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Loretta Joy Schoendaller

July 4, 1936 — August 10, 2022


Heaven gained another angel, by the name of Loretta.

Loretta Schoendaller, 86, passed away August 10th, 2022 in Shelby, MT.

Loretta was born July 4th, 1936 in Sunburst, MT to Frank and Myrtle Taft. She was the oldest of four children (Loretta, Verla, Ernie, Art).

Upon graduating high school, Loretta attend Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She later met and married Jake Schoendaller and had three children (Tim, Debbie, and Greg). After her divorce she took on work as a bartender at the Sports Club to support her children and then later as a legal secretary for Aronow, Anderson, Beatty and Lee where she worked until she retired when she had her stroke in 2006.

Loretta was an avid golfer, bowler and loved to crochet, always knitting up blankets and washcloths for her family. She was quite the cat lover and there were always a cat or two (or three) lurking around the house. She also loved to play the piano and was always willing to play for at various social events. She also loved to play cribbage and would never turn down an opportunity to take you down in a game. In 1987 along with Rose Kluth, she managed the Golf Course Country Club for 12 seasons, during which time it was very prosperous.

Loretta suffered a major stroke in July 2006, but she recovered well enough to live on her own for one year, and then moved to the Heritage Center where she lived until her death. She was a wonderful mom, grandmother, aunt, cousin, etc. for the whole family. She had a very active and full life, and will be greatly missed.

Loretta is served by her three children, Tim, Debbie (Brian) Stovall and Greg; two grandchildren, Tiffani, and Kendra; and one great-grandchild Savannah. She is preceded by her parents.

Any memorials can be given to the Lutheran Church of Sunburst or charity of your choice. Condolences can be made to Loretta’s memorial page at

Loretta’s memorial service will be on August 27th, 2022 at 11am at the Lutheran Church in Sunburst.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Lutheran Church of Sunburst

108 1st Avenue West, Sunburst, MT 59482

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