Gretchen Reilly Obituary

Gretchen Rae Reilly
Gretchen Rae Reilly
Gretchen Rae Reilly

May 24, 1949 - August 21, 2012
Born in Burlington, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gretchen Rae Fisher Reilly passed away surrounded by the family she loved on August 21 2012 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

Services Will be on Saturday, August 25 at 11 am at Grace United Methodist Church at 37th and Cottage Grove in Des Moines.Gretchen was born May 24, l949 in Burlington, Iowa, the daughter of Jeanette and Ray Fisher. After graduating from Burlington High School, Gretchen attended Southeast Iowa Community College and received her BA from the University of Iowa in 1971. Gretchen completed her Master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa School of Social Work in 1973.

Gretchen worked at Camp Sunnyside, Polk County ARC, Goodwill Industries, Polk County Department of Human Services, Headstart, and the Des Moines Public Schools. For twenty-three years, Gretchen was the social worker for Ruby Van Meter School in Des Moines. Gretchen was a profound advocate for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Gretchen enjoyed boating, playing games with family and friends, crossword puzzles, collecting Pfalzgraff dishes and seashells, traveling, walking on the beach and reading. Gretchen was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, the Iowa Chapter of NASW, and Grace United Methodist Church. Gretchen was the 2012 recipient of the Greta Spears Lifetime Achievement Award in social work.

Gretchen is survived by her husband of 35 years, Thomas J. Reilly, her son, Kyle Thomas Reilly, her daughter, Kera Leigh Reilly, her Mother, Jeanette Fisher her sister Nancy Wenstrand, her brothers, Bob and Tim Fisher and five nieces and nephews. Gretchen was preceded in death by her father, Ray Fisher. Gretchen was known for her kind heart, her sparkling personality, and her sense of humor. Gretchen was a loyal friend and deeply loving wife and mother.

Gretchen's family will greet friends August 24 at the Iles Dunn's funeral home at 2121 Grand from 4 to 7 pm.

Memorials may be sent to the Gretchen Reilly Trust Fund for the Children of Ruby Van Meter School, c/o Reilly Law Firm, 4900 University, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, August 24, 2012
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grace United Methodist Church
3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Saturday, August 25, 2012
11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, August 25, 2012