Gretchen DuBois, 97

Gretchen Louise Hein Young DuBois, 97, died at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2016, in the Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester where she had been a resident for 27 years.

Mrs. DuBois was born Dec. 28, 1918, in Postville, Iowa, the third child of William and Wilhelmina (Meier) Hein.  She graduated high school in 1936 and at the age of 17 moved to Chicago, Illinois, to train as a Pediatric Nurse at St. Vincent Hospital.  She married William Young in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on May 30, 1943.  He was killed in World War II April 2, 1945, and is buried in France.  They had one son, Michael John William Young.  She and Michael moved to Valparaiso with her parents after his death.  She met Ralph J. “Joe” DuBois, first cousin to William Young, in Valparaiso and they were married Oct. 3, 1947.  They moved to Roann, and had three children, Robert Joseph, Kathleen Louise, and Kristine Elaine. Tragically, she lost her two sons to a plane crash in 1970.  In 1972 they moved to North Manchester where they had been faithful members of Zion Lutheran Church since 1948.  Mrs. DuBois enjoyed sewing, cooking, and was an avid reader.  She was a student of the Bible and exemplified the woman described in Proverbs 31, always caring for her family and others.  She had the gift of hospitality, always welcoming others into her home and life.  She was rarely idle, always working on some needlework or enjoying table games with her friends. She will be sorely missed by her family

Mrs. DuBois is survived by two daughters, Dr. Kathleen (Ed) Siders and Mrs. Kristine (Doug) Mayo both of Spring, Texas; six grandchildren: Dustin Siders, Fort Wayne; Gretchen Siders and Lydia Siders, Spring, Texas; Rachel Siders (Robi) Duncan, The Woodlands, Texas; Madison Mayo and Morgan Mayo, Spring, Texas; four great-grandchildren: Ashley Siders and Aaron Siders, Fort Wayne; Braden Tramel, Spring, Texas; and Adeline Duncan, The Woodlands, Texas. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Lloyd and Orville; two husbands, Bill and Joe; and two sons, Michael and Robert.

Friends may call at the chapel in the Timbercrest Senior Living Community 2201 East Street, North Manchester, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 4.  Services will be at the chapel in the Timbercrest Senior Living Community on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 am.  The Rev. Paul Borg and the Rev. Judy Follis will officiate.  Burial will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. 

Arrangements by the Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel.  Preferred memorials are to the Timbercrest Senior Living Community.


Posted on 2016 Nov 01