She was born on October 8, 1925 to Grace (Sherwood) and Walter Coupe on a farm in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York.
Grace lived on Long Island for the first 57 years of her life. She married Erick Lass in 1947 and together they raised 4 daughters: Donna, Penny, Denice and Kris.
Grace and Erick moved to Sonoma in 1983 to be closer to their young grandchildren and within a few years all of their daughters and families moved to Sonoma as well. Grace and all her family always felt fortunate to be living near and surrounded by each other’s love. She was the matriarch and rock of her family.
She worked at a law office in Santa Rosa and later worked at the Church Mouse in Agua Caliente. But her favorite job was being a volunteer Foster Grandparent at the Sonoma Developmental Center, where she worked for many years, and brought love and joy to both residents and coworkers.
Grace was preceded in death by Erick, her husband of 47 years, her beloved sister Ruthie, sister in-law Elsa, and nephews Ricky and Timmy. She is survived by her large and loving family which includes her brother, Walter Coupe, brother-in-law Anthony Pilato; her daughters and their husbands: Donna and James Fanara, Penny and David Whedon, Denice and John Coffey and Kris and Doug Boss; her nine grandchildren and their partners: Tony Fanara and Shana Brown, Jesten and Jenna Coffey, Serene Whedon and Steve Bonbright, Asia and Jeremy Jagdfeld, Erick Whedon, Sierra Coffey, Shane Coffey, Jared Boss and Jeremy Boss; nine great grandchildren: Rebekah, Colby, Austin, Anthony, Jimmy, Arlin, Johnny, Delilah and Sean; nieces Debbie and Patty, and nephews Michael, James and Ron, and numerous friends.
Grace’s kind and loving spirit will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives she touched. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 at 11:00am at the Sonoma United Methodist Church, 109 Patten Street in Sonoma. All those who knew and loved Grace are invited to attend. For those who prefer to make a charitable donation in Grace’s honor in lieu of sending flowers, may consider FISH, PO Box 507, Sonoma, CA 95476; Meals on Wheels, PO Box 622, Sonoma, CA or the charity of your choice.
Grace will be laid to rest next to her husband at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA at a private Inurnment.
Arrangements under the direction of Duggan’s Mission Chapel, Mission Cremation Service, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA.