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Anna Griffith


1919 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Anna Griffith Obituary
MRS. ANNA GRIFFITH, of Hemet, CA, passed away quietly from us on April 23, 2015. She was 95 years old. Anna was born Anna Fitz, Sept. 14, 1919, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Polish born emigrants, Katarzyna (Katherine) Bykantowicz (Bennett), (who came to the U.S. in 1909) and Mikhail Ficzai, (who also came to the U.S. in 1909). Mikhail's last name was changed to Fitz, as all names were changed back then, when he entered the U.S. They had two children Anna and Michael. Anna grew up working in her parent's grocery store in Kansas City, Kansas. She also grew up with her two sisters from her mother's first marriage, Edna and Helen Bennett, who later had children of their own. Anna married Ami Newton Schooling, an army soldier, when she was 23 and had three children, Wayne, Edward, and Judith. After some years, Anna's marriage ended and she raised her kids as a single mom often taking on 2 jobs at a time! Making sure they ate well, and always went to school! We thank her for that! In 1969, Anna married Gibson Griffith, a retired, decorated Navy officer and they lived in Hemet, CA. for 24 yrs. They traveled extensively throughout the U.S. via a motor home and joined several travel groups to do so. Her late husband Griff, took her to Wales and Scotland as well as on many, many luxury cruises, including The Panama Canal. She had a great social life with "Griff" (who passed away in 1995 at age 76) and went on to be involved with many organizations such as Elks, Hemet Hospice, The Italian Club, Meals on Wheels, The American Red Cross of San Jacinto, Ramona Bowl Museum, The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Western Riverside, The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 8700 and Retired Navy Officers Club, just to name a few. She was a valuable volunteer to Hemet Hospice for over 25 yrs, working in their thrift store, and was given a plaque by the Mayor of Hemet to honor those years. She was a cancer survivor twice, an avid gardener till well past 90 (and still drove her car till she was 91). Anna always attributed her longevity to "a salad a day and a glass of wine." She loved Mexican food and a good strawberry margarita. She is survived by her children, Wayne Schooling of Lakewood, Edward Schooling (now living in Russia), and Judith Vrooman of Truckee, and a step daughter, Catherine Purley of New Mexico. She has three grandchildren, a niece, Janice Stephens of Kansas and many cousins and great cousins. Services will be at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 780 N State Street, Hemet CA 92543 on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11:00am followed by a graveside service at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside CA 92518 at 1:30PM staging area #6. Donations in her name to the Hemet Hospice on Stetson in Hemet would be very much appreciated.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 29, 2015
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