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Loretta Ardell Lein, 87, of Perham, passed away quietly on July 6 in the Burlington Household of Perham Living. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Perham, with Pastor Carl Noble officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 9, from 1-2 p.m. at the Perham Living Chapel and also from 5-8 p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home. Burial will take place in St. Henry's Catholic Cemetery in Perham.

Loretta Ardell Ebberson was born on Feb. 7, 1926, the daughter of Joe and Amanda (Rosenow) Ebberson. Loretta attended Perham High School and worked as a waitress at several restaurants including Eagles and Ebling's Cafes.

On Jan. 19, 1948, Loretta married Norbert Lein. They made their home in Perham their entire lives. Loretta enjoyed family and friends and loved cooking and sports, especially the Twins.

Surviving Loretta is her daughter, Gloria (Mike) Lord of Zimmerman, Minn.; her son, Larry of Apple Valley, Minn.; her son, Tim of Ottertail, Minn.; and her daughter, Brenda, (Rick) Vizenor of Frazee, Minn.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding Loretta in death is her husband, two sisters and one brother.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit