Katherine J. Graves, 76, of Florence, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 22, 1941 in Camden, NY, a daughter of Harold Q. and Helen Wines Keil. Katherine was a 1960 graduate of Camden High School. On July 2, 1960 she was united in marriage to William “Bill” J. Graves at St. Mary’s Church, Florence, NY. Katherine was the tax collector for the Town of Florence for many years and also served as a member of the town board. She was a lifetime member of the NYS Steam Engine Association and the Pioneer Gas Engine Association.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her husband Bill; two daughters, Judy and Bob Allen, Redfield, NY, Brenda and Mark Love, Canandaigua, NY; two sons, William and Melissa Graves, James Graves and Kelly Bolster, all of Florence, NY; thirteen grandchildren, Mandy, Mr. Bill, Markie, Michael, Sarah, Kelly, Kassidy, Brad, Kevin, Siara, John Michael, Evan and Emma; three great-granddaughters, Zoey, Emma and Harper; one sister, Connie Johnson, Point Rock, NY; one brother, Harold Keil, Oriskany Falls, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Katherine was predeceased by one grandson, Baby Jimmy Graves; one sister, Carolyn Gardinier; an infant brother, Frederick; and a brother-in-law, Tom Johnson, Sr.
A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Friday from St. Mary’s Church, Florence, NY under the direction of the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main Street, Camden, NY. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Florence, NY. There will be no calling hours. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Williamstown American Legion beginning at 2 p.m. following services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Camden Area Food Bank. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.larobardierefuneralhome.com