Loretta was born on April 22, 1930, the daughter of the late Richard and Clara (Dunkel) Maihofer. Loretta was born in Evanston, IL. Her family moved up to the Wild Rose area in her teenage years. Loretta graduated from Wild Rose High School in 1948 where she played basketball and belonged to FHA. She met Sterling Waala, they were married on September 24, 1949 at West Holden Lutheran Church. Her many jobs over the years included working at Little Silver Lake, in the restaurant and cleaning cottages. For a few years she worked at the Floral Shop in Wautoma. One of her favorite jobs was working with her husband, Sterling at the ANR Tree Farm outside of Wild Rose. Loretta enjoyed knitting, sewing and spending time with her family.
Loretta is survived by two sons, Warren (Deb) Waala, Cudahy, WI and Dale (Kelly) Waala, Waupaca, WI; two grandchildren, Chelsea Waala, Waupaca and Preston Waala, Green Bay. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling, her parents, her twin sister Lorraine (Crass), sisters, Genevieve (Mullins), Elaine Rychtanek and one brother, Richard Maihofer Jr.
Memorial Services will be held at West Holden Lutheran Church, Wautoma at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 with Pastor Barb Girod officiating, with burial to follow in the West Holden Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Holden Lutheran Church. The Holly Funeral Home of Wild Rose is assisting the family with arrangements.