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Loretta Mae Kettelberger

September 11, 1929 — November 23, 2019



Mrs. Loretta M. Kettelberger, age 90, of Laporte, PA, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at the St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, FL, after a brief illness.


          Loretta was born, September 11, 1929, in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Elizabeth Hawthorne Welsh.  She graduated from the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, a member of the class of 1947.   She married John A. Kettelberger Sr., on October 21, 1950.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October of 2000 at Sacred Heart Church in Laporte, PA.  John predeceased her on April 17, 2002.


          Loretta was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Laporte, PA, now part of I.H.M. Parish.  She was a loving spouse, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, winters in Florida, travel, gardening, reading, and playing bridge.



Two sons and daughter-in-law:

Rev. John A. Kettelberger Jr., C.M.                                      St. Louis, MO

Michael (Cheryl) Kettelberger                                              Pasadena, MD


Three daughters and sons-in-law:

Frances (David) Schmidt                                                       Ellicott City, MD

Dr. Denise Kettelberger and Clarance Smith                   Minneapolis, MN

Jane (Donald) Fowler                                                           Moneta, VA


Three sisters-in-law:

Peggy Kettelberger                                             Southampton, PA

Betty Welsh                                                         Philadelphia, PA

Anne Welsh                                                         Naples, FL


Eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


          A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, PA, with the Rev. John A. Kettelberger Jr., C.M. as Celebrant and the Rev. Thomas J. Major, pastor, and other members of the Vincentian Order, concelebrating.  Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laporte, PA.


          Friends may call at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA, on Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday, Nov. 30th, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the Mass.


          Memorial contributions in Loretta’s memory may be sent to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, 475 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.



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Saturday, November 30, 2019

9:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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St. Francis of Assisi Church

7706 Pennsylvania 487
Mildred, PA 18632

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, November 30, 2019

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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St. Francis of Assisi Church

7706 Pennsylvania 487
Mildred, PA 18632

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

12:30 - 12:45 pm (Eastern time)

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Sacred Heart Cemetery

Park Street
Laporte, PA 18626

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