Harriet M. Griswold – Winthrop

Harriet M. Griswold, 99, of Winthrop, Iowa died on Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 2020 at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence.

Private Family Funeral Service at the Church of Christ United in Winthrop with Pastor Janice Springer officiating.

Public Visitation: 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home in Winthrop.

Interment:  Fairview Cemetery, Winthrop, Iowa.

Condolences may be directed to the family:  Richard Griswold, 2856 200th Street, Winthrop, Iowa 50682.

Online obituary at

Harriet Martha Kurtz was born on August 4, 1921 in McGregor, Iowa, the daughter of John & Faye (Ellenbolt) Kurtz.  She received her education at various schools and then had to quit school to help the family.  Harriet was united in marriage to Glenn Arthur Griswold on June 6, 1943 at the John Kurtz home in Winthrop.  To this union three children were born: Richard Arthur, Nancy Faye, and Robert Glenn.   While Glenn was in the service, Harriet worked at a book binding company in Texas.  Glenn and Harriet returned to Winthrop where they farmed the family farm.  They moved off the farm to Winthrop in 1994.

Harriet was a member of the Church of Christ United and Women’s Fellowship, working at many funeral dinners.  She was also a member of the Winthrop American Legion Auxiliary and the Buffalo Creek Golf Course.  Harriet was an excellent bowler and cook.  She was known as the “Betty Crocker of Bob Street.”

Survivors include her three children: Richard (Jane) Griswold of Winthrop; Nancy (Ray) Murphy of Winthrop; and Bob (Kelly) Griswold of Winthrop; seven grandchildren: Raynae (Brett) Zingg; Chad (Maria) Griswold, Jeffery (Danette) Murphy, Jon (Keri) Griswold, Michael Murphy, Bryce (Erin) Griswold, and Kelci (Kyle) Jahnel;  fourteen great grandchildren: Shelbi Murphy, Zachary Zingg, Brandon Griswold, Dylan Griswold, William Griswold, Kayla Murphy, Jenna Murphy, Owen Griswold, Olyvia Griswold, Maci Jahnel, Josie Jahnel, Kal Jahnel, Boyd Griswold and Emersyn Griswold;  3 great great grandchildren:   Jersi Murphy, Bentley Murphy and Emily Griswold;  sister-in-law:   Jane Cook of Winthrop and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Harriet was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Glenn on November 30, 2008; great granddaughter, Lauryn Griswold and three brothers:  Jack Kurtz, Chuck Kurtz and Bill Kurtz.



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