Community pulls together to support family of couple killed in crash

CREATED Apr 29, 2014

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GERMANTOWN - Josh and Monica Griebel called CrossWay Church their church home.  It's where they attended, and where the Griebel children have been growing in their faith.  Friends say it's faith, right now, that's carrying this family through the unthinkable.

A photo sent to the church as the family prepares for funeral services, shows Josh and Monica, with their arms around each other.  Friends say it was common to find the couple like this.  The two went out Thursday night, but never returned. An accident on Highway 164, just a quarter mile from their home, killed both. They leave behind five children, ages 13 and younger.
 
"People need to just continue to pray for the family and think about them for the long term," said Pastor Jason Esposito, Crossway Church in Germantown.
 
Pastor Jason says in the short-term, the family's feeling overwhelmed with appreciation for all the help they've been receiving.
 
"Ya know, meal trains and people helping with laundry and providing food and just lots of different things. Their phone just keeps ringing,' said Pastor Jason.
 
With all the meal donations, Josh's brother in-law stopped into an appliance store in Germantown, looking to buy another refrigerator, and met a store manager.
 
"He said he was in tears, obviously. Ok, like a lot of us, ya know, have been," said Greg Carter, owner of Milwaukee Appliance.
 
Management decided to donate the refrigerator.
 
"They've got five children that need to be raised and to be helped. I know we'll all pull together and I know this whole community will," said Carter.
 
Visitation and a memorial service will be held for the Griebels Thursday. There is one big change to note. Originally, they planned for it to be at a funeral home. It will now be held at CrossWay Church. Visitation is from 4p-7:30p and a memorial service will be at 8p for family and close friends.  In the words of one of Monica's friends, "Our loss is God's gain."