Gretchen L. Wade
1946 - 2020
October 5, 1946
November 14, 2020

Gretchen L. Wade

SEBRING, Fla. | Gretchen Lois Wade, 74, passed away on Nov. 14, 2020 in Sebring. She was born Oct. 5, 1946, to the late Wilford Stanton Miller Jr. and Wilburna Lois (Finch) Miller.

She had been a Sebring resident since 2011, formerly living in La Fargeville, NY. Gretchen attended Atonement Lutheran Church and worked as a teacher. She enjoyed collecting mice figurines.

She is survived by her loving husband, John R. Wade. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wilford Miller III and Julian Miller.

Interment will be held at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, 4001 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL 33870

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Published by Rapid City Journal on Nov. 20, 2020.
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I first met Gretchen 40 years ago in October of 1980. She was my replacement as I was leaving what was then West River Children's Center, now Black Hills Children's Home. We worked together for several weeks and I was to work with her two different times again at Rapid Valley School and then at Berquist School. Our lives also intertwined with mother and daughter, Jean Truman and Tammy Foust as Gretchen taught with Tammy in three different school districts over the years. Tammy left us in 2000 and Jean last year. I feel like Gretchen's passing is the end of and era for me, because it is. Of all the teachers I have worked with, Gretchen was the one I maintained contact with the longest. I could write a novella about all of the experiences of those we know and knew and shared together. She did love her animals, and I can't help think of how several years ago she was thinking of adopting a dog, and John asked her, "Where are you going to live?" along with the three cats. That really bothered her, but being a person who has always had more than my fair share of animals, I thought it was pretty funny. John, my condolences and Gretchen, Thanks for the memories.
Royce King
December 1, 2020
We are so saddened to hear of Gretchen’s passing. We have such fond memories of our time together at the CYC on the beautiful St. Lawrence River in NY. Please accept our deepest condolences John. You are in our prayers.
Bill and Gina Clifford
November 27, 2020
John...thinking of you at this sad time. Cherish memories of you and Gretchen from the NHVFD and auxiliary. Hugs, Frankie and Duane
Frankie Hofer
November 27, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Gretchen’s passing although I know she is happy to see her creator face to face. I enjoyed sharing things with Gretchen when she taught across the hall from me. She was always so caring toward the children and everyone in her life. Our visit to see Gretchen and John and Sassy in New York was a fond memory for Bill and I. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for John.
Jeanette Keck
November 24, 2020
My sincere sympathies. I cherish the memories made with Gretchen at EB Bergquist School. I admired her professionalism and enjoyed her humor. We both were animal lovers so shared many stories. I have thought of her often and we have chatted a few times since she left SD. Blessings to John.
Patty Brunner
November 23, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked under Gretchen as an assistant at E.B.Bergquest in the Learning Center in Rapid City , South Dakota and enjoyed working with her. She was always kind,thoughtful, and caring. I will cherish the fond memories. Dawne Grandpre
November 21, 2020
John and family,
I am so sad to hear about Gretchen’s passing. She was a kind gentle soul with a heart of gold. Pleas accept my deepest sympathies.
❤Lori Reurink
Lori Reurink
November 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathies John. We were so saddened to read of Gretchen´s passing in the paper. We have fond memories of our times together when you & Brent were NHVFD members. Please call if you need to talk 605-484-3864.
Brent & Shirley Kolstad
November 20, 2020
Sorry to hear of Gretchen's passing
O live forever in the hearts of those we truly love
Is to never really die

Al Rhian
Al & Rhian
November 20, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
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November 20, 2020