Gretchen M. Sylwester 1935 - 2012
Gretchen M. Sylwester passed away peacefully on March 31, 2012 at the Lawrence (KS) Memorial Hospital. She was born September 2, 1935 in Two Rivers, WI, to Leonard and Gertrude (Krueger) Poe. With her family she moved to Los Angeles in 1951, enjoying especially playing and performing on the piano. On July 29, 1956, she married Richard Will. They had four children, Kathy Burzell (deceased), Rebecca Campbell, Fullerton, CA and Jonathan Will and Sarah Neal both of Yucca Valley, CA. On December 12, 2009, she married Jim Sylwester in Lawrence, KS, where they lived nearly 10 months each year, spending January and March in Yucca Valley. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Judith Ann Poe Herrington and Rachel Brewer. For many years Gretchen gave piano and voice lessons in Yucca Valley, and was a church organist and choir director. She was most grateful to have had the opportunity to direct Handel’s “Messiah” in Yucca Valley, to participate in Bible study groups and to be a member of Agape. A Celebration of Life commemorating her years of dedicated service will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lawrence, KS at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Burial will be in the 29 Palms Public Cemetery in Twentynine Palms, CA. Memorials may be given to the ministry or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chapeloaksne.com. (Arrangements, Chapel Oaks Lawrence Funeral Chapel, (785) 841-3822.