Lugar, Mary Gretchen, 79, Johnstown, passed away January 5, 2021 at McCullough Place. Born November 27, 1941 in Loretto, daughter of the late Dr. Henry and Velva Idzkowsky. Gretchen was very much loved by her sister Betty and brother-in-law George G. Hazlett, Jennerstown. Also survived by nephews George W. Hazlett, Johnstown; Gregory and wife, Lynn, Chesapeake, VA; and Sarah Branch, Jennerstown, as well as great-nephew Jeremy Hazlett and great-nieces Emily Branch, Jessica, Madelynn and Megan Hazlett. Gretchen was a teacher for many years at the former Meadowvale Elementary School. She loved her Golden Retriever “fur children” and gardening. She was very talented in ceramics and needlework, and made many beautiful gifts for family and friends. Gretchen’s family wishes to thank the staff of McCullough Place for their support and loving care during Gretchen’s final months. Donations in Gretchen’s memory may be made to the Cambria County Humane Society or a charity of your choice. Inurnment, Jefferson Memorial Park, Pittsburgh. Private funeral arrangements are in the care of Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary. Gretchen wished to share this poem for all who mourn for her.
Miss Me, But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little-but not too long
And not with you head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me-but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to Home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me-But Let Me Go
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