Patricia “Patty” Griffin

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 2, 1940
Date of Death:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
80 years old


Date: Tuesday October 06, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Wednesday October 07, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 2, 1940
Date of Death:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
80 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 2, 1940
Date of Death:
Thursday, October 1, 2020
80 years old

Patricia “Patty” Griffin

Patricia Ann Griffin passed away peacefully on October 1st, 2020 after a short illness at St. Mary’s hospital.

Patricia Ann McGovern was born in Rochester, MN, on January 2, 1940 to Francis and Annabelle (Crosby) McGovern.  Patty married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, James P. Griffin, on August 18, 1962 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester. Patty graduated from Lourdes high school in 1958 where she was homecoming queen. She then attended Rochester Junior College and went on to work at the Mayo Clinic. She retired after over 20 years with the Mayo Radiology Dept.

Patty put family and faith above all. She raised five children and was the proud grandmother of twelve grandchildren. Patty was an avid sports enthusiast. She loved the Lourdes Eagles and all Minnesota sports teams.  Patty was a lifetime volunteer. She regularly volunteered at Lourdes and one of her favorite events was the Annual Lourdes Auction. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and volunteered in many roles enjoying her time as a member of the St. Joan of Arc Rosary Group.

Patty was very social and loved to entertain family and friends. Everyone was welcome in her home, where you would be greeted at a minimum with a cup of coffee.  Patty will be remembered for her holiday celebrations, and the good times had in her home by family and friends. One of patty’s favorite pastimes was to read a good book.  Patty took the time to talk to anyone and made friends with everyone.

Patty is survived by her Husband Jim of 58 years, daughters Stacey (Jim) Zell of Northfield, Amy (Mike) Thompson of Rochester, sons Jim (Heather), Joe (Michelle), Jay (Katie) all of Lakeville, grandchildren Erica and Michael Zell, Michaela and Griffin Thompson, Grace and Shane Griffin, Abbie, Ava, and Maggie Griffin, and Gavin, Darby, and Sully Griffin, and her brother Jim (Sue) McGovern of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson.

The Funeral Mass for Patty will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:00AM at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with Father Jim Berning officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening, October 6, 2020 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday. Burial will be at St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Simpson, MN.

Patty’s family extends a special “thank you” to the caregivers at Rochester Health East, the staff members of 7-Mary Brigh, and Hospice staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for their excellent care.

Memorials are preferred to the Lourdes High School Athletic Department, Mayo clinic development and research, and St. Francis of Assisi School.


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The family of Patricia “Patty” Griffin has received the following condolences.

To Jim and family.    So sorry to hear that your Patty has passed.  You were so blessed To have have 58 years together.   I think of those years at Lourdes with fondness, and how lucky I was to have people like you and Patty as friends.   It appears her great smile never faded.    Sincere sympathy Jim, God bless you and yours 

Mr. Griffin, Stacey, Amy, Jim, Jay, Joe,

You really know how special someone is to you when hearing of their passing takes your breath away.  The flood of wonderful memories of Mrs. Griffin (Patty) was overwhelming from her beautiful smile to her huge, warm hugs, to her full and joy-filled laugh.  This photo of her on this obituary is just how I remember her...what a beautiful woman. 

I loved talking with Patty and got a kick out of how animated she was with her facial expressions and her hand gestures.  She was always so genuinely caring and interested when we spoke.  The neighborhood was just so much more joyful because of Patty Griffin.

Thankfully, her legacy lives on in her wonderful family.  Peace and healing to all of you as you navigate her passing.  I am sure that your happy memories will bring you great comfort.


Jill Stelley Virden

To my Uncle Jim and Cousins,

Thinking of you all today and of lovely childhood memories with Aunt Patty. I will never forget her. 

To my Dad, 

I grieve with and for you, knowing how much it meant to be Patty’s little brother. You had said she was like a second mom to you. I look forward to hearing more stories as we keep her in our hearts. 


Annie McGovern 

Dear Jim and Family:

Blessings for you with the loss of Patty, such an alive and spirit filled woman, always.  The obituary really describes the depth of her life and what we know with certainty, is that Patty lives and she really believed that reality of trusting in Christ and the gift of a dwelling place that last forever.

God's peace to you,
Jerry Mahon


So sorry for your loss.  Patty was a favorite of everyone in our class!

My best to you and your family,

John Towey


I'm so sorry for your loss. ... Sending you all healing prayers and conforting hugs.

You have always been in my heart... so many wonderful memories with you all.


Neybert Amarista. 

We are very sorry for your loss, Patty is in our thoughts and prayers

Greg & Sheila Hayft and family

Jim and Sue and Family--I was so sorry to hear about Patty  I met her several times back in the day when we were all young.  Patty was always so friendly and made me feel like I knew her all of her life.  So many wonderful memories with her Mom and Dad too.  My prayers and deepest sympathies to Patty's whole family. It is difficult to lose a sibling--To my friend, Jim--I am so sorry.  Friendship and loving thoughts to all of Patty's family. 


We are terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Sending lots of love and prayers your way. May she Rest In Peace and love. 

I’m sorry for your loss. My son Brent was a classmate of your son Jay at Lourdes H.S. Our family enjoyed interactimg with mom and dad at many activities at Lourdes, especially basketball games. She was a force for good a Lourdes with all her work at the auction for many years.

I was Patty’s classmate at Lourdes. She was very well liked by everyone. She will be missed by all her friends. Condolences to Jim and  the family. May she Rest In Peace.

To our Dear friends "The Griffins"!  WHen I look at this photo this is how I will always remember Patty.  She was so fun,  exciting,  you new when she came around things were good.  And all you Griffins to follow.  Sorry, Joe for dropping you on your head.  I love you Griffin's always and forever.  God Bless you all!


Jim and Family

So sorry for your lost. Patty was a very special person. I was so lucky to have known her. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I smile when I think of her. She was a fun person. My thoughts are with you all.

Hugs and Love

Mary Lou K.


Jim and Family,

So sorry for your loss.  Memories go way back to high school and they are good memories.  We sat through many basketball games together and

no one cheered louder than Patty.  She will be greatly missed, but is much happier now.  Our prayers are with you all.

Bob and Patty Haggerty

Dear Jim and Families,

Sending most sincere condolences on Patty's passing.  Patty was always so good to us (my mom [Nancy Gilliland (McGovern], my sister Laura and I).  She was funny, fun and fun to be around.  I remember her well from my childhood and adolescent years and can hear her clearly saying "Well hello, Brent!  How's everything?".  She was just so nice!   I'm proud to be related to Patty and, of course, all the McGoverns!  Godspeed, Patty, and my very best wishes to Jim and all those who knew Patty and will hold her memory close.

Dear Mr. Griffin, Joe and family,

My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time and I offer you my sincere condolences. Mrs. Griffin raised a beautiful and much respected family in the Rochester community. She was an amazing person. My best to you all.

Sincerely, Ryan (in Australia)

Dear Uncle Jim, Stacey, Amy, Jim, Joe, Jay, and families,

I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Patty's passing. I will always have fond memories of her from Griffin family gatherings. She was always kind, generous and caring in our conversations, just as you imagine an aunt to be.

I wish you all the best at this time of grieving.

My heartfelt condolences,


I worked with Patty for many years in the radiology department at Mayo, and am so sorry to learn of her death. She brightened the lives of everyone who encountered her, both colleagues and patients...a truly wonderful person.

Jim Griffin and family,

So sorry for your loss.  I will always remember many fun times with Patti like having coffee on your porch and all the stories she would tell.  She was a beautiful lady inside and out!  We survived the flood of 1978 together.  We have so many fond memories of life on 5th Avenue.

With Love and God Bless You All!

Laureen Stelley

I spent many days and nights at the Griffin home and always felt welcome. Patty's warm smile and twinkling eyes will be missed but never forgotten. A St. Patrick's day will never pass without me thinking of Amy and I celebrating with Patty and Jim and the gang. My heart goes out to the entire Griffin family.

My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you Jim and your dear family.  Patty was our son Christopher's day care mom and she was like a second mom to him.  He loved coming to your house because of ALL of the kids being there. Your house was the neighborhood house to go to and have fun!! Patty was a fun and spunky lady, she had such a cute giggle/laugh!  God be with all of you at this time.  Sincerely, Bev Delisle


Jim and family, Jim and I want to tell you how sorry we are to hear of Patty’s death. We have such great memories of her from Rochester days-always friendly and welcoming, laughing and encouraging. May all those memories sustain you in the days ahead!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Condolences to your family, our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. 

Griffin family,  we are saddened by Patty's passing. We will all miss her smile and wit. God bless all of you always and especially at this difficult time.

Pam and Jim Johnson 

Patty was a beautiful soul inside and out. I have so many fond memories of her and life on 5th AVE SE. She holds a special place in my heart, may she rest in peace. My sympathy and love to the Griffin family.

My sincere condolences to you!

Many wonderful memories came to me immediately when I heard the news of Patty’s passing .... we were good friends all through high school at Lourdes.  May she Rest In Peace!  

may you rest in piece first met you working on west 3 at mayo always smiling no matter how busy we were became friends over the years and she always talked about her children and how proud she was of them all! sports was always a favorite subject of ours a great lady went to heaven today and she was a inspiration to all who knew her will miss you pretty lady!! Irene or Kullot as you always called me.

My friend since 1983, Patty I will never forget you plus all the love from your family. Friendship like this is a gift only those treasured to receive will understand and be forever grateful.              Amazing Grace .... love, Kay

Jim Griffin and family:

So very sorry to hear of your recent loss. My deepest sympathies for you and your family. Patty was such a wonderful woman. I loved her spirit and her kind nature. She was a friend to everyone. Anyone that every met her always would remember her because of her zeal for everything. I have such fond memories of life on 5th Avenue because of her!

Warm hugs to all,


Judy (Stelley) Behnken

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Patty. She always greeted me, or responded to me, by saying, "How are you, Honey?" The Griffins and Herbers go way back to Patty and Jim's High School years. They, and my Parents, were Lourdes Eagles around the same time. God Speed, Patty; Prayers and Big Hugs to The Griffin Family from The Herber Family.

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

My heartfelt condolences to Jim and family.  I worked with Patty Ann for many years in the radiology department.  She was a joy to work with.  Every morning she greeted me with a cheerful, “Good morning, Andy.”  For me, it was a nice way to start the day.   Sincerely. Andy