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Gretchen Kuestner

Obituary for Gretchen Kuestner

January 11, 1949 - January 19, 2020
| Age 71

Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister, and Friend


Gretchen Kuestner (née Roesemann), age 71, passed away on January 19 after a short illness. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend and will be sorely missed.

Due to health concerns for air travel and large group meetings, a Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date.

Gretchen was born January 11, 1949, in Cleveland, the daughter of Dr. Richard C. Roesemann and Dorothy "Dot" Roesemann. She grew up in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood and attended the Cleveland public schools and graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School in 1966. It was during her school years that she developed her love of athletics, and particularly synchronized swimming, in which she actively competed for the Penguin Club of Cleveland during junior high and high school. Gretchen went on to study at Ashland College (now University), graduating in 1969, where she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority.

On April 25, 1970, she married James Kuestner, and in 1978 they moved to the growing suburb of Strongsville. In a house they designed and would love for more than 40 years, they raised their two sons, Matthew (born in 1978) and Philip (born in 1981).

Gretchen is perhaps most widely remembered around the area for her long tenure as a school teacher. She coached swimming and taught health classes at Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, and health and physical education in the Strongsville City Schools (Muraski Elementary and Strongsville High School), finally retiring in 2011. She very much enjoyed getting to know each generation of kids and kept in touch with many.

A lifelong member of Brooklyn Heights United Church of Christ, Gretchen was an active Deacon for the church community and is remembered for her leadership and many acts of kindness and support. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Chapter EC, and treasured her sisters and their friendship.

Gretchen and Jim loved to travel. Their road and boating trips are legendary in the family, particularly a long and memorable drive to Alaska and back in their 1973 Winnebago. She loved the American West in particular and was happy to visit son Matthew and family after they relocated to Salt Lake City and the Rocky Mountains. Closer to home, Gretchen was delighted to spend time with son Philip and his family. She enjoyed gardening, monitoring the varied wildlife in their back yard, working on projects around the property with Jim and, above all, spending time with their three grandsons.

Gretchen is survived by her husband of 50 years, James Kuestner; her sons, Matthew Kuestner (Sarah) and Philip Kuestner (Janine); her brothers Christopher Roesemann (Wade Obde) and Zachary Roesemann (Clark Anderson); and her grandsons David, James and Robert Kuestner. Another brother, Eric Roesemann, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to:

Hospice Services of Southwest General with "In memory of Gretchen Kuestner"
18659 Drake Road
Strongsville, OH 44136

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship with "In memory of Gretchen Kuestner" noted in the memo
Philanthropic Educational Organization Executive Office
Treasurer's Dept.
3700 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA. 50312

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