Gretchen Reiche Terhune

April 11, 1934April 24, 2019


Gretchen Reiche Terhune, of Falmouth, Maine, died Wednesday, April 24th of a stroke at Maine Medical Center.

Born April 11th, 1934 at the then Maine General Hospital in Portland, she was the daughter of Laura Christine Knudsen Reiche and Howard C. Reiche, who was for many years the Principal of Portland High School.

She was the beloved wife of over sixty years of Richard P. Terhune, and the mother of Richard P. Terhune, Jr., Peter Reiche Terhune, and Charles Robert Terhune, all of whom survive her.

In addition, she is survived by her older brother, Howard C. Reiche Jr.; Richard Jr’s wife Linda and children Richard P. Terhune III, Sarah Ann Terhune, and James Emory Squiers Terhune; Peter’s wife Hilary Dianne Forster Terhune and children Benjamin Alexander Reiche Terhune and Penelope Daisy Terhune; and Charles’ wife Alice M. Riccardi and daughter Sophia Laura Terhune; as well as many other close and loving relatives.

Educated at Portland High School, she was a fiercely proud scholarship graduate in 1956 of Pembroke College in Brown University.

She will be remembered as a warm, kind and loving person. Following her family tradition, her first instinct always was to help, lift up, encourage and give heart to anyone in need, and to use every resource available in the community to do it. For many years she and her family have provided a scholarship to a graduating senior at Portland High School.

Her joy in holding babies, welcoming family and friends into her home and to the “camp” at Sebago Lake warmed the hearts of all those around her. She loved all animals. While feeding a scrawny squirrel outside her kitchen window, she named it “Susanna”, and created a lengthy story line about “her”, worrying that pushy male squirrels weren’t letting her get enough to eat.

She and her family lived for 44 years in Darien, Connecticut. From 1983 to 1994, she was the Executive Director of the Darien United Way and Community Council. There, her greatest pleasure was to work closely with the many social service agencies in Fairfield County which were funded by her organization. Always active in more than a dozen volunteer activities over the years, she had been a District Chair of the Darien Representative Town Meeting, the Director of Volunteers at Darien High School, and a Director of the Fairfield County Pembroke College Club.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11th, at 10:30 AM at the Foreside Community Church, 340 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME. Interment will be private, at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Portland.

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  • Howard C. Reiche, Father
  • Laura Christine Reiche, Mother
  • Richard P. Terhune, Husband
  • Richard P. Ternhune Jr., Son
  • Linda Terhune, Daughter-in-law
  • Peter Reiche Terhune, Son
  • Hilary Dianne Foster Terhune, Daughter-in-law
  • Charles Robert Terhune, Son
  • Alice M. Riccardi, Daughter-in-law
  • Richard P. Terhune III, Grandson
  • Sarah Ann Terhune, Granddaughter
  • James Emory Squiers Terhune, Grandson
  • Benjamin Alexander Reiche Terhune, Grandson
  • Penelope Daisy Terhune, Granddaughter
  • Sophia Laura Terhune, Granddaughter
  • Howard C. Reiche Jr., Brother


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, May 11, 2019


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John Tibbetts

May 9, 2019

Sorry to hear about this, Richard. Worked with your mom when she was at the United Way. A classy, lovely lady!

Karen and Dave Nemiah

May 6, 2019

Terhunes all- So sorry for your loss. Your mom/Gretchen always had such spunk and was never going to let any of her kids (or their friends) get away with anything she didn't approve of (that she knew of)!! But when she approved, she'd sure let you know! Thinking of sitting in your kitchen in Darien, trying to get her to see the logic of our youngin' perspective brings back smiles, for sure! Sending you all hugs.

Becky Huber

April 27, 2019

I shall miss our interesting chats. Much Love