Mary Jane (Orr) Graaf

January 20, 1945 ~ November 11, 2021 (age 76)


Mary Jane Graaf, 76, of Drums, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Hazleton following a brief illness.

Born in Hazleton, January 20, 1945, she was the daughter of the late John and Evelyn (Tipton) Orr. 

Mary Jane was a homemaker for most of her life and worked several jobs over the years, but most recently Northeast Counseling as a receptionist. She was a faithful follower of the Lord and an active member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church, Drums.  She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren who were the light of her life.  Mom had a heart of gold and a smile that was infectious. She loved bantering with her son in law and laughing at her daughters’ antics. 

She also enjoyed spending time at her camper, cooking, baking, traveling, playing darts, shooting clay birds, and being a proficient stained-glass artist.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her daughter Elizabeth Graaf.

Surviving are her two daughters, Susan and her husband Richard Bognar, Drums; Jennifer Stirling and fiancé John Lichty, Drums; two grandchildren Colby Bognar and his wife Kassandra of Drums: and Leandra Stirling, Dryden NY; a brother John Orr and wife Christie of Gilbertsville; two nephews John Orr Jr & fiancée Lindsey Schaefer, Downingtown; Dan Orr and wife Sarah of North Billerica MA, and cousin Tom Orr and his wife Jennifer, Ewing, NJ.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Drums, on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11 AM. Please join us as we celebrate the life of OUR MOM.  A luncheon will follow at Tom’s Kitchen, Sugarloaf.  All are welcome.  Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory (East) 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums assisted the family with the cremation. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. 335 West Butler Drive Drums, PA 18222.  Online condolences can be entered, and more information is available at

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Memorial Service
November 27, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Paul&rsquo!s United Methodist Church

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