GERRETSON, MARY LOUISE (SMIEDING) - "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!'" (Hunter S. Thompson) Louise Gerretson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and best friend, died at her home in Heathsville, VA on March 15, 2014 at the age of 98½. Born in Racine, WI on July 22, 1915, Louise attended the University of Wisconsin
, Madison, where she majored in Journalism. It was at the University where she met the love of her life, Frederick (Fred) William Gerretson, to whom she was happily married for 74½ years. Louise and Fred moved to Annapolis in 1955 and built a beautiful home on Church Creek, where she raised her three children, Frederick D. Gerretson, Mark R. Gerretson and Lisa D. Gerretson (McGrath). Louise spent her career at the US Naval Institute in Annapolis, MD as a technical book editor. In her free time, she and Fred enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake and beyond on their boat named Siranui. She also enjoyed raising poodles, entertaining, square dancing, decorating, reading and genealogy. In 1982, she and Fred retired in Heathsville, VA, where they built their second beautiful home on the water. She is survived by her three children and five grandchildren Adrian Gerretson, Niles Gerretson, Garrett McGrath, Laura McGrath and Anna Gerretson and her sister, Grace Smieding. A celebration of her life will be held in Heathsville, VA and interment, at a later date, next to her husband Cdr. Frederick William Gerretson, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.