Raymond H. Gradl, 78, of 460 Maple Street, St. Marys, died with his family by his side on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 at DuBois Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
He was born May 13, 1933 in St. Marys, a son of the late Alfred and Marie Leuschel Gradl.
On July 2, 1960 in Queen of the World Church, he married Barbara Wagner Gradl, who survives.
Mr. Gradl was a member of Queen of the World Church. He graduated from Central High School, Class of 1953. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Bryant Stratton College in Buffalo.
He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and was also a member of the American Legion and the P.F.L. He served as the treasurer for the Elk County Democratic Committee for many years and was also a member of St. Joseph's Society.
He volunteered his time at the Christian Food Bank and for the Queen of the World Funeral Luncheon Committee. He enjoyed gardening, trips to the beach and going for walks. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, Barbara Wagner Gradl, he is survived by two daughters, Lynn Hoffman of St. Marys and Lorrie, Mrs. Kenneth Levenduski, of St. Marys; and four granddaughters, Jessica Hoffman of Charleston, S.C., Jennifer, Mrs. Joe Huegel of Erie, Megan Levenduski of St. Marys and Leanne Levenduski of St. Marys.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Margaret Ryan Gradl; two brothers, John "Bud" and Lawrence Gradl; a stepbrother, Richard Gradl; and a sister, Rita Gradl.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Raymond H. Gradl will be celebrated at the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, on
Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, as celebrant.
A military service will be conducted by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Rd., Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreenFuneralHome.com .