Granton FFA Alumni Names
Orville and Sharon Garbisch

Granton's 2012 Honored  Grandparents


Orville and Sharon Garbisch



Orville and Sharon Garbisch were selected as

Granton’s Honored Grandparents for 2012; they will ride in the

Granton Fall Festival Parade Sunday, Sept. 9. (Contributed photo)


Sharon and Orville Garbisch have been selected as the 2012 Honored Grandparents.  They were selected based on an essay, “Why Our Grandparents Are Special”, which was submitted by their grandchildren, Morgan and Austin Elsinger of Spencer.  They said they always have something special to look forward to with Grandma and Grandpa.  They said, “Whenever we spend the night in Granton, they have something special planned. Some days we go to the C-Store and get pizza and movies to watch back home, and some days we go to the park.”  They also said that, “every time that we go to our grandparent’s house, Grandma always has a new stuffed animal to give us."

Sharon and Orville will be married 36 years this October, and they have three children, Crystal, Darin and Carmin. They lived in the same neighborhood in Granton for all of Sharon’s life, and they often saw each other at the local Silver Dollar Tavern, various community events and bowling league, but in 1976 Orville decided to put on his charm and ask Sharon out. Soon after that, they were married.  They built their current home on Hill Street in 1997.

Sharon was working for an accounting firm and then worked part-time at Steiner’s Store in Granton, before accepting a position at Marshfield Clinic, where she continues to be employed after 33 years. She currently works in the retirement plan department, assisting employees with their retirement options. Orville worked as a general laborer for several years at the old Cenex in Granton and then moved up to management.  He then managed Chili Farm Service until 1979 when he purchased the Granton Mobil fuel route where he was self-employed as the owner of Orv’s Mobil.  He sold his business to Drescher Oil in 1992 and continued to work for them until 2004 when he retired.

Morgan and Austin said they treasure the many experiences they have had with Grandma and Grandpa.  They said, “We love it when we go to the Granton Fall Fest and Grandma and Grandpa already have the best spots saved for us.”  They said they “have a lot of fun eating awesome food when they take us to the park picnic” and they “always take us out to eat at the best places, like Fannies.”  But, they added “usually the best meals we have are at their house.”  Grandma is “the best because of her amazing cooking” according to the essay.  The grandchildren “look forward to every holiday, especially Thanksgiving, since we get her famous stuffing.”  And they said, “Even Grandma’s ‘special’ toast is delicious."

Another special event for the grandchildren includes going blueberry picking with Grandpa. “We always come back with bucket and buckets of blueberries. Usually most are gone the next day though,” according to the nomination.  “We love it when Grandpa takes us fishing at the Granton pond.  We always have fun and catch a lot of fish,” say the grandchildren.

The grandchildren also like to go shopping with Grandma “since she always picks out the best clothes without spending a lot of money.”  They said “they always look forward to seeing how much they saved and their goal is to save more than they spend.” What a valuable life lesson they are being taught.

Sharon and Orville are both lifetime members of the Granton FFA Alumni and the southern Clark County Sportsman’s Club.  In addition, they are annual members of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  They are also very involved in numerous community events, and Orville is a Granton Rotarian, with a record 33 years of perfect attendance.  He is also known as the “Chicken Pooh Man,” as he heads up this famous fundraiser for the Rotary each year during the Fall Festival.

As Grandma and Grandpa, Sharon and Orville are never too busy for Morgan and Austin.  In the essay they stated, “They are special because they always come to everything we do. They are always there for every band or choir concert, spring play or birthday party.  Our Grandparents are the best!"

As Honored Grandparents, Sharon and Orville and their grandchildren will help lead off the parade at the Granton Fall Festival Sunday, Sept. 9.  The Granton FFA Alumni affiliate sponsors this award each year.


From the Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

August 29, 2012 (Page 16)

Transcribed by Dolores Mohr Kenyon, September 12, 2013

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, September 14, 2013

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