Elsie J. Griffith

Born: Fri., Sep. 9, 1932
Died: Tue., Apr. 3, 2018


Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Fri., Apr. 20, 2018
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church


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Elsie Jean (Simonich) Griffith, age 85 of Salida, passed away on Tuesday April 3, 2018 at Columbine Manor Care Center in Salida.  She was born September 9, 1932 in Pueblo, CO to John and Katherine (Bussia) Simonich.  She grew up in Pueblo.  She was the youngest of 5 siblings.  She graduated from Central High in 1950.  She was an avid swimmer, putting on Synchronized swimming shows at the YMCA.

She married Fred Griffith February 3, 1951 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Pueblo.  She worked as a telephone operator and then as a secretary for the CF&I until the birth of their first daughter, Julie Denise.   In 1966, they moved to Salida and bought the Shawano Motel from Albert Spino.  In that same year, they welcomed another daughter Susanne.  They owned and operated the Shawano Motel for 10 years.  In 1977 Elsie and Fred became franchisee of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Throughout the years she enjoyed working in the store, volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella, Bishops Guild and Alter and Rosary Society.  She was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Sweet Adeline singing group.  Mrs. Griffith was also an avid bridge player.  After they sold Kentucky Fried Chicken to their girls, they loved to travel and spend time over at their cabin on Grey Back Mountain by La Veta Pass.

Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Matilda (Tilly) Hostter, Helen Prijatel and Mary Willis.  She is survived by her husband Fred of 67 years, Julie Spezze and Susanne (Jeff) Denwalt.  Grandchildren Olivia Denwalt, Jacob Denwalt and Lily Spezze.  Brother Edward Simonich of Pueblo, CO and numerous nieces and Nephews.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary is set for 10:30 AM Friday April 20, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Mass to follow at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Organ Fund through Lewis and Glenn.  On line condolences may be sent to the family at lewisandglenn.com.  Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.

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Darlene Rohrich
   Posted Fri April 06, 2018
Dear Julie and Suzanne, we have many good memories of Elsie way back when the family had the Shawano motel. We shared Christmas's together. Mom had good times with Elsie and the Sweet Adelines. Your mom has a part of my heart. Loved her

Janine Leupold (Hickel)
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
Fred, Susie, and Julie
I’m so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you. Elsie was such a large part of my life growing up with Susie. Wrapping me up in Susie’s clothes when I fell thorough the ice at your lake, swimming at your motel with Elsie watching, “working” for Elsie at the KFC. Elsie was a very special lady, she will be missed.

Geri. And joe shirk
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
We are sorry for your loss. God bless you

Marvel & Anthony Baca
   Posted Tue April 17, 2018
Uncle Fred and family, We are so sorry for your loss.Aunt Elsie is now singing with a multitude of Griffith's
I can hear them singing the doxology. Prayers and love sent your way.

Sherry Sevigny
   Posted Thu April 19, 2018
To Fred, Susie and Julie,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Elsie, she was some kind of woman, I loved working with her and Fred and the family at KFC,( the best chicken in town.) Am sending prayers and best regards to all of you in this time of sorrow,May God Bless and comfort you....

FRED and DEBBIE JACKSON
   Posted Sat April 21, 2018
Fred, Julie and Susie
It is hard to find words to express our sympathy for your loss. Boy, could she walk down the highway. She was a very nice lady. Remember those sweet memories.

Fred and Debbie Jackso

Prijatel Family
   Posted Wed April 25, 2018
Peace be with you Aunt Elsie

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