Wilda Sherwin (Griffith) Sifert

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Wilda Sherwin (Griffith) Sifert
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Date of Birth: 
March 20 1912
Date of Death: 
July 21 1995

Place of Burial: Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa
Birth: March 20, 1912
Death: July 21, 1995 (83)
Immediate Family:
Daughter of Howard Coleman Griffith and Iona Love Sherwin Griffith
Wife of Kenneth Rowland Sifert
Mother of David Sherwin ; Charles Howard Sifert; Susan Kay Bury and Crystal Ione Bilyeu
Sister of Millicent Marie Griffith; Claribel Elvina Griffith; Dorothy Lou Griffith; Eva Rae Griffith; Edward Coleman Griffith; and one "Special Son", raised by her parents, William Leffingwell.

Buried Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa. The following is copied from her obituary:

The Globe-Gazette, Mason City, Iowa
Tuesday, July 25, 1995

Wilda (GRIFFITH) SIFERT, 83, of 625 14th Ave. N., died Friday (July 21, 1995) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mason City.

A celebration of Wilda's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Bernard OLSON.

Visitation will be held after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the church and will continue until time of the celebration. Fullerton Patterson James Funeral Chapel, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to make donations to the Wycliffe Bible Translators (designated for David and Karen SIFERT) at P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92647. Those funds will be used for their missionary work in Yarinacocha, Peru.

Wilda was born on March 20, 1912 the daughter of Howard and Iona GRIFFITH in Hampton. She attended school in Mason City and graduated from Mason City High School in 1929. She was employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell.

On Sept. 29, 1934 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Roland SIFERT and to this union were born four children. Wilda was active in 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts as her children were growing up. She also taught piano in her home, as well as enjoying sewing, reading, gardening, and playing the piano. She was a member of the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Swaledale Garden Club, the Clear Lake Home Improvement Club, Central Heights Neighborhood Birthday Club, the Double F Club, and the Wycliffe Bible Translators Assoc. She worked as a volunteer for many different organizations, and particularly for Opportunity Village.

She was the mother to David SIFERT, Charles SIFERT, Susan SIFERT, and Crystal SIFERT, her four children, grandmother to fourteen children, and great-grandmother of six. She is also survived by her sisters, Claribel BINGHAM and Dorothy VESTERBY, one brother, William LEFFINGWELL, and her sister-in-law, Doris WARREN.

She preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Kenneth in 1972, her sisters, Millicent and Eva Rae, and one brother, Edward.

Media data: 
Place of Birth: 
Hampton, Iowa, United States
Place of Death: 
Iowa, United States
Primary State of Residence: 
Clear Lake, Iowa, United States

Comments (1)

Mom's favorite book was the Bible, and all who knew her could see that in the way she lived and served and treated others. After 20 years we still talk of the good things she taught us, the funny songs she played and sang for us, and the service she gave to so many. She was truly a Christ-like example in all our lives. Her love of family was always evident, and she welcomed so many into our home and made them feel like family too.

There are so many great stories to tell, and songs to sing.... She taught me to play piano, and as I was the youngest I think she worked longer at it with me than Susan or my brothers. And she would sit and play and sing for me and with me, and I think that helped me not give up when I wanted to. I remember her playing "Kitten on the Keys", which she knew by heart, and it was so hard I never did learn to play it! and she taught me to play some of the old sheet music we had, like "My Buddy", "San Antonio Rose", "Blue Moon", and others. And sometimes she and Dad would sit and play and sing together too......those were my favorite times.

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