Annabelle Charlotte Burggraf-Garforth, 93, formerly of Cardington, died Thursday, September 9, 2021 in Abbington, Pickerington. She was born July 10, 1928 to Robert L. and Edith C. (Williams) Oler who predeceased her.
Annabelle attended Cardington-Lincoln High School. In 1972, she graduated with Distinction from Ohio State University with a BA in Education with a minor in Psychology. She graduated in 1976 from Ohio State University with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, where her thesis was entitled “Sign Language as a Verbal Facilitator with Children with Disabilities.” She then obtained her guidance counselor certification from Bowling Green State University. Annabelle worked as a teacher and guidance counselor at local Cardington-Lincoln schools and had worked as a speech therapist at MARCA. She was the first woman to sit on the Cardington Board of Education since its inception (70 years). She served on the school board for 12 years, including 8 years as president.
Annabelle was a member of the Cardington Nazarene Church from 1938 to 1995. During this time, she served on the Church’s board of trustees for several decades. She attended Avon Park Church from 1995 to 2006 where she received the Distinguished Service Award for her support of church activities in 2006. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Service Award for her support of her church’s missions. in Manchester, Tennessee.
On November 16, 1945, Annabelle married Wilson Burggraf in Cardington, Ohio who predeceased her in death on August 6, 1991. On September 5, 1992, she married Delmar Garforth at Cardington Church of the Nazarene and he also has it. preceded in death.
Annabelle is survived by her children: Dr Larry (Joyce) Burggraf of Dayton, Jennifer (Mark) Grady of Doyle, TN, Rev. James (Kelley) Burggraf of Cleosprings, OK., Brother: Wilbert (Norma) Oler of Columbus; nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Annabelle was predeceased by her son Dennis Burggraf and daughter Judie Garvin, five of her brothers: Chester Shaffer, Melvin Shaffer, Louis Shaffer, Carl Oler and James Oler.
Friends can call Friday, September 17, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Gompf Funeral Home, 440 Center St. Cardington, Ohio 43315. The funeral will begin at the end of calling hours at 2:00 PM with Annabelle’s son, the officiating Reverend James Burggraf. Interment will follow at Glendale Union Cemetery.
Those who wish to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider Nazarene compassionate ministries.
Those who wish to share a memory of Annabelle or express their condolences to the Burggraf-Garforth family can do so by visiting www.gompffh.com.
Posted by The Morrow County Sentinel September 10-11, 2021.