Lorita E. Hefel

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Lorita E. (Bailey) Hefel, 73 of Greeley, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth.

There will be no public services.

Burial will be in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in North Buena Vista at a later date.

Lorita was born May 26, 1942, in Strawberry Point, daughter of Hiram and Gladys (Whitlock) Pierce. She received her education in the rural Epworth area schools. On April 18, 1959, she was united in marriage to Carl A. “Carly” Hefel. She drove a school bus for the Western Dubuque School District for many years. She enjoyed children and loved to read.

She is survived by three children, Genevieve Hefel (and her spouse, Peggy Strub) of Dubuque; Debra Hefel of Frenchtown, and Carl D. Hefel of Greeley; four grandchildren, Melissa Zittergruen, Erika Bandilla, Carly and Courtney Hefel; two great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Brady; two sisters, Vera Finzel (and Darwin Goeschel) and Donna (Mike) Loetz both of Colesburg; one brother-in-law, Dale Sweet of Giard; and one sister-in-law, Sandy Pierce of Millville.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Hefel on Oct. 8, 2000; six brothers, Robert “Bob,” Bill, Thomas, Dick, Jerry and Perry Pierce and four sisters, Myrtle Kruse, Martha Pierce in infancy, Jane Sweet and Jean Wall.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

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