Gretchen Victoria Rainey Breitschopf


Gretchen Victoria Rainey Breitschopf, 87 years old, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. She was surrounded by family. We consider it no coincidence that she died during Holy week and will be buried on Good Friday. Gretchen lived her faith unapologetically and it showed through her joyous spirit and loving attitude. She lived her life with grace and kindness towards everyone, was an encourager, an incredible wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Although in her later years Alzheimer’s robbed her of her memories, she never forgot her first love, Jesus Christ. She will be incredibly missed but leaves a legacy of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Gretchen was born on Feb. 6, 1934, in Houston, Texas to the late Irma Sachs Rainey, of Houston, Texas and the late Jackson Pirtle Rainey, of Monette, Arkansas. She attended Warton Elementary, Lanier Jr. High and Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.

Gretchen was married fifty-seven years to the late Robert Frank Breitschopf, Jr. “Bob”, of Gonzales, Texas. She is survived by her cherished children and their spouses, Rivers and Paul Teske of Dallas, Robin and Rob Norris of Arlington, Ross and Lynn Hatchett of Ft. Worth, Heidi and Hal Lentz of San Antonio, Robert “Bobby” and Sarah Breitschopf of Houston; Her beloved grandchildren Tara Teske Lappa, Paul Teske, Jordan Teske Patterson, Reece Norris, Russell Norris, Rainey Norris Vaquera, Will Hatchett, Tinsley Hatchett, Hunter Lentz, Houston Lentz, Hayden Lentz, Hudson Lentz, Rebecca Breitschopf, Elizabeth Breitschopf James, Hannah Breitschopf; Her adored great grandchildren, Tyler Teske, Olivia Lappa, Jackson Lappa, Gretchen Rose Norris, Redmond Norris, Lucy Norris, Beau Norris, Boone Vaquera, Aspen Lentz and Rainey Lentz; Her wonderful sister Gail Seaton, of San Antonio and sister-in-law Barbara Lauer, of Yoakum and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gretchen will always be remembered for her creative style as an incredible Interior Designer. Most importantly for her kindness, infectious laughter, and her joy that radiated because of her faith in Jesus and her love of family.

The family will be celebrating Gretchen Breitschopf’s life with a private, graveside service on Friday, April 2 in Gonzales, Texas.  

Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.