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Donald Robert Smith

M, b. November 4, 1933, d. February 3, 2012

Parents

Family 1: Bonnie Vollmer (b. March 20, 1938, d. December 26, 2013)

Family 2: Sandra Sanders

Biography

  • Birth: Donald Robert Smith was born on November 4, 1933 in Birnamwood, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Bonnie Vollmer were married in 1956.
  • Marriage: Donald Robert Smith was married in 1983.
  • Death: He died on February 3, 2012, at age 78.
  • Burial: He was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Donald Robert "Big Don" Smith, 78, long time resident of Embarrass, Wisconsin, passed away with family by his side on February 3, 2012. Vince Lombardi said it so perfectly, "We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time." Don was known and loved by many for his beautiful smile, hard work ethic, quick wit, and ability to make all feel welcomed and loved.

    Don was born on November 4, 1933, to the late Frank and Anna (Pankow) Smith, in Birnamwood, WI. At a young age, Don's hard work ethic was already apparent when he worked on the family farm after his father became ill. Don enjoyed farming until his country called on him to serve. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957.

    In 1956, Don married Bonnie (Vollmer), the mother of his seven children. In these early years, "Big Don" enjoyed softball, bowling, and deer hunting, and was an avid pool player. Don worked as a heavy equipment operator for Rouse Construction, Belle Plaine, for over 30 years and was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local 139. Don also worked many other supplementary jobs to allow his children to attend parochial school. Later, Don worked for VP&J Construction, Clintonville, and Sperberg Construction, Shawano. Don took great pride in grooming and maintaining the Shawano race track for over 30 years, taking seriously, measures to ensure driver safety.

    In 1983, Don married Sandra (Sanders). Don enjoyed being a step-father to Sandy's sons. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping with family, dining out, a night out at the casino, playing cards, and supporting "America's Team." Don was very proud to be a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers organization. Don and Sandy enjoyed fishing, especially at Post Lake, WI. Don and Sandy enjoyed attending church and growing together in faith. Don was an Elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville, prior to his failing health. Don is currently a member of Hope Community Church, Shawano. Together, Don and Sandy have courageously handled many health obstacles, never stopping his determination to win the battle at hand.

    Don is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna; his siblings: Ervin, Lorraine, Dorothy, and Dennis; his first-born son, Donald Lee Smith, and step-son, James Suehring. Don is survived by his wife, Sandra; his children: Connie Antoniewicz, Clintonville; Cindy (Frank) Erb, Greenville, SC; Carla (Scott) Loritz, DePere; Cheryl (Lee) Kucksdorf, Neenah; Donald (Peggy) Smith, Kaukauna; Carilee (Paul) Klatt, Oshkosh; and his step-sons, Allen Suehring, Appleton; and Michael (Melissa) Suehring, Caroline. Don is also survived by his grandchildren, whom he adored: Angela, Katie, Dawn, Laura, Lisa, Derek, John, Christina, Alissa, Brittany, Brandon, Chelsea, Bethany, Michael, Fran, Ryan N., Priscilla, Andrew, Chase, Adam, Emily, Ryan K., Ariana, Kirsten, and Ethan. Don was blessed with one great- granddaughter, Claire.

    Don's life will be honored on Friday, February 10, 2012, with visitation at 9:00 a.m. service at 11:00 a.m., Hope Community Church, Shawano with Rev. Randy Oss officiating. Military honor rites will be conducted outside of the church following the service by members of the Shawano American Legion Post #117. Inurnment will be at the Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville. The Eberhardt - Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent via www.eberhardtstevenson.com. A special thank you to all of the staff at Maple Lane Care Center, and Heartland Hospice for your wonderful care. Also, heartfelt appreciation goes out to Hope Community Church, Shawano, for all the prayers and visits during this difficult journey.

    Don's life was one to be admired by all who knew him. His face lit up in the presence of children. He was always the life of the party, saying "if you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!" He will truly be missed.

    Thank you, Dad, for the love and the memories that will live on. Love, "your Kiddos".

Clarence S Griesbach

M, b. May 18, 1905

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Clarence S Griesbach was born on May 18, 1905 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Annie Griesbach

F, b. December 29, 1899, d. 1900

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Annie Griesbach was born on December 29, 1899 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died in 1900, at age ~1.

Edward Griesbach

M, b. October 28, 1903, d. September 24, 1981

Parents

Family: Viola Beschta (b. September 28, 1910, d. October 20, 1991)

Biography

  • Birth: Edward Griesbach was born on October 28, 1903 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 24, 1981, at age 77, in Hortonville, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Patrick Cemetery, Stephensville (Northport), Wisconsin.

Martha Griesbach

F, b. October 15, 1904, d. January 10, 1928

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Martha Griesbach was born on October 15, 1904 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on January 10, 1928, at age 23.

Clara Griesbach

F, b. July 11, 1906, d. June 25, 2002

Parents

Family: Gerhardt Ernst Albert Hillmann (b. November 4, 1905, d. December 12, 1967)

Biography

  • Birth: Clara Griesbach was born on July 11, 1906 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Gerhardt Ernst Albert Hillmann were married in 1929.
  • Death: Clara Griesbach died on June 25, 2002, at age 95, in Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co, Wisconsin.

Louis Henry Griesbach

M, b. January 29, 1908

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Louis Henry Griesbach was born on January 29, 1908 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Gertrude Scholten

F, b. October 1, 1834, d. April 25, 1876

Parents

Family: Herman Hofacker (b. February 10, 1835, d. October 18, 1915)

Biography

  • Birth: Gertrude Scholten was born on October 1, 1834 in Menzelen, Rheinland, Germany.
  • Marriage: She and Herman Hofacker were married on May 8, 1864 in Menzelen, Rheinland, Germany.
  • Death: Gertrude Scholten died on April 25, 1876, at age 41.

John Griesbach

M, b. April 16, 1874, d. June 19, 1954

Parents

Family: Sophia Barbara Ellenbecker (b. August 2, 1876, d. June 13, 1955)

Biography

  • Birth: John Griesbach was born on April 16, 1874 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Sophia Barbara Ellenbecker were married on April 12, 1899 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Griesbach died on June 19, 1954, at age 80, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Edward Cemetery, Mackville, Wisconsin.

Sophia Barbara Ellenbecker

F, b. August 2, 1876, d. June 13, 1955

Parents

Family: John Griesbach (b. April 16, 1874, d. June 19, 1954)

Biography

  • Birth: Sophia Barbara Ellenbecker was born on August 2, 1876 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and John Griesbach were married on April 12, 1899 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Sophia Barbara Ellenbecker died on June 13, 1955, at age 78.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Edward Cemetery, Mackville, Wisconsin.

Barbara Anna Griesbach

F, b. January 18, 1903, d. September 3, 1991

Parents

Family: Joseph Roth (b. circa 1902)

Biography

  • Birth: Barbara Anna Griesbach was born on January 18, 1903 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on September 3, 1991, at age 88.

Anthony J Griesbach

M, b. October 17, 1903, d. December 18, 1986

Parents

Family: Selma Lautenschlager (b. November 4, 1911, d. April 15, 1999)

Biography

  • Birth: Anthony J Griesbach was born on October 17, 1903 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Selma Lautenschlager were married on April 7, 1932.
  • Death: Anthony J Griesbach died on December 18, 1986, at age 83, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Peter & Paul Cemetery, Hortonville, Wisconsin.

Robert Henry Griesbach

M, b. September 28, 1905, d. October 16, 1987

Parents

Family: Ella Clara Beschta (b. December 25, 1904, d. May 4, 1992)

Biography

  • Birth: Robert Henry Griesbach was born on September 28, 1905 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Ella Clara Beschta were married on October 19, 1926 in St Edward Church, Mackville, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Robert Henry Griesbach died on October 16, 1987, at age 82, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Peter & Paul Cemetery, Hortonville, Wisconsin.

Hubert Nicolas Griesbach

M, b. April 27, 1908, d. September 12, 1991

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Hubert Nicolas Griesbach was born on April 27, 1908 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 12, 1991, at age 83.

Henry Griesbach

M, b. April 8, 1877, d. October 30, 1951

Parents

Family 1: Anna Mary Decker (b. February 3, 1878, d. February 19, 1922)

Family 2: Anna L Roth (b. July 12, 1894, d. December 24, 1987)

Biography

  • Birth: Henry Griesbach was born on April 8, 1877 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Mary Decker were married on October 25, 1899.
  • Marriage: Henry Griesbach and Anna L Roth were married on November 12, 1924 in Mackville, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Henry Griesbach died on October 30, 1951, at age 74, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Edward Cemetery, Mackville, Wisconsin.

Anna Mary Decker

F, b. February 3, 1878, d. February 19, 1922

Parents

Family: Henry Griesbach (b. April 8, 1877, d. October 30, 1951)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Mary Decker was born on February 3, 1878 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Henry Griesbach were married on October 25, 1899.
  • Death: Anna Mary Decker died on February 19, 1922, at age 44, in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Edward Cemetery, Mackville, Wisconsin.

Joseph C Griesbach

M, b. January 19, 1903, d. January 30, 1967

Parents

Family: Marie R Merkel (b. January 31, 1906, d. April 3, 2007)

Biography

  • Birth: Joseph C Griesbach was born on January 19, 1903 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Marie R Merkel were married on November 25, 1924 in St Joseph Church, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Joseph C Griesbach died on January 30, 1967, at age 64.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Joseph Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Katherine Griesbach

F, b. December 22, 1905

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Katherine Griesbach was born on December 22, 1905 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Herman Griesbach

M, b. September 21, 1907

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Herman Griesbach was born on September 21, 1907 in Town of Center, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Mary Carl

F, b. circa 1860

Family: Henry B Schlichter (b. November 3, 1859, d. January 10, 1938)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Carl was born circa 1860.
  • Marriage: She and Henry B Schlichter were married on August 12, 1883 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Michael Griesbach

M, b. May 2, 1849, d. 1926

Parents

Family: Anna Thiel (b. November 6, 1852, d. 1897)

Biography

  • Birth: Michael Griesbach was born on May 2, 1849 in Braunweiler, Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Thiel were married on November 21, 1870 in Town of Woodville, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Michael Griesbach died in 1926, at age ~77.

Anna Thiel

F, b. November 6, 1852, d. 1897

Parents

Family: Michael Griesbach (b. May 2, 1849, d. 1926)

Biography

  • Birth: Anna Thiel was born on November 6, 1852 in Irsch, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
  • Marriage: She and Michael Griesbach were married on November 21, 1870 in Town of Woodville, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Thiel died in 1897, at age ~45.

Mathias Thiel

M, b. April 25, 1823, d. December 23, 1892

Parents

Family: Katherine Reiter (b. December 6, 1834, d. June 22, 1892)

Biography

  • Birth: Mathias Thiel was born on April 25, 1823 in Irsch, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
  • Death: He died on December 23, 1892, at age 69, in Iowa.

Katherine Reiter

F, b. December 6, 1834, d. June 22, 1892

Family: Mathias Thiel (b. April 25, 1823, d. December 23, 1892)

Biography

  • Birth: Katherine Reiter was born on December 6, 1834 in Irsch, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
  • Death: She died on June 22, 1892, at age 57, in Iowa.

Mathias Thiel

M, b. March 29, 1854

Parents

Biography

  • Birth: Mathias Thiel was born on March 29, 1854 in Irsch, Trier-Saarburg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
  • Death: He died in Iowa.