Dr. Gretchen Neumann Schreffler, 102, of Iowa City, passed peacefully Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Bickford Cottage.
Funeral service to celebrate Gretchen's life will be Wednesday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Roger Dykstra and Deacon Pam Larabee-Zierath officiating. Family committal service will be at Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lensing Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Rd., Coralville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Logan College of Chiropractic or Pilot Club of Iowa City.
Gretchen was born May 1, 1915, in Eldorado, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Nan Blessin Neumann. She attended Longfellow Elementary School and Central Junior High, and was a 1933 graduate of Iowa City's City High School. Gretchen received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. In 1943, she graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, where she met her spouse. On June 7, 1942, Gretchen married Robert G. Schreffler.
From 1961 to 1995, Gretchen was in chiropractic private practice. She served on the board of the Chiropractic Society of Iowa, Iowa Chiropractic Association, State Board of Examiners and Logan College Board of Trustees. In 2015, Logan College established the Dr. Gretchen Schreffler Scholarship.
Gretchen's family moved to Iowa City in 1921 when Gretchen was 6. They became members of First English Lutheran Church, now Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Gretchen served on the church council, sang in the church choir and was involved in educational programs until the time of her death.
Gretchen was civic- and community-minded. She served on the Coralville Recreation Commission and the Iowa City Planning Commission. Gretchen was a member of the Pilot Club of Iowa City from 1971 to 2013 and had served as president, board member, chaplain and delegate to numerous conventions. In 1996, she was the Pilot Sweetheart. Gretchen had been honored as Distinguished Woman of the Year in 1994, and in 1982, was American Business Woman of the Year. She was in the first class of inductees into the Iowa City City High School Hall of Fame.
Gretchen was a longtime resident of Coralville and Iowa City. At the age of 95, she built a new single-family home. In November 2016, she moved to Bickford Cottage.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to the caring staffs at Bickford Cottage, Iowa City Hospice and Mercy Iowa City.
Survivors include her two daughters, Nancy (Fred) Moore of Plymouth, Minn., and Lynda (Steve) Hayslett of Iowa City; four grandchildren, Bob (Janis) Moore, Dave (Tammy) Moore, Tracy (Scott) Colestock and Pete (Kacie) Ungaro; three stepgrandchildren, Ryan (Angela) Hayslett, Bekka (Travis) Schaapveld and Jessie (Scott) Van Oss; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.
Posted on Sunday, 7 May 2017