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Rose "Myrt" M. Griffin

September 16, 1927 — May 4, 2023


Rose "Myrt" M. Griffin

Rose “Myrt” Myrtle (Hanson) Griffin, 95, of Southington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at Southington Care Center. She had been the loving wife of the late George P. Griffin for 64 years.

Rose was born on September 16, 1927 in Waterbury to the late Harry and Catherine (Baker) Hanson. She attended Waterbury schools and graduated as the Salutatorian of Leavenworth High School, Class of 1945. Rose graduated from Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 where she was trained as a cadet nurse and went on to work at the VA Hospital.

 Rose loved shopping, crafting and was a talented sewer. She was famous for her banana bread and blueberry cake and enjoyed sailing on the weekends with her husband George. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to Norway where she was able to spend time with her extended family. Rose spent much of her time volunteering, dedicated to the American Red Cross and the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut for many years. She also volunteered at voter registration at various local election sites.  Rose’s family was most important to her. She was the “Best Grandma Ever,” paying attention and keeping track of the busy lives of her children and her many grandchildren. They will all miss her dearly.

Rose is survived by her son, David P. Griffin and his wife Deborah of Danvers, MA; son, Patrick Griffin and his wife Denise Rose of Winsted; daughter, Susan A. Griffin of Southington; son, Terrance J. Griffin and Judy Germano of Wolcott and daughter, Cynthia Griffin and Gary Szlachetka of Plantsville. She was the loving grandmother to ten grandchildren: Ben Flis, Rebecca Ballard, Philein Griffin, Tory Griffin, Shawn Griffin, Jasmine Folan, TJ Griffin, Hattie Griffin, Nena Greene and Corinna Schumacher, several great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband George, Rose was predeceased by 3 brothers, Stanley, Edward and Carl Hanson, one sister, Marie Venter and her cherished great-granddaughter, River.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rose's memory may be made to the Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut (LVCC), 20 High St., New Britain, CT 06051 (

A funeral service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main Street. To join the service virtually, please follow this link,  Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2023 at the Plantsville Funeral Home. For online condolences and directions, please visit
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