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Michael "Spike" Bernard Griffin

January 16, 1943 — February 19, 2024

Mankato, MN

Michael Griffin of Mankato, MN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 19, 2024.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be 11am, Friday, March 1, 2024 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. Livestreaming will be available at Donations to your favorite charity are preferred in lieu of flowers. 

 Michael was born January 16, 1943 in Warwick, England to Gerald Griffin and Kathleen Margaret (Phelan) Griffin. He lived in Ecuador a few years before immigrating to Minnetonka, MN at age 12. He graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1961 and graduated with a BA from MSU. He worked as a laborer in the construction industry and was a BA for his union. 

He married Maxine (Embacher) (Cross) December 20, 1975, they were together for 56 years. He was an avid reader, loved music, was a great sports fan, loved to travel (especially to Negril, Jamaica), and have good discussions with his friends. Spike was a storyteller with a good sense of humor. He was very social, and above all, loved his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Michael is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Wendee (Larry) Churchill of Duluth, MN; granddaughters, Lia Churchill of Rochester, MN and Kellen Churchill of Duluth, MN; great-grandchildren, Marcus Cameron and KaMilla Bowman of Duluth, MN; sisters, Angela Griffin of Minnetonka, MN and Mary (Dan) Thompson of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Embacher) Pongratz; brothers-in-law, Carl (Linda) Embacher of Mankato, MN and Richard “Dick” (Irene) Embacher of New Ulm, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Kathleen Griffin; parents-in-law, Max and Mary Embacher; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Pongratz, Vincent and Jan Embacher, William Embacher, and Mary Eileen Embacher, and Dianne Embacher.


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Service Schedule

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Northview - North Mankato Mortuary

2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

632 S Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001


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Visitation will also be held one hour prior to Mass at church

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