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Loretta M. Gahr

August 17, 1929 — May 30, 2023

Loretta Marie Gahr passed into the loving arms of our Lord on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, surrounded with the love of her daughters, granddaughters, and great grandchildren. She was born on August 17, 1929, at her home on 8th Street, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to John and Rose (Ratchman) Mueller. She married the love of her life and best friend, David G. Gahr on October 11, 1948, and they spent fifty-one years together working and creating a life and family with strong bonds and many beautiful memories.


Our mother was a wonderful and incredible lady. Every night she would prepare a big sit-down dinner for her family and would top the meal with the best desserts. If you happened to stop by during dinner, you were always welcome to join us. Mom worked on so many projects with our father – digging out with a shovel and pickax to create a large fruit and wine cellar under their first house to building a cabin near Wittenberg, Wisconsin. She enjoyed keeping an immaculate and organized home but most of all our mother loved taking care of her family. She was always ready to be a nurse, cook, cleaner, driver or just listen to us.


She is survived by her daughters, Linda R. (Gary) Block and Karen L. (Steven) Casper; her grandchildren, Laura (Jason Suleski) Block, Lisa (Dennis) Sokel, and Bonnie (James) Harder; her great grandchildren Paige Sokel, Landon and Declan Casper; her sister, Sandra Vienola, special nephew, Duane Hanneman and special niece, Sue Sullivan and many other nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her grandson, David Casper; her parents-in-law, Eric and Leona Gahr; her sisters, Rose (Milton) Koch, Leona Hanneman, Yvonne (Wayne) Ruechel, Eirl Mueller, Dolores Mueller, Helen Mueller, and Ruth Mueller.


Mom, you will be greatly missed in this life, but we know Dad was waiting with open arms at heaven’s gates.


A memorial has been established to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Loretta’s name. Private services for Loretta will be held at a later date.


"Grandparents are white like angels.

They sound like beautiful voices.

They taste like strawberry-rhubarb sauce.

They smell like a lovely garden rose.

They’re like fresh spring trees in the yard.

They feel like my favorite blanket.

Grandparents are God’s special people."

Written by David Casper in grade school.


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