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Obituary for Loretta M. Mechtel

Loretta M. Mechtel, 101, of Caledonia, Minn., passed away Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Caledonia Care and Rehab.
She was born December 9, 1909, in Caledonia to Lewis and Anna (Koenig) Mechtel. Loretta worked her first job at Lovett's Dairy, milking cows and washing bottles, both by hand. She then worked in various Caledonia restaurants to aid her family during WWII. She and her sister had many wallpapering jobs and Loretta also showed award winning canning and hand crafts at the State Fair including hand quilting and tatting. Loretta was a skillful card player who also enjoyed gambling at the boat, bird watching, reading, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include two nieces, Dona Mullen and Ann Scanlan Gerke; two great-nieces, Brenda Gerke-Mitchell and Connie Gerke Fogel; one great-nephew, Derek Gerke; and many other relatives, including nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Lenard Mechtel; one sister, Genevieve (James) Scanlan; and one great-niece, Renae Mullen Nykaza.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 513 South Pine St., Caledonia. Father Gregory Leif will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call at Holy Family Hall, behind the church, on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary's Catholic School, Caledonia. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at
The family would like to especially thank Rita Noel, Sister Michaeline Healy, and the Duxburys for the loving care given to Loretta over the years.
"God finished the house He built for you and has let you in." -Written by her nieces, Brenda and Connie.