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Loretta Leach

Loretta Leach, 88, of Aurora passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Memorial Community Care.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 13th at the United Methodist Church, 1104 A Street, Aurora. The service will be livestreamed on the church's website. Please go to www.umcaurora.org, scroll down and click on livestream. Rev. Michelle Reed will officiate. Inurnment will take place at the Aurora Cemetery at 10:00 A.M. prior to the service. No Visitation. Memorials may be made to the Aurora United Methodist Church. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Loretta Schneringer Leach died April 27, 2022, at Memorial Community Care in Aurora, Nebraska. She was born July 18, 1933, near Callaway, NE, to Hazel Neth Schneringer and Howard Schneringer.

She spent her early life in the Brown Valley community southwest of Callaway, receiving her early education in the Brown Valley and Sand Valley rural schools. In 1950, she graduated from Callaway High School. She was baptized at the Callaway Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church and joined the church at that time.

Having taken Normal Training in high school, she taught in the Stop Table community for two years and the Tallin community for one year. She renewed her certificate each year by taking courses from Kearney State Teachers College and the University of Nebraska.

On June 12, 1953, she was united in marriage to Robert Leach at the Callaway EUB Church. They made their first home at Broken Bow, Nebraska, later living at Kearney, York, and Aurora. Their children include Suzanne Eckerson (Charlie), daughter-in-law Donelle Leach, Janelle Wright (Jeff), and Patricia Leach (Bill Oberg). She is also survived by her brother Allan (Jackie) Schneringer, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Loretta was preceded in death by her son Steven, son-in-law Jerry Johnston, and granddaughter-in-law Stephanie Wright.

After her marriage, Loretta was employed at several retail businesses and for six years was Coordinator of Christian Education at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Over the years, she served the church wherever she lived by teaching Sunday School and Bible School. She was a long-time member of the Sarah Circle of United Methodist Women at Aurora and also served two years as president of United Methodist Women.

In addition to the love of family and friends, Loretta loved good books, beautiful music, stimulating conversation, and a good joke.

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