Gretchen E. Svehla, age 98, of 503 South 10th Street, Gladstone, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, July 21, 2011, at the Sunny Shores Assisted Living Facility in Gladstone.Gretchen was born March 15, 1913, in Neenah, WI, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Blohm) Cramer. She eventually moved with her family to Munising where she attended and graduated from the Munising High School. On July 11, 1942, Gretchen was united in marriage to Frank R. Svehla, in Munising, and after relocating to Gladstone, Gretchen made a career as a bookkeeper for the Delta County Road Commission. Frank preceded Gretchen in death on October 30, 2001. Gretchen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone and enjoyed belonging to the First Lutheran Church sewing and knitting circle. She was proud to have knitted nearly 1000 sweaters, for infants, through the Lutheran World Relief Program. In addition, Gretchen loved to read, work in her garden and enjoy life to the fullest. She will be deeply missed.
Many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, friends and caregivers.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Emma, her husband, Frank and 2 sisters, Kathryn Jacobson and Helen Peterson.