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Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD

OBITUARY

Roberta Alting Graffman

April 3, 1952January 6, 2020

Roberta Alting Graffman

On Monday, January 6, 2020, Roberta Alting Graffman died peacefully in Silver Spring, Maryland due to complications from a stroke.

Roberta was born April 3rd, 1952 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to Robert Gene Alting and Thelma (nee Brown) Alting. She attended Kensington High School in Philadelphia. Roberta moved to Silver Spring in 1980 with her husband. She worked in the Montgomery County School system for nearly 30 years. She devoted much of her free time to the schools she worked at and the children by running after school activities, like her origami classes, and helping teachers and the offices long after the end of the work day.

She was predeceased by her father and mother; brothers, Jonathan Alting and James Alting; and sister, Priscilla Alting.

She loved the fictional detective characters Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Sherlock Holmes; watching old movies; her dog, a Jack-a-bee named Jack, antiques; and doing various crafts such as cross stitch and crochet. She was much loved by family and friends. She is remembered for her wit, her organizational skills, and her generosity.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ira Graffman; daughter, Leah Thompson and son-in-law, Blake; and a nephew and three nieces in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A memorial service will be held January 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 11612 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Roberta may be made to: https://www.kinf.org https://www.nokidhungry.org or https://www.donorschoose.org/project/title-i-school-in-need-of-a-projector-fo/4531546/

Services

23 January

Memorial Service at Church

10:30 am

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

11612 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

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Helen Brown

January 17, 2020

I met Roberta at Kensington High School when we were in 10th grade. We became friends right away. We were in World Affairs Club together. We also ran the closed circuit TV station. Most people didn't understand our ebony and ivory friendship. I remember attending her wedding. Rest In Peace my friend.

Amy Thompson

January 17, 2020

Roberta was always on the look out for flamingo trinkets (which I collect - she always found the coolest and most unique ones) and not to miss her and Ira's gift of cat toys during the Christmas season. I know she will be missed by so many and my sincerest condolences go out to her family, especially her daughter, Leah, and husband, Ira. Rest in peace, Roberta - you left us way too soon, but made your mark with students in Montgomery County for which we are all grateful . Amy Thompson

Marlene Roth

January 16, 2020

Roberta was a wonderful woman, I remember the wedding with all the bells. And her family was always nice to me - at Pottstown High - with all the musicals.