July 01, 1944 ‒ December 16, 2017
Gretchen A. Lamphere, age 73, of Delaware passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Grant Hospital in Columbus.
She was born on July 1, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan to the late John and Genevieve (Timm) Drury. A graduate of Redford High School, Detroit in 1962, she then attended Michigan State University where she would meet her future husband Allen Lamphere whom she married in 1963.
Moving to Delaware in 1972, Gretchen became a realtor, which became her passion over the next 40 years, until the very end. Award winning, she operated Gretchen Lamphere a RE/MAX Affiliate. She felt it was her calling to help families find a home, not just a house.
Humble and with a wonderful sense of humor, she possessed a huge heart for the underdog. She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise. Gretchen gave to and supported causes far and wide, most especially PIN and the Delaware Free Store, where she donated thousands of coats over the years.
Described as genuine, honest, and trustworthy, she was a member and supporter of St. Mary Church. Work was her hobby, but she treasured time spent at the family cabin at Boyne Falls, Michigan with her beloved Golden Retriever, Honey. Gretchen loved Delaware, Christmas, and of course selling real-estate. She will be remembered for her generous ways, one whose door was always open, and love of family.
She is survived by her children: Joseph M. (Mary) Lamphere of Marion, Susan M. Lamphere (Bob Schaefer) of Lorain, Kristine A. Lamphere (Bryan Gandee) of Westerville, daughter-in-law: Joelle Lamphere (Scott Scribner), grandchildren: Jordynne Bowie, Evelyn Lamphere, Hope Gandee, Bernie Lamphere-Scribner, brother John (Erin) Drury of MI, sister Barbara Wolford of CO, brother-in-law Gerald Tibaldi of MI, nieces, nephews, extended family, and a host of dear friends.
She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 16 years Allen in 1980, treasured son Matthew in 2005, sister Alice Tibaldi in 2007.
Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Habitat for Humanity, 305 Curtis St., Delaware, Ohio, Family Promise, 39 N. Washington St., Delaware, Ohio, Turning Point, 330 Barks Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302, Delaware Free Store, 193 E. Central St., Delaware, Ohio, or donate a coat to the Delaware Free Store.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com