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June 28, 2012

Josephine Graf to Celebrate 108th Birthday

Josephine (Plenge) Graf will celebrate her 108th birthday on June 30th, 2012. She was born in Clark County, Missouri, to Lynn and Lula (Gregory) Hume on June 30, 1904.

Josephine graduated from Kahoka High School in 1923 and taught in rural schools until her marriage on June 15, 1927 to Edwin H. Plenge. Their children are Anna Lynn Kirkpatrick of Memphis, Jean Plenge of St. Charles and Robert Plenge also of St. Charles.

After Edwin's death in December 1951, she resumed her college courses and graduated from Kirksville State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in 1961. She then taught in schools in Scotland County. In 1964, she and her colleague, Effye Irving, moved to Hazelwood, Missouri, where she taught junior high school for two years.

In July of 1966, she and former high school classmate Chris Graf were married and Josephine moved to the suburban Chicago area. Chris passed away in 1985, and Josephine remained in Chicago until 1996, when she moved to Lake St. Charles Retirement Home.

Her extended family includes two step-children, Janet Ralph and her husband Allen of Michigan, and Richard Graf and his wife Charlene of Chicago. Also there are eight grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren, 11 great-step-grandchildren and four great-great-step-grandchildren.

Presently Josephine resides at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis. There will be a birthday party in her honor on July 1st from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Care Center for all who wish to celebrate with Josephine.

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