In Memory of

Loretta Alice Sweet

June 13, 1944 - May 2, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Loretta Alice Sweet

Loretta Alice Sweet

Born: June 13, 1944
Died: May 2, 2020
Age: 75

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     Loretta Alice Sweet, the daughter of Arthur and Katherine Trost was born June 13, 1944 in Chicago, IL. Her childhood years were spent in the Chicago area, where she attended and graduated from Catholic Schools.

     Loretta married Sam Cardinale in 1966, they had 4 children, Karen, Samuel, Anthony, and Joseph. They later divorced. She worked as homemaker. She married Gerard Garbo in 1972, they had 2 children, Carissima and Gerard Jr. They moved to Baltimore, MD in 1976, and later divorced. She moved to Spencer, IA in 1990 where she worked at St. Luke’s Nursing Home until her retirement in 2018.

     Loretta enjoyed reading, garage sales, thrift stores, collecting bells and owls, cheering on her Chicago White Sox, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

     Loretta passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Spencer Hospital at the age of 75. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 children, Sam, and Anthony; her 2nd husband, Gerard; and one brother, Arthur.

     Left to cherish her memory are her 4 children, Karen Cardinale of Chicago, Joseph Cardinale of Chicago, Carissima Collins of Omaha, NE, and Gerard Garbo Jr. of Omaha, NE; 2 grandchildren, Michael Dean of Omaha, and Sienna Collins of Omaha; 2 great-grandchildren, Malikai and Isaiah Dean; significant other, James Haisman of Spencer, IA; other relatives; and many friends.

Private family memorial services will take place Wednesday, May 6, at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Loretta's name.
Fr. Tim Hogan
There will be no public visitation.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:01 PM
““The strife is over. The battle won. Now let the hymns of praise be sung.” Alleluia! ! My Aunt Loretta suffered many trials and tribulations but now her suffering is finished. From the first time I met my Aunt back in Chicago more than 45 years ago, she treated me like one of her own children; including “Do the dishes and take out the trash.” I will always fondly remember Aunt Loretta. ”
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:08 AM
“Gerard I am sorry for you family's loss. I pray her soul is blessed and I pray that peace cover you!”
- DerShaun Blanding
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:16 AM
“She always had a smile on her face at Taco Johns. ”
- Bob Graham
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM
“To my late, dear cousin’Gerry’s children, Gerard and Carissima, i send my thoughts and prayers your way. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” May the peace that surpasses understanding,, through our Lord, Jesus Christ, make its home in your hearts.”
- Sharon Miros-Schafle
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5:29 PM
“To my nephew, Gerard and my niece, Carissima, I am sorry to hear that your mom passed on. Love, uncle Joe”
- Joseph Garbo
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