Obituary of Gretchen Mary Hayes

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Gretchen Mary Hayes, 88 of Sheffield died Friday June 25, 2021 at her home. She was born May 8, 1933 in Kansas City Missouri, daughter of Herman and Martha (Stephens) Guenzel. After graduating High School Gretchen went on to receive a degree in interior design from the Parsons School of Design. Gretchen was a communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield and enjoyed oil painting, sewing, arts and crafts, knitting and taking exercise classes at Sheffield Senior Center. Gretchen’s husband Harold D. Hayes predeceased her on February 24, 2015. Gretchen is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Cooney and husband Michael of Boca Raton FL and Karen Hayes with whom she lived of Sheffield, and three grandchildren, Kevin Cooney, Ryan Cooney and Daniel Cooney. In addition to her husband Harold D. Hayes, Gretchen was predeceased by her daughter, Kelley Hayes Barriga.

Funeral services for Gretchen Mary Hayes will be held on Saturday July 3 at 11:00 AM with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Sheffield with Reverend Peter Naranjo Pastor officiating. Burial will follow in Mill River Center Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday July 2 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Gretchen’s memory may be made to the Our Lady of the Valley Building Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through

2 Responses to Obituary of Gretchen Mary Hayes

  1. We have such fond memories of countless dinners out and happy times we spent with Harold and Gretchen. She was such a good friend and would always call at holiday time. The last time I spoke with her she was bright and cheery, so happy with the care she was getting. I regret that Covid kept us apart for so long. We were always going to go to lunch again. She is once more with Harold and Kelly. Any illness she felt is gone. Our sincere condolences to Karen and Kathy and Family. Rest in Peace, Gretchen. Love, Margie and Jim Larkin and Family

  2. When I think of Gretchen, I see her smiling. Growing up spending time with her family and over at their house, I cannot remember a time when she was not cheerful. She was kind and called me Aim. I only have fond memories of her. I wish her family, friends, and loved ones peace with her passing, where she wanted, at home.

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