Gretchen A. Crooks, 37,of 3955 Cameo Ave, Osage, IA, died Saturday March 24, 2012 at her home.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 100 1st ST. NE, Mason City. Officiating will be the Rev. Paul M. Schaefer of Plymouth Baptist Church and Rev. Patti Aurand pastor of the First Congregational Church. Visitation will be from 3:00 until 9:00 pm Thursday at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 2nd ST. SE, Mason City. Following the funeral Gretchen will be cremated. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.Fullertonfh.com
Gretchen Ann was born on August 20, 1974 in Fairfield, California the oldest daughter of Michael and Bev “Bucher” Brahm. She was a graduate of Mason City High School with the class of 1992. She continued her education at NIACC then earned her BSN degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa and was working on her masters at the time of her death. She has been engaged in nursing at Mercy Hospital for most of her working career where her caring and compassion was her personification. She was the Clinical Leader in Critical Care, and has served as a Nursing Supervisor. She also volunteered for the Federal Disaster Medical Team during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
On October 29, 1994 she was united in marriage to William Crooks at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mason City. Recently she and Bill had a wonderful 10 day trip to Mexico. She enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeye’s football team and attending Twins Games. She was energetic doing things with her sons like boating, horseback riding and spending time with her extended family. Her favorite times of the year were Valentines and Halloween which was her and William’s anniversary. Many will remember her sassy and feisty personality.
Those thankful in sharing Gretchen’s life is her husband William of 17 years, her sons Jacob Schmitt, Mason City, and Noah Crooks, Osage, her parents Mike and Bev Brahm, Mason City; Brother Jason Brahm, Mason City; Grandmother Greta Brahm, Kettering, OH; Father-in-law Robert (Sue) Crooks, Mason City, Mother-in-law Vonda Boggess, Eldora; Sister-in-laws Sara Rawson, and Jessica Rhea, both of Eldora; Niki (Dave) Atherton, Naperville, IL; and Brother-in-law Jason Mead, Mason City, and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and a whole host of friends.
Her Maternal Grandparents Clayton and Virgilene Bucher, and paternal Grandfather George Brahm preceded her in death