August 25 milestone Gretyl Wede SGretel (Mayer) Weyde

Gretel (Mayer) Weyde, 84 of Shelburne, Vt. died Aug. 18, 2016 surrounded by her loving family and special friends. She was born on Nov. 22, 1931 in Plochingen, Germany. Gretel was predeceased by her loving husband, Hans, in 1989.

Gretel was an active member of the Wake Robin Community for many years and was known for her love of gardening and creative flair for floral arranging.

She received a degree in Fashion from the Design Institute of Stuttgart, Germany before marrying and immigrating to the United States in 1953. As a young family, their early years were spent in New York, where Hans worked as a manager at IBM and they raised three children. Continuing with IBM, they relocated to Vermont in 1965, then Virginia in 1987. Following the death of Hans, Gretel returned to Vermont —a place where she always felt most at home.

During her lifetime Gretel was a member of several Garden Clubs and also volunteered in the community to share her gift of a “green thumb” and skills as a floral artisan.

She leaves behind her sister Christa Schraut and husband Hans of Florida, her son Peter and wife Virginia, of Texas, her daughter Christel DeVita and husband Frank, of North Carolina, and daughter Jackie McBride and partner Joe Breen of Virginia. In addition, “Oma’s” loving presence will be missed by her five grandchildren- Thomas, Brian, Adrienne, Julienne, and Josephine.

A “Circle of Remembrance” memorial will be held at Wake Robin in Shelburne, Vermont on Sept. 10th from 2-4pm. If attending, and so inclined, please bring a long stemmed flower to be placed in a community bouquet. A private burial will occur at a later date.

Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is near and dear to the family’s hearts. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association – Vermont Chapter; 300 Cornerstone Dr.; Williston, Vt. 05495 in memory of Gretel would be greatly appreciated.

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