Pamela Rapp Grasis left us Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 after a three-year battle with Mesothelioma. A proud Kansas Citian, Pam was born to Albert and Lois Rapp and lived most of her life North of the river. She attended Oak Park High School and Ottawa University where she earned her English Literature & Education degrees. She taught English, Drama and Debate at Park Hill High School before devoting her time to raising her family and supporting her husband Augie in their business endeavors. In her almost forty years as a Weatherby Lake resident, she leaves behind many, many friends and a lasting legacy.
Pami was a radiant force with a beautiful spirit, loved by all. Her impact was undeniable, her faith unwavering, and her incredible life well-lived. She moved mountains for her family, for whom being Mom and Mimi was her life’s proudest achievement and greatest joy. They will miss her most, including:
Husband – Augie Grasis
Son – Ryan Sutton and his family, Meg, Taumr, and Burke
Daughter – Lindsay Hatcher and her family, Travis, Andra, and Ellija
Daughter – Augi Helling and her husband Matt
Brother – Dan Rapp and his wife Brenda
Pami was a lifelong teacher who loved literature. She was founder and host of the Weatherby Lake Book Club for many years. Though she claimed she couldn’t swim, she loved the water, whether floating in the lake with her friends or flying the spinnaker on Puff Daddy with her family sailing team on Sundays. She taught elementary school kids about business in her Junior Achievement classes and worked hard on perfecting her grandchildren’s grammar.
Pami entertained frequently with un-matched style and will forever be admired as life’s most gracious hostess. Her last months were enjoyed at full-tilt with visitors from all over the globe and celebrations with her Weatherby Lake neighbors and her family. Then, after a week of rest, she quietly left us to join God while surrounded by her family’s love.
You made all of our lives better. We danced with you, laughed with you, and found great inspiration in your passion for life. You are forever inimitable. We will miss you, and see you tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day until we’re together again soon.
A memorial service will be held for Pami Monday September 12 at 2:00pm
Tiffany Fellowship Church
7315 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO 64153
The Service will be followed by a Celebration of Life where friends and family are invited to share Pami stories and memories. The celebration will be held 4:00-7:00pm at:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd,
Kansas City, MO 64111
To honor Pami’s colorful spirit and her love for summertime, the family requests attendees refrain from wearing black at the memorial services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to one of these organizations:
Traditions Hospice, 220 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs MO 64014, the wonderful health professionals who cared for Pami in her final days,
Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City, donate on line in Pami’s honor at this link. https://greaterkansascity.ja.org/donate/index