Loretta Heil

Jan. 5, 1936-Aug. 19, 2014

Loretta Marie Heil, aged 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Virginia Mason Hospital, in Seattle, due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

She was born Jan. 5, 1936, to Joe and Loretta Kasper. She grew up as the youngest of seven children in Butte, a small town near Minot. At the age of 4 she lost her father due to an automobile accident and was raised by her mother, who supported the family by owning and operating a general/grocery store in Butte. She graduated magna cum laude from Minot State Teacher’s College (now Minot State) in 1957, then taught bookkeeping, typing and shorthand in Beulah for two years. At the end of her second year of teaching, her students dedicated their yearbook to her.

Loretta then married her husband, Terry Heil, who is a mechanical engineer. She and Terry raised four children while living in Johnson City, N.Y.; Ann Arbor, Mich., and Minneapolis before moving to Seattle in the early 1980s. In addition to running a busy household, Loretta worked at McDonalds where she was one of the first female management trainees. She eventually left that job due to a hip injury, but stayed busy traveling extensively with her husband, who was actively engaged in a number of professional societies. She also kept occupied as an active volunteer at St. Bernadette Parish and the Burien Elks.

Loretta is survived by: her husband of 55 years, Terry; their four children Dr. Steven Heil, Joan Heil, Ann Heil and Mary Heil who all hold engineering degrees; daughter-in-law, Robin Heil; brother, Don Kasper; and five grandchildren, Janie Heil, John Heil, Katie Heil, Peter Krogen and Erik Krogen who all have or are about to complete engineering or science degrees.

The funeral Mass will be: Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernadette Church, 1028 SW 128th Street, Burien, WA 98146.