SENECA — Loretta T. Petges, 99, of Seneca, passed away Thursday, April 5, at Ottawa Pavilion.
Memorial Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at St. Patrick's Church in Seneca. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to Mass Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church in Seneca.
Loretta was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Downers Grove. She worked at General Electric in Chicago before marrying Phillip Petges on Dec. 29, 1945. The couple had eight children.
They lived on farms in Advance, Mo., and Lemont and Seneca. In addition to her devotion to her family, Loretta worked in her later years at Stockdale Fertilizer. She will be remembered for her sweet, loving nature, her compassionate listening and a sense of humor that allowed her to laugh at herself until the end.
She is survived by her children, Pete (Debra) Petges, Phyllis (Ken) Dennison, Rich Petges, Pam (Steve) Shallenberger, Becky Glaser and Randy (Mari) Petges; one brother, Don Hermann; 12 grandchildren, Nick (Rebekah) Petges, Kirsten (Steve) Dennison, Scott (Shari) Dennison, Matt (Heeyeon) Dennison, Beth (Alex) Dennison, Loran (Emily) Shallenberger, Logan (Betsy) Shallenberger, Luke (Lauren) Shallenberger, Clay (Kim) Glaser, Clint (Brooke) Glaser, Meghan (Craig) McCoy and Jake Petges; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil; parents, Matthias and Alice (Pfaff) Hermann; three sisters, Evelyn Freehauf, Flossie Moroni and Cellie Klee; son, Ron Petges; and her daughter in infancy, Catherine Petges.
The Petges family thanks the Ottawa Pavilion staff for the care they gave Loretta. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.
Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca has been entrusted with her services. The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at ottawafuneralhome.com.
Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home
135 E. Lincoln St., Seneca, IL 61360