Pastor Franklin Giebel retires after 15 memorable years
Fifteen years ago, Pastor Franklin Giebel traded in the big city life of Chicago for the small town feel of Neshkoro. Here Pastor Giebel became the new pastor for the Zion Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Susan Giebel, have been proud to call Neshkoro their home for all these years, but now they are looking forward to packing their bags for retirement and heading to Wausau, where they have purchased a nice condo. Pastor Giebel is a well-educated man. He started at UW-Oshkosh earning his bachelor’s degree, moved on to UW-Eau Claire for his Graduate studies, and on to Springfield, IL to attend Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor Giebel has degrees in both French and Psychology, and he is certified to teach school K-12. Pastor Giebel still cares about schools and children getting educated properly, and he was sad to see the elementary school in Neshkoro close down years ago. Prior to working at Zion Lutheran Church, Pastor Giebel worked in Chicago at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. When asked why he left, Pastor Giebel replied, “Eight years of Chicago was about enough . . . coming to Neshkoro was kind of a homecoming.” He said this because his father grew up in Dale, and his mother grew up in Reedsburg, which is where Pastor Giebel was raised. He enjoyed the small town life Neshkoro had to offer and how close the community was.