Age 102, of Leoni Township, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 while under the wonderful care of the staff at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility.
Loretta was born in Detroit on April 2, 1919 she was the fourth child of ten children and was the last surviving member of her siblings born to John T. and Johannah A. (Gauger) Kalis. Her siblings were Gertrude Lillian (Kalis) Faust, Edward Henry Kalis, Ervin “Bill” William Kalis, Harry Clarence Kalis, Beatrice Bernice (Kalis) Hart, Arnold August Kalis, Richard Bernhardt Kalis, Marvin Albert Kalis and Ronald Leroy Kalis. She is survived by numerous family members from both the Bristow and Kalis families.
She grew up in the Detroit Area and started working at Ford Motor Company in 1942. While attending a World War II victory celebration night, Loretta met Ernest James Bristow and instantly knew he was the one for her. The two were married in 1946 and had a wonderful marriage of 59 years; only ending upon Ernie’s passing in 2005. After both she and Ernie retired in the mid 1970’s they moved to St. Helen, MI and started wintering in Largo, FL. Over the years, Loretta was a faithful supporter of Ernie’s many activities as a Shriner. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Largo. In 1995, they settled in their Leoni Township home to be closer to family.
Loretta had a strong faith and love of Jesus. She absolutely loved children. She loved and lived an energetic life; having a flare for sharing it. You were only a stranger to her once, leaving a lasting impression! She had a quirky way with words which WE ALL enjoyed.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at Arthur-Day Funeral Home in Michigan Center on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Encryptment will follow at Roseland Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 pm. For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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