SEYMOUR, Wis. - Leah M. Grassel, 67, passed away Friday morning, March 8, 2013, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Seymour. She was born May 3, 1945, in Michigan the daughter of the late Raymond and Jeanette (Gauthier) LaFave. On Aug. 3, 1968, she was united in marriage to Emil Grassel in Michigan. He preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 2007.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.
Following high school Leah attended St. Mary's School of Radiology in Duluth. While working in Marshfield she met Emil and the couple moved to Seymour in 1968.
Leah M. Grassel
Leah waitressed for many years at the Coachlight and Krabbe's Supper Club prior to suffering a disabling brain aneurism. She was known for her humor and her famous tagline, "Careful, your plate is hot like your waitress."
One of Leah's favorite things was being with Vonnie Barclay and their bowling team on the team's trips to the state bowling tournament. Leah and Emil also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas. Prior to her aneurism she fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Paris and other parts of Europe with her cousin Rosemary and took a cruise with her cousin Shirley.
Leah was an active resident at Good Shepherd and was frequently playing cards and helping the staff fold napkins and set up for dinner.
Survivors include her children, Chris (Katie) Grassel of Seymour and Michelle (Rich) Sawyer of Green Bay; five grandchildren, Gordon, James, Forrest, Abigail, and Elaina; sister, Theresa (Bill) Nelson of Ford River; two brothers, George (Judy) LaFave of Ford River and Arthur LaFave of Janesville; two nephews, Rudy and Jon Paul (Amanda) LaFave; niece, LeighAnn LaFave; aunt, Louise Legault; uncle, Maurice Gauthier; and many cousins.
Friends may call at St. John Catholic Church, Seymour, on Tuesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. until the funeral mass at noon with Father Bob Kabat officiating.
Entombment will take place at Gardens of Rest Mausoleum in Escanaba on Wednesday, March 13, at 11 a.m. (CST).
Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour is assisting the family with arrangements.
A special thank you to the staff of Good Shepherd Nursing Home for their many years of patience and exceptional care.