Gilbert Gib J. Stoeberl, age 77, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, WI surrounded by family and friends.
Gib was born on August 5, 1942 in Almena, WI, the son of Joseph and Vitalis (Demers) Stoeberl. He grew up and went to high school in Rice lake, WI and received his teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. He married his high school sweetheart, Karen Martin,: on August 8, 1964 in Rice Lake. They began their life journey together in Park Falls, WI before moving to Ripon in 1970. Gib received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh while building the family home he and Karen have shared for 47 years. He has had many accomplishments and only one regret, that he would have to leave behind his family and friends that have meant so much to him. His family would like everyone to know that he was a loving, caring, compassionate, and fun husband, dad, and grandpa. He will be dearly missed.
Gib was a beloved teacher and coach at Ripon High School for many years, coaching numerous winning seasons and two state championships in football. He also served as an athletic director and was active in the improvements in Ingalls Football Field. Gib participated in Habitat for Humanity, making many trips to Mississippi with his friends from Ripon. He was a member of Ripons City Council and served on the Fire District committee during the acquisition of the new fire house and fire truck. While Gib was still coaching, he worked for We the People to offer civics education curriculum to high schools across the state. In retirement, he continued to display his passion for history and his community by serving as an active member of the Ripon Historical Society. He was very active in his church serving as a catechist, reader, and eucharistic minister. Gib was most recently serving as the Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
Gib is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen Stoeberl of Ripon; sons, Todd (Michaele) Stoeberl and their children, Mitchell, Morgan, and Madison of Willmar, MN, Jeffrey (Kaley) Stoeberl and their children, Alexander, Andrew and Elizabeth of Suamico, WI, and Matthew (Camille) Stoeberl and their children, Zachary, Sydney and Mallory of Highland Village, TX; sister, Juliet Erickson of Fond du Lac, WI; sister-in-law, Sandra Drost of Rice Lake, WI; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Gib was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Vitalis Stoeberl; brother, Joseph Stoeberl; mother and father-in-law, Russell and Vivian Martin; brother-in-law, Rick Erickson; and several aunts and uncles.
A visitation for Gib will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 4:00 pm 7:00 pm at Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, 515 Mayparty Dr., Ripon, WI 54971 and again on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 10:00 am 11:00 am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 228 E. Blossom St., Ripon, WI 54971.
A Memorial Mass for Gib will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church with Reverend Robert A. Fictum officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in his name.
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