Vivian Griffel — Grand Meadow

GRAND MEADOW — The funeral for Vivian Griffel will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Church of Grand Meadow, with the Rev. Karen Ashton officiating. Burial will be in Grand Meadow Cemetery.

Mrs. Griffel, 87, of Grand Meadow, died Monday (Sept. 1, 2008) at the Grand Meadow Health Care Center, where she had resided briefly.

Vivian Seemann was born March 29, 1921, in Webb, Iowa. She attended Webb School for 12 years, graduating in 1939. On Dec. 25, 1942, she married Milton Griffel at her home in rural Grand Meadow. They lived with Mr. Griffel’s mother and brother for three years because his father had died. The couple then moved to a rented farm nearby for one year, resided for three years in Ellsworth, Iowa, and bought a home in Grand Meadow in 1950. They began farming in 1951.

Because of Mr. Griffel’s health, they had to stop farming in 1980. Mrs. Griffel then bought a home in Grand Meadow so she could care for her husband. She belonged to the United Church of Grand Meadow, Clayton Farm Bureau and the ladies aide.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Wayne) Gehling of Grand Meadow. Other survivors include a son-in-law, Dennis (Susan) Kreid and family of Richland, Wash.; four grandsons, Tyler (Becky) Gehling, Ryan (Shannon) Gehling, Jacob Gehling and Jered (Katie) Gehling; and two great-grandsons, Mitchel and Keaton. She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Sherilyn Kreid; and three brothers, Wilbur, Lee and Waldron "Chris."


Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the United Church of Grand Meadow, and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.

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