|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 2010|
Loretta Virginia Bolzenthal Reis Nelson Daron, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2010 at Shady Lane Nursing Care Center in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She had a long life filled with many challenges and losses, including three husbands and a son preceding her in death. Now she has joined them and is finally resting with the Lord.
Loretta Daron was born in Seymour, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, to Clara O'Brien and Walter Bolzenthal on February 20, 1920. She lived her entire life in Wisconsin although she loved to get in the car and drive. Her trips to California and Colorado were legendary; her favorite auto trip was to The Lady of the Snows in southern Illinois.
Loretta was filled with determination and a strong Irish spirit, and she faced her life's many losses with strength and resolve. She moved in from the family farm in Shoto to Manitowoc and worked as a domestic, earning her way to a high school diploma from Lincoln High School in 1938.
Loretta married John A. Reis November 7, 1939 and together they worked for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, operated a small dairy farm in Mishicot, and raised five children. Loretta became known as the "apple lady" before her husband preceded her in death in 1954. In addition to operating the farm on her own, the widow then took a position as a dress clerk with the Belle Shoppe in Two Rivers. She eventually worked her way up to being a buyer for the Johnson Hills Department Store in Manitowoc.
In 1960 she married Arnold Nelson and together they moved into their new home in the town of Cato on CTH JJ along with her four children. Her second husband was a victim of a fatal auto accident in April of 1963. Her son Robert Reis was a victim of a motorcycle accident 2 years later in 1965.
Loretta's third husband was John Daron, whose job in Milwaukee necessitated a move and change in lifestyle. In addition to his full time job, the couple also managed apartments and had an apartment service operation. They retired back to the country home on CTH JJ after his retirement. He preceded her in death in 1990.
Loretta was a strong advocate and activist for the developmentally disabled, serving on the original board of the Riverview School and working with the Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD). She saw to it that her daughter Jean Reis was not deprived of any activity, whether it was a Special Olympics event or an ADD Summer Camp.
Her last wish was to be remembered as "Jeanie's Mom," a role she had faithfully played until she fell, breaking her hip on Labor Day of 2005, a fall from which she never fully recovered.
Loretta was also loyal to her roots as a farm girl and was active in Wisconsin Women for Agriculture.
The surviving children include Mary Specht (Frederick) of Two Rivers; Barbara McCarthy Plungy (John) of Denver, Colorado; John Reis (friend Jodell Zutz Wagy) of Manitowoc; and Jean Reis of Manitowoc. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, all of whom will miss the family gatherings and "Grandma Daron's" home cooking, especially her seven-layer salad. Her grandchildren include Terri Specht Jacquart (Kent); Annette Specht Gleichner (Scott); Shelley Specht Vogel (Dave) and Josh Reis (Louise), all of Wisconsin; and Andrew Specht (Becky) of Rockford, Ill. In Colorado her death is mourned by grandchildren Michael McCarthy (Lara), Cormack McCarthy (Kim); and John Robert Reis (Bridget). Ten great-grandchildren include Lindsey (fiancé Aaron Hansen), Kory and Bailey Jacquart of Manitowoc; McKenna and Kaeden Vogel, Two Rivers; Connor, Garrett, and Hannah Gleichner of Two Rivers; and Liam and Isabel McCarthy of Arvada, Colorado.
Also surviving in Shoto are her step son Terry Daron (Pat) and in California, her step son Don Nelson (Su) and step daughter Mary Ann Van Leur of Appleton, WI. Many nieces and nephews also remember Aunt Retta with fondness. Also surviving is Anita Rusch, her long time friend and co-worker who visited her weekly.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Obituary, Manitowoc Times, Monday, March 1, 2010
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