Orville N. Grandcolas

Orville N. Grandcolas, 85, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, April 8, 1926, in Prairie-Du-Long Township, IL, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL. 

Mr. Grandcolas was a retired truck driver for Fredman Brother Furniture. He was a member of Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville, IL, V.F. W. Post #1739, Swansea Moose Lodge #1221, American Legion Post #937, and South Side Improvement Association. For many years he was a softball pitcher for many teams and was inducted into the city Softball Hall of Fame. He was an avid bowler and loved to dance. He was a United States Navy World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Father: Elmer Grandcolas
  • Mother: Helen nee Klein Lenz

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: May A. Grandcolas of Belleville, IL
  • Daughters
    • Bonnie S. Schaefer of Belleville, IL
    • Robin K. (Jerry) Driemeier of Belleville, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Nikki (Dr. Mark) Stampehl
    • Joe (Elia) Schaefer
    • Samantha K. Schaefer
  • Great-Grandchildren:
    • Chloe Stampehl
    • Dominick Stampehl
  • Son-in-Law: David Schaefer

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

Visitation: Friends may call from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, June 24, 2011 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Arthur Tinge officiating Interment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville, IL.


Condolences left for Orville N. Grandcolas:

    It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were each a special part of of such a well-lived life.

    The Elliotts Des Moines IA 50310

    So sorry Grandma, Mom and Aunt Robin; I know he will be missed every day for the rest of your lives. I only wish I could be there to grieve with you.

    Such a quite ending to such a Vivacious life, GOD is graceful and takes us in profound ways when it is time for us to move on. He is at peace and happy to be with his Father and that should make us joyfull.

    Grandpa had a full and fabulous life and enjoyed almost every minute of it.....celebrate like Orville would have! There is no question that it's the right thing to do....be sarcastic, kiss grandma, drink a Busch Beer, crack an egg on your head or do the Curly shuffle celebrate who he was :)

    Nikki Stampehl Houston TX 77584