MCDOWELL, Gretchen Erica
Gretchen Erica McDowell passed away on February 10, in Toronto of complications following a stroke. Born 12 June 1928 in Buffalo to Herman Otto Eric Liebmann and Margaretha Haesslein, Gretchen moved with the family to Canada in 1936. As a teen she was a symphony violinist and maintained a lifelong love of classical music and opera. She graduated from University of Toronto in 1950 where she met her future husband Ralph McDowell. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by sons Scott and Mark and their spouses Helen and Linda. Her six grandchildren, Erica, Brett, Yasmin, Curtis, Sana and Eric all loved hanging out with their irreverent and fun loving grandma. Visitation will take place at the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Road, East Gate Entrance) from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, February 15. Memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17 at St John’s Anglican in York Mills.