Norman DeGraff

Norman DeGraff

FISHER – Norman Paul DeGraff, 69, of Fisher, IL, was called home on Friday, July 7, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born Nov. 5, 1947, in Harvey, IL, a son of Edward John and Mary Adeline (Cunningham) DeGraff. He married Linda Peterson on Sept. 8, 1967, in Park Ridge, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Julie (Fr. Court) Williams of Highland Park, IL, Jennifer (Trent) Garner of Fort Wayne, IN, Scott (Kara) DeGraff of Tampa, FL, Michael (Sara) DeGraff of Fisher; two brothers, Jon (Carol) DeGraff of Glenview, IL, and Chris (Cathy) DeGraff of Marana, AZ; three sisters, Kathryn (Joe Gallina) DeGraff of Chicago, IL, Barbara (Larry Wheeler) DeGraff of Chicago, and Laura DeGraff of Chicago; eight grandchildren, Maggie, Riley, Joe, Logan, Delaney, Owen, Cora and Charlotte.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Norm graduated from Tinley Park High School in 1965. He received his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1969 and his master's from the University of Illinois. He taught music at the Fisher, East Lynn and Hoopeston schools. He also was a manager at Rantoul and Champaign Burger King restaurants. He recently retired after 29 years of service from CDG as a computer programmer.

He was a member of the Bellflower United Methodist Church, where he served as the choir director. He had a special love for music and performed with the Singing Men of 'GNN. He was an avid Sox and Bears fan and enjoyed golf. Norm loved his exercise and he enjoyed his time working out in various ways.

There will be a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Lux Memorial Chapel. Private graveside services will be Wednesday at Willowbrook Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Bellflower United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Transitions Hospice or Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, or family choice.

Editor wrote on July 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm


I am sorry to see that Norm passed away. I always remember you and Norm from our Tupperware days in the 1970s. I remember he was always laughing. Steven and I saw you guys at a football game many years ago. Time has passed way too quickly for us all. My Steven died in 2011. My prayers are with you.

Rinda Maddox