Loretta of Litchfield Park passed away on November 11, 2020. She was born in Littlefield Texas in 1941 to Delila and Phillip Simnacher, the youngest of 4 children and the last survivor of that family. She is survived by her husband, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. She married her spouse Ronald Kuhler in 1962 in Pep, Texas. Their children include Ron Jr. (Jill), Lance (Susie), Amanda (Dave), and Kent (Diane).
She attended Pep High School, graduating in 1959. She earned a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and worked for Del Webb and the State of Arizona where she was manager of payroll for DHS and subsequently DES. She retired from the state in 1998.
Her favorite hobbies included hiking, fishing, gardening, traveling by motorhome, foreign travel, and birding, with the objective being to observe and identify all the bird species endemic to North America
While she has enjoyed travel and forays into exotic places, her most enjoyable parts of life were her family and grandchildren. She held them as babies, took them on outings and watched them grow to beautiful individuals. She watched grandchildren in volleyball games, swim meets, wrestling matches, basketball games and a host of other activities. She attended many graduations with 3 now in high school, 6 in college and 1 graduated from college.
Fall and spring gardens were always an active time of year where planting and care of fruits and vegetables brought her back to her early childhood of growing up on a farm in the Pep community.
Her most notable and enjoyable travels included the 4 biennial Lenten “pilgrimages” led by the Archbishop of Santa Fe to Spain, Rome and Israel, central Europe, and finally the “Footsteps of St. Paul” thru Greece and Turkey.
She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas since its inception as a parish and was a eucharistic minister for many years. Memorial services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 10 am on November 20th, with interment of the ashes in Holy Cross cemetery immediately following.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hospice of the Valley.