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Loretta P. Sprague

Loretta P. Sprague (nee Guggenbiller), 96, of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, following a long illness.

She was born October 6, 1916 in Saint Wendelin, Ohio and was a Elyria area resident for most of her life. Loretta was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Elyria, where she was also a member of the Alter and Rosary Society and the Quilters Group. At one time she worked at the former C.H. Merthe Co. in downtown Elyria.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Dale; son, Robert (Vicki) Sprague of Bay Village; granddaughters, Shona Christy of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Lia Meehan of New Albany, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Guggenbiller; sisters, Clara Guggenbiller and Matilda Meinerding; and brothers, Joseph, Carl, Albert, Leo and Norbert Guggenbiller.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 15, 2013, from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 8 P.M., at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria. Closing prayers will be Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10:30 A.M., in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M., at St. Mary Church, 320 Middle Ave., Elyria. The Reverend Father Charles Diedrick, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.

Memorial contributions can be made to the church.

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