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“Gretchen, Days and Months have come and gone. Its still does not seem real that you have left. I hope you are looking upon all of your children,...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Kristy Nevins - Newton Falls, OH

“Hi Marc, Zac & Andrew - So sorry to hear about your Mom. It has been a long time since COMETS soccer...I hope you are all doing okay. Keep her...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Hodgins/Philbrick Family

“Nelson and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Tina Swyers-Hartshorn

“Please know that you guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom is resting now and some day you guys will join her again. Until then, honor her...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis & Leslie Wolford - OH

“Zach and Marc: You have a mother that loved you more than anything else in this world. In my many conversations with her, she always spoke of you...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Aaron Pentz

“Gretchen, you are a beautiful and caring person and an amazing mother and grandmother. We are really going to miss you at soccer. Richard and I...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Michelle & Richard Blanchard - PA

“Dear Nelson and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. She was a great soccer mom. Love, Sharon, Brandon, Brent and...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Sharon Cutlip

“So sorry for your loss, Nelson and Family. I don't know if u remember us, but I worked with u and Gretchen back on the molding line and Dino worked...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Laura Palm Mansfield

“Megan, Paul and Kristy, So sad to hear about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Love Aunt...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Louise

“Gretchen was a beautiful person, with a great spirit!!! Always smiling, but always pushing n encouraging her soccer girls, and the whole time...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Heather Kesling - champion , OH

“Dear Zach & Marc, We were shocked to hear about the tragic loss of your mother. Mom was always the first person to help Philip or Micheal anytime...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: The Cammarata's - Lakewood, NY

“Prayers be with you Paul and Kristy and the rest of your Family. May your Mother R.I.P. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Steve and Loretta Smith

“I didnt know Gretchen but I know Cody, Dominic & Andrew! My heart hurts for you. You are wonderful young men and I am thinking of yall! ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Stacy - Harker Heights, TX

“Praying for you all! Thinking of you Cody, Dom & Drew!! ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Stacy Harp - Harker Heights, TX

“So sorry to here about such a tragic accident. Gretchen and I became friends many years ago and I always admired her strength, courage, and love for...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Von Foertch - Warren, OH

“I love you Nana! ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Edward Tyler Chorba - OH

“Mom I love you and miss you! ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Meghan Nevins - Middlefield, OH

“Gretchen was a funny,caring and independent woman. I am glad that we were able to become friends through our boys playing soccer. I will truly miss...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Ann crossley - Bemus point, NY

“Will always remember all the fun and the laughs we had while watching our kids play soccer. I remember the first time we met, we sat and talked as...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Randelson - Roaming Shores, OH


Gretchen Champiney-Welch, 51, of Farmdale, died suddenly Monday, December 3, 2012 in Farmington Township. The cause of death is under investigation. She was born September 1, 1961 in Warren, the daughter of Robert and Shirley (Banks) Kline, and had lived in Ohio and on the East Coast. A graduate of Westfield High School in Massachusetts, Gretchen was a stay-at-home mom, actively involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. A member of Christ Episcopal Church, she had been a home-school teacher and soccer coach, and enjoyed reading, taking photos, the Boston Red Sox, and the Miami Dolphins. Surviving are her husband, Nelson Welch, whom she married in 2007; eight children: Paul (Kristy) Nevins of Newton Falls, Meghan Nevins (Michael A. Chorba) of Middlefield, Jeremy (Sophia) Johnson of Newton Falls, Marc Champiney of Farmdale, Cody Welch of Oregon, and Dominic Welch, Zachary Champiney, and Andrew Welch, all of Farmdale; four grandchildren: Ethan Johnson, Mason Nevins, Gabriel Johnson, and Michael E. Chorba; a brother, Brad Kline of Massachusetts; and her former husband, Edward Champiney of Massachusetts. Preceding her in death are her parents and a daughter, Jamie Champiney. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2012 at Roberts-Clark Chapel, Lane Family Funeral Home in Warren. A memorial service will be conducted privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for the care of Gretchen's younger children. Arrangements are entrusted to Roberts-Clark Chapel, Lane Family Funeral Homes, 180 Garfield Dr. N.E., Warren, Ohio 44483.