Obit: Garbisch, Wanda G. (1935 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Garbisch, Reich, Grottke,
Sprecher, Gavach, Sandstrom, Schalow, Sell
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 24, 2010
Garbisch, Wanda G. (29 January 1935 - 19
Wanda G. Garbisch, 75, of Arpin went home
to be with the Lord, Friday March 19, 2010, at Portage County
Health Care Center in Stevens Point.
Wanda was born Jan. 29, 1935, in the Town
of Fremont, Clark County, to Henry and Clara (Reich) Grottke.
She was educated at Pine Circle School, was a 1953 graduate of
Marshfield High School and graduated in 1960 from Wisconsin State
College, Stevens Point.
From 1955 to 1960 Wanda taught at Forest
Side School, Chili, and then at Fremont Elementary.
Wanda was united in marriage to Bernard
Garbisch Aug. 20, 1960, a Christ Lutheran Church in Chili.
After marriage they moved to Moose Pass, AK, and Wanda taught at
Moose Pass Elementary for two years. They moved to California and
then back to Arpin in 1967, where Wanda helped on the farm and
raised five children. Wanda did baking, gardening, canning
and found time to visit others. She was also a caregiver for
Wanda was a substitute teacher for
Pittsville, Auburndale, Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids
schools. The Garbischs hosted foreign exchange students from
Spain, Germany, France, Brazil, Japan and Mexico.
Wanda’s faith was very important to
her. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, church secretary,
organist for many years, a Sunday school teacher and superintendent
and was active in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and
Wanda is survived by five children, Jon (Jane) Garbisch, Western, NB, Eric Garbisch, Deerfield, Lynnell (Shane) Sprecher, Stevens Point, Ben (Lisa) Garbisch, Arpin, and
Joel Garbisch (Stefanie Gavach), Sherry; nine grandchildren, Oren,
Diana, Stephen, Elizabeth, Vaughn, Brooke, Aubin, Madeline and
Daniel; one brother, Henry (Margaret) Grottke, Chili; and one
sister, Laura Sandstrom, Rice Lake.
Wanda was preceded in death by her
parents and by her husband, Bernard, July 3, 1996.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vesper with Rev.
Doug Schalow officiating. Diane Sell was organist for
congregational singing. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran
Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday at Buchanan Funeral home, Pittsville, and from 10 a.m. to 11
a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Buchanan Funeral home assisted the family with arrangements.
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