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“Joyce, I was so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She sounds like a remarkable woman and I'm certain she will be dearly missed by you and your...Read More »
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“Dear Joyce, It sounds as though your Mom had a full and blessed life! My condolences. Susan ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Susan DePold - Bolton, CT

“Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
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“Joyce, Your mother sounds like quite a wonderful woman who blessed many lives. What a legacy. Thinking of you. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Holly Hood - CT

“Joyce, your Mother sounds just like you - dedicated, confident in her convictions, giving, and a blessing to those she knows. My thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jason Norris

“Sylvia and I send our condolences. Lane, your mother had a long life. We know you and the rest of your family will miss her. May wonderful...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Rick Anderson - Holland, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stille clan as we think of the wonderful life that Loretta lived She spent her days living for others...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Wild - Edmond, OK

“My sincere condolences to the Stille family. I will always remember Mrs. Stille with much fondness and respect. She set a splendid example of...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kirk Witherspoon - Moline, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Stille family. ”
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Lorretta M. Stille, 95, of Moline, IL, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Riverside United Methodist Church, 712 16th Street, Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church Children's Library or to Trinity Pathway Hospice.

Lorretta was born on January 3, 1917 in Charles City, IA the daughter of Lester and Hannah (Uetz) Bennett. Prior to marriage she earned a teaching certificate and taught in a one room school in northeast Iowa. She married Robert C. Stille on June 20, 1941 at Central Methodist Church, Charles City, Iowa. Together they raised five children and were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Family was a very important part of their lives and she was the cornerstone of the family. Robert preceded her in death on March 29, 2007. Lorretta was an active member of Riverside United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. In addition, she taught Vacation Bible School, was SS Elementary Department Head, and was in charge of the children's library where she ran reading programs each year. She became involved with tutoring neighborhood children at the church which then led to her developing an after school tutoring program for the Hispanic United Methodist Church, Rock Island. Working with children for all these years was the highlight of her life and inspiring children to read was her passion.

For her work with the tutoring program she was recognized by the Key Women Educators of Beta Epsilon and the Bi State Literacy Program. She was awarded life membership for her work in the PTA. She was a member of United Methodist Women's Society. Having a flower garden and fresh flowers were very comforting to her and she eagerly looked forward to family visits and get-togethers.

Survivors include
Children Larry (Nancy) Stille Spirit Lake, IA
Linda Davis Moline, IL
Lane (Marilyn) Stille George, IA
Kent (Donna) Stille Eagle Rock, MO
Joyce Stille Bolton, CT
Grandchildren Chris (Kristy) Stille
Jennifer (Kristian) Kincaid
Ryan (Jeni) Stille
Kristin (Don) Dillard
Brent (Carey) Stille
Heather (Dan) Koolstra
Taera (Chris) Mulder
Allyssa (Tim) Kinsley
Erin (Chris) Larsen
Allison (Cody) Putney

16 Great Grandchildren Malachi, Samuel, Isaac, Grant, Greyson, Gregor, Andrew, Anna, Aiden, Chaelor, Hunter, Hadley, Bennett, Julia, Karter, and Blake

Brother Wendell (Vernetta) Bennett Waterloo, IA
In-Laws Mabel (Kenneth) Eckenrod
Eldon (Lois) Stille
Ramona Stille
Martha Stille
Helen Stille
Charles Smith
Many Nieces, Nephews, and Special Friends

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Lorraine Smith; brothers, John & Leonard Bennett; and son-in-law, Dennis Davis.