In Memory of

Loretta Marie Rosenthal

December 5, 1923 - August 24, 2017
Loretta (Nioce) Rosenthal, 93, of Cherokee died August 24, 2017, of complications due to pneumonia and COPD. Loretta was born on December 5, 1923, near Mayetta, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Alice Nioce. She graduated from Holton High School and worked as a telegraph operator for the railroad in Remsen and as a secretary for Olsen Transfer in Cherokee. She married the love of her life (and incredibly patient) Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal on June 17, 1948. Together they lived in Cedar Falls and Waterloo before moving to Cherokee where they remained and raised their three children. Over the years she was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee and the American Legion Auxiliary of Aurelia. Although she failed to teach her grandchildren to sew, Loretta qualified as a master seamstress and everyone in the family received quilts and other special creations for which they always had to find new places. Loretta remained astoundingly independent and tenacious throughout her entire life and could rarely be found sitting down for any length of time. She was involved in numerous clubs and groups in the Cherokee area; however, no matter where she went, she managed to learn everything about everyone. She somehow always seemed to win at bingo and always thought the Cubs should be doing better than they were, simply asking, "Why don't they hit the ball more?" She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren fiercely. Loretta is survived by three children: Charles Rosenthal of Cherokee; Shirley (Kenn) Kirby of Calmar, Iowa; and Judy Rosenthal of Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Peterson of Alta; Jon (Monica) Rosenthal of Sioux City; Kelly Kirby (Carrie Sharp) of Winona, Minn.; and Thomas (Elisabeth) Kirby of Mason City; and six great-grandchildren, Chris, Melinda, Samantha, Kara, Jude, and James. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; and five siblings, Vestina, Edgar, Isabelle, Inez and Jeanette.
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
OFFICIATING
Father Dan Guenther
CASKET BEARERS
Jon Rosenthal Tom Kirby Kenneth Kirby Charles Rosenthal
VISITATION
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
MUSIC
Pianist- Kelly Kirby Vocalists- Tom and Betsy Kirby
INTERMENT
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa

Condolences

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Charley, Shirley and Judy and family,Your Mom was a great lady.I should have wrote to her along time ago. She took me home to I Cherokee,Iowa 2 summers for a couple weeks and that was putting up with a lot. I still remember she could do more in a half hour then most people could in a hole day. If you did wrong she get you back on the path then fix something good to eat to smooth it over. She had a good heart. my condolence, Gregg & Vivian Alexander”
- Vivian Cummings Alexander
Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“DEAR SHIRLEY,
I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF YOUR MOTHER. I HOPE THAT SHE LIVED A GOOD LIFE, AS I AM SURE SHE DID. MAY SHE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE AND MAY YOUR MEMORIES OF YOUR MOTHER SUSTAIN YOU AT THIS TIME AND IN THE FUTURE.
SINCERE SYMPATHIES, ANN U. LOUGHLIN (OLD HIGH SCHOOL CHUM)”
- ANN
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“TO the Rosenthal children, I thought so much of your Mom. She was such a nice person.
I am so sorry for your loss!”
- Maggie (Simmons) Clifton
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about your mom. Sending sincere condolences.”
- Linda Stilley
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Judy, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Love, hugs and prayers to you and your family during this time. ”
- Lori J Young
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the love of family and friends. ”
- Brenda
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We are sorry to hear of the loss of our old neighbor and friend, "grandmother" to our son Doug. Our condolences to the family. ”
- Gene & Donna Michel
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Lorretta death. My mom and Loretta were close friends. I am sure they are playing cards up there together. Prayers and thoughts to the family. she was a very nice lady.”
- Lisa Hargrave
Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“sorry about your loss”
- malsa a little
Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We became friends late in her life - but I am sure going to miss seeing her and lately talking on the phone. She lived a long life and I'm glad I could be a small part of it. Rest in peace my friend. Paulette”
- Paulette K. Herrmann
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