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Pauline Ann Kretler
February 3, 1945 – March 17, 2020


Fort Wayne, IN and DeBary, FL

Pauline Ann Kretler, 75, passed peacefully from this life on March 17, 2020, with her beloved husband, protector, and advocate, Herb, by her side along with her younger sister and middle granddaughter. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and a good neighbor to all.

Pauline was born February 3, 1945, in Fort Wayne, IN to Esther A.(Stilwell) and Earl Marsh, both deceased. She had three dear sisters: Jane, Carol, and Sandi.

Pauline graduated from South Side High School in 1963. She met Herb Kretler, the love of her life, while still in high school and married him five years later in 1965. They were able to celebrate 55 years of marriage in January.

Her majors in High School were Art and Business with art being her passion. From elementary school on, Pauline knew she wanted to be an artist. Pauline always enjoyed drawing and crafting and began painting fine art in a more dedicated way when she moved to FL in 2002. She studied with several well-known artists and continued to learn all she could in fine arts.

In Florida, Pauline blossomed as a professional artist and active member at the Gateway Center for the Arts, Sanford Seminole Art Association and Florida Women’s Art Association. Pauline’s art was shown in many galleries and exhibitions, including Gateway Center for the Arts, the Artisan Inn, Mt. Dora Art Shows, Casselberry’s City Hall and the Casselberry Art House. Her artwork has also been shown at DeBary Hall, DeBary City Hall, Wachovia Bank, Sanford Welcome Center and the Rose Gallery at Peabody in Daytona Beach. She won the “Peacha Wiggins Award” given by Sunniland Corp. in Sanford.

A selection of Pauline Kretler’s artwork can be seen in her

online gallery at https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/paulinekretler


Pauline’s other interests included spending time with family and friends, swimming and scootering with Herb on their 1959 Cushman scooter. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members. She will be remembered as wildly creative, thoughtful, generous, loving, fun, and selfless.

Pauline is survived by her husband, Herbert Kretler; daughter, Jennifer (Mark) Neff; son, Eric (Lara) Kretler, and five grandchildren in Indiana and Ohio who adored her. She is survived by her sisters, Jane (Dee) Beavans and Sandi Collins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol (Bob) Duffey. She will be missed by many other family members, as well as so many dear friends and neighbors, especially the Fasking family.

At Pauline’s request, there will be no services. She would love to be remembered any time you see a beautiful scene worthy of painting and during good times among friends and family. In lieu of flowers and in honor of her love of others and the arts, donations may be sent to the hospice of your choice or Gateway Center for the Arts (880 US-17, DeBary, FL 32713).