Roxie Grisso Stahl, 88

Roxie Eileen Grisso Stahl, age 88, formerly of Huntington, passed away peacefully on March 18, at 3:15 p.m. at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. 

Mrs. Stahl was born May 25, 1924 in Sidney to Charles Valentine and Nellie (Brubaker) Grisso.  As a child, she was reared by foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curt Bloom, Sidney.  On Aug. 28, 1943 she married Richard James Stahl, Wabash; he died April 8, 2000.

Mrs. Stahl was a long-time resident of Huntington.  As a young woman, she worked as a book illustrator at Heckman Bindery in North Manchester; she then worked several years as a graphic artist at Schacht Manufacturing in Huntington; from 1964 until her retirement in 1990, Mrs. Stahl served in various positions at Huntington College (University), including College Editor, Publications Director, and Public Relations Director.  In 1996, Mrs. Stahl was presented the Huntington College Centennial Medallion, honoring her as an individual who had significant impact on life at Huntington College during the institution's 100-year history.   She was a lifelong member of the First Brethren Church in Huntington, serving many years as Sunday School Superintendent and as president of the Women's Missionary Society.  She had many church friends who were special to her.

Mrs. Stahl was well known as a chalk artist who made inspirational presentations to audiences at numerous churches and community organizations throughout Indiana and the surrounding states.   She was a giggler, a giver, an artist, a poet, a photographer, a whistler, a lover of written words and lilacs, and an avid gardener with a passion for poppies, daffodils, and homegrown tomatoes sliced on toast. 

Survivors include her well-loved son and daughter-in-law:  Mark B. Stahl and TroyLynne Perrault Stahl, New Orleans, La.; her beloved granddaughter, Alexis Kirsten Stahl (spouse, George Williams), New Orleans; four half-sisters and their spouses:  Mary Lu and Robert Pulley, Wabash; Charlene and Gerald Gaylourd, Wabash; Donna and Richard Logan, Eugene, Ore.; and Sally Williams, Abilene, Texas. She enjoyed her extended families, both Stahls and Grissos, and felt a special bond with all her brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Stahl was preceded in death by her husband, Richard James Stahl; infant daughter, Vicki Jan Stahl; two brothers, Warren "Pete" Grisso and Robert Grisso; a sister: Evelyn E. Fawley Pittenger; and three half-sisters, Lavonne Guthrie, Bonnie Hoge, and Annabelle Pettit.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a memorial service on April 13 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, at 2 p.m. to celebrate Mrs. Stahl's life.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday, April 13.   Family members will gather at Falls Cemetery in Wabash for a private burial service following her memorial.

Memorial contributions are to be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or to a charity of your choice in memory of Roxie E. Stahl.

The memorial guestbook for Roxie may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Mar 22