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St. Paul, MN-- Virginia Ruth Griffin, age 96, passed peacefully from this life the evening of October 2nd, 2017 at her place of residence in St. Paul.

The former Virginia Ruth Jensen was born August 12th, 1921 in Moscow, Minnesota to Bert and Agnes Jensen. Her childhood home was located next to the Moscow Creamery where her father was the butter maker. She attended a rural school in Moscow through eighth grade and high school in Austin. Following graduation from the Austin Highschool in 1939, Virginia move to Mankato where she worked as a secretary.

Virginia was united in marriage to Richard J. Griffin on March 7, 1948. The couple resided across from Highland Park in Mankato where they raised their family. Since 2007 she resided in assisted living residences, including Laurels Edge/Peak in Mankato, and The Alton in Saint Paul.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Griffin) Rinta and Diana (Griffin) Schutter; grandchildren, Lindsay and Alexandra Schutter, Andrew (Tara) Griffin, William (Alissa) Griffin, Justin Otsea; great grandchild, Maxwell Griffin; sisters, Marceline Tedrow, Marilyn (Steve) Cook; son-in-law, Keith Otsea; daughter-in-law, Connie Griffin. Pre-deceasing Virginia in death were her husband, Richard; daughter, Karen (Griffin) Otsea; son, Thomas Griffin; son-in-law, William Schutter.

A memorial service will be held at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel on Saturday, October 14 starting at 10:00 AM followed by reception and burial. Memorials may be designated to the Arthritis Foundation.
Published on October 8, 2017
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