Loretta Arlene (Compagno) Iacovetto Gersic of Oak Creek died July 24, 2001, in Denver after a lengthy illness.
She was born January 25, 1937, in Tabernash to the late Joe and Beatrice (Pacheco) Compagno. She graduated valedictorian of Middle Park Union High School Class of 1955 in Granby. She furthered her education at Colorado Women’s College in Greeley, and received her Masters degree in Education at Western State University in Gunnison.
She married the late J. Leon Iacovetto May 31, 1953, in Grand Lake. To this union, three children were born, Christopher Iacovetto and wife Karon of Rawlins, Wyo.; Catherine Sexton and husband Timothy of Layton, Utah and Cynthia McIntosh and husband Shawn of Flora Vista, New Mexico.
She married Francis Gersic Aug. 13, 1982; they had four daughters, Michelle Gersic and Jerry Feltis of Wheatridge; Christine Suskind and husband Steve of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Suzi Gersic of Fort Collins and Camille Gersic of Bookelia, Fla. A total of 20 grandchildren joined the family: Angelina and Rebecca Iacovetto; Jonathan, Robert, Timanee, Landon, Jenasee, Colby, Janson, Kenadee and Kasadee Sexton; Jesse Gamez-Iacovetto; Max McIntosh; Joshua and Charissa Feltis, Michael, Alexandria and Nick Suskind and Christopher Gersic.
Loretta leaves behind her legacy in South Routt County. She spent the past 36 years in South Routt and taught school for the Soroco School District where she became the infamous “Mrs. I.” She taught three generations of the Martindale family. She was very active in school activities, planning and directing the decorations for prom and homecoming dances. She was also active in FFA and FBLA. She owned and operated “Las Flores” Flower Shoppe in Oak Creek where she took great pride in her flower arrangements whether they were simple “Get me out of the dog house” bouquets or for elaborate weddings.
She was active in her town, especially the Labor Day Celebration. She spent countless hours to insure each one was perfect. Her float designs showed her talent and she especially enjoyed kicking off the Comedy Show. She put her hear and soul into everything she did.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe on July 15, 1976, and Bea on March 15, 2001,
She is survived by her husband; her children and grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette Iacovetto of Oak Creek; nephews, Troy Iacovetto and wife Rhonda; Clint Iacovetto; Travis Iacovetto and wife Julie; D.J. Iacovetto; nieces, Darylene Iacovetto, Rhonda Iacovetto and Selena Iacoveto; and one great nephew known as her “great grandson,” Tyler Iacovetto.
A Rosary and Memorial Mass was held August 3, 2001, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Oak Creek with Monsignor George Schroeder presiding. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the “Mrs. I Soroco High School Library Book Fund” in care of First National Bank of the Rockies, P.O. Box 68, Oak Creek, CO 80467.
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