Leonella “Lenny” Griffith

January 23, 1926 - November 19, 2019

Service: Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Larchwood, Iowa, with burial at the Larchwood Cemetery at a date in spring to be announced.

      Leonella Marie (Lenny) Griffith (ne Van Ash) died at age 93 on 19 November 2019.  She is survived by her 9 children:  Nicholas, Linda (Handy), James (and Ericka), Ginger (and Dave Gard), Deborah (and Dave Sehr), Richard, John, Brian (and Karen), and Jacqeueline (Jacq); 3 siblings:  Betty Allen, Gordon Van Ash, and Beverly Spargo; sister-in-law Marilyn Van Ash; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Sophie Van Ash, brothers Cletus and Alfred, and former husband, Robert E. Griffith.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Larchwood, Iowa, with burial at the Larchwood Cemetery at a date in spring to be announced.


9 condolences have been left

  1. I remember such good times at the Griffiths’ house in Canton. Lenny always made us feel so welcome. She was always dressed perfectly, even her last years great care was taken as that’s how she wanted it. Hugs to my cousins, Lyall is showing her around!

  2. Condolences to my cousins and their families. Aunt Lenny will always be thought of with such fond memories. I know these past few years have been difficult for Lenny, but even recently when my mom and I would come to visit she knew we were there and would say my name. She always looked so nice. I believe Ginger did such a remarkable job making sure to take care of her mom’s daily needs. I’m sure my dad is taking good care of his sister now.

  3. My heart goes out to all the family of our dear Lenny. She was my boss and support and friend for many years at the State Department of South Dakota. I always think of her laughter and warmth when I think of her. She was an outstanding woman and human being to so many. Namaste and love to all in her family.

  4. Thank you for sharing, April. What a lady she must have been! Love this classy pic and the pics I say of her in the nursing home – her nails always looked beautiful. May God guard your heart but may you always remember how much she meant to you. Blessings to you and yours as you remember and grieve.
    Rhonda Triezenberg.

  5. Growing up as a neighbor to the Griffiths was wonderful! I, along with my sisters Carol and Lori, have such fond memories of spending a lot of time with the family. And at the center of the family was their mom Lenny.
    She may have been a small built lady but her presence was huge! Love for her kids was always in the fore front. I was saddened to read of her passing but felt very grateful and blessed to have known such a warm, loving good person! God Bless her memory. And God Bless the Griffith “kids”.

  6. I am so sorry to have received the news of Aunt Lenny’s passing.
    She was always a very special woman to me—such a welcoming person.
    Keep your memory of her in your hearts so she is always with you. -Peace-

  7. To all of Lennies family. Sending hugs and Prayers for you all. I know it is so hard to lose a parent no matter what their age. Just want you to know I am thinking of you all. I have lots of good memories with both of your parents from years ago. She was truly a wonderful lady.

  8. Aunt Lenny, I will always fondly remember my summer vacations in Canton when I was a kid and the great fun we had. Rest in Peace.

    Condolences to all my cousins. Your wonderful Mom is in a better place. God bless her.