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May 25, 2019

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Mass of Christian Burial for Walter Griffin May 13 at St. Bridget's

The Mass of Christian Burial for Walter W. Griffin, 98, of rural Rochester, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Simpson with Rev. Kevin Connolly officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Mr. Griffin died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 of natural causes at his home.
Walter William Griffin was born on Jan. 7, 1921 on the family farm in High Forest Township, Olmsted County, to William and Mary (Adamson) Griffin. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school.
Walter was married on Oct. 27, 1941 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church to Agnes M. Halloran. Following their marriage the couple lived in rural Simpson, where they farmed, raised their family and continued to make their home for their 72 years of marriage. Mr. Griffin has been a lifelong farmer on the Griffin Century farm, established in 1883. Mrs. Griffin was a farmwife and homemaker and also was employed as a unit assistant at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester for 20 years until her retirement. Mrs. Griffin died on Dec. 30, 2013. Walter was a lifelong member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church, where he served as a trustee and usher. He also served on the Rock Dell Creamery Board and AgStar Board of Directors. Agnes and Walter enjoyed dancing in their early married years and always have enjoyed playing cards in a neighborhood card club, St. Elizabeths card group at their church and at the Stewartville senior's card afternoons. Walter also enjoyed going to coffee, and had a great love of horses. He loved time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Walter is survived by three daughters and three sons, Mary Frances (John) Gillich of Stewartville, Sheila Griffin of rural Rochester, Patrick (Bridget) Griffin of Rochester, Daniel (Faye) Griffin of rural Rochester, Timothy Griffin of Minneapolis, and Roseann (Charles) Melby of Rochester; son-in-law, Al Walczak of Valrico, Fla.; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn (Lowell) Day of Rochester and Sharon Wilson of Minneapolis; one brother, Jim (Patty) Griffin of Rochester, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, son, William, daughter, Kathleen Walczak, his parents, two sisters, Bernadine Nessler and Carol Breckle and two brothers, Lawrence Griffin and Delmar Griffin.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in the fellowship hall and one hour prior to the service on Monday afternoon at the church.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. On-line condolences and memories of Walter are welcome at

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