[Nfbmo] Gretchen Gilles
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Mon Jul 29 12:15:40 UTC 2013
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From: Nfbmo [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Gail Bryant
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:24 PM
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Subject: [Nfbmo] Gretchen Gilles
Gretchen Gilles (née Traubitz) passed away of natural causes Wednesday, May
29, 2013 at Barnes Extended Care, Clayton, Missouri; she was 86 years of
age. Gretchen was born March 12, 1927 to Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Traubitz at
Leadwood. Missouri. She was the oldest of four siblings, sisters Evangeline
and Cynthia, and a brother Arnold. Both sisters preceded her in death.
Challenged by cerebral palsy, Gretchen faced her difficulties with vigor and
a certain sense of daring. She graduated from the University of Missouri
with a Bachelor's degree in 1947, and was employed by the Missouri School
for the Blind in St. Louis where she served with distinction for 42 years as
Librarian and Spanish teacher. During summers. she studied at Wayne State
University and achieved a Master's Degree in Library Science.
During her tenure, she received numerous awards, and upon her retirement in
1989. received the Merit of Honor as Handicapped State Employee of the
Year. Her greatest passion, however. was The Closeup Foundation where she
accompanied students from the school to Washington, D.C. touring the halls
of power, but, most important, the Library of Congress. She was honored by
the foundation with profound gratitude. "Your leadership in advancing
civic literacy has made a difference."
Following her retirement, she served on several committees, frequently
traveling to Jefferson City to continue her support for the Wolfner Library
education for the blind.
Gretchen married Wilbur Gilles in December of 1958. Mr. Gilles was employed
at the School for the Blind as a history teacher. He preceded Gretchen in
death in July, 1986. Gretchen's generosity knew no bounds, and as a last
act of kindness, donated her remains to the medical school at Washington
University in St. Louis.
Gretchen is survived by her brother, Arnold Traubitz, Jr. of St. Louis,
nephews Scott Traubitz, Steve Traubitz; nieces Melanie Genbauffe, Stephanie
Flierjans, Kim Bowen, and fourteen great-nieces and nephews.
Columbia Braille Teaching Services L.L.C.
1212 London Drive
Columbia, MO 65203-2012
gbryant at socket.net
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