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