Loretta Charlotte Klink Rhodes, 93, of 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, joined her heavenly family on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. She was formerly from Conneaut Lake and had resided at Wesbury Grace Health Center for six and one-half years.
She was born July 28, 1919, at Schaumburg, Ill., and was the daughter of William and Anna Krenz Klink. She married George Laurence Rhodes on Oct. 1, 1940, and he preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1975.
Loretta was a graduate of East Fallowfield High School and Meadville Commercial College. She was employed in Conneaut Lake at the former Bill’s Radio and Supply Co., the former Merchants Bank (now Marquette Savings Bank), and also worked for the Moss and Harned families.
She was on the March of Dimes Board and organized the Mother’s Day march at Conneaut Lake. She was the last surviving member of the Knit-Wit Club, and was pianist and past noble grand of the former Rebecca of the Lake Lodge 142. Loretta was the first woman to be elected to serve on the Conneaut Lake Borough Council and was chair of the Beach Committee. She also was selected to be queen for the Conneaut Lake Bicentennial Celebration. She joined Conneaut Lake Trinity United Methodist Church in 1940, where she was assistant organist, choir member, Sunday school teacher, served on several committees, and was a member and past president of the former Women’s Society of Christian Service.
Loretta assisted with the operation of the William C. Rhodes Funeral Home located at Conneaut Lake from 1947 to 1986. She could do every task connected with the funeral profession except embalming, which she refused to learn, and comforted more than 1,000 families. She always remarked that when she hugged someone, their tears never stained her dresses. She was known for being a classy dresser and did not consider herself properly dressed until she was wearing a hat and white gloves.
Loretta is survived by a son, William (Bill) Rhodes of Meadville; a brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Marian Klink of Hartstown; two sisters-in-law, Jean Rhodes of Conneaut Lake and Norma Rhodes of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a great-uncle, Otto Klink; her husband, Laurence; a sister, Gertrude (Toots) Baker; two brothers, Herbert and Kent Klink; a sister-in-law, Jean Klink; and several nieces and nephews. She also missed her dog, Dolly, who died in October.
Calling hours are today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.
There will be a funeral Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Barco Chapel of Grace Health Center at Wesbury United Methodist Community, 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, with the Rev. Ellen Rezek, chaplain, officiating. Additionally, for her Conneaut Lake friends and family there will be a funeral at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 240 N. Third St., Conneaut Lake, with the Rev. Jay Sterling, pastor, and the Rev. Dave Brumagin, pastoral assistant, officiating.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Harmonsburg, with the Rev. Rachel Johns, pastor of Hartstown Presbyterian Church, officiating.
The family suggests memorials be made to The Wesbury Benevolent Fund, 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 16335; or Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box BB, Conneaut Lake, Pa. 16316.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidcolemanfh.com.