Mary Gretchen Barth

December 20, 1932 - May 07, 2020

Mary Gretchen Barth (nee Peters)

Mary Gretchen Barth, nee Peters, of McCandless Township, died peacefully at home on Thursday, May 7, 2020. She was 87.

Gretchen was the beloved wife of George J. Barth, Jr. and devoted mother of eight children, ten grandsons, ten granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, three great-grandsons and two great-grandchildren expected in July.

Born December 20, 1932, she was the eldest daughter of Floyd B. and Mary Quinn Peters of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Gretchen dedicated her life to raising and caring for her large family. She was known for her thoughtful, generous gifts and steadfast concern for the health and well-being of her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gretchen will always be remembered for her glamorous style and impeccable manner of dress. She enjoyed swimming, reading, and lively discussions of history and current political and social events. She was a lover of classic Hollywood movies and comedies, and she always enjoyed a good, hearty laugh. Gretchen was a spirited, independent woman until her death, continuing her early morning routine of going out for coffee, shopping and driving her cherished Cadillac.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, George, and eight children — Regina Lamb (+David Sr.) and their children, David Jr. (Lindsay), William (Whitney) and Michael Lamb; Pamela Siegel (Stanley); Diana Gladstone (+Richard) and her children, Dr. Genevieve Hunkele (Adam Betts) and Janelle DeCarlo (Jeffrey); Cynthia Kinzler (Patrick Sr.) and their children, Patrick Jr., Victoria, Stephen, Grace, +Peter, Andrew and Matthew Kinzler; Brenda Harvey (Timothy) and their daughter, Katherine Harvey; Melissa Velemirovich (Christopher) and their daughter, Trisha Corbett (Andrew); Melinda Edwards (Robert) and their children, Mary-Carolyn, Tara, Robert and Seraphina Edwards; and William Barth (Marianne) and their children, Alaina and Garrett Barth. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren — Vera and David Lamb III, Christian DeCarlo and James Betts.

Gretchen is also survived by her sister, Sondra Curth (David), of Louisville, Kentucky; sister-in-law Linda Peters and niece Mary Lynne Peters of Meadville, Pennsylvania; niece Anita Burns (John) of Houston, Texas; and nephew Daniel Curth (Michel) of Chicago, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Thomas James Peters (+Frances) and William F. Peters (Linda), of Meadville, Pennsylvania; grandson Peter Kinzler; and nephew Floyd Peters.

She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all. Due to the COVID-19 situation, services and interment will be private.

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  • Missy

    Today is one month that you passed away to Heaven, I miss you everyday Mom! I think of you all the time, you are forever in my heart, and even though we can not be together now, you stay in my heart and in my thoughts always! I will love you forever Mom! Please watch over us, protect us, and guide us! I love you Mom!

  • Missy

    Two weeks ago today, you left us to go home to Heaven, we miss you so much! Rest well Mom, you deserve everything beautiful in Heaven! We love you forever!

  • Missy

    I miss you everyday Mom, there will not be a day that goes by that I will not think of you! I know that someday I will see you again, and that you will welcome me looking beautiful with your timeless style and elegant beauty! Until we meet again, I love you forever!

  • Kimberly Smith

    Brenda and Family, so sorry to hear about you loss. Praying for peace for you and your family in this time of bereavement. Heaven has another Angel looking down on you all.

  • Lori Bucciarelli

    Brenda and Family – so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in always carrying your Mom’s love with you. Lori

  • Janet & Rick Pelot

    To the entire Barth family – we want to offer our deepest sympathy to all of you. Mrs. Barth was always so friendly whenever we saw her and, always interested in what was going on in our lives . She was quite a sharp lady!

  • Marilyn Mosso

    Gina, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mom. I remember her as a very classy women very devoted to her family. She will be missed by all that knew her. My sympathies to you and your entire family.

  • Marea Cardille Johnson

    To the Barth Family! Louise,Billy, Lori and I wish to extend our deepest condolences to you all! Gretchen was like a 2nd mother to me and there are many endearing memories of being her “9th” child! We are here for your family if you ever need anything!! XXOO Marea Cardille and Family

  • Mary Lynne Peters

    Sending out sincere sympathies on the passing of Aunt Gretchen. May you find as much comfort in this passage from “The Little Prince” as I always do on the passing of a loved one.
    “In one of the stars I will be living. In one of them, I will be laughing. And so it shall be as if all the stars were laughing when you look in the sky at night”.
    I love my FAM!!

  • Karen Jack

    Your wife,sister,mom,grandma and aunt sounds like she was a blessing to you all. Sorry to all of you for your loss. Her love ,kindnesses and memories I hope will give you comfort.

  • Anita Burns

    Dear Uncle George and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
    Anita, John, and John David


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