Mueller Funeral Home - Winneconne WI

Gretchen Marie Burns

October 26, 1972 - May 11, 2017

Gretchen Marie Burns, age 44, of Winneconne, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, May 11, 2017, after a courageous 5 year battle with cancer.
She was born October 26, 1972, in Oshkosh to the late Thomas and Carol (Schultz) Marx. Gretchen was a 1991 graduate of Omro High School and earned an Associate degree from Fox Valley Technical College. Gretchen was employed with ABF Freight System Inc. in Appleton for over 25 years. On October 19, 1996, she married her one true love, Travis Burns.
Gretchen has inspired so many people with her grace, courage, and positive attitude. She was a devoted wife and mother who always put family first. Her warm heart and loving nature touched the lives of everyone around her. Gretchen always looked at the world like it was full of rainbows and unicorns.
Gretchen is survived by her loving husband Travis and their three beloved children, Bryce, Callie, and Evelynn. She is also survived by her brother Craig Marx his wife Christina and their three children Samantha, Grace, and Alex; mother-in-law, Vickie Markel; father-in-law, Robert Burns Sr., his wife Dawn; three brothers-in-law, Robert Burns Jr. "Sponge Bob", his wife Shanna and their daughter Alexus Larsen; Mark Burns and his daughter Pyper Rae; and Tom Burns; one sister-in-law, Lisa Burns; aunts and uncles: Chuck Schultz, Tom and Nancy Krueger, Steven and Jill Schultz, Bill and Sue Schultz, Bob and Sandy Marx, and Bonnie Jenss; plus many other loving relatives and friends.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Carol Marx, and her uncle, Jack Marx.
A visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home 904 E. Main St. Winneconne. The funeral service will follow the visitation with Pastor Alan Cleveland officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established.
Gretchen's family is very grateful to ABF Freight and the ABF Appleton family, Dr. Deming, his nurse Anika and the staff of U.W. Health for their care and contributions.
If you wish, please submit online condolences to

Lowell McLarty wrote on May 18, 2017
We had contact with Gretchen through work. Always friendly and helpful. Brightened up your day. We'll miss her. Carol, Judy, Scott and Lowell

Bob and Judy Christnovich wrote on May 17, 2017
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of Gretchen's battle with cancer and her passing. We always remember meeting Gretchen for the first time when your wonderful family moved in close to us in Emerald Valley subdivision. She stopped by to ask us about our lawn. From that day we loved seeing her smile and enjoyed watching the kids grow up. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis, Bryce, Callie and Evie.

Jeff and Karen Hartsworm wrote on May 17, 2017
To the Burns Family, May you have comfort knowing that your mom and wife is in Heaven and she is Pain Free!!

Megan & Brian Friedauer wrote on May 17, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Ian Livingstone wrote on May 16, 2017
My deepest sympathies.

Kathie Kerkhoff wrote on May 16, 2017
Deepest Sympathy to Gretchen's family. May God wrap you in His peace. Gretchen was a wonderful part of the ABF office in Appleton, and was always such a pleasure to work with. She will be missed.

Tom Tegen wrote on May 15, 2017
Only met her in person the one time but talked with her on the phones through work so many times. She was such a great lady.

Janis Johansen (Zinuticz) wrote on May 15, 2017
My condolences to Gretchens family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss, Gretchen was always smiling and bubbly at school and she always made those around her happy! May She Rest In Peace!

Stephanie Bancroft(Coats) wrote on May 15, 2017
I just want to tell you all how sorry I am for your loss of Gretchen. I know there are no words that will take the pain away. You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Jeff & Anne Baldwin wrote on May 15, 2017
our prayers for the family and well will miss her smile.

Janis Johansen (Zinuticz) wrote on May 15, 2017
My condolences to Gretchens family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss, Gretchen was always smiling and bubbly at school and she always made those around her happy! May She Rest In Peace!

Michael Gebert wrote on May 14, 2017
I work at the Wausau branch of ABF, and Gretchen will be deeply missed by me and all who work at ABF She was always a highlight to everyones day. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Art Spangenberg wrote on May 14, 2017
Gretchen was a true example of a good person. She was a strong leader at work and had more respect than anyone I have ever encountered in 35 years in the industry. She will be missed and never replaced.

Andy and Lisa Hughes wrote on May 14, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss. Continued love and prayers for you all.

Nettie Nayes wrote on May 13, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you I am Luci stephany mom I heard a lot about Gretchen being a great lady that cared for her family god bless you

Trina Peer wrote on May 13, 2017
I had the great pleasure of being one of Gretchen's ABF customers. Always, always, she answered the phone as if I was her favorite customer. I will truly miss being able to call or email and always getting her cheerful responses. She will be greatly missed in the shipping department at Oshkosh Door Co. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Burns family.

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