Loretta Lee, 85, died May 3, 2021, at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1935, to William and Anna Schroeder Wohlgemuth. She was raised on a wheat farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle near the town of Hooker.
She was the oldest of five children, surviving her siblings James Wohlgemuth, Ruth Wohlgemuth, Violet Dick and Willis Wohlgemuth.
When she was in the third grade, she became aware of her need to have her sins forgiven. In either fifth or sixth grade, she believed in Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Loretta attended Adams Mennonite Brethren Church in Adams, Okla.
After her senior year in high school, she attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha for three years, graduating with a diploma. After Grace, she went on to John Brown University in northwest Arkansas where she majored in Elementary Education.
It was at John Brown where she met her future husband, Thomas Lee. Loretta and Thomas were married on August 7, 1959, and celebrated 61 years together.
Loretta taught school in Richardson, Texas – a suburb of Dallas – schooling fifth grade students for 19 years before taking an early retirement from Richardson and moving on to Schofeld Christian School in Dallas, where she taught kindergarten for another nine years.
They retired and moved to Hesston in 2007. Loretta worked at the Hesston Day Care Center for more than five years.
Loretta entered the Health Care Unit of Schowalter Villa in December 2018 before passing away on May 3, 2021.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Friday, May 14, with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. Graveside committal service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 15, at Hesston City Cemetery with Pastor Matt Kruse presiding. A celebration of life memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 16, at Newton Bible Church.
Memorials may be made to Newton Bible Christian School, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.