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June 14, 2021

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Memorial service for Judy Griebenow May 26 at St. John's Lutheran Church

The memorial service for Judith 'Judy" Griebenow, 80, a longtime Stewartvilleresident, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Judy died unexpectedly on Monday, May 17, 2021 at her home, following a short illness.
Judith Irene Heitman was born Nov. 25, 1940 in Lake City to Ernest and Irene (Zillgitt) Heitman. Judy started elementary school in Lake City and moved with her family as a young girl to Winona and then Rochester where she graduated from Rochester High School in 1958. She attended Mankato State College earning her bachelor of science degree in home economics and biology in 1962. She then taught home economics in the Winona and Albert Lea school districts.
Judy was married on July 31, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester to William T. Griebenow. They lived in Rochester for one year and then nine years in Stewartville before moving to their farm in rural Stewartville. Judy was a homemaker/farm wife and taught home economics as a substitute teacher for the Stewartville and Dover Eyota school districts for a number of years. She was employed as a county extension agent with Olmsted County for a short time and was employed at Child Care Resource and Referral in Rochester until her retirement. Bill was employed as a machinist at IBM in Rochester, sold insurance with Harvest Insurance Co. and operated Griebenow Trucking. Mr. Griebenow died on May 30, 2011 and Judy moved into Stewartville where she has continued to make her home. Judy was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville where she taught Tuesday school and served with its ladies aid, as a trustee, as a board member for education and social ministry and volunteered with St. John's Meals on Wheels. She volunteered with the Rochester Zone LWML (Lutheran Womens Missionary League) as secretary and on its Human Care Board and with POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach) teaching sewing at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester. She volunteered with Channel One in Rochester, was program coordinator for the Backpack program at Stewartville schools and volunteered with SALT (Step Ahead Learning & Tutoring) program. She served on the boards of Maplebrook Townhouse Association and Woodlawn Cemetery Association, both in Stewartville. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, traveling and snowmobiling with Bill and mowing on the farm. She enjoyed visiting with her many friends and neighbors and loved spending time with her family, especially with Michelle, Jeff and Amber.
Survivors include her daughter, Michelle (Jeff) Moe of Stewartville and granddaughter, Amber Farnsworth of Stewartville; and her brother, Richard (Duchess) Heitman of Banning, California.
She was preceded in death by her husband. Bill, her son. Chad, her parents, and her brother. Robert "Bobby" Heitman.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church.
Condolences and memories of Judy are welcome at A live stream of Judy's memorial service may be viewed by going to the St. John's Lutheran Church website on Wednesday morning, May 26, 2021.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Judith "Judy" Griebenow, please visit our floral store.

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