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Thursday July 12, 2018


Gretchen Walker (Ratz) passed away in Midland, Ontario on July 7, 2018. Predeceased by her husband and life partner of 62 years, John, parents, Gordon and Katherine Ratz; sisters, Johanne Ratz and Kay Staib. Gretchen is survived and mourned by children, Peggy Hankey (Peter) of France, and Jim Walker of Toronto, grandchildren Robert (Aimée), Kate and William Hankey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends, especially Karen Grenier of Midland. Born in Tavistock on October 22nd 1927, Gretchen graduated in Domestic Science from University of Toronto and qualified as a teacher. She and her family lived in London England for 30 years, and travelled extensively around the world. Gretchen was an accomplished hostess, seamstress, bridge player, golfer, baker cook, and gardener. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at a later date in Stratford, Ontario. Arrangements entrusted to the Nicholls Funeral Home (330 Midland Avenue, Midland).

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