Gretchen Braymer

G retchen Mae Braymer, 84, of Granville, passed away Saturday morning, July 5, 2014 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington with her family at her side.

Born Oct. 31, 1929, in her grandparents’ house on the family farm at Slyboro in the town of Granville., Gretchen was the daughter of the late Charles and Mae (Taylor) Hicks. She graduated from Granville High School and married Robert Braymer on April 4, 1948 at the home of her parents.

Gretchen and Bob moved back to the area from Clavarack, N.Y. in 1976 and owned and operated Gretchen’s General Store in Hebron. They ran the store for 27 years until 2003. Gretchen enjoyed interacting with all the customers and keeping up with the news of the town. They were famous for their pickled eggs and sausages which drew customers from many areas.

Gretchen was a member of the Hebron Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for many years and enjoyed socializing with her family and friends as well as helping the community.

In addition to her parents, Gretchen was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Cole Braymer who passed away Oct. 3, 2006; a son, Bryan Braymer who passed away on Aug. 9, 1995; and two sisters, Barbara Liebig and Joan Brownell.

Gretchen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Sarah Braymer of Hebron; a sister, Florence Tomlinson and her husband Paul of Salem and a brother, Fred Hicks and his wife Beverly of Gansevoort. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Gretchen will be remembered for her loving spirit and glowing smile.

Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at the funeral home with Rev. Debbie Earthrowl officiating.

Memorial contributions in memory of Gretchen may be made to the Hebron Vol. Fire Dept., 3165 County Route 30, Salem, N.Y. 12865 or the Albany Damien Center, (in honor of her son Bryan), 646 State Street, Albany, N.Y. 12203.

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