Arlys O. Graff


Arlys O. Graff, age 73 of Le Sueur, died on Saturday, January 5, 2018 after a brief and brave
struggle with cancer at the Ridgeview Nursing Home in Le Sueur, MN. A private interment will
be in Mound Cemetery, LeSueur. A Celebration of Life service will be on May 5, 2019, 2:00
p.m. at the Ney Nature Center in Tyrone Township, Le Sueur County. A gathering will be one
hour prior to the services.
Arlys was born on May 8, 1945 to Oscar and Alma (Sather) Graff in Greenbush, MN. She
graduated from Greenbush High School in 1963. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from
Moorhead State University. Arlys taught English at Ortonville Jr. High School 1966-1968 and
Cloquet Jr. High School from 1968-1970. She took 6 months off from working in 1970 and
traveled extensively through the western United States. She then began a short career in the
insurance industry in the west metro area from 1971-1976. Arlys returned to school in 1976 and
received her Master’s Degree in Community Education from the University of Minnesota-
Duluth. In 1977 Arlys began a long career in Le Sueur as the Community Education Director
where she gained respect and friendships throughout the community. In a demonstrative
commitment to continuing education, Arlys took a leave of absence from 1986-1989 to attend
the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she earned her PhD in Adult Learning &
Education. After she earned her doctorate, she returned to Le Sueur and resumed her position as
the Director of Community Education to continue her work and relationships with the Le Sueur
Arlys was very active in many community organizations and undertakings including; Habitat for
Humanity, Ney Nature Center and the Blandon Foundation’s Community Program. She enjoyed
her time with her tennis league and had a passion and love for the animals that she cared for on
her farm west of Le Sueur, especially her cats.
Memorials may be made to the Ney Nature Center, American Cancer Society or in care of Pat
Hanauer, 1016 Honeysuckle Lane, Farmington, MN 55024


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