Loftness, Mary Patricia


Mary Patricia Loftness, age 75, of New Ulm and formerly of Winona, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, with her family at her side at Ridgeway on German in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm with Monsignor Douglas Grams celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday at the church in New Ulm.

A celebration of her life with family and friends will be held on January 10, 2016, from 1-3 p.m. at CST Alumni Tea House, 357 Gould Street, Winona, Minn.

Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Winona at a later date.
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Mary is survived by her loving husband, Ron Loftness of New Ulm (formerly of Winona); daughters, Susan Brown of Edina, Laura (Doug) Kahler-Loftness of Minneapolis, Frani (Terry) Knowles of New Ulm; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Fran (Mike) Yahnke of Winona; brothers, Ed (Bette) deGrood of Dotson, Ala., John (Shirley) deGrood of Mankato; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and the many foster babies that passed through their loving home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty Foye, Louise Lacher; brothers, Thomas and Richard deGrood; and son-in-law, Glenn Brown.

Mary Patricia deGrood was born November 30, 1940, in Winona, to Lambert and Anne (Derks) deGrood. She graduated from Winona Cotter Catholic High School in Winona, and later attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona. Mary was united in marriage to Ron Loftness on July 22, 1961, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. The couple was blessed with three daughters whom together they raised in Winona. Mary worked for school district 861 as a paraprofessional for over 30 years. She enjoyed traveling, and biking around Lake Winona visiting friends, family and neighbors around town. She was also an avid Scrabble player and a talented scrap booker. She dearly loved spending time with her YMCA friends, Lakeview Drive-In family and treasured her morning visits with her best friends, her husband and sister Fran. What Mary enjoyed the most in life was spending time with her family, and especially her grandchildren whom she cherished so dearly. Mary will always be remembered for her wit, grace, beauty, an irrepressible joy and an abundance of love for all humankind. Mary was a past member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Winona and a present member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm.

Memorials are preferred to Ridgeway Reflections, NUMC Hospice or donor’s choice.

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