Wilbur F. Gierl, 83, Wausau, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice at Harbor House, Wausau.
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He was born June 5, 1928, in Colby, son of the late Nicholas and Laurina (Schill) Gierl. On Oct. 14, 1950, he married Virginia M. "Ginger" Check in Stevens Point. She preceded him in death on Nov. 12, 2008.
Wilbur graduated from UW-Madison with a Masters Degree and was a high school math teacher for more than 35 years. Over the years he also taught computer science and coached both boys and girls high school basketball. He was the head of the math department at Green Bay Southwest High School prior to retiring in 1985.
Some of his favorite pastimes included fishing, hunting and golf. His golfing accomplishments included two holes in one. He loved the out of doors and the companionship of his dogs, Lucky, Brandy and Max. He and Ginger were both avid Green Bay Packer fans and have been season ticket holders since moving to Green Bay in 1960. They were in attendance at the famous "Ice Bowl" in 1967.
Survivors include his children, Tim (Jan) Gierl, Wausau; and Mark (Ann Marie) Gierl, Mequon and his daughter, Marilee (Brad) Potter, Hartland; three grandchildren, Adam (Amy) Gierl and Ryan and Monroe Gierl and one great-grandson, Wyatt Gierl. Wilbur is further survived by his two brothers, Robert (Arlene) Gierl, Bessemer, Mich.; and Ken (Judy) Gierl, Medford; and one sister, Elaine (Gerald) Hebert, Neshkoro.
Besides his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister, Joanne Leffel.
A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at The Church of St. Anne, Wausau. The Rev. Steven Brice will preside. Burial will be in Guardian Angels Cemetery, Stevens Point. Friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the staff at Harbor House Memory Care for their outstanding care and devotion they shared with Wilbur over the past few years.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 8, 2012