Phyllis Mae Garbrecht (Koehl)
Died: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Phyllis Mae (Koehl) Garbrecht, age 92, of Evansville, WI, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at The Evansville Manor.
Phyllis was born on April 18, 1926 in Reading, Ohio. She graduated from Reading High School in 1943. Phyllis graduated from Capital University in Columbus, OH in 1948 with a degree in Elementary Education. Phyllis married Robert Garbrecht on September 8, 1948. While Robert finished his work at the seminary, Phyllis taught third grade. After Robert’s graduation from seminary, she became a full-time wife, mother, homemaker and partner in Robert’s ministry.
Phyllis remained very active in her church throughout her entire life. She led Bible studies, taught Sunday School, participated in women’s circles, quilted, sewed paraments and made candles for church and helped in any way she could. Phyllis enjoyed sewing, rosemaling, candle making and processing food from Bob’s garden for the winter in her spare time. She and Bob enjoyed traveling throughout their marriage; including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, The Holy Lands and Europe as well as destinations throughout the United States.
Phyllis is survived by sons, James (Mary) Garbrecht of Mundelein, IL and John (Patti) Garbrecht of San Diego, CA; daughters, Kathryn (Gregory) Leland of Bricelyn, MN and Carol (Thomas) Mullin of Anoka, MN; grandchildren, Melissa (Justin) Pieper, Robert Garbrecht, Bethany (Daniel) Bureau, Kelsey (Christoph) Dundas, Michael Leland, Brian Leland and Olivia Garbrecht; great-grandchildren, Logan Garbrecht, Kate, Leah and Isaac Pieper and Adelia, Caleb, Jacob and Emmaline Dundas; brother-in-law, Elmer (Shirley) Garbrecht of Oconto Falls, WI; sister-in-law Carolyn Koehl of Reading, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Phyllis was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Robert Garbrecht; parents, Helen and Edward Koehl, and siblings, Betty Hucke, Donald Koehl and James Koehl.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 26 with burial at Maple Hill Cemetery in Evansville, WI.
Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family, who will then distribute them to Phyllis’ favorite
God looked around the garden, and found an empty space.
He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful, for he only takes the best.