Gracie M Rissler

1943 - 2020

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Gracie Marie Rissler, 77, of Findlay, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 19, at home. She was born February 25, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, to Juanita Peguero and Julio de la Pena. She married Dennis Rissler on October 13, 1979. Gracie is survived by her children, Sarah Crane (Joel) of Cincinnati, James of Tennessee, and Rachel of North Carolina. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tyler and Sydney Crane; her siblings Emilia of Findlay, Julio (Jean) of New Mexico, Art (Mary) of Findlay, and Mario of Arizona. She also has many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Denny, her parents Juanita and Julio, her stepfather Baldomero Lerma, and her sister, Sylvia Hall. She graduated from Findlay High School and Indiana University, taught elementary school and was a school counselor for nearly 40 years. She has worked with hundreds of students over the years at Arcadia, Mansfield St. Peters, and Lima Schools. She also worked for many years at the Maumee Youth Center, where she was a counselor for teenage boys. Gracie touched so many lives through her work and volunteering, especially as a dedicated Girl Scout leader for over 25 years. There are hundreds of girls with whom she has sold cookies, taken camping, visited the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, GA, taken hiking in Switzerland, and traveled to London for the Olympics. Gracie was always planning her next Girl Scout trip, and she made sure her girls got to experience new adventures at the Zoo, COSI, and many other places. She loved craft projects and always had her girls working on blankets for the Humane Society and Christmas crafts for nursing homes. Her troops definitely kept Joanne Fabrics in business! She was a dedicated member of St. Michael’s Parish, and loved making hats with the hat group. Gracie was strong in her Catholic faith, enjoyed going to mass, and was also a devout follower of St. Jude; the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. She strongly believed in helping everyone. Many of her former students will attest that her support and guidance encouraged them to go to college, when they thought they couldn’t. Gracie was a very sweet person. She loved people, flowers, and especially animals. Her dogs meant the world to her. She had a huge heart. Students and teachers say she was giving, supportive, encouraging, someone who made an impact, someone who believed in everyone, and the “Best Girl Scout Leader a girl could ask for.” Her family meant everything to her. She loved to spend time at the lake with her husband Denny. She shared her love of travel with her daughter, Sarah. She enjoyed shopping with her sister and going to cookouts at her brother’s house. She was always excited for a family get together. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and always had a gift for them when she saw them. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, (East) 750 Bright Road, Findlay with Celebrant Father Peter Grodi. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, July 24th 2020 4:00 to 7:00 PM

  • Mass of Christian Burial:

    Saturday, July 25th 2020 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church (Bright Road) [Map]
    750 Bright Road
    Findlay, Ohio 45840-2497

  • Final Resting Place:

    St. Michael Cemetery [Map]
    932 W. Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    St Jude Children's Research Hospital

    501 St. Jude Place
    Memphis, TN 38105

  • Instructions:

Condolences For Gracie M Rissler

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To : Sarah Crane
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Fr Richard Kennedy MSC
I was a new teacher at St. Peter's in Mansfield 1973-76. Gracie was a wonderful counsellor. Together we took two other chaperones and nine senior boys and girls on a camping trip to the Grand Canyon.
May Gracie and Denny both now be enjoying the wonderful love of God.
Fr. Richard Kennedy, MSC

To : The Rissler family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Juana Ibarra
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for everyone.🧡🧡🧡

To : ArtMary Lerma Gracie Rissler
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Tamara Luchini
Dear Art and Mary, I read the Courier every morning from all the way up in Michigan and saw Gracie's obituary today. Just wanted to say what a joy she was to know and work with at St. Mike's. She was so well named ... full of Grace. Many blessings to you and the family as you remember your beloved sister. - Tamara Luchini

To : Sarah and Rissler Family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Michelle Cole
Words can't describe how you're all feeling but know that your mom was a loving person and will truly be missed by everyone.

We will continue to send love and prayers to you during this time and I'm sure your dad is happy to be reunited again with her.

Love you all!
Jeremy and Michelle Cole

To : Kessler Family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : David Siciliano
Deepest sympathy to Gracie's family.

She was my guidance counselor at St. Peter's and she helped me and both of my brothers find the right college. I will always be grateful to her for her help.

To : Sarah Crane and The Rissler Family
Date :Monday, July 27th 2020
From : Jill Pecoraro
My heartfelt condolences to family and friends of Gracie Rissler, a wonderful mother, sister, friend, community steward. Thank you for sharing her amazing legacy with this beautiful tribute.

To : Sarah
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Debbie and Joe Mihalik
Our sympathy to you and yours . Your .Mom was a great person and involved doing good in so many ways. I had the privilege of also knowing her as Secretary of Delta Kappa Gamma for so many years.
She was truly a key woman educator in all she did. She will be missed

To : sarah
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : the Aurands
Sarah, Rachel, James and family-so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Due to Rick's health and Covid we are unable to join you in person. Your mother helped my sonso much. You have our deepest sympathy.
I always enjoyed talking with her and your dad.You are in our prayers.
Diane and Rick Aurand

To : The Rissler Family
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : Greg Petrosewicz
I am saddened to learn of Gracie's passing (always Mrs. Rissler to me). Denny and her were great people and very loving. When I moved to Texas to attend UT after graduating St. Pete's in 1984, they graciously accepted my dog Sox into your family. I remember he was very fond of one you girls. They were important people to me and I'm sorry to know that they both have passed. But along with Charlie and Father Keith, they are enjoying eternal life. May you all gain some comfort in that. My heart goes out to you all.

To : Family of Gracie
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : Morgan Siler
Gracie was one of the most dedicated Girl Scout leaders in our council. Because of her, dozens of girls had the opportunity to become Girl Scouts and try amazing new things. She has left behind a legacy and she will be greatly missed.

To : The Rissler Family
Date :Friday, July 24th 2020
From : Christy Gustin
I had the privileged of working with Gracie through Girl Scouts and her passion and dedication to working with her girls was amazing. Watching her light up as she talked about her girls and troops. As the Regional Director on behalf of the the staff of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio we will keep her in our hearts as a sister Girl Scout.

To : The Rissler Family
Date :Thursday, July 23rd 2020
From : Chris and Lacy Allen
My love and prayers go out to all the family. Gracie will be greatly missed. We had so many good Girl Scout times together as leaders. All of our camp outs and trips were an adventure that I myself would never have been brave enough to do without her by my side in Georgia and Switzerland, Paris, Italy and just around Ohio. Guiding all those young girl scouts and creating life long memories with her will stay with all of us for ever. She was a true friend that will live on in our hearts forever.

To : The family of Gracie Rissler
Date :Thursday, July 23rd 2020
From : Coordinator of St Michaels Warm Cap Ministry
On behalf of St Michael’s Warm Cap Ministry, I would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Gracie’s family.
Gracie was so very generous to our group, not only with her time and talents, but also with donations from her Girl Scout Group. She knew no bounds when it came to helping us succeed in our mission. For this, we will always be grateful. She will be sadly missed.

To : Rissler family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Linda Arnold
On behalf of the Lexington Class of 1964 please know that our thoughts and prayers with your family. Gracie was such a kind and caring person. She will be missed.

To : Rissler Family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : James Rissler and Family
May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family. Love James, Patricia, Patrick, and Hailey Rissler.

To : The Rissler family
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Janice Brumbaugh
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Gracie was a sweet woman who I saw whenever she subbed. She was kind and friendly, and she will be missed!

To : Art Mary Jenny Lerma
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Carol Frank Seruch
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. She was an amazing woman, and contributed so much to so many. We will send a donation to St. Jude in her name.

To : family of Gracie Rissler
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : St Michael the Archangel Bereavement Ministry
To the family of Gracie Rissler. We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Gracie. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope that you will have many wonderful memories that will bring you comfort.
God bless you all

St. Michael the Archangel Bereavement Ministry