Gertrude "Gretchen" Schneider

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Gertrude "Gretchen" Schneider, 89, formerly of Loudon, and Sarasota, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pleasant View Center.

She was born in Wieselburg, Austria, the daughter of the late Anton Fromm and the late Ottilia (Heindl) Hasse.

Gretchen was a World War II Bride of the late Harold Fletcher Baldwin, moving to America in 1948 settling in Canterbury, before moving to Boscawen. She started Gretchen's Beauty Shop which she ran for many years. Gretchen was a master gardener, and avid reader and historian. She loved animals, and spent her winters in Sarasota, Fla., where she would volunteer for the Sarasota Hospice.

She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Schneider who passed away in 2012; and one son, Mark Baldwin.

Gretchen is survived by her sons, Robert Schneider of Chelmsford, Mass. and Harold Baldwin of Concord; three daughters, Karen Rocklin of Weare, Anna Rheaume of Loudon and Esther K. Hertz of Darien, Conn.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Wolfgang Hasse of Fehmarn, Germany; one niece and two nephews.

Visiting hours will not be held.

Services will be held Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m., at Temple Beth Jacob, Broadway, Concord.

Burial will follow in the Beth Jacob Cemetery, North State Street, Concord.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Concord SPCA, 130 Washington St., Concord, 03301 or to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, 03301.
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 3, 2013