Loretta M. Prantner, 99

Published 10:55 am Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Loretta M. Prantner, 99, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.



Loretta Mae was born Feb. 23, 1915, in Freeborn County, Minnesota, to Joseph and Anna (Cerny) Prihoda. Loretta attended Austin High School. She was united in marriage to Anton Lukes in Glenville, Minnesota, on Aug. 19, 1931. Loretta and Anton had three children, Donna, Rita, and Marcine, before Anton’s passing on July 22, 1937. Loretta married Milo “Mike” Prantner on Jan. 8, 1943, in Colorado, and was blessed with a fourth daughter, Suzanne. Loretta worked at Wilson’s during the war, and clerked and waitressed over the years. Following her husband’s return home from military duty, Loretta and Mike farmed many years throughout Freeborn, Steele and Mower Counties. In 1963 they moved to Blooming Prairie where they owned and operated Mike’s Place. For several years Loretta also enjoyed working at Harriet’s Dres-Wel in Blooming Prairie. Her husband Mike passed away on Nov. 3, 1990, and in 1991 Loretta moved to Austin’s Pickett Place. Loretta was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Austin, Austin American Legion Auxiliary, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary in Austin. She enjoyed bowling, cards, bingo, casino trips, crocheting, family get togethers, volunteering at the American Legion Hall on “sandwich night,” and following her beloved Minnesota Twins!

Loretta is survived by her daughters, Donna Hoyne of Bloomer, Wisconsin, Marcine (Donald) McClary of Austin, and Suzanne (Bill) Hogendorf of Austin; by grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Cafourek of Glenville; sister-in-law, Lois Prihoda of Albert Lea; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Anton Lukes and Milo Prantner; daughter and son-in-law, Rita (James) Martin; son-in-law, Roger Hoyne; grandson, Wade Longworth and granddaughter, Georgia McClary; great-grandsons, Sanford Hoyne and Milo Gerow; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack (Elizabeth) Prihoda, Clarence (Sophie) Prihoda, and Floyd Prihoda.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Worlein Funeral Home with the Rev. Marilee Benson officiating. Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon prior to the service at Worlein Funeral Home. Interment will be in the National Bohemian Cemetery in Myrtle. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.