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Mother of Julie Leister Ketterman ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 30, 2018

Loretta Jane Tucker Obituary

Loretta Jane Tucker “The Best Mom” passed away Sunday September 23, 2018 at Heartland of Waterville. The daughter of Russell and Martha Gephart, she was born January 16, 1938 in Toledo, OH. She was a graduate of Scott High School where she was a majorette. She received her Bachelor’s from The Ohio State University as a Dental Hygienist. She worked for several area dentist offices throughout the years. Loretta liked to bake, sew and spoil her grandchildren. She spent her winters in Naples, FL at the Bayside Villas where she had many very close friends. Loretta will be remember most as a dedicated mother and grandmother, who worked tirelessly to provide for her family.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Dave) Ball, Shawn Leister, Julie (Paul) Ketterman, Tim Leister; grandchildren, Kelly (Brian) Downey, Ryan Ball, RJ Leister, Luke and Lauren Ketterman, Russell Leister; sisters, Marda (Jim) Dewey, Iona (Bob) Valentine; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, John Lavery. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Tucker; and granddaughter, Kelsey Ketterman.

Friends may visit the family on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 2-7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd). Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association. Condolences may be shared with the family at

View the online memorial for Loretta Jane Tucker

Published in Toledo Blade from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2018

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