The graveside service for Ethel S. Graubard, 87, formerly of Casa Grande, was held Thursday in Mountain View Cemetery, followed by a small gathering at the home of her son.
Mrs. Graubard was born Oct. 25, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Isadore L. and Esther Kornfeld Siegel and died March 21, 2007 (2 Nissan 5767 on the Jewish calendar) at Hospice of the Valley in Mesa.
She grew up in small towns in New York with her older brother, Obie, and a younger sister, Ruth, and attended school in Kerhonkson. Her parents owned a grocery store, where she worked as a girl. Her future husband, Seymour Graubard, worked for his father in a wholesale business that sold to the store. They married in 1949.
Her husband was a bookkeeper for the company selling Dolly Madison baked goods, and they later opened a fish market in Monticello, N.Y. They moved to Middletown, N.Y., and opened a grocery store. In 1971 they moved to Casa Grande. Seymour worked in the liquor department at Bashas' on East Florence Boulevard. They opened Milo's Discount Center downtown in 1978, naming the store after their son, and owned it until 1988. Mrs. Graubard was known for her sense of humor and loved to read, do needlepoint and cook. She moved to Mesa in 2005.
She is survived by her son, Milo P. Graubard. Her husband died in 1993.
J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel was in charge of arrangements.