Sister taught in five states
Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Loretto Wolff, a native of Omaha whose 72 years of religious life took her away from Nebraska, died Oct. 3 in Sinsinawa, Wis. She was 94.
A funeral Mass was held Oct. 6 at the order’s motherhouse in Sinsinawa, with interment in the motherhouse cemetery.
Sister Loretto grew up in St. Cecilia Parish and attended its elementary and high schools. She was part of a religious family that produced two other vocations – Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Wolff of Colorado Springs, Colo., and retired Abbot Theodore "Ted" Wolff of the Benedictines of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn.
She made her first profession of vows in 1945, her final profession in 1948, and served 32 years in education, teaching at Catholic schools in Illinois, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, including nine years as a principal.
Sister Loretto also served six years as a pastoral minister at parishes in New Mexico and Oklahoma, nine years as an administrator in Oklahoma parishes, four years as a Catholic school librarian in Florida, and 12 years as a volunteer in Florida dioceses.
She retired in 2008 to her order’s motherhouse, where she participated in prayer ministry, and moved to the order’s nearby St. Dominic Villa nursing facility in 2015.
Sister Loretto was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Sr. and Loretto (Walsh) Wolff; sisters Margaret Schonebaum, Theresa Wolff and Elaine Filkins; brothers Joseph Jr., Vincent and Robert. In addition to Sister Mary and Abbot Theodore, she is survived by brothers John "Jack" Wolff and F. Patrick Wolff, both of Omaha; nieces; nephews; and Sinsinawa Dominican sisters.