Loretta Zweber

Loretta (Stanton) Zweber, age 83, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior the early morning hours of Monday, February 4, 2019, at her home in Prior Lake, MN.  

All of Loretta’s service will be at St. Michael Catholic Church 16311 Duluth Avenue SW, Prior Lake. A visitation will be on Friday, February 8, from 3-7 pm and on Saturday, February 9, from 9:30-10:45 am, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, led by Father Tom Walker. Loretta’s pall bearers will be grandsons, Michael Zweber, Zachary Zweber, Jackson Zweber, Conner Beck, Alex Zweber and on behalf of Ben Zweber is Corey Brower. She will be laid to rest at St Michael Cemetery.    

On January 22, 1936, on a farm in Webster, MN, Loretta was born to parents, William and Loretta (Ryan) Stanton. The oldest of 13 children, she grew up knowing the true meaning of hard work, being one as family and having a strong faith. Loretta attended St. Dominic’s Catholic School, with graduating from Northfield High School in 1953. She then worked several years as a secretary for the Minnesota Breeders Association in New Prague, MN  

The best chapter in Loretta’s life was being a wife and mother. While attending a dance in New Prague, she was introduced to a young handsome man, Val Zweber. Since, he was in the service, they exchanged letters overseas and over time their love flourished. On May 12, 1956, at Annunciation Church in Hazelwood, MN, Loretta and Val were united in Holy Matrimony. They were given 8 precious gifts from God, Pauline, Bill, Gary, Matt, Sue, Val, Lorie and Katie.  

It was a family affair on the farm. Loretta and Val instilled in their own children the same values she was taught. Each day was filled with hard work, tending to the gardens, animals and keeping up with active children. Loretta loved to entertain and relished birthday gatherings.  Sunday’s meant being surrounded by laughter, food and great conversation from family. Her family also extended caring for babies and young children, as a Daycare Provider, for over 31 years. Babies and children always held a special place in her heart. To Loretta, these were the best days!  

Loretta also found joy in cheering on the Minnesota Twins, reading the daily paper, especially the sports section, playing Euchre and take a chance at lady luck. She and Val have always been active and supportive members of St. Michael Catholic Church and School.   

Proud of her Irish heritage, Loretta had a gift to remember dates, events, numbers and statistics. She was everyone’s ‘World Book of Knowledge.’ Loretta had this amazing quality in being a good listener, humble kindhearted, and one to always follow the rules. The most valued chapter in Loretta’s life was of her faith. She deeply loved her family, but it was her strong faith, that enable her the day to day support and guidance to keep moving forward in life. God provided her with a special gift of faith, which she was able to share with many far and wide.  

Loretta Therese Zweber was a loving, caring, compassionate and kind woman. She lived a simple life and loved life. Forever loved, she will be missed by her husband of 62 years, Val; children, Pauline Lentner, Bill (Patsy) Zweber, Gary (Denise) Zweber, Matt (Peggy) Zweber, Sue (Bob) Beck, Val (Rhonda) Zweber, Lorie (Rick) Evenson, Katie (Mike) DeGross; 21 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sr. Loriann Stanton, SSND, JoAnne (Ken) Egger, Patricia (Bill) Nelson, Colleen (Leo) Skluzacek, Bill (Jan) Stanton, Mary Ellen (Jerry) Jirik, Monica (Kevin) Lynch, Tim (Christine) Stanton, Michelle (Patrick) Fox; sister-in-law, Marcia Stanton; other relatives and devoted friends. 

There to welcome Loretta home in eternal peace is her daughter-in-law, Becky Zweber; parents, Bill and Loretta; siblings, Donnie (Donna) Stanton, David Stanton, Mark Stanton; nieces, Maura Stanton and Mary Elizabeth Stanton. 

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother.
    Loretta was such a beautiful and caring person who will be certainly missed by all. She was so fortunate in having her family so close not only in distance but in being such a tight knit family. God Bless each of you.
    Loretta is now in peace but will always be with you in spirit.

    Pam & Randy Johnson

  2. Jesse, Stephanie and Laken Johnson :

    Our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our love, Jesse, Stephanie and Laken Johnson

  3. Roman and Jan Hertaus :

    Our Prayers and thoughts are with you . Loretta was an amazing friend and she raised an amazing family. We are going to miss her deeply. Loretta, enjoy eternal happiness in Heaven. Until we meet again.
    Roman and Jan

  4. Tim and Bev Ostertag :

    So sorry for your loss. She will be dearly missed. An amazing woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  5. Jodi & Brian Schlangen :

    To the Zweber family i am sorry for your loss. My parents who knew Lorretta won’t be able to come to the service they are on their winter trip.

  6. Kim Drangstveit :

    We are so sorry to hear of Loretta’s passing. She was such a kind woman and helped to raise a beautiful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Roy and Kim Drangstveit

  7. Heaven just received another Irish Angel…………my condolences to the entire Zweber and Stanton family.

  8. To all The Zweber Family….My heart goes out to you. Mother always holds an extra special place in a family. You will always miss her. Memories last forever. God Bless you all!

  9. Dave and Anne Gratz :

    Sue and family, so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Paul Katie Tanner Reagan and Decker :

    Sending heartfelt condolences to your family. God has gained a beautiful angel. Prayers and hugs

  11. Sarah & Greg Lubansky :

    Dear Zweber Family,
    Our deepest condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  12. Steve Erickson :

    Dear Matt and families. Saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Sending prayers and positive energy to all. Retired Cubbie Steve Erickson

  13. What a wonderful woman, she left a beautiful legacy in her amazing family. Our prayers are with all of you. Love hugs and prayers. The Kramer family

  14. What a beautiful lady, whose influence shined down through her whole beautiful family. What a legacy. Prayers for all of you as you honor her and celebrate her life.

  15. John and Debbie Girtman :

    Dear Zweber Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Val, and your family. Loretta was such a kind and loving person.

    Our condolences on your loss.

  16. Ron and Rosie Ryan and family :

    To All the Zweber and Stanton family our deepest sympathy in the loss of such a great loving individual. Her smile will be missed here but know she will be watching and praying with her mom for everyone she has left. She left lots of love behind for you all to embrace.

  17. Margaret and BILL Healey :

    God Bless you Val and all your family Loretta was a great cousin we loved to talk and catch up on all the news of our family.I wish I could be home to be with your family at this time. God Bless!!

  18. Val & Family, You have our deepest sympathies in this time of great loss .. It was certainly a privilege to have known Loretta, such a gentle & beautiful soul, she will most certainly be missed!! – Josh, Ashlee & Family

  19. Carol Albachten Carlson :

    Matt and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to the Zweber family.

  20. Jan & Claude Mahowald :

    We express our condolences to the Zweber family. We are out of town and cannot attend the service.

  21. We express our condolences to the Zweber family. Sorry we are out of town and cannot attend the service. God Bless.

  22. Kimberly Wahl :

    Matt,Peggy and family.I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Blessings to you all.
    Kimberly Wahl.

  23. Kathy Blonigan :

    Our deepest sympathy to Val and all members of Loretta’s family. What a Beautiful Person Loretta was…it was evident in her caring disposition. May memories of her live on for all.
    Kathy& Steve Blonigan

  24. Brian & Julie Gibson :

    What a wonderful godly woman. Our deepest sympathies to the whole Zweber clan. Please know that we are holding you all in prayer! May God grant Loretta His eternal peace and joy. And May His perpetual light shine upon her.

  25. Maureen Peterson & Family :

    Our sincere sympathy to Val and all the members of Loretta’s family. I have many fond memories of teaching many of her grandchildren at St. Michael’s School. Celebrating with her at church and adoration was always special. She’s your special Irish angel in heaven.

  26. Sympathy for the Zweber family. So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Dave and Cheryl

  27. Thomas J Prady :

    So sorry to hear of your loss to the entire Zweber family. Many fun memories with Gary and Bill growing up and our sports and school antics. As everyone knows, if you were involved with any of the Zweber family, you also had the pleasure of getting to know Loretta and Val. Thoughts and prayers to you all from the Prady family.

  28. elmer and trese hartmann :

    Val, Loretta’s Chores are Done. Time for Eternal Heavenly Rest. We are lighting a candle at Church Of The Ascension, NYA. For the Val Zweber Family Peace Be With You. Hartmann’s of Hamburg.

  29. Brian & Pam Hergott :

    To Bill and all of the Zweber family, I am sorry for the loss of your mother. During this time cherish all the memories and her legacy she has created, keep them close in your heart. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Brian and Pam Hergott

  30. I want to express my deepest sympathy to you Val and your family on Loretta’s passing. I remember lots of good times we had. She will be missed. You will all be in my prayers and thoughts. RIP

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