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Loretta M. Linenfelser

November 2, 1936 ~ February 14, 2019 (age 82)

 Loretta M. Linenfelser, 82, died at 9:56 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center in Alton. She was born in Fieldon, Illinois on November 2, 1936, and was the youngest of ten children born to Charles and Catherine (Mossman) Narup. Growing up in a loving, tight knit family, Loretta learned early on the values of hard work, loyalty and faith. She demonstrated all those traits throughout her entire life. After graduating in 1954 from Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville, she married Alfred Linenfelser on November 27, 1954 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fieldon. Together, they shared 48 years together and the joys of three children, before his death on March 12, 2003. Her strong work ethic was evident early on in life at the International Shoe Factory in Jerseyville and Owens-Illinois Glass Manufacturing. Her keen sense of style made her a perfect fit in retail, as she started working at Don's Department Store in downtown Jerseyville and Fashion Bug in  Jerseyville, where she eventually retiring as the store manager. She loved to travel, attend musicals, or just simply read a good book. Her favorite pastime, however, was spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter and son in-law, Terri and Tom Jurkanin of Murfreesboro Tn.; a son, John Linenfelser of Jerseyville; two grandchildren, Ethan and Payton Linenfelser; two sisters, Delores Becker of Fishers, In., and Norma Glassbrenner of Litchfield, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Kay Linenfelser, just prior to her seventh birthday, on Oct. 28, 1964; two brothers, Leonard Narup and Jerome Narup; and five sisters, Vernetia Gullicksrud, Vera Dunham, Rosalie East Hughes, Irene Erwin and Marcella Narup in infancy. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father Martin Smith officiating. She will be laid to rest in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Fieldon. Memorials may be given to the St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital or to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School in Jerseyville.

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