Loretto R. Nagorka

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – Loretto Rita Waller Nagorka, 91, of Sterling, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

She was born Nov. 12, 1921, in Edgar County, the daughter of Margaret and Leonard Waller. She married Adam S. Nagorka on Feb. 2, 1946, in Paris, Ill. Adam preceded her in death in 2009. The sixth of seven children, Loretto remained on the family farm through her post-high school years while taking care of her ill mother. Upon her mother’s death, she moved to Chicago, where she worked for a number of companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Link Belt, Ford Motor Co., Union Carbide Co., and Englander Bed & Sofa. After a long and varied career, she and Adam retired in 1980 to Palm Harbor, Fla. They remained there until 1999, before finally relocating to their home in Sterling.

Loretto is survived by her daughter, Bernadette (Richard) Bird of Oregon.; son, Mark (Karen) Nagorka of Woodbury, Minn.; son-in-law, Dr. Michael (Sue) Gerberi of Sterling; brothers, Albert Waller of Newman and Harold (Dolores) Waller of Paris; grandchildren, Margaret (Geoff) Thomas, Danielle Gerberi, Michael Todd (Emily Young) Gerberi, Richard Bird, Bryan Nagorka, and Kathryn (Michael) Grimsby; and great-grandchildren, Maeve and Orion Thomas.

She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Amelia Kathleen Gerberi of Sterling; sister, Eileen Smith of Hume; and brothers, Leo Waller of Hume, Raymond Waller of Clinton, Ind., and Eugene Waller of Paris.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Thursday at St. Mary Church, 301 N. Fourth St., Oregon. Burial will be at noon Friday at St. Mary Cemetery in Paris. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon handled arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL 60561.

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to send condolences.

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