The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 15, 2013

Former Northumberland Mayor Gretchen Brosius dies at age 68

The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND — Former Northumberland Mayor Gretchen Brosius,.68, died Thursday night after a prolonged illness.

She had been major for 10 years when she resigned for health reasons in 2011, said Gene Brosius, her husband of 44 years.

“I’d never met someone who loved the Borough, her family and children, as much as she did,” he said Friday. “We had a wonderful journey together.”

Current Borough Secretary Jan Bowman worked closely with Gretchen over the years. “She was very dedicated, and involved in community events long before she became mayor,” Bowman said. “She was always involved in school committees, volunteered for Borough activities and fund raisers. Not surprising in that she was a Pineknotter, a 1963 graduate of Northumberland High School.”

Her love and caring for children was also something she is remembered for.

“She was trained as a Montessori teacher at Bloomsburg University,” Gene Brosius said. Brosius taught in Selinsgrove before starting her own Montessori school, which she operated out of her home for 20 years.

Borough Mayor Len Zboray agreed that Brosius was a “dedicated community volunteer. This is a sad day for the borough of Northumberland.” And in her honor, Zboray has asked that flags in the Borough fly at half mast for a few days.

“I can tell you this about her,” Zboray said. “You could see her walking and driving through the borough almost every day. She just cared so much and loved all the people in the borough.”

She was also incidental in securing funds for the new municipal building, on Orange Street.

Ann Roll, a friend and co-worker on the Northumberland Revitilization Committee said “Brosius did many things that people didn’t know about. While she was mayor, every Sunday after Church, she would drive through the various neighborhoods. Stop and pray for those who lived there. She was emotionally connected to the Borough in a very significant way. She wanted to preserve our history and I think she did just that by bring in memorabilia to the new municipal building.”

Gene Brosius said that there will be no viewing or funeral service. A time of remembrance and thanks will be held Nov. 23 at the Northumberland Christian School. In lieu of flowers, Brosius said, “those who want to do so can contribute to the Northumberland Christian School or the Multiple Sclerosis Society at 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg 17110.