Ethel J. Graffus – 10/23/2019

October 24th, 2019

Ethel Graffus, 67, of Claymont, DE passed away on October 23, 2019


She was predeceased by her parents, John and Rose (Durbano) Bishop; brother, Richard Bishop; children, William and Heather Graffus.

She is survived by her daughters, Shannon Graffus (Michael), Carrie Hagan (Alex), and Holly Ashmore (Colin); sister, Karen Jankowski (Stan); brother, Barry Bishop (Jackie); grandchildren, Giovanni, Brayden, Noah, Logan, Olivia, and Isabella.

Ethel was known for her genuine and caring personality, sweet smile, and her kind and loving heart. She left a positive and lasting impression on everyone she met.

She worked several years at Holly Oak Child Care Center where she was adored by coworkers, parents, and children. She was affectionately known as Ms. Apple since many of the children couldn’t pronounce Ms. Ethel.

She enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and watching Lifetime and Hallmark movies – even the repeats. She was a great dancer and could have qualified for one of her favorite shows, DWTS, if she tried out.  And we cannot forget to give appreciation for her baking some of the most delicious Christmas cookies ever.  But what brought her the most joy was spending time with her family, especially her six grandchildren.

Ethel was a wonderful woman and will be missed dearly. Until we meet again….

Family and friends are invited to her viewing on Saturday, October 26th between 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home 1459 Market St. Linwood, PA. 19061.  Final resting will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to

The American Heart Association


6 thoughts on “Ethel J. Graffus – 10/23/2019

  • By Richard Bishop on

    Sincerest Condolences on the passing of my Aunt Ethel.

    I will always remember our family gatherings/birthday parties and cherish them fondly.

    As per her wishes and those of the family, a donation has been made in Ethel’s memory to the American Heart Association.

    Your nephew,
    Rich Bishop
    And Family- Dawn, Richie, Madiera, and Jude

    • By Holly on

      Thank you for your kind words, Ritchie and family. Mom was a loving person that will be missed dearly. Thank you for your donation ♥️ We greatly greatly appreciate it.


      Shannon, Carrie & Holly

  • By Maria Dempsey on

    Dear Sharron, Carrie and Holly: Your Mom was an integral part of our bowling league, always cheerful and friendly. So proud to make her Stromboli for any party and always thrilled to share the adventures of each of you and her beautiful grandchildren. She will be missed by many and we know especially by the three of you. These past months have been difficult, but Ethel was lucky to have you girls so attentive and caring to her needs.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Maria Dempsey, Marie O’Donnell and Kay Magazu — Holy Child Women’s Bowling

  • By Betsy Pyle on

    My dear Ethel, you always brightened up any room you entered. My time working with you felt like we were on the same wave length. We laughed and joked about the same things. You and our sister, Karen, did an awesome job of serving refreshments at my daughter, Shannon’s, wedding. You had a heart of gold, and when the kids started calling you “Ms. Apple”, I knew I just had to make you a special apron for work. I enjoyed sharing Giovanni’s first 18 months in the Infant room, with you. You worked hard, and now you are a peace. Knowing you, you will always be watching over your children and grandchildren. I’m sure our paths will cross down the road in another place and time. I will miss you my friend.

  • By Janet Dover on

    I know you carry a heavy heart right now. Keep the memories close to your heart as I am sure they will place a smile on your face. Love, Aunt J

  • By Donna L VAUGHN on

    Shannon, Carrie and Holly, Your Mom left lasting memories in our hearts. You have our deepest sympathy.
    The Vaughns

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