Smith, Gretchen Arcley, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Friday, October 29, 2010 at Cartwright Hospice Residence. She was 87 years old. Gretchen Petersen was born October 25, 1923 to the late Fred and Vera (Leatherman) Petersen. She was married to Owen Smith on May 17, 1947 in Saginaw. He preceded her in death on March 31, 2006. Gretchen worked for the telephone company until the birth of her daughter. She was a member of the First Congregational Church and sang in their choir. She also belonged to the Junior League of Saginaw and the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter AS. Gretchen also enjoyed volunteering at Saginaw General Hospital in the gift shop. Gretchen is survived by her son, Owen (Amy) Smith of Grand Ledge; her daughter, Gretchen (Daniel) Knapp of Saginaw; and her grandson, Jeffrey Knapp of Silver Spring, Maryland; three sisters: Lucille Herlinger, Lois Watson and Patricia Lathrop, and many nieces and nephews. Following Gretchen’s wishes cremation has taken place. Gretchen’s Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson. Rev. Kenneth Parker will officiate. Friends may call the church on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Cartwright Hospice Residence or the First Congregational Church. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with the family at the church or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com