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Obituary: Grashio, Devonia “Dee”

GRASHIO, Devonia “Dee” Born in Molson, WA on May 31, 1918. She was the oldest child of Nettie (Engelhardt) and Robert Montgomery. She attended school as St. Xavier’s and graduated from Mary Cliff High School. In 1941 she married Samuel C. Grashio, who was in the Air Force and made the military his career. When WWII broke out, Sam went to war and Dee went to Seattle to work for Boeing. They lived in Italy, Germany, Canada and various locations in the U.S.. Dee has said she was able to go to many wonderful places of which she could not have otherwise gone, but for the military. Her husband retired in 1965, enabling them to make their home permanently in Spokane. In Spokane, she became an instructional aide at Davis School (for the hearing impaired) and retired after fifteen years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, her sisters Ilene Tucker, Elizabeth Anderson, her eldest daughter Patricia Ohlidal and grandson Robert Dawson. Survived by daughters Marilyn (Jim) Cline of Yakima, Judith Dawson, Mary Elizabeth Grashio, Celene (Tony) Riccelli and son Samuel (Laurie) Grashio, all of Spokane, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Roberta Arndt, Mabel Rees and one brother, Roland Carolus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Voluntary Services at the Spokane VA Hospital, N. 4815 Assembly St., Spokane, WA 99025 or Franciscan Sisters, St. Rose Convent, 701 Franciscan Way, La Crosse, WI 54601. Services will be held at Jesuit Chapel, St Aloysius on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:00am with an inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery at 12:30. To view Devonia’s online memorial, please visit
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