Sunday, May 7, 2017

Miss Doris Grahl, Longtime Educator at Margaretta Local Schools

Miss Doris Grahl, seen above in a photocopy from an undated Margaretta News article, was my elementary principal at Venice School, which in the late 1950s was part of the Margaretta Local School district. To me, Miss Grahl always seemed like such a grand lady, and she was always professional, and she dressed very well. Somehow even both my parents knew Miss Grahl. Dad, who dropped out of school to join the U.S. Navy during World War Two, also held Miss Grahl is high regard. He enjoyed working as an officer of the Venice School P.T.A., where several of his children attended elementary school. Doris Grahl was born in 1912, to William and Anna (Klafter) Grahl. The family resided in Venice, Ohio, then in Margaretta Townhip of Erie County, Ohio. Miss Grahl graduated from Margaretta High School. She earned a bachelor's degree at Capital University, and her Master's degree from Bowling Green State University. As a Junior in High School, Doris Grahl was in the first group elected to the Margaretta Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Miss Grahl taught elementary school classes for several years, and later she was the Principal of both Venice and Bogart Elementary Schools. Miss Doris Grahl passed away on May 7, 2002, at the age of 89. She was survived by two brothers and a sister, and she had been predeceased by her parents, a brother, and four sisters. Funeral services for Miss Grahl were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, on Bardshar Road, very close to her home. Miss Doris Grahl was buried at Restlawn Cemetery, now known as Meadow Green Memorial Park Cemetery. An obituary for Doris Grahl appeared in the Sandusky Register of May 9, 2002.

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