Loretta Lucille Bemis passed away peacefully on October 3, 2019 at the Fairbanks Pioneer Home surrounded by her family.
Born January 25, 1936 to Jack and Lucille Mann of Deer River, Minnesota she was the fifth oldest in the family of six siblings. Loretta, along with her brothers and sister was raised by their Grandma Shannon.
She married William “Bill” Bemis on April 10, 1954 in Deer River. She spent time working their dairy farm and baking at Brother Ernie’s Gas Station Café in Deer River. Eventually they moved to Fairbanks so Bill could work construction. Loretta found herself camp cook for the construction jobs that Bill was on. They were married for 40 years.
Loretta was a seamstress, making clothes for her kids, nieces and nephews. She taught the nieces how to crochet and bake. She started her own cake decorating business and she would often decorate a cake to give to someone just because.
Loretta is survived by her children, Brian (Cyndi) Bemis of Roscoe, Illinois; Becky Johnson Perry of Fairbanks. She also leaves grandchildren; Wyatt and Jessi Bemis, Siri and Myles Johnson and Nora and Carmen Perry; her brother Jack (Judy) Mann of Deer River, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister, Virginia, brothers Wayne and Ernie and sister, Florence.
There will be a reception October 26, 2019, 1:30 to 4:00, at the Pioneer Home, main dining room, 2221 Eagan Ave in Fairbanks. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Fairbanks Pioneer Home Foundation, in memory of Loretta Bemis, 2221 Eagan Ave, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.
The family wishes to thank the Pioneer Home staff and nieces, Kim (Mike) Fisher and Kelly (Craig) Hughes, nephew Randy (Jean) Mann and their children for taking excellent care of her.
Arrangements entrusted to Blanchard Family Funeral Home.
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