Obituary for Dora J. Griesbach

Dora J. Griesbach

Dora J. Griesbach, 97, Rozellville, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, June 28, 2021, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Rozellville, where the visitation will be from 9:30 am until service time. Rev. Sengole Vethanayagam will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Audrey Kohlbeck, James, William, Glenn and Craig Griesbach, and Kathy Ballerstein. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dora was born on March 14, 1924, at home in the Town of Frankfort, Marathon County, to August And Rose (Bach) Bargander.

She was united in marriage to Silvan F. Griesbach on August 21, 1948, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Spencer. He died on February 19, 2011.

Dora would say that she was most proud of farming alongside the love of her life, Silvan. Their love for one another was unbreakable and even up until the time of Silvan’s passing, they always found a way and a reason to hold hands.

In addition to farm work, Dora worked at the Buck-A-Neer where she cleaned on Monday mornings. She especially enjoyed the perk of having access to a cooler full of leftovers from the weekend. She also loved flowers and took up part-time work planting flowers at Brittens in the spring of each year.

Dora always loved a good visit and conversations with her family and friends. She and her husband Silvan enjoyed life to the fullest together, often spending their free time with friends down at the tavern as they told stories and jokes while enjoying a few rounds of well-deserved beers. In fact, when asked her secret to a long, happy life, her answer was always, “I worked hard and drank lots of beer” which Dora would most certainly punctuate with her warm and lively laugh.

Family gatherings were also an important part of Dora and Silvan’s life. After Silvan passed away, she would continue to host holidays at her home. She loved getting the house ready for Christmas and there was never a shortage of food and candy during the holidays. Nothing will ever be able to replace her famous scalloped potatoes and dressing.

Dora’s sons, Glenn, Billy, and Jimmy, wish to acknowledge and extend their heartfelt gratitude to their sister, Audrey, for her tireless efforts in taking care of their mom and ensuring she lived well until the end. Thanks to Audrey’s steady care and support, all of us were able to enjoy many more years of visits and laughs with Dora.

She is survived by her children, Glenn (Geri) Griesbach of Plover, William (Carol) Griesbach of Rozellville, Audrey (Ray) Kohlbeck of Rozellville, and James (Jeanne) Griesbach of Stratford. She is also survived by grandchildren, Craig, Wesley, Brad, Jesse, Carrie, Kathy, Katie, Daniel, Sara, and Samantha; and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Rose; her husband, Silvan; great-grandson, Evan; great-granddaughter, Robin; and brothers and sisters, Rose, Agnes, Mary, Andrew, Hilda, Clara, Isadore, David, and Olive.

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