Gretchen E. Heinritz
December 14, 1928 - January 13, 2021
Jacqueline Bradford
Anne Sexton Bryan and Denver Bryan
Margaret Esche Jankauskis
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Due to current health concerns, the family will hold a private service for Gretchen at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  This service will be livestreamed at this site at that time.
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Gretchen Heinritz died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Jan 13, 2021.  She was born Dec 14 1928 to Lorna and Erwin Esche in Manawa WI.  She and her brother Floyd treasured growing up in an area with plentiful woods and water to enjoy.  This gave her a lifelong appreciation for the simple…

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Nancy Carroll Ralphs left a message on January 26, 2021:
To Rick and Charlie: I am Nancy Carroll Ralphs , a sister of Sue Heinritz. I grew up in Appleton and knew the Heinritz family. Your mother was beautiful and, always gracious and welcoming in your perfectly kept house. She was full of surprises, though. For me the big one was working with your dad in building their cabin in N Wis. I know you have a big adjustment in many different ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Georgianne Bravick left a message on January 19, 2021:
Dear Rick and Family, The service for your mom was just beautiful. I am thinking of you, and I send my heartfelt condolences. Your mom was an amazing woman who gave so very much to the community. She always lived with such dignity and grace. I will always remember our dinner at the Yacht Club quite recently, and how beautiful and gracious she was. Hugs from Georgianne B.
Jacqueline Bradford left a message on January 18, 2021:
We love you. You will be missed and your memories will be cherished.
Marie A Schwarm left a message on January 17, 2021:
Rick, my condolences to you and your family
Anne Sexton Bryan and Denver Bryan left a message on January 17, 2021:
We send love and hugs to you all during this time. Aunt Gretchen will be greatly remembered and missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Margaret Esche Jankauskis left a message on January 17, 2021:
Aunt Gretchen was a gracious host, amazing cook, fabulous gardener (her rock garden was always impressive), and good story teller. She had a wonderful sense of humor and great laugh. I admired her interest in history and recreation of a Wisconsin pioneer relative by dressing in period costume and reading from her diary to various groups. She listened to books on tape in the last few years and preferred histories. She shared some of what she was listening to whenever I called. She was not a complainer despite her increasing challenges after Uncle Bud’s death, a strong woman. She loved her brother, my father, Floyd, spoke lovingly of him, tended his grave, and traveled to our mother’s memorial service because “Floyd would have wanted me to.” I wish that we had lived closer. I’m sure that our family missed out on opportunities to share time together. You will be missed.
Kevin and Dorre left a message on January 17, 2021:
Our heartfelt sorrow with prayers of comfort and peace for Rick, Charlie and all the family.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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