Virginia Beach – Marie Beier Graziadei, 89, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on September 27, 2012 surrounded by her family and while eating chocolate ice cream. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1923, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Anna Motz Beier.
A 1944 cum laude graduate of the College of Mt. Saint Joseph on the Ohio, Marie worked for the Department of the Navy and met her future husband in Hawaii. Married at Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippine Islands, Marie was an exceptionally supportive military wife who followed her husband through his various tours of duty and deployments, finally returning to her husband’s hometown, Pelham, New York. Upon the death of her husband John, she relocated to Virginia Beach in 1989 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, John David Graziadei, Capt. U.S.N. Ret. and her youngest son John Julius Graziadei. To continue to celebrate her life, she leaves behind her two adult children: Ann Graziadei of Fairfax, VA and Virginia Beach, as well as Jim Graziadei and his wife Juanita of Virginia Beach and three grandchildren: John Graziadei of Denver, Colorado, and Carmen and Jimmy Graziadei of Virginia Beach.
In Virginia Beach, Marie was a former volunteer at the Oceana Naval Station Health Clinic. She was also a long-time parishioner of Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Virginia Beach and an active Volunteer for Star of the Sea’s Social Outreach ministry. While in Pelham, she was an active congregant of Saint Catherine’s parish and a highly involved member of the Ladies of Charity of Pelham and other church activities. In addition, she was a Life Member of Price Hill Historical Society of Cincinnati, OH.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the many, many people in Mom’s life that cared for her and made her final days a joy: parishioners and staff of Star of the Sea Church; Dr. Anthony B. Hardt and the medical staff of Sentara Family Physicians; the physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other staff of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on 4 East formerly 3 East, 2 West Cardiac floor, Emergency Department, and Cardiac Care Unit; as well as the staff of Sentara Nursing and Rehab Center – Windermere and the staff of Virginia Beach Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Esteban DeLeon officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 1, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Avenue in Virginia Beach. In Memory of Marie Graziadei, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations should be made in Marie’s name to Star of the Sea Catholic Church Social Outreach, 1404 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.