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Sheila (Martens) Griffin

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Sheila Ann (Martens) Griffin, 57, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and formerly of Carroll, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021, at her home in Spirit Lake.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church-St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll with Father Kevin Richter as celebrant. Music will be by Jane Heithoff and Kathleen Macke. Lectors will be Lexi Schlatter and Nick Schroeder. Honorary gift bearers will be McKenzie Crutchfield, Dawn Rohrbeck and Courtney Rupiper. Casket bearers will be Jim Schroeder, Nick Schroeder, Colby Crutchfield, Mark Sundrup, Jim Griffin and Kelly Griffin. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Arcadia.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visitation at the church will be from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Friday.

Those in attendance at Sheila’s services are asked to abide by COVID-19 guidelines, and face masks are required at the funeral home and at the church.

A recording of Sheila’s Mass will be available on the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home’s YouTube channel within 24 hours of the Mass, and a link will be provided on her tribute page at

Sheila was born on July 29, 1963, in Carroll, and she was a daughter of Lee and Karen (Sundrup) Martens. Her family lived in Arcadia until she was 15 when they moved to Carroll. Sheila graduated from Kuemper High School in 1981. She attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and then worked for Northwest Telephone in Havelock, Iowa. She worked as the general manager of Arcadia Telephone and Monarch Technologies in Denison. Sheila married Tom Griffin on Dec. 26, 1992, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll. Sheila and Tom had two sons: Spencer and Mason. She enjoyed cooking, boating on Lake Okoboji, shopping, hosting family events, and caring for those she loved.

Sheila is survived by her two sons: Spencer and Mason Griffin of Curlew, Iowa; her mother: Karen Martens, of Carroll; two sisters: Cindy Schroeder (Jim) of Carroll and Kim Crutchfield of Story City; several nieces and nephews; and her very good friend and partner in life Tom Griffin.

She was preceded in death by her father: Lee Martens; her brother: Kevin Martens; her grandparents; brother-in-law Chris Crutchfield; and Tom’s father: Kermit Griffin.

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