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Loretta Eckels Murray

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 10:13 a.m. CST

Loretta Eckels, 73, of Murray died Jan. 21, 2014, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola. Interment was in Murray Cemetery. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Murray Schools Dollars for Scholars. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Loretta Anna (Knoll) Eckels, daughter of to Rudolph and Norma Knoll, was born Sept. 17, 1940, on a farm in Percy, Ill.

On Jan. 6, 1963, Loretta married Gary James Eckels and moved from her home in Loveland, Colo., to Murray.

Loretta was a nurse at Clarke County Hospital and later an educator.

Loretta is survived by her husband Gary; children, Mike (wife Jodee) of Murray, Susan (husband Rick) of Norwalk and Andy (wife Chandra) of Murray; grandchildren, Katie (Brian Jennett) of Iowa City, Darin (Ashleigh Neal) Eckels and Corey Eckels, all of Murray, Elyse and Cole Rice, Marcus and Rachel Johnson, all of Norwalk, and Addison, Rileanna and Trevor Eckels, all of Murray; brother Roy (Eileen) Knoll of Arizona; sisters, June Steele of Colorado and Nadine Meyer of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews. 

Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, James and Gertrude Eckels; and brothers-in-law, Stephen Eckels, Kenny Goeltl, Pat Steele and Vic Meyer.

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