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11824 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone: 410-833-1414
Fax: 410-833-1328
Gretchen Chapman

Gretchen Ann Chapman (Aikman)

Sunday, August 22nd, 1943 - Friday, May 3rd, 2019
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On May 3, 2019, Gretchen Ann Chapman of Reisterstown, beloved daughter of the late Gertrude and Frank Aikman, Jr.; devoted mother of Nancy Vanderpool, Suzanne (Louis) Santoni; son, Andrew (Leigh) Chapman; dear sister of Susan Fasick and Frank Aikman, III; loving grandmother of Nicholas, Mitchell and Grace Vanderpool, Gabe Santoni, Cole and Emma Chapman; cherished aunt of Benjamin and Julia Aikman, Greta Farmer and Bryan Fasick, Guy and Clinton Farris.

Gretchen was born on August 22, 1943 in Illinois. At a young age, Gretchen and her family moved to Amityville, New York on Long Island as her dad was the President of the Long Island Rail Road.

In her early twenties, Gretchen was a stewardess for Pan America and traveled the world. After a few years, Gretchen went back to school for her Nursing Diploma program from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in New York City. This was fulfilling her lifelong desire to become a nurse. Gretchen achieved her BSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing 30 years later. Her major fields of practice were in emergency room nursing, woman’s health and childbirth education.

Outside of work Gretchen loved, swimming, reading, gardening, traveling and playing cards with friends.

In spite of any challenges, Gretchen enjoyed life and maintained her positive and cheerful personality. Gretchen was always there to brighten the lives of others.

Family and friends will celebrate Gretchen's life at Eline Funeral Home-Finksburg on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM where a celebration of life will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 11, 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gretchen's name may be made to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home - Finksburg
    2901 Bloom Road
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Eline Funeral Home - Finksburg
    2901 Bloom Road
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 11:00am
    Eline Funeral Home - Finksburg
    2901 Bloom Road
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Joyce Graves Anson

Posted at 12:03pm
I am so sad to hear about Gretchen’s death. I will always remember her wonderful giggle and happiness that she spread throughout our three years at St Luke’s. I send sympathy to all of her family.

Margie Kay

Posted at 07:27pm
It is with a heavy heart that I have learned of Gretchen’s passing. Over the years our paths would cross as we both worked with expectant and new parents. Yes, Gretchen was always kind, conscientious and professional. She always had a wonderful smile as pictured in her photo. I was fortunate to have worked and known her.
My sympathy to her family and those who knew her. 💙

Phyllis Brice Scott

Posted at 09:47pm
I knew Gretchen as a child, when she was a friend of my sister DeeDee. She was such a sweet young lady, a wonderful addition to their group of friends. I know my sister was sad that Gretchen couldn't make it to their reunion due to the hurricane, as Dee had been so looking forward to seeing her. I was so sorry to hear that Gretchen had difficulties during the past few years, and so am glad she is now at peace.

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