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Obituary for Gail Griswold


Gail T. Griswold, 93, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017, at Mulder Health Care Facility. She was born June 13, 1924, in Sparta, to Robert F. and Margaret (Moffat) Twining. She graduated from West Salem High School in 1942 and from St. Francis School of Nursing, La Crosse, in 1945. She married Donald W. Griswold in La Crosse, Sept. 13, 1946. They lived in West Salem, where they owned the local newspaper the West Salem Journal. In 1971, they moved to Sauk Centre, Minn., where they owned and published the Sauk Centre Herald for 17 years. She was employed as a registered nurse after being at home when their four sons were young. She was active in Cub Scouts and school organizations at that time. She was supervising nurse at Mulder Health Care Facility in West Salem and at the Sarepta Home and St. Michael’s Nursing Home in Sauk Centre and Pine Villa in Melrose, Minn. After retiring in 1985, Gail did volunteer work for the hospice program through St. Michael’s Hospital, Sauk Centre, for eight years. Her husband, Don, died in 2005 and she moved back to West Salem in 2006, to be closer to her family. As a member of the Presbyterian Church of West Salem, Gail served as an elder and a deacon. She was active in the Presbyterian Women’s Organization and was a life member of the West Salem Historical Society, St. Francis Alumni Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Gail belonged to several bridge clubs over the years and enjoyed her many friends, some dating back to high school years. She enjoyed reading and was impressed with the local library in West Salem. She was devoted to her family. Her home was where family always gathered for holidays, birthdays, and everyday visits. She is survived by sons, Harry (Carol) Griswold, West Salem, Daniel (Elizabeth) Griswold, Vienna, Va.; and daughter-in-law, Terry of Millville, Del.; two granddaughters; eight grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and sister, Nancy (Bob) Weimer, Towson, Md. She is also survived by six nieces, one whom she was very close to, Julie Gail Harris, West Salem; and one nephew. Gail was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons Paul and John; sister, Jean Johnson; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vivian Twining of Tomah; brothers-in-law, Tim Johnson and Jim Whalen; and nephew, Jan Johnson. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the West Salem Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. She will be buried in the family plot at the Hamilton Cemetery following services. Memorials may be sent to the Hazel Brown Leicht Library in West Salem. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A very special thank you to all of the staff at Mulder Health Care Facility for their kindness and wonderful care.