Marian Rettke

Obituary of Marian Pope Rettke

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Marian Pope Rettke, 87, wife of Gordon H. Rettke, died Friday, March 20, 2015, at her home. Born in Hazard, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Aileen Rutherford Pope. Mrs. Rettke grew up in Etowah, TN, graduated from Maryville College, and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. She worked as a television instructor for South Western Indiana Educational TV and as a Communications Instructor for Evansville (IN) College and an English instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. She wrote historical novels under the name of Marian Devon, published by Jove and Fawcett. Mrs. Rettke was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Book Club, and the Sumter Art Association. Survivors include her husband of Sumter; one son, Gordon Rettke, Jr. (Olivia) of Huntsville, AL; one daughter, Leslie Grogan (Steve) of Sumter; one brother, George Pope of Murfreesboro, TN; five grandchildren, Steven, Brian, Sarah and Stephanie Grogan and Vincent Rettke; one great-grandchild, James Grogan. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in the Chapel of the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Fancher officiating. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150. On-line condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory 221 Broad Street Sumter is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.