Loretta H. Miller (nee Williams), age 80, passed away at home on Thursday, September 26, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer, her loving family at her side . She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 15, 1932, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Elizabeth (Manson) Williams. Loretta was one of 11 children. Loretta answered the call to duty, proudly serving her country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict as a Hospital Corpsman. On November 20th 1956 Loretta was united in marriage to Donald Miller, her husband of 47 years, at Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco. After leaving the Navy, Loretta and Donald returned to Oshkosh to raise their family. With her 5 children in school, Loretta enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, pursuing her degree in Communicative Disorders. She worked as a speech pathologist for C.E.S.A. 6 for 37 years, touching the lives of many students and coworkers. Of her many accomplishments while teaching in Berlin, Loretta took great pride in the annual Veteran's Day program that she was instrumental in founding. Loretta was a member of the American Legion Cook-Fuller Post, serving twice as Post Commander and long time Historian. After her retirement she remained an active member of the Legion, assisting in many of the awards and scholarship programs offered to area students. Loretta also loved taking cruises, traveling with friends, and occasionally trying her luck at area casinos. As a doting grandmother she cherished the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren. Loretta was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Loretta is survived by, and will be dearly missed by, her children: Mathew, John, Donna, and Donald all of Oshkosh; grandchildren: Brian (Jodi) Garrett, John David, Jr., Jason, Donald Mathew (III), Kristin and Darrell; great-grandchildren: Shawn, Julia, Marcus, Nicholas, Julian, Arianna and Tatianna. Surviving also are brothers David Williams (Minneapolis) Roger Williams (St. Paul) and sister Marion (Arthur) Buesing (Illinois), many nieces and nephews, close family friend Julie Paluso; and her cherished dog, Willy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, Mark; and brothers and sisters.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 338 N. Eagle St., Oshkosh, with Rev. David F. Pagel officiating. Friends will be received at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial with military honors will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.seefeldfuneral.com.
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Sept. 29, 2013