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Sylvia Ruth Moran

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Sylvia Ruth Moran Obituary
Sylvia Ruth Moran, 86, of Sleepy Eye, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, surrounded by her children at Divine Providence Community Home. Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, on Monday, Jan. 21. The clergy was Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Divine Providence Community Home and St. Mary's School.
Sylvia Ruth Loftness was born Aug.14, 1932 in Fairfax, to Reuben and Daisy (Case) Loftness. She grew up in Fairfax, graduated in 1950 from Fairfax High School and attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis. On July 21, 1952 Sylvia married Murland "Moe" Moran at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Fairfax. They moved to Sleepy Eye, where they joined St Mary's Church and Moe taught and coached at St Mary's Catholic School. Together they raised five children. Sylvia was a dedicated mother and homemaker and also worked at Sleepy Eye Medical Clinic. On Jan. 1, 1985 Moe sadly passed away. Sylvia then worked at Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital until 1993. On July 2, 1993 she married Leo Lehar and moved to King City, Calif., until Leo's retirement in 1995. They enjoyed traveling, camping, pontooning and fishing. On January 31, 2002 Leo passed away. Sylvia was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, CCW, Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and VFW Auxiliary. She served as an election judge for many years.
Sylvia is survived by her son, Bill; daughters: Kathy (Chuck) Spaeth, Jane Cook, Sheila LaPlant, Mary Beth (George) Heim; grandchildren: Laura (David) Fischer, Rachel (Joe) Snyder, Amanda (Craig) Murphy, Mary (Erik) Olson, Lydia Moran, Andy (Angie) Cook, Billy (Allissa) Cook, John (Amanda) Cook, Valerie (Diego) Patinò, Lisa Moran, Katie LaPlant, Adam Heim, Jacob Heim; 31 great-grandchildren who gave her great joy. Also, survived by sisters: Bridgett (Don) Salzmann and Elaine Levahn; brothers: Ron Loftness, Ted (Sue) Loftness, and Pat Maxwell. Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, sons-in-law Jeff Cook and Marcus LaPlant; brother, Mike Maxwell, sister-in-law, Mary Loftness; brothers-in-law, Rev. Robert Moran and Rev. John Moran, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and Bob Lampe.
Published in Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch on Jan. 21, 2019
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