Mrs. Leslie M. (Lucy) Gralapp, 83, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars, where she had resided since December.
The former Lucy Elizabeth Rolfes was born Sept. 6, 1920, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Gries) Rolfes. She moved with her family to the United States at the age of four. She attended Plymouth County country schools. On April 24, 1940, Lucy was united in marriage to Leslie M. Gralapp at St. Joseph's Catholic Church--Neptune, in Lincoln Township. The couple farmed for many years east of Le Mars. Her husband, Leslie died March 27, 1987.
Mrs. Gralapp was a longtime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars and a longtime member of the Christian Mother's Society.
While living on the farm Lucy, enjoyed gardening and grew wonderful vegetables and flowers. She also loved to do mending and cooking.
Survivors include three daughters and three sons: Darlene Ann and her husband, Don Lansink, of Battle Creek, and their children: Vincent and Sheila, Steven, Robert and Lisa, Therese and Michael Tierney, Nancee, Jerome, Gerard and Rosemeri, Kathryn and Sam Wallace, Correy, Mickey, and Bridgett; Don and Judy Gralapp of West Bend, and their children: Carrie and Al Johnson, and Kendra; Dennis and Sara Gralapp of Remsen, and their children: Craig and Deanna, Amy and Brad Bradford, Jill and Kenny Greaves, and Leah and Kerby Stott; Diana Gralapp of Sioux City; Evon and Nancy Gralapp of Le Mars, and their children: Amanda, Gena, and Cody; and Eta and Jim Chapman of Albia, and their children: Wendy, Chad and Shayla, Brooke, and Drew; and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters: Rita and Wally Niehus of Le Mars, Lorraine and Bill Foley of Le Mars, and Sister M. Fidelis Rolfes, S.L.W. of Des Plaines, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Lyla Nolan of Houston, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to her husband, Lucy was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother Gunter Rolfes. May she rest in peace.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with her nephew, the Rev. Robert Gralapp as the main celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Friday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars, where there will be a Christian Mother's rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at the funeral home from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning before the funeral.