Gretchen Winans

December 16, 2020

Gretchen Graff Winans, 87, of Warren, PA., died peacefully Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the Rouse Home, Youngsville, PA.

She was born in Pittsburgh, PA. on April 26, 1933.  She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Bessie Elder Graff.  Gretchen was a graduate of Blairsville High School and Allegheny College. 

She had been employed as a substitute School Teacher with the Warren County School District.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she served on many committees and worked for a period as an assistant secretary.  She was very involved in community activities.  She had served on the board of directors of Warren General Hospital, Warren Family Services, Children’s Aid Society and Warren County Cancer Society. Gretchen was a member of the Warren Women’s Club, Antique Study Club, Garden Club, Warren Shade Tree Committee, Young Mother’s Study Club and a volunteer for the Reach to Recovery Cancer Outreach Program.  She is remembered as a woman who always had a smile for everyone and was a very compassionate and giving person.  She had been a 48-year cancer survivor.  The joy in her life was her family.  She was an avid fisherwoman, boater, traveler and gardener.

Gretchen is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, David W. Winans, 1 Son – David Graff Winans (Crissi), 1 Daughter – Julia Winans McTavish (Scott) all of Warren, PA., 1 Sister – Susanne Henderson (Bob) of Williamsburg, VA.

3 Granddaughters – Jessica Winans (Weston Miller) of Springfield, OR., Katelyn Gilmore (Dr. Eric) of Canonsburg, PA.,

Rachel McTavish of Buffalo, N.Y.

2 Great Grandchildren – Tiera Miller and Grayson Gilmore, several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be conducted at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Warren General Hospital Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, PA. 16365 or First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street, Warren, PA. 16365.

E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting  The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.


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