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Griesbach, Donald J.

Donald Griesbach, age 86, passed away on May 3, 2013, at his home from the loving arms of his family and into the waiting arms of Jesus. Don was born on March 16, 1927 in Menasha, WI, the son of William and Susan (Hauser) Griesbach. Don married Sally Stadler in Appleton in September, 1949. He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menasha. Don enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Italy during WWII. After working at Banta Publishing Company in Menasha for 28 years, Don formed his own company, Five-Star Photo Typesetting Company, with four partners and was the company president. He was a life-long supporter of the City of Menasha and proudly served as an alderman for many years. He also worked as a Winnebago County Supervisor for several years. Don was actively involved in establishing and helping to build the Heckrodt Wetland Preserve in Menasha. He took great joy in watching it grow and was especially pleased in seeing the enjoyment school-age children got when they visited Heckrodt. One of Don's favorite hobbies which he enjoyed his whole life, was raising, training and racing homing pigeons. He loved seeing the fascination in the eyes of visitors, especially kids, when they came to see him in his pigeon coop. He enjoyed the cottage that he built in Redgranite. His family has many happy memories of the time they spent there. Don was an avid sports fan. He loved watching the Packers and Brewers games with his family.

Don is survived by his wife, Sally Griesbach; three sons: Steve (Teresa) Griesbach, Menasha; Mike (Barb) Griesbach, Harvard, MA; Jim Griesbach, Menasha; two daughters: Mary Griesbach, Menasha; Patty Griesbach, Menasha; two brothers: William (Joan) Griesbach, Milwaukee; Dr. Robert Griesbach, Delavan, WI; two sisters: Virginia Swichtenberg, Menasha; Donna Mahoney, Menasha; four grandchildren. Don was preceded in death and carried in his heart the loving memories of his daughter, Marian, who died shortly after birth, his son, Greg, who died at 18 in a car accident, his two brothers: Norman (Katie) Griesbach; Dr. Marc (Mary) Griesbach; and one sister: Sister Donna Griesbach (SSND).

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Second Street, Menasha; with Father Bill Swichtenberg officiating. Friends and family may visit at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery, Menasha.


Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from May 4 to May 7, 2013
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