Leon M. Grandcolas
Leon M. Grandcolas
  • August 19, 1923 - December 7, 2016
  • California

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Leon M. Grandcolas, 93, of Carmel, California, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at The Cottages of Carmel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 20 at Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, California, 93923. Burial will follow at 3pm at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord.

Leon was born August 19, 1923 in Belleville, Illinois to Lee and Ella (Firsch) Grandcolas. He graduated from Belleville Cathedral High School in 1941 followed by enlistment in the US Marine Corps where he served from 1943 to1945. His assignments included a tour in the Pacific.
Leon graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Louis University in 1948.

In 1950, Leon married the former Rita Grosspitch in Belleville, Illinois. He was employed as an auditor with Price Waterhouse in St. Louis from 1948 to 1967 and as Treasurer and Vice President in Charge of Finance for Ball Corporation in Muncie, Indiana from 1967 to 1988. He and Rita retired to Carmel, California in 1989 where he enjoyed golf at the Quail Lodge and Monterey Peninsula Country Clubs. He was a parishioner at the Carmel Mission Basilica where he also served on their finance committee.

Leon is survived by his wife and six children: Richard (Laura) Grandcolas of Santa Barbara, CA, James Grandcolas of Foster City, CA, Susan (Bill) Bauer of Medford, OR, Mark Grandcolas of San Mateo, CA, Nancy (Alan) Meyer of Cedar Bluffs, NE, Jack Grandcolas of San Rafael, CA and nine grandchildren: Gabriel, Lucas, Bradley, Grant, Emily, Molly, Katherine, Kelsey and Rachael. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the charity of your choice, or designated to Dementia Research at Mayo Clinic, Dept. of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN, 55905
Arrangements under the direction of The Paul Mortuary, Pacific Grove, CA.