Gretchen Friberg

September 1, 1944February 10, 2021

Gretchen Jean (Wessell) Friberg surrendered her battle with dementia and bid farewell to her children on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

She is already missed by son Nick and daughter Lori and their amazing wives Demetria and Connie, respectively, who treated her as their own Mom for all the years they shared with her. Gretchen doted on her grandchildren Nicholas Hoezee, Alec Hoezee, Natalie Friberg and Elyse Friberg from the day they were born; all of whom will miss her dearly! Gretchen adored her brothers and sister-in-laws Tyrus and Kathy Wessell, Dave and Charmaine Wessell, Steve and Tana Wessell; her sister, Kim Wessell; and sister-in-law, Linda Hines-Wessell. Gretchen will miss her special nephews and nieces, all recipients of the stuffed animals she sewed!

Gretchen will be cremated and there are no plans for visitation or service at this time. Memorial contributions will be welcomed by Appledorn Assisted Living, 727 Apple Ave. Holland, MI 49423, to assist those in financial need with the special care provided.

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Michael Rash

February 17, 2021

We remember meeting Gretchen in Saugatuck several times at your home. What a kind and gentle soul. She was always so friendly to us and easy to talk to. No surprise that Lori and Nick are her kids. Very sorry for your loss.

Cindy Greutman

February 17, 2021

Lori, Connie, Alec and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. May your fond memories of her carry you through this difficult time as well as each and every day going forward! Thinking of you!


Karen Stephan

February 14, 2021

Nick and Lori,

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a kind, wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you and your family.

Karen (Friberg) Stephan

Jay Martin

February 12, 2021

Nick, Lori and families-
So sorry to hear about Gretchen's passing. She was such a gentle and loving Mom and Grandma. Wishing you peace moving forward and many years remembering the good times.