Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Loretta Ann Reiter

May 11, 1926August 29, 2020

Loretta Ann Reiter passed away on August 29, 2020 in Orleans, MA after a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s.

Loretta was born in South Bend, Indiana on May 11, 1926 to Agnes (Drajus) and Vincent Brzezinski. She graduated from South Bend Catholic High School in 1943 and from the Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.

Loretta married Bernard Reiter in 1947 and they raised five children in South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana.

While in Indiana, Loretta worked at the South Bend Public Library for 25 years. After retiring from the library in 1991, she moved to Orleans.

Loretta loved Cape Cod. Whether relaxing with a book or walking along the water, the beach was a place of refuge and tranquility for her. No matter how many times she saw it, she never lost her wonder of the ocean. For many years, she volunteered at the St. Joan of Arc thrift shop where she forged wonderful friendships. She loved the theater, movies, reading, dancing, music, going to dinner with friends, traveling to new places, and a good party. She was a real sports enthusiast, cheering for Notre Dame, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Boston Patriots.

Loretta is predeceased by her beloved husband “Benny”, her sister Rita Brzezinski, and daughter-in-law Janet Reiter. She is survived by her five children: Joseph Reiter and his wife Betsy (Adair) of Woodbury, GA; Ann Dee Reiter of Orleans, MA; Candice Tyler of Mishawaka, IN; Timothy Reiter of South Bend, IN; and Sandra Reiter and her partner Angela Smith of Lexington, VA. She also is survived by six grandchildren: Timothy Tyler, Jessica and Zachery Reiter; Sydney Frey; and Noah and Rebekah Adair; and two great-grandchildren: Joseph and Halle Reiter.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc church, Orleans, MA on Saturday, September 5 at 10:00 am, burial will be at a later date in Mishawaka, IN. The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations be made in Loretta’s name to either: the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 61 Canal Road, Orleans, MA 02653; or the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center, 2095 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631.


  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Alzheimer’s Family Support Center


  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, September 5, 2020


Loretta Ann Reiter

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Carol (Mrs. Bruce) Chamberlin

September 4, 2020

Joe, Ann Dee, Candy, Tim and Sandy: Please, let me express my sincere sympathy, to all of you, on the death of your mother. My prayers will be with you, for an acceptance of the peace and happiness she now enjoys, in heaven. I, for one, can just see the smile on your dad's face as he, once again, has her with him!
The memories of you five, our group, Battell park, St. Monica's and yes, those tennis courts--go on and on---each one a GREAT one to always remember!!
My love to all of you--
Carol Chamberlin (Mama of Ed, Steven, Jan, Laurie, Sallie & Maria)

Jan Chamberlin

September 3, 2020

My sincere sympathy to all of Mrs. Reiter’s family. I have fond memories of all of you, as well as both your parents. We all were lucky in the “parent department”. Love to you all!

Gerry Csaposs

September 2, 2020

Loretta’s passing marks the end of an era....
The last of Harriet’s Wednesday Afternoon Girls.
God Bless Ann Dee who provided such a beautiful environment for her in her final years.
Rest In Peace good and gentle soul....
Peace Love and Prayers
Ben & Gerry

Jean Clark

August 31, 2020

Your mother was a one of a kind lady who I’ll always remember....
She had remarks for any situation that needed no further explanation...
She was a great friend to my own Mom!

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