Linda L. Griffin, 56|
Dec. 1, 1958 -- Aug. 12, 2015
Linda L. “Lin” Griffin (nee Furger), 56, of West Bend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at The Kathy Hospice after a short battle with cancer.
She was born Dec. 1, 1958, in West Bend to the late Edward and Kathryn (nee Mrazik) Furger, and graduated from West Bend East High School in the class of 1977. She then attended Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, earning a degree in special education.
Lin was truly a jack-of-all-trades. Over the years, she taught children with special needs at McLane and Decorah schools and was the co-owner of the Slinger Dairy Queen. Always caring for others, she achieved her CNA designation from Bryant & Stratton University and was the office manager of Griffin Law Center. She found joy in hard work. She volunteered for Holy Angels, The American Cancer Society, The Alzheimer’s Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rotary Inner Wheel and The Honor Flight. She often quietly donated her time, talent and treasure without recognition. Lin was always up for anything adventurous or fun. She loved to travel and was an avid Marquette University basketball fan. She brought color to the world — she could light up a room! Her busy hands almost had a life of their own. She was always trying new projects and crafts. She found a life passion and some of her best life friends in scrapbooking — who knew that it was going to be so important for her life to be well documented for her sons. Her boys were her life! She ran the Kool-Aid house on the block. She was the neighborhood Madre and if the friends came over, her den was always open for business.
Lin married Pat Griffin in 1990. Pat passed away suddenly two years ago. She missed her “Bear,” but knew that life had to move on. A year later she was introduced to her Soul Mate in Training, Richard. Armed with her courageous spirit, Richard and her boys, she was ready to enter her “Happily ever After” but her fairy tale was cut short. Now the happy ending will have to be carried out by those she leaves behind. She is survived by he dear sons, Cole and Jimmy. Additionally, she leaves behind her special Richard; sister, Nancy (Jerry) Mehring; brother, Gary (Peggy) Furger; sisters-in-law, Mary (Stuart) Carlson and Megan (Mike) Welsh; and nieces and nephews, Pat Mehring, Jeff (Tamio) Mehring, Robb (Ayumi) Mehring, Shannon (Jeff) McDowell, Michael Furger, Adam (Kara) Furger, Monique Furger, Maggie (Erik) Henke, Amy Griffin, Caitlin (Eric) Jahnke, Bridget (Jayson) Morales, Brendan (Catreese) Carlson, Annie Welsh and Colleen Welsh. She also leaves numerous friends, and her pup Sadie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat on Feb. 18, 2013; parents, Kathryn and Edward Furger; brother, Jimmy Furger; parents-in-law, Anne and Coley Griffin; and brothers-in-law, Kevin and Mike Griffin.
She was deeply loved. She will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial in remembrance of Lin will be held Monday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church (138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend) with a reception to follow. The family will greet relatives and friends Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be in Holy Angels Cemetery.
Memorials to help further Lin’s son’s education are appreciated by the family.
Myrhum-Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Service, West Bend, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at