Former Commissioner Charlie Griebel dies at 93

Served 2nd District from 1983 to 1999

BROWN COUNTY — Former Brown County commissioners fondly recalled their memories of former District 2 commissioner Charlie Griebel on Monday.

Griebel, 93, died Sunday, July 7 at Oak Hills Living Center. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Searles. Burial follows in the church cemetery in rural Searles.

“He was a very nice man. He coached a lot of girls’ softball at Searles for many years, which is how I got to know him. He farmed and worked at Kraft Foods for many years,” said former Brown County District 2 Commissioner Jim Berg who followed Griebel on the board in 1999. Griebel was elected in 1983.

The Brown County board District 2 seat included the southern part of New Ulm, Sigel, Cottonwood, Linden and Lake Hanska Townships back when Griebel was a commissioner.

Former county commissioner Charlie Guggisberg recalled serving on the board with Griebel for 15 years.

“He was an exceptionally good county commissioner. He cared so much about people. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but we usually did,” Guggisberg said. “He was aware of the working man. He was more of an employee’s commissioner.”

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