Loretta Wenisch

SPRINGFIELD — Loretta Wenisch, age 98, passed away peacefully Friday, November 1, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael’s. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Home.

To leave an online condolence for the family, or to sign the guestbook, please visit: www.mvfh.org.

Loretta is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Ronald) Christensen of Clitherall, Lynette (Terry) Ziegler of Eden Prairie, Pam Sammond of Plymouth; sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence Jr. (Pam) Wenisch of Morgan, Jim (Teresa) Wenisch of Lamberton, David (special friend, Deb) Wenisch of Worthington, Dale (Doreen) Wenisch of St. Louis Park, Dean Wenisch of New York Mills, Thomas (Molly) Wenisch of Bloomington; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Adeline Roiger of Fairfax; and many other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Wenisch, Sr.; her parents; daughter, Lanis Wenisch; grandson, Terry Wenisch; twin great-great-grandsons, Leo and Luke Vogel; sister, Marie Lang; brothers, Edwin “Speedy” Saffert, Greg Saffert, Donald Saffert, Gilbert Saffert, Dennis Saffert; and son-in-law, Tim Sammond.

Loretta Ann Saffert was born April 7, 1921 to George and Edith (Kastner) Saffert in Stately Township, Brown County. She attended grade school at District 11 in Stately Township and was united in marriage to Clarence Wenisch, Sr., on April 11, 1940 in Sanborn. Their union was blessed with 10 children, who Loretta and Clarence raised together on the family farm. Loretta dedicated her life to raising her children and making a loving home for her family. She also spent time working at the Highway Market and then Tauer’s Supervalue in Springfield.

Loretta had a passion for cooking and baking. Whenever family came to visit, she would often bake over 20 loaves of bread and a tremendous number of cookies to eat and send home. Loretta also was an avid gardener and an involved grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She was a dedicated member of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Forsters, and St. John’s Lutheran Home Auxiliary. Above all else, Loretta treasured the time spent providing and being with all of her family and friends. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her. Blessed be her memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Home.