Marjorie Lee Garbisch (nee Kirk), 93, passed away May 28, 2024, after a short battle with pneumonia. Marge was born Sept 22, 1930, to Mabel Helen (Rudd) Kirk and Laurence C. Kirk in Emerald, WI. She was the oldest of four children. After going to elementary school in Cumberland, WI, and high school in Marathon, WI, her family moved to Granton, WI, in 1948 to open the Friendly Way grocery store where she met her husband to be, Marvin D Garbisch (b.1929-d.1989). They married June 10, 1950, and raised a family of five children in Granton.  

     Marge was a very active (and feisty) member of the Granton community all her adult life. She wore many hats besides wife and mother, including bookkeeper, accountant, insurance agent, real estate agent, securities rep, school board treasurer and village assessor. She was known as a general go-to person for all things legal and for recalling historical events. She employed up to nine people during the tax seasons. Marge was named Honored Citizen of the Year 2008 by the Granton Rotary. She volunteered her time on the village board, school board (20 years), rotary, ladies’ aid and in many other capacities. Marge was known as a welcoming advocate, helping newcomers settle in Granton. Marge enjoyed her bowling league and continued bowling until she was 90.  She was a steadfast member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran church of Granton (she and Marvin helped in its construction) and a member of United Methodist church.

     She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Peter L Schreiber, whom she married on 11/24/2012; her children, Kirk (Katrina) Garbisch of Wrangell, AK; Elise (Steve) Wallick of North Bend WA; Vida (Peter) Menne-Thorpe of Edina MN; Zoe (Nilo) Guanzon of Eagan, MN; Stepchildren Peter (Sara) Schreiber Jr of Wauwatosa, WI, and Charles (Soo) Schreiber of Waukesha, WI, as well as 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Marjorie is also survived by her brothers, Joe (Alice) Kirk of Paynesville, MN, and Noel Kirk of Cold Spring, MN. 

     Marge was predeceased by her parents; husband Marvin D Garbisch; brother James A. Kirk; son Scott D Garbisch; and longtime companion Leland Hansen.

     A memorial service will be scheduled in late summer with details posted in here.

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     Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Marjorie’s family with funeral arrangements.

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