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Loretta Ritchie

Loretta M. Ritchie died Aug. 16, 2013, at the Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she was recovering from surgery after falling and breaking a hip. She would have been 100 years old on September 17.

A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

Loretta was born Loretta May Turner to her parents, Clarence and Bessie Turner, in Cyril Okla. on Sept. 17, 1913. Her mom died from complications of childbirth just a few days after Loretta’s birth. Her dad remarried and moved the family out of the infamous Dust Bowl (that was ravaging much of the American Southwest) and settled in Minneapolis. Minn.

During the Great Depression, Loretta met and married her first husband, Major Easthagen, who fathered her two children. Loretta and Major divorced in the early ’40s. Loretta later met and married her second husband, Harvey Kahler, who was promptly drafted into the Army and served his country in the European Theatre of World War II.

In 1955, the family moved to Southern California where both Loretta and her husband went to work for Douglas Aircraft, from where they both would eventually retire.

Loretta was widowed in 1978 in the Hemet, Calif., area. It was there she met and married her last husband, Carl Ritchie (who was also from Minnesota and a widower) in 1980. Carl was a Mason and got Loretta involved in the Eastern Star. They remained happily married until his death in 2003.

Loretta moved to Nevada County to be close to her son and his wife in April of 2003. She has lived in Eskaton Village, Nevada City Sr. Apartments and lastly Brunswick Village until her demise. She was a lady who loved to go department store shopping. She would get all dressed up, put on her makeup, have her hair done just so and hit the stores. She loved to look her “best” at all times.

Loretta is survived by son Roy Kahler and his wife De of Nevada City; stepdaughters Judy Leach of Norco and Joanne Johnson of Washinton State; stepson Tom Ritchie of Lake Tahoe; nine grandchildren, 18 great=grandchilden and 25 great-great-grandchilden who are scattered all over the United States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and even to Japan.

Loretta was preceded in death by Carl Ritchie, her beloved husband of 23-plus years; her daughter Rosemarie O’Iague and her grandson Patrick Kahler.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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