Gretchen Foster Rowe, 71

FULTON, NY – Gretchen Foster Rowe, 71, of Oswego, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at St. Luke Health Services, Oswego.

She was a graduate of Fulton High School and Cazenovia College.

Her work career included employment at First Trust and Deposit Bank, Niagara Mohawk and A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital. But, her favorite work was a foster mother nurturing many children in her home.

Gretchen was a very loving and caring person whose life was always about supporting and helping others.

She lived a life with joy and courage despite many challenges along the way.

Gretchen was a much-loved sister who lost her brother, Bobby, in 1972; a devoted daughter who cared for her father in his final years and a loving partner for 24 years to her “Joe.”

She will be dearly missed by the many lives whose she touched with her kindness.

Gretchen was predeceased by her parents, Mary Shaver Foster and Dr. Ralph Foster of Fulton.

Left to cherish her memory is her devoted and loving partner, Joseph Pawlewitz of Oswego; sister, Carolyn Broadbent of Tallahassee, Fla.; brother, Dr. Raymond Foster of Pawlet, Vermont; aunt, Jane Shaver of Fulton; uncle, Horace Foster of Star Lake; as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews and many many friends.

Calling hours will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 12, at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

A graveside service will follow at Mount Adnah Cemetery, East Broadway, Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Joe and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Gretchen was a sweet lady and she did touch many lives in a positive and kind way.

  2. R.I.P. Gretchen … I cherished the advice you gave me on many subjects … Deepest sympathy to Joe and her family members …

  3. I’ll miss Gretchen’s intensity and her understanding of many things that befall us all. Her sense of humor was terrific. Didn’t know she’d been sick. My heart goes out to you, Joe, and to her family. She’s with some pretty great people now.

  4. Joe and family,
    We are so sad to hear the news of Gretchen’s passing. She was a sweet, kind- hearted women.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
    With heartfelt sympathy.

  5. Joe we are saddened to hear of Gretchens passing and she will missed by many.I’ll miss our conversations!

  6. Joe, Eric and I are very sorry to hear that your dear Gretchen passed away. She was a very kind and helpful person.

  7. I’m so saddened to hear this news . I knew Gretchen through the hospital . Her and I had many kind chats . My thoughts and prayers are with you all . May God grant you peace .

  8. Joe and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Gretchen or Aunt Gretchen as my children called her was a very kind and sweet person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace in your memories.

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