Summer. She will also be remembered by her special nephew, Keith Hines (Jennifer) of Tarpon Springs, FL, her dear family friend, Bobbie Clark of Peru, and many nieces, nephews, and others she dearly loved as her “own.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother and two sisters, her beloved niece, Cathleen Fakes, and her best friend, Marilyn Moore.
Ginny loved game shows and crossword puzzles and loved challenging family and friends to her favorite games, Scrabble and Words with Friends, until her final days. Besides total adoration of her “kids” and her “family picture wall,” she took great pride in growing beautiful coral roses and other flowers. Ginny is best known for her never-ending love, hugs, and kisses; her beautiful blue eyes, soft hands, and precious laugh; her prized pies, delicious chocolate malts, cinnamon-sugar toast, and homemade strawberry jam; and her love of hummingbirds and butterflies. She was the most devoted and loving mom, grandma/gram/grammy, aunt, and friend to those who loved her, and she will be missed more than words could ever express. She was indeed our “Hummingbird” and the wind beneath all of our wings!
A Celebration of Life service will be held on what would have been Ginny and Harlen’s 73rd wedding anniversary, Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St. in Peru, with grandson Kevin Anderson officiating. Guests may call from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service. Interment will be at Santa Fe Cemetery in Santa Fe, Indiana.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.FlowersLeedyAllen.com.
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