Carnations 5
Official Obituary of

Elaine Marie Grugel

January 30, 1953 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Elaine Grugel Obituary

Elaine (Zlotorzynski) Grugel, age 71, of Jackson, MI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of and preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Cecelia (Jurewicz) Zlotorzynski, grandparents and Peggy Leach.  Elaine is survived by daughters, Kristen (Jason) Grugel, and Kelly Staudinger; significant other, Bob Leach and his children, Brett (Cherry) Leach, Alex (Brian) Gaarde, and Devin (Jordan) Grohoski; Bob’s father, Dennis Leach; grandchildren, Emma, Grady, Drake, Riley, Aiden, Julian, and Ford; brothers, Gary Zlotorzynski, Ed (Charlene) Zlotorzynski; and sister, Cheryl (Fred) Nicely; niece, Leyna (Matt) Abro, and their children; and numerous cousins and special friends. Elaine graduated from Lumen Christi High School in 1971. She worked for Aeroquip/Eaton for over 30 years and recently for PC Solutions. Elaine enjoyed life to the fullest by spending time at Clark Lake, the casino, watching Hallmark, cooking for her family, traveling, concerts, volunteering at Henry Ford gift shop and John George Home, attending her grandkids’ events, Michigan State athletics and visiting the Nicely farm. She was proud of her Polish heritage, her family and especially her grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stanislaus Chapel, 608 South Elm, Jackson, MI on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 10:00am with Father Timothy Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Watson Funeral Chapel in Jackson on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 3:00-7:00pm with a scripture service at 6:30pm.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dianna and Allen Hueber; owners of PC Solutions, for their generosity and support. We would also like to thank the healthcare workers who cared for her throughout her entire battle with cancer, and Bob Leach who provided unconditional love and infinite care for Elaine.

Niech aniołowie powitają cię w raju.

Please express your condolences to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John George Home and Lumen Christi High School. 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Elaine Marie Grugel, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Elaine Marie Grugel?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Elaine's memory.


March 10, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson
2590 Spring Arbor Road
Jackson, Mi 49203

Scripture Service
March 10, 2024

6:30 PM
Watson Funeral Chapel - Jackson
2590 Spring Arbor Road
Jackson, Mi 49203

Mass of Christian Burial
March 11, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Chapel
608 S. Elm Street
Jackson, MI 49203


John George Home
1501 E. Ganson Street, Jackson MI 49202

Lumen Christi Catholic School
3483 Spring Arbor Road, Jackson MI 49203
Tel: 1-517-787-0630


© 2024 Watson Funeral Chapel. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility