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GREIF CONNIE GREIF Connie Greif passed away on December 4, 2013, at the age of 87 with her loving husband and devoted children by her side after suffering nine years with Alzheimer's disease. Connie was born June 26, 1926, in Evansville, Indiana to Otto and Cornelia Kreuzberger. She was awarded an academic scholarship to St. Mary's-of-the-Woods College from which she graduated Cum Laude in 1948. During WWII, she worked during the summers at the Republic Aviation plant, which made Thunderbolt Fighter planes. She married William G. Greif in 1949. Their first home was in Vetville, housing for veterans of WWII, at the University of Notre Dame. Connie is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill; their nine children, Mary Kay Frech of Bethesda, MD, Barbara Hightower of Potomac, MD, Dr. Ann Greif Howe of Atlanta, GA, Dr. Larry Greif of San Antonio, TX, Daniel Greif of Bangkok, Thailand, Claire Keith of San Diego, CA, Douglas Greif of Neenah, WI, Paul Greif of Gaithersburg, MD and Meg Newell of Newtown, PA; her sister, Helen Walker of Oklahoma City, OK; 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Rosie Melcher and Lucille Clavin, and a grandson, George Howe. Connie worked for ten years in residential real estate for Long & Foster of Potomac, MD. She was also active in many community activities including Potomac Community Resources and the Christ Child Society. Connie was known for her beautiful smile and loving personality. Connie's joy in life reflected her deep faith and sacrificial love for her husband, family and friends. Her happiness came from giving of herself in whatever way she could. Friends and family will be received for visitation on Sunday, December 29 at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Potomac, MD, from 6 to 8 p.m. with prayer at 7:30 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, followed by a reception at Congressional Country Club. Internment will take place at the University of Notre Dame early next year. Online condolences may be made at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituary Donations in remembrance of Connie may be made to Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Washington, DC. www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/HonorGift
Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2013