Gretchen Anne Boosinger
July 2, 1934 – November 16, 2019
Gretchen Anne (Werner) (Gawler) Boosinger, age 85, of Bradenton, FL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in Jacksonville FL. Her parents were George H. Werner and Oriana (Chasmar) Werner. She is predeceased by her 2nd husband Glenn Boosinger and her loving companion Richard Reinhard Sr. Gretchen was born July 2, 1934 in Washington D.C. and spent her childhood in York, PA and Chevy Chase, MD. Gretchen graduated from Southern Seminary Junior College in VA earning a 2-year degree in teaching for Kindergarten and Nursery School. She also attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY working towards a degree in Education. Gretchen married William C. Gawler and became a military wife for 20 years, living all over the U.S. and overseas. After divorcing she then settled in Fort Walton Beach, FL in 1975 and in 1979 moved to Bradenton FL, where she was a longtime resident until her recent move to Jacksonville, FL to be nearer to family. She married Glenn Boosinger in 1988 and was married until his death in 1994. She then spent 10 loving years with Dick Reinhard until his passing.
Besides being a full-time housewife and mother, during her adult life Gretchen held various jobs over the years. She was a Red Cross swimming instructor and lifeguard, a preschool teacher, she worked in retail customer service and then remained in the banking field for many years, retiring in 1988. She was an avid traveler, expert bridge player and bowler. She also loved gardening, loved to dance, as well as the beach, boating and cheering for her beloved Florida Gators. She also was an active board member for many years for Wildewood Springs in Bradenton. Above all, she valued family and was a loving daughter, mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her sister Susan Marsden of Derwood, MD; her daughter, Gretchen Gawler Schick, retired school teacher and her husband CAPT Sam Schick, USN, retired, of San Antonio, TX and her three sons; Col. Steven H. Gawler, USAF, retired, and Jet Blue Pilot and his wife Teena Alexander Gawler of Ocala, FL; Col. William C. Gawler, Jr., USMC, retired, and his wife Kathy Fitzpatrick Gawler of Ponte Vedra FL, and Lt. Scott A. Gawler, Orlando Fire Department, retired, and his wife Michelle Rainaldi Gawler of Winter Garden, FL. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Jennifer, Bill III, Christopher, Samantha, Alison, Casey, Scott Jr., Kyle, Oriana, as well as 5 step grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren (and a 3rd arriving in 2020) and 2 step great grandchildren. She is also survived by 1 niece, 2 nephews, and 3 cousins. The service will be held at The Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday November 24 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Bradenton on November 30. In honor of Gretchen’s favorite color please wear a splash of yellow if possible.
- Funeral Service Sunday, November 24, 2019
- Graveside Saturday, November 30, 2019
Gretchen Anne Boosinger
Kim Reinhard Bristol
November 22, 2019
To Gretchen's Family, you have my deepest sympathy.
My grandfather, Richard Reinhard Sr. was so blessed to have Gretchen as a close companion during the last 10 years of his life.
Together, my grand dad and Gretchen had so much fun together. I saw my grandfather having the most fun I'd ever seen him have when he was with Gretchen. They took cruises, often went out to listen to live music , danced and just enjoyed each other's company sharing life together. With Gretchen my grand dad got to do many things he wasn't able to do with my grandmother and we were so happy to see how much fun he and Gretchen had together.
Gretchen was a lovely, classy lady and her laugh was infectious! I can still hear it. Her laugh was full of joy and spread easily to make others laugh and smile. I loved that she didn't let my Grandfather get away with much and kept him on his toes when he would make jokes as he often did.
Our Reinhard family was also blessed to have Gretchen. She provided loving care for my Grandfather at the end of his life. She was the rock that we leaned on and for that we are forever grateful for her love and care.
Heaven has a new Angel. We will always remember and love Gretchen.
Kim Reinhard Bristol
November 22, 2019
Our family met Gretchen through Dick Reinhard who was our uncle. We visited every February and enjoyed time spent with Gretchen. After Dick's passing we would visit Gretchen, who generously invited us to stay with her. We have many fond memories of times we were with Gretchen. We loved her, she was a "grand lady".
Our sympathy goes out to Gretchen's family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
November 21, 2019
Our beloved Gretchen.....sooooo many memories, so many good times.
Never forget when I first met you I was visiting Dad and you were at his house and I clearly remember him introducing us then he proceeded to make a batch of his famous martinis certainly "the best one I ever had". After a while I started to steam a big pot of stone crabs. Well you barked at me saying I wasn't doing it the right way and you kept it up, on & on. At one point I slammed down my tongs and screamed at you "DON'T TELL ME HOW TO STEAM STONE CRABS I STEAMED MORE OF THESE THEN YOU HAVE EVER EATEN. AND BESIDES THAT I'M A CHEF SO BE QUIET , SIT BACK AND HAVE ANOTHER MARTINI. From that point on we got along fine and I learned to love you as did my daughter Kim and her ffamily. We've had so many great times fishing in the pontoon boat, holiday dinners, eating out at Bradenton's many excellent restaurants, and so so many fun times at the American Legion laughing, dancing, eating and just having a blast.
We are most grateful that during the last two years of Dad's life you were his loving caregiver taking care of his needs that he could not do. And the Thanksgiving before he died you drove him to Dallas to spend his last holiday with his family. He was in such bad shape that Keith had to dress him while he was there. Nevertheless, Gretchen you prevailed and drove him back to his home i Bradenton. We are knowable about your past life and the trials & tribulations you went through and we know God was leading your pathway through life. We feel so blessed that we could be a part of your family sharing the good happy times when you were with Dad smiling and laughing.
We know you are in a better place now having finished your earthly pilgrimage to rejoice in our Lord's kingdom of glory.
We love you Gretchen and will never forget you
Dick Reinhard Jr.❤🙏
November 19, 2019
Dear all, please accept our sincere condolences.
Gretchen had a special place in our hearts, she was an infectious and gracious lady.
We spent many memorable times together.
So glad we were able to see her when we were in Bradenton.
May she rest in peace.
Jan and Jeanine.