Mary L. Graf

Mary L. Graf (Rose), age 93, of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 16, 2019. She was born to Herbert and Alma (Johnson) Rose in Tomah, Wis., on September 30, 1926.

Mary grew up in Tomah and attended Tomah public schools. After high school, Mary enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a degree in education. Mary taught in Sparta, Pendleton Oregon, McHenry Illinois and Tomah. Mary was married to John Graf on June 14, 1952, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church (Indian Creek), Camp Douglas.

Mary was involved in many organizations including the Tomah Police and Fire Commission, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tomah Public Library, Trees for Tomorrow and Tomah Study Club. Mary was an avid Badger fan and an active alumni member. Mary enjoyed watching her sons sports activities, going on family camping trips, playing bridge, and spending time with family and grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, John (Roberta), David (Chris) and Jim (Heidi). In addition she is survived by her grandchildren; Julie (Alan) Domeyer, Andy (Jessie) Graf, Elizabeth (Tim) Kubiszewski, Eric (Katie) Graf, Therese, Daniel and Michael Graf and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ann Sauthoff.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Alma, her husband, John and her brother John.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomah from 1:00 – 2:30pm, followed by a church service at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah, WI. A light meal will be held at the church following the committal service at the cemetery. The Torkelson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers you may send donations to St. Paul’s Church or the Tomah Public Library. Online condolences are available at