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Loretta Jean Williams

Thursday March 10, 2022

Loretta Jean Williams, age 92, peacefully passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Friends may meet with the family Thursday, March 17th, 2022 from 10AM-12PM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel, 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN.  Celebration of Life at 12PM.  Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be to the Porter County Animal Shelter (https://www.portercountyanimalshelter.org/) or any animal rescue of your choice.


Loretta Jean Williams, born September 24, 1929 in East Chicago, Indiana. The daughter of the late Hazel (Ulbrich) and Murdock MacKeigan, Loretta spent her early years growing up in Sunnyside - East Chicago and then the Tolleston area of Gary seeking adventures everywhere she went. From riding the railcar to downtown Gary, to the times she played on the railcars in Hobart. Loretta was an explorer at heart. She spoke often of her journeys with her Uncle Johnny and Aunt Jessie to South Dakota. She didn’t believe in the word bored.  If there was a tree to climb you had something to do.


She met the love of her life, her Freddie, one summer while visiting family in Deer Creek, Indiana. Fred had returned from World War II and the country boy captured her city girl heart. They wed June of 1949 and lived a happy life in Gary, and later Hessville, Indiana where they raised their 4 children (Jay, Kay, Linda, Craig), dog Chrisy, large goldfish Mammu, a wild bunny, and her rescue dog, Buffy. Loretta was ahead of her time in many ways. Although married, with children, she carved her own space in the world through sports— softball, bowling and golf.


Her love of sports started in high school with softball and then bowling. Loretta was a talented and competitive bowler in the local leagues. She travelled throughout the country occasionally participating in tournaments with her Wolfpack of ladies she collected along the way. Even while away at tournaments she always made sure her people were taken care of at home. Later in life she loved a good game of golf too.


She was an avid traveler and road-tripper. She saw 49 of the 50 states, Nova Scotia and parts of Canada. You name a town; she could name a restaurant or park to go visit. She absolutely loved all things in nature, and the National Parks. She documented all her travel - even small trips - in her many travel journals. She loved experiencing local fare, learning something new every single day and learning the stories of everyone she met.


In her later years Loretta thrived at the Willows, and most recently Crown Point Christian Village. She found her purpose at each facility and developed deep bonds with friends she made, including becoming Doggie Grandma to little Lulu. She loved going outside when she could and taking care of Lulu. Loretta was incredibly proud that she was strong and independent enough to tend to her flowers and plants, feed the birds and take care of Lulu.


Loretta loved life and loved her people. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and grand dogs. Any friend instantly became family - and turned into her people. She was fiercely independent and took pride in herself and her family. In her 92 full years Loretta had a zest for life, cared deeply about others, and showed the importance of finding or making a purpose for your yourself. She believed you make the best with what you have and have fun along the way. ” Because that’s what we do.”


There really was no one else like her.


Thursday March 17, 2022
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft Street

Merrillville, Indiana 46410



Thursday March 17, 2022
12:00 PM
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft Street

Merrillville, IN 46410