Loretta Y. Fano
September 13, 1941 – October 22, 2019
Loretta Y. Fano passed away October 22, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born to the late Felix Sifuentez and Guadalupe "Lupe" Sifuentez (Avelar) on September 13, 1941, in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from East High School.
Loretta worked in a variety of capacities throughout her life. She began her career in cosmetology at Lewin's and later as a buyer for Polson Pharmacy and Dillard's. She also worked at Via Christi Home Health, Hunter Health Clinic, and then Steps to Life Ministries where Loretta served God almighty, Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the Seventh Day Adventist ministries with all her might. As Director for the Bible Correspondence School for several years; she especially enjoyed her work with Bible lessons and the Ministerial Training Program. It was a joy for her to answer Bible questions and see student’s progress in the lessons and learning Bible truth. She was very active in the Prairie Meadows Church serving as a deaconess and Sabbath School teacher. She assisted with fellowship dinners, enjoyed helping with the preparation of food baskets in December, assisting in the book room and with printing needs. She frequently shared prayer requestsfrom Bible correspondence lesson students and was always willing to do new things.
Loretta was known for her commitment and passion for helping others, advocating for living and maintaining a healthy nutritional lifestyle as well as alternative medical therapies. She also served as a mentor at Washington Elementary School USD 259 for over five years. She was happiest leading Bible studies with family and friends. Some of her hobbies included painting (charcoal, oils, and pastels), gardening, listening to NPR, music, and watching boxing with her children.
She is survived by her mother Guadalupe Sifuentez, her siblings Mike Sifuentez, Steve Sifuentez, Paul Sifuentez, and Gloria Casement all of Wichita, KS; seven children: Anita Balderes, Dennis Balderes, Arthur Balderes (Melissa), Thomas Balderes (Valerie) all of Wichita, Kansas; Cristine Balderes (Miguel Gutierrez) of Pompano Beach, Fl; Rita Balderes of Thornton, CO and Elaina Hyman (Eric) of Brighton, CO. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and many more great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral service for Loretta will be held on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 2pm, Lakeview Cemetery, Peace Mausoleum (directly east of the building). Entombment to follow.
- Steve Sifuentez
- Dennis Balderes
- Arthur Balderes
- Thomas Balderes
- Anthony Garvey
- Adam Balderes
- Valen Fisher
- Jesse Bargas
- Carlo Carrion
- Graveside Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2019
Loretta Y. Fano
October 30, 2019
I will miss my great-grandmother, I knew she loved me with all her heart and my family. I know she is in a better place, and she will be watching over me.
October 28, 2019
To Loretta's family, our hearts and prayers are with you.
When Mike and I moved into our house on Market St with our children in July 1988 it really needed repairs. One day, after we hauled in yet another load of lumber and supplies, a lady called to us from over her neighboring fence. She told us how glad she was to see a young family moving in and to see that we wanted to take care of the house. That was our introduction to Loretta, the most gracious and kind neighbor one could ask for. We've been neighbors now for 31 years and we're sad to see her go. She was a lovely lady and we will miss her. But I think every time we glance that way, we'll still see her in our memories, puttering around in her yard and stopping to chat over that fence.
God be with all of you. Kay and Mike and Rose and Becky
Margie Molina Lopez
October 27, 2019
When I was about 11 and Anita around 3 I took her for a bike ride and somehow her little foot got caught in the spokes of the back tire. It tore some skin off bad enough that her mom (Loretta) had to take her to the emergency room. I felt so bad, I was heartbroken and crying and crying. I was crying in bed when they returned. Loretta came in crawled on the bed next to me and comforted me and told me it was ok. I never forgot how she went out of her way to do that for me. Life happened and pulled us in different directions, but she was always good to me when we did see each other. She will be missed.
Beth (Elizabeth) Lowry
October 27, 2019
Dear Loretta, My heart is filled with gratitude for your love and kindness that you gave to me. We only met a short time ago, much to a surprise to both of us. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So much love sent your way! -Beth
October 26, 2019
Loretta and the children lived next door to us on Market Street. She was always wonderful to talk to and be around. One Thanksgiving my husband and I were driving past our old home and saw the kids outside so decided to stop for a short visit. Well in our neighborhood nothing was ever a short visit. The kids invited us in and it would not do that we had to stay for dinner. I think we left about 9 or 10 that evening. But was a very good time. The next time I saw her was at a different neighbor's funeral just a few short weeks ago.
She looked the same as always and still pleasant to visit with. I was looking forward to seeing her soon, but GOD called her home. Rest in peace beautiful woman of GOD. You will be missed.
October 25, 2019
I remember the first time I met Loretta, I told her"my mother was named Loretta too. ".she smiled and offered me some food.i always remember her kindness to me,and how she would sometimes say something snide and it would make me laugh.rest in peace sorry to see u go.