Eleanor (VanOverberghe) DeGraff

Died: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Recitation of the Rosary

7:30 PM Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 15, 2018
Location: Saint Anthony De Padua

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 Eleanor DeGraff

April 25, 1934 - Feb. 9, 2018

SOUTH BEND - Surrounded by her loving children, Eleanor DeGraff, 83, of South Bend, Indiana passed away peacefully on Friday, February 9. Eleanor was the oldest daughter of Martha (Matthys) and Henry VanOverberghe. She attended Our Lady of Hungary Grade School and South Bend Catholic High School. In 1955, she married the love of her life, Robert N. “Diggie” DeGraff, and raised four children: Michael N. (Tamar) of Monroe, WA; Renee C. of Springboro, Ohio; Andrea G. of South Bend; and Marty (Julie) of Lexington, KY.

A proud, life-long resident of South Bend, Eleanor began her professional career as an Administrative Assistant at the Studebaker Car Company. Once she started a family, she became a homemaker. After her husband retired from the South Bend Fire Department, they entered the restaurant industry, owning and managing a few of downtown's staple restaurants (The Pretzel Palace, The Lunch Box, and Diggie's Hot Dogs & More) from the mid ‘70s - ‘90s. When they retired from the restaurant industry, Eleanor worked for 10 years with the great people at J.R. Fox Jewelers. Eleanor was a passionate fan of anything her husband and children were involved in. She spent endless hours in sporting environments, watching her children and grandchildren participate. She was an avid fan of Notre Dame sports and creator of beautiful, crocheted baby afghans and other items.

She is survived by her children and four grandchildren: Malchijah (Matt) Boyd of Monroe, WA; and Zachary, Maxwell, and Matthys DeGraff of Lexington, KY; her sisters, Virginia Kelly (Springfield, IL) and Mary Lou Egyhazi (South Bend); and two brothers-in-law, Richard DeGraff of Lisle, IL and William DeGraff of Woodbury, CT. Preceding Eleanor in death are her husband, Diggie her parents; and her son, Robert N. DeGraff, Jr. Eleanor's love for life, her incredible personality and wit, her laugh, and so many other attributes that made her an amazing, loving, fun-to-be-around person will be sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 15, in St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 2120 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, with Rev. Terry Fisher officiating. Committal services and burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:30. Visitation will also be in the church one hour before the Mass on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made in Eleanor's name to the Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Pl., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Eleanor's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

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Al and Lorrie Van Overberghe
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
Praying for her, many fond memories of times we were in her company. Al & Lorrie

Dyan Boulac Harrington
   Posted Tue February 13, 2018
What an angel heaven has gained. As difficult as it is to say good-bye to her here on earth, it is reassuring to know she is reunited with Diggie. 💙
May the DeGraff family find peace in this difficult time.

Jean Johnson
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
My Mom Loretta Shellito taught at St. Anthony’s in the early 70’s. This is where she met Eleanor and they became close friends. They had lots of lunches out and dinners as couples. I remember my Mom always looking forward to and enjoying their time together. My Mom died in 1980 and Looking back I am so thankful she had good friends like Eleanor in her life. My thoughts a prayers go out to her family.

Robert Wagner
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
My sympathy and prayers to the DeGraff family. Eleanor was a special lady and a good friend back in our South Bend days.

Joseph Harmon
   Posted Wed February 14, 2018
DeGraff Family,
Deepest sympathy to all of you. Eleanor was the godmother of my friend and colleague Mike McMahon (deceased 2003). You all are in my prayers on the Ash Wednesday. May your kind mother Rest In Peace...

Ed & Rosie Wray
   Posted Thu February 15, 2018
We are so sorry to learn of Eleanor's passing. She was a fine lady and we enjoyed being with her and Diggie at St. Anthony's events. Brother-in-law Bill fixed us up in High School, St. Joseph's. Our prayers and thoughts go out to family, we remember each one of you.
Ed & Rosie Wray
Siesta Key Florida

Francine (Osowski) Deal
   Posted Thu February 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Wishing You all that The Holy Spirit be among You to help You with this sad time. My Prayers & Thoughts are with You.
Francine (Osowski) Deal