Loretta Marie Grassel


February 17, 1926 - October 16, 2010




Loretta Marie Grassel was born February 17, 1926, at Kimball, to Columbus and Josephine (Hoelker) Sullivan. She grew up and attended school at Kimball, and graduated from Kimball High School. She received her nursing degree from the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the Cadet Nurses Corps. She was then employed by the Delaney Clinic, Mitchell. On May 3, 1948, she married Francis Grassel at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Kimball. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and Altar Society in Artesian, and formerly a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Carthage.

 She is survived by her husband, Francis; six sons: Tim Grassel and wife, Jan, Artesian, Terry Grassel and wife, LaVonne, Sioux Falls, Edward Grassel and wife, Laurie, Artesian, Pat Grassel, Howard, Joseph Grassel and wife, Diane, Artesian, Todd Grassel and wife, Maggie, Elk Point; eight daughters: Joan Helling, Madelia, MN, Rita Trebil and husband, Doug, Artesian, Connie Ruml and husband, Ken, Howard, Ann Grassel, Watertown, Lisa Licht and husband, Bill, Estelline, SD, Barbara Nebelsick and husband, Gary, Elk Point, Marlys Sears, Black Hawk, Lori McFarland and husband, Jace of Marshall, WI; fifty-four grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren; three sisters: Dorothy Schmitt, Kimball, Lucille Kunzweiler and husband, Clem, Kimball, Agnes Piskule and husband, Kenny, Kimball; one brother, Ray Sullivan and wife, Alice, Kimball and two sisters-in-law, Gwen Sullivan, Portland, OR and Dorothy Sullivan, Sioux Falls.  She was preceded in death by her son, David, one sister, Josephine Fortin; two brothers, Bill Sullivan and Joe Sullivan and her parents.


In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established to the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls and Avera Hospice of Mitchell


Tuesday, October 19, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Wake Service ~ 7:00 PM
Artesian, South Dakota


Wednesday, October 20, 2010
10:30 AM
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Artesian, South Dakota


Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota

Posted by Kathie Sullivan-Volk and Lee on October 20, 2010
To all of Loretta's family-we are thinking of you and recalling warm and wonderful memories. Our prayers for God;s care of you at this time and always.
Posted by Doug and Marie Schulz on October 19, 2010
Lisa and Bill, our condolences to you and all of your family at the loss of your mom. God Bless and take care.
Posted by ron and becky jensen family on October 19, 2010
francis tim ed and the grassal family sorry to hear about your wife and mom. may god be with you. our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by David and Carla Bambas on October 19, 2010
We want you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our prayer for you is that you will know God's presence as you walk through this valley and that He will show you green pastures for rest and still waters of comfort and peace. Know that He does walk these valleys with us and gives eternal life. Our deepest sympathy, Pastor Dave and Carla
Posted by Mary K. Unterbrunner, Yorkville, IL on October 19, 2010
To the entire Grassel family! I am so blessed to have known your mom for so many years while dating Lynn and marrying into the Unterbrunner (Grassel) family so many years ago! So many beautiful memories with Stub & Loretta! We miss all of you so much living so far away near Chicago but we think of you often! Our prayers for God's peace at this time for you, Stub, and your entire family as we now all know that Loretta is at peace with the Lord! God Bless!
Posted by Penny Karrer on October 19, 2010
Terry and LaVonne, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
Penny (your pet sitter)
Posted by Alan May on October 19, 2010
Our thoughts & prayers are with the Grassel family..God Bless all of you and take care....
Posted by Josh and Heidi Nearman Family on October 19, 2010
Our thougths and prayers are with you all!
Posted by Chad Kempf Family on October 18, 2010
We offer our condolences to the whole Grassel family. Loretta was an exceptional lady who always offered a helping hand. She will be deeply missed
Posted by Susan and Jim Johannsen on October 18, 2010
Our neighborhood lost a very special lady! Loretta always treated everyone with respect and love. You might have lost your Mom but the memories are in your heart forever!
Posted by Lori Tonak on October 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. She will be missed by many.
Posted by Fred, Kathy, Andrew, & Dalen Zoss on October 18, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you....
Posted by Lisa and Steve Mayer (Aubrey\\\'s parents) on October 18, 2010
Francis and all, we are thinnking of your family and praying that God will bring you all comfort.
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