CONTOOCOOK - Delores Mae (Ernst) Grieff, 86, of Contoocook, died peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends Wednesday, April 27, 2011 after a brief illness.
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Born in Eyota, Minn., she was one of Lloyd and Christine Ernst's ten children. Growing up on a farm in a loving family, she joined the US Navy after graduating from Rochester High School.
There she served her country as a Seaman First Class. On a visit to New Jersey to her Navy best friend's home she met her future husband, John Grieff, an Army veteran. After their marriage, she and John built a home together in Raritan, N.J. where she insisted on hammering nails while nine months pregnant. After her children were in school she returned to work. Dee was the first woman promoted to foreman at the RCA plant in Somerville, N.J. She retired in 1977. She out fished her husband in retirement in Myrtle Beach, once landing a shark over 200 lbs. off a fishing pier. An avid gardener, seamstress, cook, expert bowler, pinochle player, bird lover and reader, she also loved the beach, lobster and ice cream. Dee was elegant, generous, sweet, independent and loved her family. That love was returned to her by a huge extended family and friends locally as well as from all over the US and Canada.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in New Jersey, the Contoocook United Methodist Church, and especially loved her women's bible study group. She is a founding member of the US Women's War Memorial in Washington and was a member of the Contoocook American Legion Post 81. Her husband, twin daughters, Lynda and Lynnette, and a grandson, Ian Esperian, predecease her.
She is survived by her son Paul Grieff of Arizona; her daughters Christine Grieff of Hollis; and Joni Esperian of Contoocook; her granddaughter Lana Silsbe and grandson Aaron Silsbe, both of Arizona.
Delores lived in service of others; giving generously to those in need. The family would appreciate that in lieu of flowers, you might consider doing something similar to honor her.
Calling hours at will be held Friday, May 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service Henniker.
Services will be held Saturday May 7 at 1 p.m. at Contoocook United Methodist Church, Contoocook, followed by a graveside burial with military honors at Blackwater Cemetery in Contoocook.
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Published in The Concord Monitor on Apr. 30, 2011