Katrinka Griffin, 64, Wahpeton, ND passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015 at her residence under the care of her family and CHI Health at Home. A private family memorial service was held. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Katrinka was born on August 30, 1950 in Breckenridge, MN to Leo and Violet (Martin) Stach. When she was young the family moved to Washington State where she grew up and graduated from high school. She met John Lyle Griffin while he was in the military and they were married on January 3, 1970. They continued to live in the Seattle area until 1976 when they moved back to Breckenridge, MN.
Katrinka worked for 3M in Wahpeton for 17 years until the reorganization of the plant and that is when she went to college to get her degree in Office Management. In 2001, she became the office manager for the Wilkin County Univ. of MN Extension office where she was involved in the 4-H and nutrition programs.
Katrinka was a member of the Wahpeton Lion's Club where she was the treasurer. She was also a big part of setting up the Wilkin County Fair. The one big labor of love that she enjoyed was being a coach in the Special Olympics, where she worked with the athletes in bowling, bocce ball, and track and field and they became a very special part of her life.
Katrinka was a woman who would help anyone but the most important people in her life were her family, especially her grandchildren.
Katrinka is survived by her husband, John Griffin, Wahpeton, ND; her children, John Griffin II, Wahpeton, Malissa Olofernes, Fox Lake, IL, Leo (Michelle) Griffin, Dwight, ND; her grandchildren, Brent Griffin, Jobert Olofernes II, Jada Griffin, Nessa Griffin; her siblings, Leo (Marcella) Stach and Ray Stach, both of Seattle, WA, Colleen Stach, Waite Park, MN, Correen (Jeff) Blythe, and Shannon McCurdy both of Zillah, WA, many nieces and nephews, and Brat the dog.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Violet Stach, and her half-brother, Ernie Sutter.