Gretchen Leah Witt, 58, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. She fought courageously and stoically. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
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Gretchen was born in Denver, on Sept. 3, 1955. She was raised in Scarsdale, N.Y. She attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1977. She later graduated from Boston University Law School in 1981, cum laude.
Gretchen worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. until 1986, where she worked on landmark cases such as the Agent Orange Litigation. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, Corey, in 1986. She worked from 1986-2012 in the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Hampshire. She became the Chief of the Civil Division there, and was the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire on 9/11/01.
Gretchen loved the outdoors, including hiking in the White Mountains, and skiing. She loved Cape Cod for the water, the beach, and kayaking. She looked forward to trips to her mother's house on Cape Cod, as well as summer corn and lobster rolls. She was also an avid gardener, whose garden brought color to her home in Concord from May to September. She also loved to travel.
Gretchen's favorite thing, however, was her family. Her favorite memories came from family travels, including a five week RV trip of the Western States.
She is survived by her son Colin, of Concord; and her daughter, Becca, of Oakland, Calif. She is also survived by her mother, Lois M. Witt, of Orleans, Mass.; her brother, Robert Witt, of Annapolis, Md. She is also survived by her husband, Corey, of Concord. She will be missed by them dearly, but they will remember the love and joy that she brought to them, and her overriding concern for their well being.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Pan Mass Challenge (PMC)," or the Concord/Merrimack County SPCA. Donations for the 2013 edition of the PMC are open until Sept. 30, and should be made by locating the rider page for Corey Belobrow on the PMC website (PMC.org). Corey will also be riding the PMC in 2014, in memory of Gretchen, but contributions for the 2014 PMC cannot be made until the beginning of the year.
Calling hours will be held Friday Sept. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main St., Concord.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Jacob, 67 Broadway, Concord.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Sept. 13, 2013