Saturday, November 27

Gwendolyn Geraldine (Potter) Tetrick

Feb. 2, 1950 – Oct. 23, 2021

Gwendolyn Geraldine (Potter) Tetrick, 71, passed away on Oct. 23, 2021 in Fishers, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Norton, Va., on Feb. 2, 1950 to Ellen and Billy Potter.

She spent her childhood in the coal mining town of Osaka, Va., with her younger brothers, Tom and Terry. The family moved to Jonesboro, Ind., when she was in sixth grade. Mrs. Tetrick attended Mississinewa High School, where she was a member of the school newspaper and graduated with honors in 1968. She studied history at Taylor University, and then got her master of arts from Ball State University in 1973. Her parents returned to Osaka in 1976, and she and her family visited them often. Mrs. Tetrick loved to go to an annual fall crafts fair there.

She married Bob Tetrick on June 5, 1971. They moved to Daleville, Ind., in 1973, building a house there a few years later. Her son, John, and daughter, Megan, were both born and raised in Daleville. Mrs. Tetrick was active in Daleville Christian Church, and later Park Place Church of God in Anderson. She was always involved in her children’s school activities, going on field trips and attending marching band competitions and concerts. She became the librarian at Daleville Elementary School after returning to Ball State for a certificate in library science.

Mrs. Tetrick was hired as the media specialist at Stony Creek Elementary School in Noblesville in 1997, and the family moved there. She retired from the school in 2014. Mrs. Tetrick had also worked at the Hamilton East Public Library in both Noblesville and Fishers.

She loved books, and was always reading one, or ten at once. Children’s literature and Civil War history were among her favorites. Mrs. Tetrick shared her passion for books and reading with others, inventing creative ways to get children to read. She thought learning should be fun, and had a mischievous side, too (once she even filled an entire classroom with sand for a beach party). She always kept careful watch over her students who needed extra help in the classroom and outside of school. Community and giving to others were important to her, and wherever she was she found ways to help those in need around her.

Mrs. Tetrick loved to travel, and took four trips overseas to visit her daughter in Ukraine, Ecuador, Turkey and Kazakhstan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Terry.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., with services at 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville. Burial will be at Knox Chapel Cemetery in Fairmount. The family requests those attending wear masks.

Memorial donations to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund may be made in her honor at

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