Loretta F. Koecke

July 6, 1927 - Oct. 18, 2008

Loretta F. Koecke, 81, of Waukesha and formerly of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. She was born July 6, 1927, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Roland and Emma (nee Phillips) Barrette.

Loretta was a graduate of St. Maryís Academy in Prairie du Chien. She married Allen Koecke on June 18, 1949 at St. Gabrielís Church in Prairie du Chien. She worked as a telephone operator for more than 30 years. Loretta was an executive committee member of the Communications Workers of America.

Loretta is survived by her husband of 59 years, Allen Koecke of Waukesha; son, Steven (Roberta) Koecke of Madison; five sisters, Rosemary Stevens of Prairie du Chien, Josephine Donnahoe of West Union, W. Va., Marie Jensen of McGregor, Iowa, Virginia (Ray) Powell of Aurora, Ill., and Gracie (Bud) McGill of Winston, Ga.; three brothers, Don (Marion) Barrette of Aurora, Ill., Phil (Doris) Barrette of Prairie du Chien and Leo Barrette of Mineral Point; and a grandson, Ryan Koecke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother; a sister, Alice Barth; and a brother, Robert Barrette.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, where there will be a wake scripture at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at St. Gabrielís Catholic Church with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien.

Garrity Funeral Homes is serving the family. For more information, please visit www.garrityfuneralhome.com.