Francis Joseph Grassel

Dates

October 24, 1922 - May 30, 2013

Obituary

 

Francis Joseph Grassel was born October 24, 1922 at Mitchell to Joseph and Mary (Maddock) Grassel. He attended country school and graduated from Artesian High School in 1940. He worked at Green Giant Canning Factory at Blue Earth, MN for several years and then a gas station in Mitchell   until 1948. On May 3, 1948 he married  Loretta Sullivan at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Kimball. They moved to his uncle’s farm northwest of Artesian where he farmed his entire life. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by 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, fifty great-grandchildren; one brother, John Grassel, Mitchell; three sisters: Eleanor Unterbrunner, Woonsocket; Raeburn Moore, Mitchell and Mary Jo Vetter, Woonsocket; two sisters-in-law: Delores (Shorty) Mathis, Woonsocket; Marcie    Hinker, Howard; and a brother-in-law, Marvin (Dottie) VanOverschelde, Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta, son David, one brother, Ted, two sisters, Ruth Hinker and Monica VanOverschelde and two grandsons in infancy.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
Artesian, South Dakota

Service

Date
Monday, June 3, 2013
Time
10:30 AM
Location
Saint Charles Catholic Church
Artesian, South Dakota

Cemetery

Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Artesian, South Dakota


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Posted by Weyland and Sharon Hvam on June 1, 2013
Our sympathy to your family in the loss of of Francis. He lived a long and productive life, leaving behind a legacy of many descendants. What memories your family will have to share in the days and years to come.
Posted by Joyce Poppen on May 31, 2013
My humble apology I should have said my son David, not Tim please except my sincere apology! So sorry Joyce, should have reread it before posting....
Posted by Joyce Poppen on May 31, 2013
With great and humble respect to your entire family on the loss of your father, grandfather, great grandfather, your role model, your hero as the head of your large family. Each of your hearts will handle it in your way. Such comfort you have knowing of his love of our Precious Savior, following Him his entire life, knowing the great promise of Eternal Life how you must rejoice to celebrate his new life, he now has a new body and soul, like that of Christ. He now is back with his heavenly family, I picture him walking the streets of Gold hand in hand with the love of his life. He wants you all to think " if you could only see me now, you would never want to call me back home, I'm whole and singing with Angels, and I love a song " I can only imagine" telling in its verses how we might react when we first see Jesus... "Will I be able to speak at all, or will I be singing praises to His Holy Name, etc. etc. it's such a warm reassuring song of our first sight of Jesus. " I picture your dad being confident and bold going right up to Jesus and saying I have been waiting a long time to meet you, you've meet my son Tim and not many years back my beloved wife of many years! He can see again and I bet he is already doing cross word puzzles and tending the hardens for once a farmer always a farmer. You have so much to be proud of in such a special loving father as he loved you all so very much. We will miss him, but know he is once again whole and strong in body ready to be as our Savior praising God for eternity. Special love to you Lisa, I know how hard it is to say good-bye to our dads. Peace and comfort will be there for you all as Jesus will never leave your side! In sympathy and in warm gentle celebration of a life well lived. Joyce Poppen, sister of Bill Licht, love you bro, I know how dear Francis was to you in your knowing and loving him.
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