Loretta Elizabeth Tracy

April 24, 1926March 19, 2017
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Loretta Tracy, 90, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, surrounded by much love from her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. Rosary.

Loretta Elizabeth Riley was born April 24, 1926, to Donald and Elizabeth (Horan) Riley. She grew up in rural Ottumwa where she attended Ottumwa High and Ottumwa Heights College. Loretta continued her education earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Drake University, and Master’s Degree in Education and Administration from Iowa State University.

On November 12, 1945, Loretta was united in marriage to Thomas Francis Tracy. Loretta was Tom’s Wild Irish Rose, and the couple have been blessed with six children, Michael, Liz, Tim, Kevin, Brian, and Chuck.

Loretta lived a life of service teaching elementary and religious education at numerous Catholic schools; most notably All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines. She touched many hearts as she nurtured and encouraged many lives throughout her faithful career. Loretta was a member at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church where she served on many committees and groups.

Loretta was the patriarch of her family and always cherished cooking holiday dinners and time spent together. She was grateful to have recently returned to Mt. Rushmore to see the completed project. Her previous visit was when the project was being started.

Loretta’s joyful smile and wonderful sense of humor will be deeply missed by her family. She leaves a legacy of six children, Michael (Marj) Tracy, Liz (Howard) Stewart, Tim (Diane) Tracy, Kevin (Sandy) Tracy, Brian (Marcie) Tracy, and Chuck Tracy; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; siblings, Fran (Mary Kay) Riley, Dan (Pat) Riley, Shirley (Dave) McLaughlin; sister-in-law, Lois Riley; brother-in-law, Bob Tracy and other extended family and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; siblings, John Riley, Don Riley, and Phil Riley; sisters-in-law, Shirley Louise Riley and Joyce Riley; and great-granddaughter, Maura Keilman.

Donations received will go to the charities of the family's choice in Loretta's honor.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Rosary Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 30, 2017

Loretta Elizabeth Tracy

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George Feeley

August 14, 2017

Great teacher. Very smart person who was dedicated to her work.

Maureen Suchy

March 30, 2017

What a well-lived life, reaching countless others with her joyful smile and enduring dedication to education. Rest in peace, Aunt Loretta.

Chad Swigart

March 29, 2017

May your light forever shine!

Chad Swigart

March 29, 2017

I had Mrs. Tracy as my third grade teacher at All Saints. She was also the principal that year so I remember that she was a very busy lady. I remember a very kind lady that always had time for others.

I know she will be missed by many. Godspeed...

March 29, 2017

To My Aunt Loretta,

I always remember when we would get together and she would see me coming, I swear I would see a twinkle in her eye. It did not matter how old I got it because the twinkle was always there. We would have wonderful conversations and she would know what I was going to say before I said it. I always had great connection with her and how special she made me feel.

I know she impacted a lot of lives as teachers always do. Every time I see a twinkling light I will know she is watching over me. To my cousins and their families all my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve Riley
Battle Creek, MI

Deb Harrington-Derry

March 28, 2017

Rest in peace, dear Mrs. Tracy! I was fortunate enough to have Mrs. Tracy for not only 5th grade but 6th grade too while attending All Saints Catholic School. The reason? Mrs. Tracy said my class was so 'naughty' that it would take her more than one year to whip us into shape! I know we've all become productive members of society, so her plan must have worked! Godspeed, dear lady!

March 27, 2017

It was my honor to serve on the faculty of St. Cecilia's School when Loretta was the Principal. She was a wonderful example of love, kindness and patience to all who worked with her.
She also taught three of my siblings at All Saints School in Des Moines.

I pray to God, daily, that he has taken her to His loving arms in reward for her years of serving Him.
May God bless Loretta's family and bring them peace.

Sister Dorothy Ann Chevalier C.H.M.

Sr. Sandy Rodemyer

March 26, 2017

So many wonderful memories of dear Loretta. She made the BEST lemon bars in the world!

Barb and Gary Griffin

March 26, 2017

Loretta was such a joy to visit with at family gatherings. She will be missed by many friends and family.

Steve Vanderah

March 24, 2017

I will always remember the caring and kindness Loretta would show to everyone she met. My prayers are with her and the family.