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Restaurant patrons give to put former worker to rest

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Because she had no next of kin and no funds to pay for a burial, the state has been holding her body.

Restaurant owner Angela Taylor and Culver’s team members hosted a fundraiser on Sunday. Taylor donated four hours’ worth of food sales toward laying her former friend and employee to rest.

Community members filled the restaurant in droves — doubling the number of customers on a typical Sunday — and raised more than $6,000 in menu sales and nearly another $4,000 in cash donations — enough for a visitation and burial. Remaining funds will be donated to several organizations where Griswold volunteered, according to Taylor.

Griswold’s graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Restlawn Cemetery, 1400 Kenneth St. in Muskegon, with the Rev. Dan Duncan officiating.

Taylor researched Muskegon County death records and located Griswold’s parents. Harold Griswold died in 1968; her mother, Henrietta, died a decade later.

“We are laying her to rest with her parents,” Taylor said. “I did not want to just put her anywhere. She had spoken so highly of them. She said she had a wonderful childhood. It was only right for us to try and put her where she needed to be.”

A visitation is scheduled from 7-9 tonight at the Klaassen Family Funeral Home, 1500 Robbins Road in Grand Haven.

The funeral home is donating its services for the visitation, according to Taylor, and Muskegon Monument and Stone is donating the grave marker.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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