Loretta M. (Walker) Smith
1928 - 2020
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OELWEIN – Loretta M. Smith, 91, of Oelwein died Saturday afternoon, September 12, 2020, at MercyOne Oelwein Senior Care in Oelwein. A private family mass of Christian burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating. A public visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a parish scripture service at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein.

Memorials may be directed in her name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oelwein.

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required. Those in attendance are asked to wear a mask inside the funeral home and church. We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home website or by mail, text, or phone.

Loretta Marian Walker was born on September 27, 1928, in Oelwein, the daughter of John and Gertrude Mae (Cannon) Walker. She attended Southside Elementary and graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1947. Loretta worked at Lundberg Clothing and Ross Clothing Stores. On November 27, 1951, she was united in marriage to Hubert John Smith at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.

Loretta was a homemaker and raised her five children. She also worked at Conner's Clothing Store, Kotscher Jewelry, and Davidson's Clothing Store. Loretta was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Rosary Society.

She enjoyed dancing, sewing, baking, reading, walking, spending time outdoors, and sharing time with her family.

Loretta is survived by her three daughters, Robin (Bill) Rosenstiel of North Mankato, Minnesota,
Linda (Larry) Davis of Hudson, Wisconsin, and Lori (Rick) Suckow of Oelwein; two daughters-in-law, Mary Jo (Jerry) Hegarty of Oelwein and Sharon Smith of Denver; 14 grandchildren, Chad (Megan) Rosenstiel, Ryan Rosenstiel, Eric Rosenstiel, Billie Jo (fiancé Russ Olcheske) Carlin, Brooke (Spencer) Foley, Jacob (Vanessa) Davis, Lindsay (Logan) Schultz, Jon (Christina) Davis, Brandon (Megan) Smith, Elizabeth (Joel) Steege, Danielle (Steven) Bergmeier, Kelly (Colin) Koch, Brett (Allysan) Suckow, and Drew Suckow; one granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Smith; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Temple of Urbana, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Walker of Oelwein and Opal Smith of Independence; one brother-in-law, Wayne Stockwell of Montana; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on February 28, 2007; two sons, David John Smith in 1977 and Daniel Joseph Smith in 2019; one granddaughter; one grandson; eight sisters, JoAnn and Edith Walker in infancy, Gert Brady, Blanche Millard, Ruth Finders, Betty Strempke, Helen Cowell, and Shirley Stockwell; and five brothers, John in infancy, Joseph, Robert, Russell, and James Walker.

See the online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Sep. 14, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
Just wanted to say Thank You to all on this page who sent sympathies and all the wonderful things you wrote about our Mom,We appreciate it;we are sad,yet happy for her.
Robin and Bill,and the Family Rosenstiel
September 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I just now saw that she passed away. She was a great lady.
David Duffy
Friend
September 18, 2020
So sorry to hear your Mom has passed. She was a Very sweet Lady who will be missed. You are all in our Thoughts and Prayers.
Sincerely,
Christy (Kane) Paul and Family.
Christy Kane
Friend
September 17, 2020
May you be comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Loretta was such a kind, beautiful lady and so friendly whenever I saw her at church or around the community. Deepest condolences and prayers for all of her loved ones.
Lynnette Rochford
Acquaintance
September 16, 2020
What a caring, friendly and beautiful lady inside and out. Loved your smile.
Barbara Tisue
Friend
September 16, 2020
Sorry to har Loretta has left us. So many good memories we had with her and Hughie. Our trips will never forget what a wonderful beautiful. Lady Love you aunt Loretta. GOD BLESS YOUR FAM~ILY
Alice smith
Family
September 16, 2020
I always enjoyed visiting with Loretta when she came into the pharmacy. She always had a smile and was a kind, classy lady. She will be missed. My sympathy to all the family. Ann Weig
Ann Weig
Friend
September 16, 2020
Loretta was such a kind, lovely woman with a fabulous sense of style. We are sorry for your loss and send our thoughts and prayers for your family’s comfort. Hold all of your fondest memories in your hearts for safe keeping and she will forever be with you.
Bob & Sally Peterson
Significant_other
September 16, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. She was a sweetheart to all and it was a pleasure working with her at Davidson's. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace along with her loved ones.
Shannon & Debbie Hershey
Friend
September 15, 2020
I remember visiting Aunt Bates and Uncle Hughie as a little girl and playing the piano in the dining room. Their house felt so magical, and some of my best childhood memories are ones spent on the swing on that front porch. Uncle Hughie was perpetually at that kitchen table drinking coffee, and Aunt Bates was laughing right next to him. She was so gentle and sweet and kind to me. I remember the quilts on the beds in the upstairs bedrooms, and having her tell me of how she came to quilt them. Robin, Lori, Linda, Mary Jo and Sharon and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish we could be with you in person to remember her. Much love, Judy, Lynn and Cary Smith
Lynn Smith
Family
September 15, 2020
We used to be neighbors to the Walkers back in early Thirties. Nice family and knew Lorreta at that time but did graduate with Florence at Oelwein High. Sorry to hear and she will certainly be missed.
Leon Skubinna
Leon Skubinna
Neighbor
September 15, 2020
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Donna White
September 14, 2020
Florence and Loretta with Florence's kids Deborah Witruk, and Tim Temple; and Loretta's Lori Suckow who drove Loretta over to Urbana, IL
Timothy Walker Temple
Family
September 14, 2020
Sister, Florence (Walker) Temple and Loretta on 9/24/17
Timothy Walker Temple
Family
September 14, 2020
We send our love, prayers and hugs to the entire family upon the passing of Aunt Loretta. We wanted to share a couple memories of happier September weekend in 2017. Lori drove Loretta over to Champaign-Urbana, IL so the two sisters could have some good times together. The two of them filled the house with loads of laughter. We viewed family pictures on the TV, and are so pleased that we had that time with Aunt Loretta and Cousin Lori as well. It turned out to be their last visit. Florence, 93, was the middle child of the 13 Walker siblings. We've heard so many memories about their family that she loved so very much. Love, Tim Temple & Jerry Carden
Timothy Walker Temple
Family
September 14, 2020
You were always so kind and sweet to me. Rest easy on your ascent to the other side. You had a life well lived.
Patrick Moriarty
September 14, 2020
When Loretta had a funny story to tell about Uncle Smitty she would lean in with a nudge and a smile & toss him a look that was just love. She had the most beautiful skin I have ever seen & remember her telling me she was a home coming queen & so was Robin. Growing up it was good times when the Smith & Moon families got together. Robin, Linda, Lori, Mary Jo, Sharon & families I'm sorry for your loss, you were lucky to get so many great years with this special lady.
Mary Smith-Anderson
Family
September 14, 2020
Loretta and I worked together at Connors. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. Always so caring and sincere. RIP Loretta.
Kimberly Goldsmith
Friend
September 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Loretta’s family and friends at this time of loss. I know my dad, Joe, loved his family dearly, but was particularly fond of his sisters and held them close in his heart. He passed that love of family on to us and I know the Smith family has done the same. Out prayers to Loretta and all that love her.
Pat and Louise Walker
Family
September 14, 2020
A beautiful lady and her family is too. I knew her sister Shirley well and always remembered they were homecoming queens for Oelwein High School. Loretta in 1947 and Shirley in 1951. Prayers for Lori and her family and you were so good to her. Prayers for all of you.
Donna Fauser
Friend
September 14, 2020
Deepest sympathy to all of you. Loretta was a beautiful lady inside and out. So glad to have known her.
Mary Sefert
Friend
September 14, 2020
Loretta was one of the classiest women i have had the pleasure to know. Her besutiful smile could light up every room. She had a big heart and lovef children. So glad i got to know her. Sympathy to her family.
Kathy Wetherbee
Friend
September 14, 2020
We are so sorry for Your Loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
lisa Wilson
Friend
September 14, 2020
Aunt Loretta was a lady that blessed this world with her beautiful smile and beautiful heart. May God bless you all with peace and I cherish all the memories of my childhood spent with my cousins.
Deb and John Prutch(Moon)
Family
September 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss,she was such a wonderful lady
vince& pauline fettkether
Friend
September 14, 2020
So sorry for your family's loss. She was a very beautiful lady. I'll always remember her big smile. She always took the time to visit and asked how our family was doing! Robin, Linda and Lori, you have my deepest sympathy and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy
Kathleen (Kringlen) Moser
Friend
September 13, 2020
So sorry for your tremendous loss! She was such a beautiful person! My deepest sympathy! Enjoyed visiting her any time I went into Connors! Great neighbor too! I know she will leave a huge void in all of you lives.
Patti Neunsinger-Lutz
Neighbor
September 13, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Loretta's family. She was a lady with such class. I'm so glad to have known her.
Sheryl Nading
Friend
September 13, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathies on the loss of your mother, Loretta. Always a Beautiful, Classy, & Wonderful person to visit with (& your Dad too!). They truly had Hearts of Gold. You were so Lucky to have her almost 92 years, cherish those memories to keep her close to you, the grandkids & great grandkids too. Your Dad was waiting for her, and their Dance card is full at the Coliseum in Heaven. Prayers & Hugs to everyone as you go thru these difficult times.
Lori Greg Beierschmitt
September 13, 2020
Love you Aunt Loretta. Give everyone a hug for us. You will be missed by many.
Meagan Feltes
Family
September 13, 2020
Thinking of you all with heart felt sympathy. A lovely kind soul has left us for heaven. Many pleasant memories and visits with Loretta over the years. Beautiful person inside and out and she could pick out the cutest clothes for the girls to try on at the clothing stores! Sending love and hugs, Sue & John Frost
Sue Frost
Friend
September 13, 2020
Your mom/grandmother was such a gem. What great memories I’m sure you will always cherish of your beautiful Matriarch.
Michelle Stasi Moran
September 13, 2020
A pretty and friendly lady. My sympathy to her family and especially Lori. May God Bless all of you.
Janet Polk
Friend
September 13, 2020
We want to give you all our deepest sympathy and let you know you are all in our thoughts and prayers!!
Doug and Debbie Nuss
Friend
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