Loretta Mae Wolthuis, age 73, of Mankato, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, surrounded by her family and friends at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato with Pastor John Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park in Mankato. Visitation will be held from 3 - 5 p.m., Sunday at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato and continue one hour before the service at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Christ the King Lutheran Church or the donor's choice.
Loretta was born May 26, 1941 to Lester and Erma (Thorborg) Clausen in Holstein, IA. After high school Loretta graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 1963 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics. She started her teaching career in the Humboldt Community Schools in IA, Blue Earth Schools, and North Mankato Junior High. She received her Masters Degree from Mankato State University in Home Economics. She was a Professor Mankato State for 26 years in the Home Economics Department and was also its Department Chair for many years. Loretta was united in marriage to Marven Wolthuis on August 5, 1967 in Holstein, IA.
Loretta was involved in many community service organizations including Zonta, PEO, HEIH, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Loretta was honored to receive the YWCA "Women of Distinction" in 2000.
Loretta loved to garden, travel, sewing, needlepoint, collecting snowmen, and spending time with family especially her grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Karla (Roger) Fiori of Grimes, IA; grandchildren, Merideth and Austin; mother, Erma Clausen of Holstein, IA; sister Rhonda Clausen; brother, James Clausen, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband, of 25 years, Marven; her father, Lester and other inlaws.