Strohmeyer, Sister Loretta, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the St. Francis Home at 89 years. Sr. Loretta was born Geraldine Gertrude on June 7, 1922 to Edward John and Anna Barbara (Schirf) Strohmeyer in Niles, Ohio. She entered the Mission Sisters on September 8, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio and professed her final vows on August 15, 1953. She performed census work in Mesa, Minnesota and in Saginaw, assisted at the Guadalupe Center and with the mentally handicapped infants in a home run by Sr. Walburga. She also acted as night supervisor at St. Vincent’s Home, cared for children and elderly in their homes and her service to Missiondell included gardening, cooking, canning and baking. In her final years, her ministry was to pray and be present to other residents at the St. Francis Home. She loved gardening, crocheting and children. One of sixteen children, she is survived by her sisters; Hilda (Strohmeyer) Cox of Pinellas Park, FL., Sister Estelle (Martha) Strohmeyer of Saginaw and her brother Regis Strohmeyer of Niles, Ohio. She leaves many, many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She is also survived by Mission Sisters; Sisters Anne Ragan, Estelle Strohmeyer, Lucia Median, Elaine Raymond, Mary Lou Owczarzak and Margo Tafoya. She was predeceased by her siblings; Evelyn, Walter, Ray, Clem Strohmeyer, Coletta Griffin, Edward Strohmeyer Jr., Ira Strohmeyer, Dorothy Girodat Jr., Virgil, Paul, Florence and Herman Strohmeyer. Predeceased Mission Sisters include; Sisters Jean Gutman, Frances Brill, Pauline Boyd, Marie Callaghan and Agnes Kucsara. Funeral Liturgy will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Fr. James Bessert will officiate with burial in St. Andrew Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the McIntyre Funeral Chapel, 500 N. Michigan Ave., on Wednesday from 3:00-8:00 p.m., with a Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. led by the Mission Sisters, and on Thursday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service. Memorials would be appreciated to the St. Francis Home, SPRED Program or to a charity of your choice.