Graham, Bernadine

Written by David Green.

Bernadine Dale (Wheeler) Graham, 92, died Sept. 26, 2006 under the care of Hospice, Foote Home Care Services and Summit Park Assisted Living Center in Jackson, Mich.

She was born on Christmas Eve 1913 to Bert and Estelle (Woodward) Wheeler at their farm in Amboy Township in Hillsdale County, Mich. She married Leslie Graham, a teacher and superintendent of Waldron Public Schools. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Bernadine lived most of her life in Waldron where she was a hardworking supportive wife and mother. Many times the Graham home, located across from the school, was shared by newly hired teachers. She canned and preserved the fruits of a large vegetable garden and cared for the farm animals. She was a wonderful cook and a talented seamstress.

She loved to host and attend family weekend and holiday gatherings. Her favorite memories included the family’s annual fishing trips, joining her husband and sons hunting, and times spent with special friends Katherine Fox, Lois Laser and Eleanor Welling. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Waldron.

Bernadine is survived by two sons, Charles Farrell (and Joyce) Graham and Max Richard (and Elaine) Graham, both of Jackson; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and nephews Jim and Farrell Wheeler of Bryan, Ohio, Richard Givin of New Jersey and Wilbur Givin of San José, Calif.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Gwendola Calvin, and Max and Darwin Wheeler.

At Bernadine’s request, cremation has taken place and no visitation is planned. A private memorial service will be scheduled at Waldron Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waldron Area Schools, Waldron Library or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson.

  • Front.bridge Cross
    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
  • Front.bridge.17
    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.eclipse
    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Front.batter

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017