Theodore "Ted" Gerbig
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Gerbig, Theodore "Ted"

Theodore "Ted" Gerbig, 65, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Norman and Genevieve (Peterson) Gerbig on June 21, 1948. In July of 2003, Ted received the Gift of Life, a single lung, from David Duranceau, age 34.

Ted married his wife Shelby on March 4, 1978, and together they raised their family with much joy and laughter. After his lung transplant on July 11, 2003, Ted co-founded the North Central Wisconsin Donate Life Fund, created to bring awareness about organ donation to the north central Wisconsin area. Ted was beyond grateful for his gift of life and spent many hours spreading the word about organ donation. He was recently recognized for his efforts with a Jefferson Award.

Ted was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting at the family cabin, and boating and fishing from his home on Lake Wausau. Ted liked to golf with a hole in one to his credit and was an avid bowler who once rolled a perfect 300 game. In his younger days, Ted played semi-pro baseball with the Marion Meisters. Ted also served in the National Guard and the Reserves for many years.

Ted retired from his job as Purchasing/Inventory Manager at Wausau Metals Corp. in 1999.

He is survived by his wife Shelby (Stilen) Gerbig, one son; Chad Gerbig, St. Louis Park, MN; three daughters; Jennifer (Mark) VanderKoy, Wausau; Heidi ( Joshua) Wiesman, Wausau; Kathleen (Andrew) Woodward, Weston; One brother; Schott (Peggy) Gerbig, Marion; two sisters; Cindy (Mike) Wudi, Medford; Kim (Ed) Bertram, Clintonville; eight (plus one on the way) grandchildren; Jack Gerbig, Minnesota; Adalene and Simon VanderKoy, Wausau; Owen, Ella and Emery Wiesman, Wausau; Andrew, Cash (and Thea coming soon) Woodward, Weston, his mother and father-in-law, Joseph and Marcille Stilen, Shiocton, extended family Kevin and Sue Sasman, Kronenwetter; Jodi and Ron Krenz, Wausau, niece Molly Newcomb, nephews Sheldon Gerbig, Todd Gerbig, Travis Bronk, Matthew Wudi, Jeremy Krenz and Shane Krenz.

Ted is also survived by his donor family, Mike and Connie Duranceau, Billy and Karen Duranceau and their three daughters, Evin, Lorenza and Zoe, all of Green Bay.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, and his lung brother Melvin Cayer of Gladstone, MI.

Visitation will be on July 14, 2013 from 2:00 - 8:00 at John J Buettgen Funeral Home in Schofield. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church with Rev. Raymond Connor officiating on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11:00 am with an hour visitation prior to the service. Everyone is asked to park in the rear of the church.

Ted's family wishes to thank his medical teams at UW-Hospital & Clinics, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Bone & Joint Clinic, Cardiovascular Associates, and Aspirus VNA, Palliative Care & Hospice.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the North Central Wisconsin Donate Life or to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family. Condolences can be left at

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Published in Wausau Daily Herald on Jul. 14, 2013.
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July 18, 2013
Cindy, Shelby, and family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you process Ted's passing....
Terri Henschel Neil
July 18, 2013
Shelby and family,
Our most heartfelt sympathies. Sending thoughts and prayers.
Dave and Sue Mohelnitzky
July 16, 2013
Shelby and family,
Ten gift years. I know it's not enough. Never enough. But we are thankful for those extra years with grandkids.
Marilyn Gerbig Borchardt
July 16, 2013
We were great friends when he lived in Antigo. Had some great times together.
Babe & Mary Banczak
July 16, 2013
Ted is a great Captain of his ship! He sailed Lake Wausau with his friends and fellow Lake Wausau Association members. He will be missed along with his efforts for the lake.
Patrick Bartelme
July 16, 2013
To Shelby and most heartfelt sympathies....sending thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Kainz
July 15, 2013
Shelby and Family, Linda and I are very sorry to hear of your loss. Teddy and I had many good times in our younger days.
Mark & Linda Verch
July 15, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Ted's passing and you and your family have our deepist sympathy. He will always be remembered in our hearts. Take care.
John Griesmer
July 15, 2013
Our deepest sympathies from the Tom Kristof Shawano.
July 15, 2013
Katie, Your father sounds like he was an amazing man. All our sympathy to you and your family.
Jeff and Colleen Gruetzmacher
July 15, 2013
Shelby & Family-I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ted. I don't know if you remember me but am the ex wife of an employee of Ted's from Wausau Metal's, Rod Matis. I remember coming out to your house and having summer parties with the work group many times and have often wondered how Ted has been doing over the years. You have my deepest sympathy and I hope the memories of Ted and his wonderful sense of humor will keep him close to your heart. With love- Melanie Matis
Melanie Matis
July 13, 2013
Love ya Teddy bear! You'll be with me forever. I have great memories of all our adventures. Whenever I did somthing wrong or that I didn't want to do Ted would always say and what did we learn from that? I learned how to tell the ones I love that I love them. Thanks Ted love ya!!!!!
andrew woodward
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