Helen Frances Grasher

picture-pubSANDOVAL — Helen Frances (Schnitzmeyer) Grasher, 91, of Sandoval, died on September 25th at Carlyle Healthcare Center in Carlyle, where she resided during the last years of her long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born December 31, 1922, in Hoffman, the daughter of Ida (Sprehe) and William Schnitzmeyer. She married Leo Grasher Feb. 20, 1943, in Sandoval. He preceded her in death on March 12, 2005.

Helen was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Virgil, Roy and Clifford.

Surviving are her children Roger Grasher and wife Deborah, of Odin, Judi Jennetten and husband John, of Edwardsville, Thom Grasher and wife Cathy, of Desoto, and Julie Payne and husband Mack, of Patoka; thirteen grandchildren, Michael Grasher and Tracy, of Baton Rouge, La., Michelle Grasher and partner Mara Rakestraw of Bloomington, Matt Grasher and wife Ann, of Altamount, Paul Jennetten and wife Jennifer, of Eau Claire, Wisc., Patrick Jennetten and wife Tory, of Peoria, Cheryl Jones and husband Dale, Bret Grasher and wife Sara, Rachel Grasher and Lydia Grasher of DeSoto, Ryan Grasher and wife Megan, of Highland Ranch, Colo., Nathan Payne and wife Megan, Brooke Lopez and husband Jason, and Skyler Payne, all of Patoka; and twelve great-grandchildren, Brody and Collin Grasher, Timothy and Katelyn Jones, Savannah and Kerrigan Grasher, Will Jennetten, Julia and John Jennetten, and Henry and Olivia Grasher.

Also surviving are her sister, Delores Woker, of Carlyle; and her sister-in-law Dorothy Stevenson, of Salem.

A graduate of Carlyle High School, Helen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She worked tirelessly as a housewife and as her husband Leo’s partner on their dairy farm. Her inviting arms were open to all who visited her home. Helen was a creative, well-regarded cook and loved and enjoyed painting and art. The pinochle games at her home were known to last well into the night. She and her husband, Leo, loved to dance at the Elks Club and the many local picnics and weddings. Helen served as a volunteer to the Red Cross, and she was a caregiver to her parents, mother-in-law, grandchildren, friends stricken with cancer and family pets for many years.

Helen was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoffman, and after her marriage became a member of the St. Lawrence Church in Sandoval. Both churches were an important part of her life because of her experiences and bonds with her family members and the many friends who attended.

Her kindness, generosity, warm smile, sense of humor and acceptance of all touched many lives. Even in the darkness of Alzheimer’s, these notable traits peeked through. She is sadly missed.

Friends and family may call at Day Macz Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Church at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence Church Cemetery in Sandoval.

Donations can be made to the St. Lawrence Church Cemetery Fund.