March 22, 1921-April 3, 2012
HENDRICKS - Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta Raus, 91, of Hendricks will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Birk Funeral Home in Ivanhoe, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a rosary to follow. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church one hour prior to Mass. Burial will be in Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.
She passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the Hendricks Nursing Home.
Loretta (Ochocki) Raus was born March 22, 1921, in Ivanhoe, the daughter of John and Alice (Krause) Johnson. She was baptized, confirmed and received her First Communion at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. She attended school in Ivanhoe and married John Ochocki on April 27, 1937. They farmed near Ivanhoe and Arco before purchasing the Ochocki family farm near Hendricks. While helping on the farm and raising their family, Loretta also worked at Swifts in Marshall. After John's death in 1969, she worked at the Hendricks Hospital. In 1972, she moved to St. Paul and began working at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. On Nov. 6, 1974, she was married to James Raus. While living in West St. Paul, both Jim and Loretta were active participants at St. Michael's Church, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. In their retirement, they traveled extensively, wintering for 10 years in Pharr, Texas. After Jim's death in 1990, Loretta returned to Ivanhoe. She was active in the community, serving as a past Polish Day Queen, Past President of the Ivanhoe Catholic Church Guild, Ivanhoe Senior Citizens, Site Council, and VFW Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Ivanhoe Nursing Home and the Ivanhoe Catholic Church, where she helped make quilts for the Mission Society and was a member of the Rosary Society. Along with her volunteer work, she also enjoyed traveling, embroidering, reading, playing cards and bingo. Loretta moved to Boulder Estates in Marshall in 2007 and then to the Hendricks Nursing Home in 2011.
Loretta is survived by eight children, James (Wanda) Ochocki of Marshall, Deloris (Roger) Dannen of Clear Lake, Iowa, Eugene (Marlene) Ochocki of Bloomington, Richard (Ivy Hefler) Ochocki of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Thomas (Sherry) Ochocki of Aberdeen, S.D., Kenneth (Mary) Ochocki of New Brighton, Donald (Arlene) Ochocki of Cottage Grove, and Terrance (Mary) Ochocki of Forest Lake; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Audrey (Roy) Steffes of Ivanhoe.
She was preceded in death by husbands, John Ochocki and James Raus; her parents; four sisters, Eleanor, Irene, Doris and Bertha; two brothers, Norman and Lloyd; one grandson, Michael Ochocki.
Blessed be her memory.