Florence E. Griffin (nee Littlejohn)


April 16, 1922 - Jan. 22, 2013



On Jan. 22, 2013, Florence E. Griffin (nee Littlejohn) passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. Her passing brought a close to the Littlejohn family generation who lived in the Waukesha and Walworth County area for more than 100 years.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Heber and Elvina Littlejohn; seven brothers, Roy, Earl, George, Harvey, Fritz,  Delmar and Paul; and four sisters, Bessie, Eliza Mae, Edith and Eva.


Florence was born April 16, 1922, in Little Prairie, and attended the one-room school across the road. She learned her beautician trade at Whitewater and worked at several salons and nursing homes for many years. She met Frank Griffin during his furlough from the Army in 1944. They were married on Aug. 10, 1946, on Frank’s birthday so he would never forget their anniversary, and they celebrated 57 anniversaries until Frank’s passing in 2004. During their years together, they lived in Milwaukee, where their three children (Sue, Bill and Glen) were born. The Griffin family enjoyed many summers at their cottage on Fox Lake. After Frank’s retirement, they moved back to the home in Little Prairie, which was Florence’s original homestead. For the last 10 years, they had been living in Eagle.


Florence’s favorite pastime was playing cards. Sometimes it was playing euchre with friends at Willow Park, sometimes it was sheepshead with the Golden Agers at the Schuetze Building, and sometimes it was rummy with the family. The game didn’t matter! Spending time with family and friends was the important part in Florence’s life.


Florence is survived by her three children, Sue of Waukesha, Bill (Barb) of Mukwonago and Glen of Eagle.  She was also the proud grandmother of Brenda (Ron) Storm of Lodi.


A special thank you goes out to Dr. Jon Woolever and the staff of the Greenwald Center in Mukwonago for the care and compassion shown to Florence over the years. Thanks also to ProHealth Hospice staff for helping to make her final days peaceful.


In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Medical and Dental Clinic in Waukesha or Little Prairie Cemetery Association would be appreciated.


Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra, with a funeral service immediately following. A private interment will be held the following day. 


Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family, 594-2442. For the online guest registry, please go to www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.