Michael T. "Mike" McGraw

Date of Death: 6/7/2017

Michael T. “Mike” McGraw

September 15, 1947 to June 7, 2017

Michael T. “Mike” McGraw, 69, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Altoona, PA, son of the late Edward F. and Elizabeth (McGregor) McGraw.  He married Karen Yeager on December 13, 1980 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; three sons: Sean (Sara) McGraw, of Alexandria, VA, Shane (Buu) McGraw, of San Diego, CA, and Brandon McGraw of Altoona; three grandchildren:  Griffin, Royer, and Piper McGraw; three brothers:  Edward Patrick and George McGraw of Altoona and Dennis McGraw of Aultman, PA; two sisters:  Trudy Cupples and Sue Maurer, both of Altoona, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margaret McGraw, who helped raise Mike.

He was a member of Altoona High School, class of 1965.  He was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran from 1965 to 1969, serving in Khe Sanh, Vietnam. He was retired from the City of Altoona, with 25 years of service working in the highway department, codes enforcement and custodial engineering. He had previously worked at the A & P bakery and warehouse.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  He was a member of the VFW Post #3, Vietnam Veterans Association, Catholic War Vets, Cesare Battisti Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Bavarian Aid Society, Swiss Club, Newburg Fire Hall and Saint Stanislaus Kostka Brotherhood.   

 He enjoyed golfing, going to “The Cottage”, the annual canoe trip, gardening “God’s Little Acre”, and spending time in the yard with his dog, Rowdy.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, family and friends, including Paul Misko and Jim “Jit” Roscia.

Friends will be received from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, by Father Brian Saylor.  Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, due to family allergies, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Michael’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or to the family for further distribution.

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