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OBIT: Loretta Grebner

Loretta Grebner, age 87 of Humboldt, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

Loretta Grebner, age 87 of Humboldt, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday at the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Burial will take place at East Ullensvang Cemetery in Thor. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Monday. Services will be live streamed on Lentz Funeral Home’s website:

Loretta Ruth Grebner, daughter of John Oliver and Ruth Caroline (Nelson) Hanson, was born on February 28, 1935 at the family farmhouse west of Thor, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Thor and graduated from Livermore High School in 1953. Loretta was baptized and confirmed in Ullensvang Lutheran church. On September 29, 1953, Loretta was united in marriage to Richard Fredrick Grebner also in Ullensvang church. While Richard was serving in the U.S. Army in Korea Loretta worked as an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone. Upon Richard’s discharge from the Army, they made their home in Rutland where Loretta worked as a waitress at Taylor’s Cafe while raising their three children. As the children grew Loretta began working at the Humboldt County Hospital as a Nurses Aid. In 1978 Richard and Loretta moved to Walnut Ridge Arkansas where Loretta continued to work as a Nurses Aid in a long term care facility and as an in home aide. Upon moving back to Humboldt in 1994, Loretta returned to the Humboldt Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide in long term care until retiring.

Loretta raised her family in a Christian environment attending Rutland Trinity Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aide and taught Sunday School. Loretta was a friend to all that she met and those that knew her well were True Friends that she would help in any way possible. When the children were young camping trips, fishing and time with family and friends was how time was spent. As time passed, Loretta continued camping and fishing with Richard and added shopping to her list of hobbies. Always looking for that bargain spending hours in a store was not uncommon. As a resident of Springvale Assisted Living Loretta began spending hours crafting and making greeting cards that were shared with others.

Left to cherish Loretta’s memory are her children, John (Donita) Grebner of Iowa City, Ron (Diane) Grebner of Fort Dodge, and Janis (Dennis) Shekey of Manson; Seven grandchildren Ahren Grebner, Christopher Grebner, Terra Hartley, Jennifer Wyckoff, David Shekey, Nathan Grebner and Maria Conell; Twelve great grandchildren; brother, Wayne Hanson of Cedar Falls; and sister, Doris Catalano of New Hudson, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth; husband, Richard; great granddaughter, Aamna; brother, John Hanson, his wife, Ines; brother-in-law, Lee Catalano; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Hanson.

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