Bachelor, Indiana University, 1949. Postgraduate, Temple University, 1966. Postgraduate, Westchester University, 1969.
Teacher kindergarten, O.J. Roberts School District, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1964-1966; teacher kindergarten, Pottstown School District, 1966-1976; freelance storyteller, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, since 1975. Reader, critic The Writing Academy, director Nancy James, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, 1996-1997. President, member Magnolia (New Jersey) School Board, 1962-1963.
Chairwoman Pennsylvania Dutch Day Lincoln Elementary School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, 1976. Member National League American Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association Women (editor humor 1982, award 1986), St. David's Christian Writers Association (board directors Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania 1977-1997, AMY award 1992, Fritz Kemper award 1992, Adult and Young Adult Fiction award 1994, Wendell August award 1997, Heart award 1997), Friends of Phoenixville Library., Phoenixville Iron Canal and Trails Association.
Married Robert Earl Bretz, June 22, 1951 (deceased August 19, 1994). Children: Fred, Patricia and Paula (twins), Benjamin.