Frances M. Kretchmer, 78, of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, Nov. 7 at Jennersville Regional Hospital.She was the wife of the late Paul H. Kretchmer, who died in 2001. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Woodward Goss.

Frances was an area resident all her life.

She graduated in 1951 from the Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing and was employed for 40 years as a registered nurse, retiring in 1991.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville, the Coatesville Senior Center and a life member of the Coatesville Hospital Alumni Association.

Frances is survived by three sons: Barry L. Kretchmer and wife, Janet, of Gap; Gary L. Kretchmer and wife, Ruth, of Honey Brook; and Larry M. Kretchmer of Coatesville. Also surviving are five grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruth Dance of Coatesville, and S. Rebecca Goss of Toms River, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd at the above address.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg. Condolences may be posted at

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