Loretta Ann Arnzen, 88, of Jackson, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016, at the home of a daughter in Jackson.

She was born February 23, 1928, in Laflin, Missouri, to Henry and Cornelia VanDoren Steinnerd.  She and Eugene Arnzen were married May 28, 1949, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Leopold.  They had been married 55 years when Eugene passed away April 12, 2005.  Their union was blessed with six children.

Loretta attended grade school in Leopold and was a 1946 graduate of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis.  She was a faithful, longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish in Jackson, where she actively quilted with friends.  She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.

Loretta was a stay-at-home mom until all her children were in school.  She then worked as a cook at Jackson R-2 Schools, Atlas Plastics, and did custodial work at Immaculate Conception Catholic School and the K.C. Hall in Jackson.

Loving survivors include six children, Bernita (Tommy, Sr.) Shrum of Jackson, Carolyn (Dean) Surface of Grassy, Kathleen “Kathy” Arnzen of Jackson, Barbara Arnzen of Jackson,  Jane (Rick) Fields of Glen Allen, and Mark Arnzen of Jackson; 10 grandchildren, Leslie (Jared) Caldwell, Amos, Amber, and Ashley Locklear, Stacey (Joel) Lindley, Molly, Brianna, and Ava Arnzen,                  Zachary and Seth Fields; two step-grandchildren, Jacob and Nathan Surface; 14 great-grandchildren, Kameron, Kaitlyn, Mason, Aubri, Talyn, Xavier, Malikai, twins, Ashton and Allen, Jaxx, Macy, Briley, Kylee, and Hudson; and three sisters, Monica (the late Joe “Champ”) Lewis of Jackson, Eula (the late Elmer) VanGennip of Glennon, and Ursula (the late Joe) Nenninger of Leopold.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Allen; and three sisters, Margaret (Philip) Elfrink; Genevieve (Joe) Elfrink; and Winnifrieda (Elmer) Beck.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  Deacon Walter Biri will lead Parish Prayers at 7 p.m., immediately followed with a Rosary led by St. Ann’s Sodality.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson, with Fthr. William Hennecke officiating.

Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. John’s Parish in Leopold or St. Anthony’s Parish in Glennon.

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  1. Mary

    Dear Arnzen family,
    So sorry for your loss. I am keeping all of you in my prayers. May the Lord bless and keep you as you mourn the loss of your mom.

  2. Kathi Mazzanti

    I know you will all miss your beautiful, faithful, peaceful and loving mother.
    Bless her in heaven and bless you here on earth.
    It has been a blessing to me to get to know Mrs. Loretta Arnzen and her special family.

  3. Sheila

    My mom, Mary (Steinnerd) Jansen, spoke of her cousins, the Steinnerd girls from Laflin, often throughout the years; most especially Loretta and her twin sister Eula, Monhca and Ursula. Our deepest sympathies to your family at this time.

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