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Gretchen Ann Wirick



Gretchen Ann Wirick passed peacefully in the presence of family and loved ones on October 6th, 2013, to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in His Eternal Glory.  

Born on February 11, 1937 in Nicolette, Minnesota to Peggy and Harold Gerth, she relocated with her family to Naches Heights, Washington in childhood.  She attended Hahnemann Hospital Nursing School in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  As a long-time resident of Goldendale, she moved in 1963 and would remain until 2011.   

Throughout her life, Gretchen had a passion for helping others in need and serving God and family.  Her tireless work as a church volunteer, home healthcare nurse and mother will always be remembered.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Wirick.  She is survived by her four children, Laura Siemion of Lynnwood, Wash., Natelle Austin of Marysville, Wash., Mary Enstad of Seattle, and Ken Thompson of Denver, Colo., as well as nine grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at the Free Methodist Church in Marysville, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m., 6715 Grove St., Marysville, Wash. Friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Klickitat Valley Hospital Hospice in Goldendale.


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