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Louise Hargraves

March 22, 1924 – May 25, 2022 (age 98)

Newburgh, NY

Louise Charlotte Hargraves (Grammy Lou), 98 years young, of Newburgh New York entered into rest on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Louise was born on March 22, 1924 in Newburgh, the daughter of Daisy and Morris Goldstein. She graduated from Newburgh Free Academy. Louise met and married William Hargraves and they raised their family in Newburgh.

She was very involved in Girl Scouts, Little League, and many activities with their three children. Louise always put her family first. Louise worked for New York Telephone Co. when her children were young as a telephone operator. When William “Bill” passed away, Louise continued to work for New York Telephone Co. as an operator and worked her way up the corporate ladder until she became a Building Forman in Westchester. Louise was a woman ahead of her time and forged a successful career in the business world as a pioneer for future professional women. Grammy Lou, as she was affectionately called, created lifelong memories for her six grandchildren through the years, like banging the pots and pans on the front porch on New Year’s Eve on Broadway at midnight. Louise welcomed family and friends into her home with her warm open smile and made each person feel very special.

Louise leaves behind, her daughter, Diane Galati and husband Gary, son, Dr. Ronald Hargraves and his wife Julie, daughter-in-law Maureen Hargraves. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Heather Galage and husband, Kevin, Danielle Pelsue and husband Craig, Amy Doce and husband Jason, Erin Blanco and husband Alfredo, Brian Galati and wife Carrie, Keith Galati, Erik Burket, Emily Hancock and her husband, David.

She felt very blessed to be able to meet and shower love on her fifteen great-grandchildren: Sam and Jack Galage, Kai Pelsue, Alexis Mittelman, Emerson and Greyson Doce, Aidan, Isabella, and Mason Blanco, Evelynn Galati, Ava, Hudson and Miles Burket and Lillian and George Hancock.

In addition, she is survived by her loving sister-in-law, Barbara Goldstein, nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and great nephews. She will be missed by everyone.

Louise was predeceased by her husband, William Hargraves, her son, James Hargraves, parents, Daisy and Morris Goldstein, and brothers, Ronald Goldstein and William Goldstein.

The family would like to give special thanks to Pamela her caregiver. She was with Louise for 2 years and always made sure that Louise was comfortable and taken care of.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday May 31, 2022 from 11 -12:30 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh. Funeral Service will be at 12:30 at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery Route 9W Newburgh.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, PO Box 207, New Windsor, NY 12584-0207.    

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