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Loretta Mary "Loret" Howard

Loretta Mary "Loret" Howard

Female 1922 - 2010

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  • Nickname  Loret 
    Born  5 Dec 1922  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  25 Jul 2010  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary  28 Jul 2010  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sun-Times 
    • Loretta M. Wendt
      Wendt, Loretta M. (nee Howard), age 87, beloved wife of the late George R. Wendt. Loving mother of Kathryn (Dan) Sudeikis, George R. Wendt, Jr. (Bernadette Birkett), Loretta (Greg) Jolivette, Marti (Jim) Doherty, Nancy (Bill) Healy, Thomas Howard Wendt (Linda Metz), Paul (Cathy) Wendt and the late baby Karen and baby Mary Ann Wendt. "NANA" was most especially loved by her 23 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Loret was a dedicated supporter of Little Company of Mary Hospital who was honored at the Crystal Heart Ball in 2003 for over 50 years of fund raising efforts and volunteer work. Family and friends will gather at Christ the King Church 9235 S. Hamilton Ave. On Thursday July 29th for visitation from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection at 6 p.m. Committal service and Interment Friday 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cemetery. Memorials to Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation 2800 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL 60805 are most appreciated. For Information: Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors 708-636-5500.
    Obituary  29 Jul 2010  Chicago, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sun-Times 
    • LORETTA WENDT: Mother of actor George Wendt
      Grandmother of 'SNL' writer, performer known for her practical jokes
      July 29, 2010
      BY MIKE THOMAS Staff Reporter

      Loretta Wendt was the go-to person for parties and church events, says son George Wendt.

      If Loretta Wendt had been born in a different era, the longtime Beverly resident might have become a celebrated comedienne like Tina Fey, according to her famously funny son, actor George Wendt of "Cheers" renown.

      Mrs. Wendt -- Loret or "Nana" to those who knew her -- died Sunday at home, surrounded by many members of her family, to whom she had dispensed a few bits of final wisdom and then bade individual goodbyes.

      "She was the go-to person for skits or song parodies or things like that for birthday parties and parish events at Christ the King," George Wendt said, referring to the South Side church to which his devout mother belonged for many decades.

      When it came to funny business, Mrs. Wendt could receive as well as she gave.

      "While she certainly was tremendous in her output of doing funny things, I always benefitted more from her appreciation of funny things and funny people," said her grandson Jason Sudeikis, a writer and performer on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." "She was just a really good laugher."

      An enthusiastic practical joker, too. Even food held pranking potential -- and sometimes footwear. Mrs. Wendt, 87, was known to bury an old shoe inside a plate of spaghetti or a cake or a tray of lasagna that she'd made for friends.

      And those friends would reciprocate -- a gag that went on for years.

      On occasion, Mrs. Wendt liked dressing in traditional nun's garb, as she did last fall for one of her son's book-signings.

      But while Mrs. Wendt was lively and witty and fun-loving, "She was nobody's fool," George Wendt said. "If you got on her bad side, she had a very sharp tongue."

      An only child and the daughter of celebrated newspaper photographer Tom Howard -- who spent part of his career at the Chicago Sun-Times and was famous for sneaking an ankle-mounted camera into the 1928 Sing Sing electric chair execution of murderer Ruth Snyder -- Mrs. Wendt was born at St. Bernard Hospital in the Englewood neighborhood.

      She moved as a young girl to Washington, D.C., where her father became chief White House photographer, and then to Detroit before settling back in Chicago. In February 1946, having graduated from Academy of Our Lady (also known as Longwood Academy) and Mundelein College, she married the late George R. Wendt Sr. They had nine kids, two of whom died as infants.

      Mrs. Wendt began volunteering at and doing fund-raising for Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. She continued doing so for more than half a century. In addition to working with young mothers and helping organize philanthropic events, she was instrumental in the hospital's humor program -- as a financial donor and otherwise.

      Mary Jo May, a friend and executive director of the hospital's fund-raising foundation, said Mrs. Wendt "was a consummate people person, and she loved having people around her."

      That was true to the end. After making sure that a priest stopped by to administer the last rites and doing some video Skyping with her grandkids, after saying many farewells and eating her regular evening snack of sliced canned peaches and cream cheese and blue-corn chips, Mrs. Wendt began reciting a favorite prayer and died soon after.

      Her famous son joked: "She stage-managed the whole thing."

      Other survivors include daughters Kathryn Sudeikis, Loretta Jolivette, Marti Doherty and Nancy Healy; sons Thomas and Paul; 23 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

      Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton, followed by a mass at 6 p.m.
    Buried  30 Jul 2010  St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I6  Sudeikis Genealogy
    Last Modified  30 May 2012 

    Family  George Robert Wendt, Sr.,   b. 8 Jan 1923, ____, Cook Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1993, Newport, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Feb 1946 
    Children 
     1. Kathryn "Kathy" Wendt
     2. George Robert Wendt, Jr.
    Last Modified  29 May 2012 
    Family ID  F3  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Dec 1922 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Jul 2010 - Chicago, Cook Co., IL Link to Google Earth
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