Meadville Tribune

Breaking News

Obituaries (Archives)

March 2, 2013

Gretchen G. Watson

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Gretchen Garrett Watson, 32, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. She was taken much too young by a heart condition, much as her brother, Ben, was taken at age 23 in 2005. She was the beloved daughter of Debra Arthur Watson of Charlottesville.

She is survived by her mother; her younger brother and his wife, Jim and Emily Watson of Fort Wayne, Ind.; her maternal grandmother, Norma C. Arthur of Roanoke, Va.; and by her much loved “Doodledog,” Dexter.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Thomas M. Watson; her brother, Benjamin H. Watson; and her paternal grandparents, William and Margaret Watson.

Gretchen was born on Nov. 13, 1980, in Springfield, Ill., and grew up in Meadville, where she attended Allegheny College, earning a bachelor of arts in theatre and history and graduating with honors in 2003. While a student at Allegheny, she was awarded the Paul Henry and John V. Gilmore Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Theatre Arts. She was active, both on and off stage, in many Allegheny Playshop Theatre productions. She was also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Gretchen and her mother moved to the Charlottesville area in July 2007. She was employed by the University of Virginia in the department of biology and had very recently been promoted to the position of biology academic administrative coordinator.

From an early age, Gretchen was drawn to the theatre and was involved in numerous community theatre productions in both Meadville Community Theatre and the Academy Theatre in Meadville. Among her favorite acting roles were the lead character of Jill Tanner in “Butterflies are Free” for the Meadville Community Theatre and that of JoAnne Galloway in the Academy Theatre production of “A Few Good Men.”

Gretchen dearly loved her family, playing with her dog, gourmet cooking, touring local wineries with her mom and studying the art of winemaking, watching quirky movies, creative writing, reading fantasy fiction and keeping up with liberal politics. She was an active volunteer, having worked as stage manager for the 2008 Live Arts production of “Sweeney Todd,” and having been a winery helper at Sugarleaf Vineyards. She possessed a strong work ethic, was an expert at organizing and innovating and was devoted to her job at UVa. Her favorite activity in recent months was hanging out in the kitchen with her mom, experimenting with new recipes and creating delicious things to eat.

Gretchen was an avid reader, unbeatable at trivia and a lifelong learner of all things. She possessed a brilliant mind and quick wit and loved nothing more than having serious, in-depth conversations and debates about a wide range of ideas and philosophies. She was a passionate supporter of women’s rights and human rights in general. Gretchen was an independent thinker who was fearless in standing up for her values and fiercely loyal to her friends.

Gretchen was a beautiful person, both inside and out. She was elegant, with a flair for style and fashion. She was creative, artistic, talented, edgy, empathetic, passionate, sarcastic, very intelligent, compassionate, determined, extremely sensitive, and modest to the point of not realizing the impact she had on the lives of everyone she touched.

Memories of Gretchen will live in our hearts forever, always as the beautiful, unique human being that she was. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Gretchen’s life will be conducted on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, in Charlottesville. There will be a reception following the ceremony in the social hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Friends may sign the guest register at

Text Only
Obituaries (Archives)
  • Edward Eugene Smith

    Edward Eugene Smith, 65, of Meadville passed away recently at his residence.

    April 18, 2014

  • Jim (The Janitor) Vorous

    Jim (The Janitor) Vorous, 60, of Meadville, passed away on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his residence.
    He was born Aug. 10, 1953, in Grove City, a son of Floyd Paul Vorous and the late Hazel Marie Burnette Vorous.

    April 16, 2014

  • Lois E. Manross

    Lois E. Manross, 87, of Southwoods Assisted Living Community, Titusville, died peacefully at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at her residence following a lengthy illness.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rae Jean Isaly

    Rae Jean Isaly, 55, of Meadville, passed on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Meadville Rehab and Nursing Home.

    April 16, 2014

  • Paul M. Horrobin

    Paul M. Horrobin, 84, of Conneaut Lake, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at UPMC Hamot in Erie.

    April 16, 2014

  • William (Bill) Allen Buttray

    William (Bill) Allen Buttray, 53, of Meadville, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his residence. He was born April 16, 1960, in Meadville, a son of Karl D. Buttray and Pauline D. Slayton.

    April 16, 2014

  • Sandra S. Loper Payne

    Sandra S. Loper Payne, 67, of Conneautville, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 14, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born a daughter of Dora M. (Doodee) Onspaugh Loper and the late Robert E. Loper on Sept. 13, 1946, in Geneva. She married William Payne March 27, 1965. He survives.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mary Lou Longstreth Brown

    Mary Lou Longstreth Brown, 86, of Erie, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Millcreek Manor. She was born July 25, 1927, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late William and Estelle Baker Longstreth, and had resided in the Erie area for most of her life.

    April 16, 2014

  • Raymond Franklin Waid

    Raymond Franklin Waid, 65, of Franklin, Va., passed away at his home and went to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Mr. Waid was a native of Meadville, a son of the late Walter Franklin and Meredith Eynon Waid.

    April 15, 2014

  • Nels G. Juleus

    Nels G. Juleus, 88, formerly of Meadville, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in York. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 67 years, Jackie Ott Juleus.

    April 15, 2014

  • John Allen Burns

    John Allen Burns, 86, a lifelong native of Woodcock Township, Crawford County, passed away in his sleep in the late evening hours of Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Meadville Medical Center.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jay W. Burris

    Jay W. Burris, 73, of Meadville, escaped his earthy bonds and went Home to be with his Savior on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Vincent Health System, Erie.

    April 15, 2014

  • Rev. Leonard S. Burchfield

    Rev. Leonard S. Burchfield of McCune Road, Cochranton (Canal Township) passed away at 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Sugar Creek Station following a period of declining health. He was 95.

    April 15, 2014

  • Robert J. (Bobby) Hanus

    Robert J. (Bobby) Hanus, 54, of Cochranton, formerly of Springdale, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

    April 13, 2014

  • Ada Jane Calvin

    Ada Jane Calvin, 92, of 21607 Golden Drive, Meadville, formerly of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Rolling Fields Inc., Conneautville

    April 13, 2014

  • John (Jack) Richardson Hoover

    John (Jack) Richardson Hoover, a dearly loved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at UPMC Hamot, Erie.

    April 13, 2014

  • George P. Hazeltine

    April 13, 2014

  • Jay W. Burris

    April 13, 2014

  • John A. Burns

    April 13, 2014

  • Lois Jean (Ardnt-Boyce) Beery

    Lois Jean (Ardnt-Boyce) Beery of Beaver Center died Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was born on Jan. 3, 1941, in Willoughby, Ohio. She was a daughter of Paul and Pansy (Barare) Arndt.

    April 12, 2014

Business Marquee
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide