Garfield E. Feske
- Born: 30 Oct 1905, East Farmington, Polk Co., Wisconsin
- Died: 15 Nov 2008, Osceola, Polk Co., Wisconsin at age 103
- Buried: 19 Nov 2008, Oak Grove Cemetery, Osceola, Polk Co., Wisconsin
Garfield Ernst Feske of Osceola died at his home on Nov. 15, 2008, after two years of declining health. He was 103.
He was born Oct. 30, 1905, the seventh of nine children to Fred and Anna (Rosenow) Feske in East Farmington. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington. His was the first class to be confirmed in English having much of his early catechism and church services in German. He attended Oak Lawn school and attended Osceola High School for a while staying in Osceola during the week and returning home on weekends until he became needed at home to help with the family. He was a self educated man and made education a priority for his children.
Garfield cared for his parents and the farm for much of his adult life. He met Betty Mabry when she lived at the Feske home while teaching at Oak Lawn School. They were united in marriage several years later on June 8, 1949 at Zion.
Through the years he participated on church council, school boards, and farm cooperative association boards. He semi retired in 1979 and took up woodworking as a hobby. When he and Betty moved to Oak Ridge Drive in 1988 he continued this hobby using cherry and walnut wood from trees at the family farm. Many beautiful pieces of furniture were created from his garage workshop. They are cherished by his family and friends. Most had no formal plans and only a vague description from someone of what they would like. He delighted everyone with his creativity. He made things from revolving book cases, sleigh frames, beds, stools, shelves, grandfather clocks to beds, tables, lamps and spindles for the gazebo in the Mill Pond Park. Many of the crosses that he and Betty made together made their way to Europe \endash a symbol of Christian faith to those that were living in religious oppression in East Germany.
Before age and declining health interfered he and Betty were able to do some traveling in the United States enjoying time with relatives around the country from coast to coast.
He had the joy of celebrating his 100th birthday with hundreds of family and friends in attendance, and in his humble way shared he knew what his funeral might be like with good fellowship and people he cared about surrounding his family. He looked forward to his 103rd birthday with anticipation so he could spend time with his family. He was blessed to be able to do that.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Fred and Anna; brothers, George and Carl (Laura); sisters, Emma (George) Kolberg, Wilma (Elmer) Larson, Mathilda (Henry) Arndt, Elsie, Lula (Arnold) Erickson and Lenora (Harold) Paulson.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; children Janet Susan, Jeffrey, Jonathan (Kim), and David (Tammie); grandchildren, Kari, Eric, Jennifer, Samuel, Emma, Jacob Duer, Maleah and Shaylee; great granddaughter, Alexa; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Nov. 19 at Zion Lutheran Church in Farmington with Rev. C.G. Sengbusch, officiating. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by the Grandstrand Funeral Home.
Garfield married Betty Elaine Mabry.