Leo A. Grasso Sr.


Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Kasilof resident Leo A. Grasso Sr. died Friday, June 27, 2003, at his home from Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 60.

A closed casket visitation with the family receiving friends will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. A celebration of life service will began at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the family's home on Crooked Creek Road in Kasilof. Mr. Grasso's ashes will be buried in Galena.

Mr. Grasso was born June 9, 1943, in Sommerville, Mass. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1961. He then attended Wentworth Institute from 1961 to 1963 and San Jose State from 1964 to 1965.

On July 29, 1965, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam. During his service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on July 28, 1969. In 1967, he moved to Galena, living there until 1976, when he moved to Tanana. He lived in Tanana until moving to California in 1980. While in California, he was a general contractor and the owner of Pacific Construction Co. He returned to Alaska in 1996, living in Kasilof.

Mr. Grasso was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. He also was active with the Soldotna High School swim team. He served as president of the swim team and received awards for his service with the team.

Mr. Grasso also was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

"Leo was the love of my life. He brought so much love and happiness to me and our family and friends," his wife said.

"My dad was a loving father," added his son. "He was always generous of his time and help for all his friends and family."

Mr. Grasso was preceded in death by his father, Charles Grasso Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Angela M. Grasso of Kasilof; sons, Charles T. Grasso of Marina, Calif., and Leo A. Grasso Jr. of Kasilof; daughters, Marie McCarty of Kasilof, Karen M. Vanengen of Lacey, Wash., and Tina L. Reid of Carmel, Calif.; grandsons, Dylan M. Grasso of Marina, Calif., and Tyler G. Vanengen of Lacey, Wash.; granddaughter, Beatrice L. McCarty of Lacey, Wash.; mother, Margaret A. Grasso of Ashland, Mass.; brothers, Charles Grasso of Soldotna and Robert Grasso of Montclair, Va.; sisters, Anne Marie Fairhurst of Ashland, Mass., and Diane Costello of Melrose, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be sent to the ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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