Catherine L. (McGreevey)
Griffin passed away on November 7, 2019, at the Brentwood at Niles assisted
She was 93 years
old. Kate was born on October 14, 1926, in Muncie, Indiana, to James and
Florence (Cosby) McGreevey.
Kate graduated from
Logansport High School in 1944 and then received her bachelor’s degree from
Indiana University in Bloomington. Kate later received a master’s degree in
Education from Indiana University Northwest.
On June 12, 1948,
she married Charles Wesley (“C.W.”) Griffin II. C.W. preceded her in death
on January 24, 2007. Kate was also preceded in death by her parents, James
and Florence, her brother, John McGreevey, and her infant sister, Rose Marie
Kate started her
career by working in radio advertising sales in the South Bend area. Later
Kate became a teacher and for many years taught elementary school at St.
Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Elkhart, St. Matthew’s Catholic School
in South Bend and Saint Paul’s Catholic School in Valparaiso, Indiana. After
that she was named the principal at Saint Patrick’s Catholic school in
Chesterton, Indiana, where she served for 10 years until her retirement in
Kate and C.W. lived
throughout Northern Indiana in South Bend, Elkhart and finally Valparaiso.
Upon retirement, she and Chuck had their great adventure living in Chapala,
Mexico but they also lived in Stevensville, Michigan, Chesterton,
Indiana, Naples, Florida and then again in Elkhart, Indiana.
Kate was a member
of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger and, when she was able, she
participated in the St. Pius Senior Group and served as a parish lector at
Mass. She was a Notre Dame football fan and Kate loved herself a great
football tailgate. She was legendary in the family for cheering for replays
as if they were new plays!
She is survived by
her son, Charles W. (Sandy) Griffin III of Lecanto, Florida; her daughter,
Rebecca (Gerald) Lutkus of Granger, Indiana; her sister, Florence (Arthur)
Largent of South Bend; three grandchildren, Katherine (Andrew) Levy of
Elmhurst, IL, and James (Jocelyn) Lutkus and Daniel (Courtney) Lutkus of
Chicago, IL.; and eight great grandchildren, Brooks, Theo, Grace Catherine,
Whitney, Riley, Marlowe, Cameron and Jack. Kate was a loving aunt to seven
wonderful nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019, at
Saint Pius X Catholic Church. Monsignor William Schooler will officiate.
Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Pius X Parish Life
Center prior to the service. Burial will follow at a later date at the Mount
Hope Cemetery in Logansport.
wishes to extend its thanks to the staff at Brentwood and Grace Hospice for
their loving care of Kate. Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by the
McGann Hay Funeral Home of Granger.
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