Norbert J. "Coley" Griffin

Norbert J. "Coley" Griffin, 92, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.

Coley was born on Dec. 6, 1916, to Raymond and Marcella (nee Seeber) Griffin in Jefferson. He married Anne (nee Snyder) on July 8, 1950. Coley was the last Gregg Shorthand court reporter in Wisconsin and was a nationally recognized court reporter. He retired when he was 86 years old and was a proud veteran of WWII, serving in the Navy. Coley was a scratch golfer who once held three simultaneous club championships. Although the most important things in his life were his Catholic faith, his family and his friends.

Coley is survived by his loving children, Patrick (Lin) Griffin, Mary (Stuart) Carlson and Megan (Michael) Welsh. He is further survived by his grandchildren, most of whom claim to be "Papa’s favorite," Maggie (Erik) Henke, Amy Griffin, Caitlin (Eric) Janke, Bridget (Jayson) Morales, Brendan (Catreese) Carlson, Annie and Colleen Welsh, Cole and Jim Griffin; great-grandchildren, Connor, Nolan and Leilani; many loving relatives and friends, including Joyce Griffin, John and Fanny Griffin, Pat, Luly and Tom Snyder, Joan (David) Hughs and Ramon Aguirre.

He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Anne; sister, Margaret Torgeson; brothers, Howard and Ray; cherished sons, Kevin and Michael; and brother-in-law, John Snyder Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church of West Bend with the Rev. Gerald Brittain officiating. Interment will take place at Holy Angels Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4 p.m. until time of Mass. Memorials are appreciated to Holy Angels Catholic School, Catholic East Elementary or St. Jeromes Building Fund.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.