Thursday, January 15, 2015

Loretta Janda Of Rural Dorchester Passes At 76

Loretta G. Janda, 76, formerly of rural Dorchester, passed away at the Utica Community Care Center on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  She had been a patient at Crete Tabitha for a short time before going to live in Utica. 

Loretta was born December 18, 1938 to Ada (Hill) and Carl Glaser and attended country school in Duncan, Neb. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, IA in 1956, where she enjoyed Glee Club, the music program, and journalism. She met her future husband, Elvin, at a dance in Council Bluffs, where he played in the Unita Dance Band. They had been pen pals through the Nebraska Farmer Magazine. 

Loretta Glaser and Elvin Janda were married on June 2, 1959, in Council Bluffs, IA. They lived on the farm near Dorchester, where Elvin was born. Five children were born to this union. She became the typical farm wife, raising a large garden, poultry, milking cows, and doing a lot of canning. She enjoyed the farm cats. They played board games with the children. She enjoyed country music. Loretta would drive to visit the children when they had homes of their own until her health began to fail. When the children were older, she worked at Doane College in Crete, the Dorchester School, and the Crete Manor. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and parents in-law, husband: Elvin, brothers: Bill and Vince, sister: Genevieve, and son in law: Jay Gilmore. She is survived by her sons: Emil and Pam Janda of Omaha, Leo Janda of Dorchester, Roy Janda of Lincoln. Daughters: Jamie and Dale Hollibaugh of Milford, Diane Berman of Norfolk. Grandchildren: Lori of Omaha, Kalyn of Kansas, Victoria of York. Step grandsons: Ryan and Ricky Gilmore. 

Services were today, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete with Rev. Roger Wolfe officiating. Interment is at the Dorchester Cemetery. Memorials are in care of the family.  Leave a note of sympathy by clicking here.

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