We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Fort Collins
Gretchen L Bennett, also known as “Grandy”, was born in Bruce, Wisconsin, the oldest daughter of William and Florence Sauer.
Gretchen confessed her hope in Christ during the later years of her life and was an active member of United Methodist Church in Fort Collins Colorado until her health declined. There she opened her heart to God and welcomed his spirit in, so that she may dwell eternally. One of her favorite passages was from Psalm 23.
Gretchen embodied an overwhelming loving personality and spread her charming warm spirit everywhere she went. She was able to light any room she entered with her smile, wit, and humorous demeanor. She loved teaching children, gardening and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed playing the piano, driving the elder’s van for her church and helping anyone she could.
Gretchen was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Her lengthy career as a teacher began in Janesville, Wisconsin followed by numerous years in Thompson R2J School District in Loveland, CO. She was everyone’s favorite kindergarten teacher, including her granddaughter, Ashliia.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, W. Scott Bennett, Jr. and her first husband of nearly 30 years and father of her children, James E. Sendek. Gretchen is survived by her sister, Kathryn Hubbard and her husband Tom of Sheboygan, WI, her son Greg Sendek and his wife, Lisa Weeks of Loveland, CO, her daughter Angela Sendek of Carr, CO, her grandchildren Ashliia Roberts and her husband Dante of Wellington, CO, Mookey Gilbert of Carr Co and Devenei Boettcher of Windsor, CO, her great granddaughters, Ajharii and Ajhianna and great grandson, Ghentry, her step-children Scott Bennett, III and his wife Rene and their children, Spencer and Lauren and Nancy Swansinger and her children, Jordan and Paige, numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends, especially Jane Jones.
Inurnment will be at United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, CO. No services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, Please consider a memorial donation to the Alzheimer's Association in Gretchen’s name.
*Only the Best*
A heart of gold stopped beating,
two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.
God knows you had to leave us,
but you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you,
the day He took you home.
To some you are forgotten,
to others just part of the past,
but to us who loved and lost you,
the memory will always last.