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The prayer card for Loretto’s deceased members reads, “Gracious God, may they live forever in the splendor of your light and life in the company of all the saints.” We know that they do, but it’s good to say it. View all Obituaries.

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Remembrance of the Life of Fred Harris CoL

By Loretto Community / January 4, 2016 /

Feb. 14, 1928 – Dec. 12, 2015 Fred Harris was born in Flint, Mich. He was raised as an only child by devout Catholic parents who sent him to Catholic high school and college. Fred spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone, and six months at Lowry Air…

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Ann Shultz SL

By Loretto Community / December 18, 2015 /

Dec. 19, 1920-Dec. 7, 2015 Sister Barbara Ann Shultz began life as Sara Barbara, the youngest of four children of Cleveland and Helen Colmer Shultz. She grew to adulthood in central Illinois, in Olney, the hometown of both her parents. In 1934, when Sara Barbara was an eighth grader at St. Joseph Parochial School, her only…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Louise Pope Clute CoL

By Loretto Community / December 9, 2015 /

March 7, 1924 – Nov. 24, 2015 Mary Pope Clute was born in Harlan, Ky. Her father, Charles Pope, met Louise Arrowood, a nurse from Mars Hill, N.C., while he was recovering in Harlan Hospital from an emergency appendectomy.  They fell in love and were married the next year.  Charles was a young widower with three children.…

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Rose Knoll SL

By Loretto Community / October 16, 2015 /

Aug. 27, 1914 – Oct. 6, 2015 Sister Margaret Rose was born in Minonk, Ill., one hundred and one years ago. This remembrance is drawn from an oral interview she did some years ago. About her parents and her 11 siblings Margaret Rose said: “My dad, Francis Theodore, came from Bismark, Germany, when he was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sandy Ardoyno SL

By Loretto Community / October 16, 2015 /

Aug. 27, 1943 – Oct. 5, 2015 Sandy Ardoyno lived fully and with much enthusiasm all the days of her life! Sandy followed her twin sister, Susie, into the world, making her the third of the four children of Sidney and Sally Leech Ardoyno. With their brother Jack and sister Sheila, the twins grew up…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Judith Brown SL

By Loretto Community / August 14, 2015 /

Oct. 30, 1922 – Aug. 4, 2015 Frances Marie Brown, the eldest of four, was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Elwood, Ind. Her siblings were Howard, Herb, and Sue. Her father, Harold E. Brown, originally of Muncie, Ind., worked nights in a steel mill where he “drew wire.” Frances’ mother, Marie Agnes Harris Brown, was…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marie Joann Rekart SL

By Loretto Community / August 13, 2015 /

March 19, 1937-July 4, 2015 Marie Joann asked that her own accounts of her life be used in the remembrance after her death. Accordingly, we begin where she began her autobiography: “The population of Brentwood, Missouri, increased by one on March 19, 1937, when Joyce Rose Rekart came into the world. Born at home with…

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Remembrance of the Life of Michelle Tooley CoL

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2015 /

Jan. 31, 1953 – May 26, 2015 Michelle Tooley was born in Lufkin, Texas, the oldest of four children. In her application for Loretto co-membership, Michelle wrote about her growing up as “a daughter of the South. My early years were spent in several small Texas towns and later three Louisiana towns where we went…

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Remembrance of the Life of Martha Belke SL

By Loretto Community / April 16, 2015 /

Oct. 24, 1927 — April 12, 2015 Martha Jane Belke was born into a hard working German Catholic family in Louisville’s upper west end. She was the sixth of seven girls born to Mary Catherine Huff Belke and John Phillip Belke. Mary Margaret and Loretto Marcella were nine and six years older than Martha; Carolyn…

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Remembrance of the Life of Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL

By Loretto Community / March 23, 2015 /

Jan. 31, 1921 – March 15, 2015 After 94 years of enjoying life, Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL died on March 15, 2015. Tip was born in Denver, Colo., to Charles and Harriet Barker in 1921 and grew up the sixth of seven children. She loved learning and completed high school when she was only…

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Remembrance of the Life of Brian Hammond CoL

By Loretto Community / March 5, 2015 /

Nov. 2, 1943 — March 1, 2015 Brian Hammond was born in 1943, the older of two boys only 14 months apart. When Brian was 9 his father became seriously ill, and three years later his father died. Brian became the “man of the house” and took responsibility for a variety of household chores along…

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Drury CoL

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2015 /

Sept. 28, 1929—Feb. 18, 2015 Margaret Cotillion Powell was born at home in Loretto, Ky. Margaret’s father Robert Powell was killed at the railroad tracks in Loretto before she was born. Her mother, Jane Elizabeth Miles Powell raised Margaret and her eight brothers and sisters through the very difficult years of the depression. Margaret began…

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