Gretchen Sue Toles,
age 58, of Chesterton, IN passed away in her home on August 31, 2017, after
a prolonged illness.
She was born in
South Bend, IN, on January 22, 1959, to Hugh and Helen (Kale) Hogan.
Gretchen was proceeded in death by Terry Hogan (brother) and parents Hugh
and Helen Hogan.
Gretchen lived in
South Bend where she met and married her life-long love Marc Allyn Toles.
They moved with their children to Chesterton in 1995 where she lived the
rest of her life. Gretchen and Marc were married at Community Congregational
Church on June 23, 1979. This happy union produced three children: Jessica
Baldwin (Jamie), Lyndsey Fernandez (Nicholas) and Sara Hoyt (Jonas) as well
as eight grandchildren: Evelyn, Dax and Elliott Baldwin, Vivian, Joseph and
Layla Fernandez and Lucille and Penelope Hoyt.
from Clay High School in 1977. She backpacked all over the United States and
much of Europe with the Girl Scouts. She briefly attended Indiana University
to study Art History, but decided love couldn’t wait. For twenty years
Gretchen was a loving homemaker and brilliant cook whose recipe for molasses
cookies could make even the toughest day better. After raising her three
girls, Gretchen embraced her artistic passion and embarked on a career in
graphic design and photography. Like everything else in her life, she
accomplished these goals with the grace and persistence that would be the
hallmark of her life.
Visitation will be
held at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton, IN at
11:00 a.m., with services to follow at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 9,
The family asks
that donations to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (theaftd.org)
be considered in lieu of or in addition to flowers. Memories may be shared