Helen E. (Del Propost) Grande

Birth Date: 
Sunday, January 10, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Friday, June 2, 2017

Helen E. Del Propost Grande, 91, of Wooster, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter and sister died Friday, June 2, 2017.

She was born January 10, 1926 in Wooster to Serafino and Marietta Tomassetti Del Proposto.  On October 15, 1949 she married Francis A. Grande.  He preceded her in death.

Along with her husband, she was the owner and operator of the El Rancho Grande Italian Restaurant.  Helen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Catholic Daughters and the Lamplighter’s Auxiliary. 

Helen is survived by her daughters Frances A. (Gary L.) Fuller of Wooster, Rebecca J. (Todd F. Celmar) Grande of Avon and Susan E. (Frederick M.) Vizzo of Wooster; grandchildren Ann and Joseph Fuller, Gina (Brent) Bratu, Theresa Vizzo, Raymond (Emily) Daley and David Daley; great-grandchildren Hailey and Brooklyn Griggs and Isabella and Gia Steele and siblings Vincent Del Propost and Edith L Crowner bother of Wooster.

Along with her husband, Helen was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Mary A. Gasbarre.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster with Rev. Stephen Moran as celebrant.  Private burial will be in Sherwood Memorial Gardens at the convenience of the family.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebrahamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 



One hour prior tot he service at the church on Tuesday, June 6.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave


I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

JoAnn and I were informed of Helen's passing by Edith Crowner and are so sorry for your loss. We are no longer able to visit the the Wooster area as in the past; we currently reside in Florida. It was always a pleasure visiting the family enjoying a wonderful meal at the restaurant.

John, JoAnn Del Proposto & Family

I am so sorry. She was a great, sweet, gracious woman. A real icon around Wooster. Will really miss her. I have to work Tues. or I would attend her funeral. Take care everyone and will be praying for you. Your mom really doesn't need them anymore. You know she's in heaven. God has another angel. Hugs,

Dear Fran and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God wrap you in His arms of mercy and may your sweet memories help to provide the comfort needed during this difficult time of grief. Love and prayers to you, Dee

Helen was a kind and gentle soul who offered her wisdom to anyone who cared to listen. I benefited from listening to her at a time or two in my youth. She lived a good, long life and she may be gone now, but I'm sure her wake is still stretching out and touching lives. I wish peace to the Grande family as I also express my gratitude for having known this wonderful soul. I'm sure Frank is back in line already.

I am honored and blessed to be one of Aunt Helen's great-nephews via marriage. She was truly a blessing in many lives. My heartfelt condolences to the immediate families. Ron

I know from my friendship with Fran that Helen was a wonderful women; loved by many. My heart goes out to the family along with prayers for peace, happy remembrances and strength to heal.

Mrs Grande was a kind, considerate and loving person. She and her family were on my paper route (1957 to 1963) and Mrs Grande often provided me with homemade chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate and pleasant conversation on those bitterly cold winter days. More recently, I've met her on several occasions outside St Mary Catholic Church during my familial visits back to Wooster. We had many wonderful conversations. She was a very special person who positively touched not only mine but so many lives. Thoughts, prayers and love to Fran, Becky and Sue.

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