Loretta (Lechtenberg) Handlos
January 19, 1926 - July 31, 2023

Albert & Loretta Handlos with their nephew, Tom, January 1957

Loretta Handlos, age 97, of Manning, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2023, at Accura Healthcare of Manning.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at Sacred Heart Church in Manning with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Ohde Funeral Home in charge of services.

Loretta Rose, daughter Ed and Cecelia (Schnitter) Lechtenberg, was born January 19, 1926, at Butte, Nebraska. She attended catholic school in Butte. At the age of ten, Loretta moved with her family to a farm near Manning, Iowa, where she attended rural school at Ewoldt No. 8. After completing her education, Loretta worked at home on the farm.

On September 30, 1941, Loretta was united in marriage with Albert F. Handlos, Jr. at Sacred Heart Church in Manning. They moved to a farm 1 1/2 miles south of Manning where they lived and raised their son Larry. Loretta enjoyed working in her large vegetable and flower gardens. When Albert retired from farming in 1975, they moved into their home in Manning where Loretta cared for a large rose garden. At this time she also started working in the Dietary Department at the Manning General Hospital. After 17 years she retired and cared for her husband at home. After Albert moved to the Manning Plaza in 1991, Loretta worked at the Corner Café for Tom Williams and then at Deb's Corner Café, retiring in 2010.

Loretta was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Manning and the Altar and Rosary Societies. The church was a very important part of her life. Over the years Loretta volunteered at the Manning Plaza and the New Hope Village Store. After the death of her husband in 1995, she moved to the Terrace Apartments where she thoroughly enjoyed living. Eventually she moved into the Manning Plaza where she loved socializing and taking part in numerous activities.

Loretta was known for being a wonderful cook, with one of her specialties being German knadles, which she made for every holiday get-together with her family. She enjoyed crocheting, making beautiful afghans, doilies, and wall hangings. She also made hand-sewn clothes for her granddaughters' Barbie dolls when they were little. In her later years, Loretta liked to join her granddaughters for a drink or two uptown at Spitters.

Preceding Loretta in death are her parents; husband Albert Handlos; a son Larry Handlos; a grandson-in-law Mark "Bert" Werner; one brother Fred Lechtenberg in infancy; three sisters: Marie (Andrew) Soppe, Leona (Irwin) Reisberg, and Mildred (Fred) Mallett; three brothers-in-law Edward (Maxine) Handlos, Henry (Genevieve) Handlos and Frank (Lila) Handlos.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law Barbara Handlos of Manning; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren: Patty and husband Ron "Skip" Tanner of Sheldon and their son Nicholas (Rachel) Tanner; Jackie Werner of Dedham and her sons Dustin and Jarrett; and Joelle and her husband Joe Behrens of Templeton and their children Hailee and Will; three great-great-grandchildren: Tayten, Mauer and Audrey Grace Tanner; along with other relatives and friends.

Since Loretta's family moved into the Templeon area from Nebraska, I have very little information about her part of the family but I will show aspects of the Handlos side.

Well, once I read the full obituary, I noticed that Loretta attended country school in this area, so I searched my database and sure enough, she attended Ewoldt No. 8, and I had a short news article about her sisters...so read below.

Page 42 of the Manning Schools history book

March 4, 1937 Rural School Department At Ewoldt No. 8, DeEtta Horman has two pupils, Mildred and Marie Lechtenberg with a perfect class attendance since the opening of school in September.

Minnie Lamp & Loretta Handlos

Albert & Mary (Reitmeier) Handlos

From the 1981 Manning Centennial book
Albert, son of Albert Sr. and Maria (Reitmeier) Handlos, was born January 29, 1914 on a farm near Templeton, Iowa. He attended school at Dedham.
Loretta, daughter of Ed and Cecelia (Schnitter) Lechtenberg was born January 19, 1926 at Butte, Nebraska. She came to Iowa with her family at the age of eight.
On September 30, 1941, Albert and Loretta were united in marriage. One son, Larry, was born to this union. They farmed south of Manning until 1975, when they moved into town.
In November of 1991, Albert entered the Manning Plaza. He died there on April 4, 1995 at the age of eighty-one.
Loretta worked at the Manning Hospital from 1975 to 1991. She has worked at the Corner Cafe for the past 13 years and as a volunteer at the New Hope store the past 3 years. She presently lives at the Terrace Apartments.

Albert & Mary Handlos

Albert, Frank, Mary, Henry, Albert, Sr., Edward

Clarence Grundmeier, Orland Fara, Larry Handlos - Manning Ag Center

Gun club - basement of what is Cliff's Place today - Louie Mundt & Wayne Snyder, instructors

Mike Hoffman, ??, Larry Handlos circa 1963

Comet Dance 1959

Sandra Dammann & Larry Handlos, Queen & King

1981 Manning Centennial book ad

From the 1981 Manning Centennial book
Larry, son of Albert and Loretta (Lechtenberg) Handlos, was born September 21, 1941, on a farm in Carroll County. He attended school in Manning, graduating in 1959. In 1961, he graduated from C.E. School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska. Barb, daughter of Merle and Luella (Schade) Knight was born March 7, 1945, in Manning. In 1950, her family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa. Larry and Barb were married December 29, 1962 in Omaha. They lived in Manning until 1966 when they moved to a farm south of town. In 1984, they moved into Manning where they presently reside. Larry and Barb are the parents of three daughters.

Patty graduated from Manning High School in 1980 and earned a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from Morningside College in 1984. She married Skip (Ron) Tanner on July 12, 1986, at Nativity Catholic Church in Sioux City, Iowa. They have one son, Nicholas Ray, born June 10, 1989. They presently live in Sheldon, Iowa.

Jackie graduated from Manning High School in 1981. She married Mark Werner, son of John and Dardinelle Werner of Dedham, on October 6, 1984, at Sacred Heart Church in Manning. Jackie is the Athletic Director secretary at Carroll High School and Mark is an Engineering Assistant at Pella Corporation in Carroll. They have two sons, Dustin Michael, born April 17, 1994, and Jarrett Mark, born August 27, 1997. The family lives in Carroll.

Joelle Handlos graduated from Manning High School in 1991 and earned a B.S.B.A. degree from Drake University, graduating in 1995. She has worked in the insurance field for more than 10 years. She and Joe Behrens, son of Ken and Vicki Behrens of Templeton, were married on November 12, 2005 at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton, Iowa. Joe is a director at Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll. They live in Templeton.

Patty Handlos MHS 1980

Jackie Handlos MHS 1984

1991 Prom

Kristi Herbers, Stacey Odendahl, Jenny Frisbie, Hallie Pfannkuch, Wendy Ahrendsen, Jenny Hinners, Renee Rosonke, Jenny Riggert, Beth Kusel, Joelle Handlos, Kristyn Justice, Monica Stangl, Brenda Puck, Michelle Campbell, Leslee Dammann, Jennifer Ramsey

Jackie Handlos

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