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Loretta Hawkins

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Loretta Marie Hawkins age 105 of Waucoma, Iowa died Saturday, December 26, 2015, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehab Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday December 30, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family two hours prior to the service at the church, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Loretta Marie Hawkins was born October 11, 1910 in St. Lucas, IA, the daughter of Matthew and Maggie (Reicks) Drilling. She attended boarding school in Ossian until the 8th grade where she found her love of playing the piano. After her schooling, she worked on the farm with her family through the Depression until 1931. On September 2, 1931 she was united in marriage to Ralph Hawkins at the DeSales Catholic Church in Ossian. To this union four children were born. The couple lived in Postville when they were first married before moving to a farm southwest of St. Lucas. Soon after, Ralph served in the US Navy. Upon his return, they moved to Waucoma where they lived for 60 yrs. during which time she worked in the Turkey Valley school cafeteria. In 2007, she became a resident of the New Hampton Nursing & Rehab. Loretta enjoyed cooking, sewing, playing cards, gardening and most of all, time spent with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her loving ways and wonderful personality. Loretta is survived by two daughters, Marge Hoggatt of Tacoma, WA, Virginia Bock of Janesville, IA; two daughters-in-law Mary Hayden Wing of Sheridan, WY, Shirley Arnold of Aurora, IA; 14 grandchildren, Ron (Pat) Bock of Cedar Falls, IA, Karen (Irv) Banzhaf of Fitchburg, WI, David (Beth) Bock of Lenexa, KS, Chris (John) Kerkove of Independence, IA, Sue (Ron) Hoeffer of Masonville, IA, Jim (Mechelle) Hawkins of Independence, IA, Mike Hawkins of San Fransico, CA, Judith Sturm of Tacoma, WA, Deborah (Doug) Wellman of St. George, UT, Alan (Jennifer) Sturm of Orange, CA, Jonathan Sturm of Lake Balboa, CA, Stephen (Stacy) Sturm of Sherman Oaks, CA, Mark (Denise) Hawkins of Cheyenne, WI, Jack Hawkins of Helena, MT; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ralph; two sons, Donald Hawkins and Ralph Jr. Hawkins; two brothers Louis Huber and Clarence Huber; one sister Kathleen Huber; step-father Charles Huber.

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  1. I have so many happy memories of Grandma, the times we would drive out to Iowa from California to visit her, Grandpa, and all our wonderful aunts and uncles and cousins. Grandma was a beautiful person, inside and out, always concerned about the needs of others over her own. I remember she was always praying for her loved ones and how I appreciated her prayers! I wish I had been able to see and talk to her more in her later years, but she always sent little notes with her cards at various times during the year giving updates on the family happenings. Now, she has moved to Heaven where she is happy with our Lord Jesus and has no more pain or tears or sadness and is seeing all our loved ones that have gone on before us. We will miss her here but will see her when we are reunited in Heaven. I think she is still praying for all of us only now from Heaven’s side. With Love, Grandaughter, Deborah Sturm-Wellman

  2. I will always cherish the 2 months I was able to spend with Mom this past summer of 2015. My memories of her will forever be that of a Proverbs 31 woman and those are the qualities she instilled in me growing up. Until we meet again in Heaven, Love, your daughter Marge Hawkins-Hoggatt

  3. She was the finest, kindest, most loving mother-in-law anyone could ever wish for. I had her in my life since 1958, much longer than my own mother. The memories of her will always linger. She was loved. Rest in Peace Mom. Mary Hawkins Hayden-Wing

  4. Loretta was a member the American Legion Auxiliary since 1948 and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

  5. I enjoyed taking care of Loretta when I worked at NHNR. She was an awesome lady and will be missed. Prayers to her family

  6. Loretta was always a joy to be around i remember how she would stop and talk to everyone in the halls at nhnrc when i worked there she will be missed by many

  7. It was an honor to take care of Loretta at the New Hampton Rehab Center for 3 years. She was always so sweet and caring and was just a spunky lady. She will be very missed Heaven Frerichs, CNA NHNRC 2012-2015

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