Loretta ‘Lorie’ Glatt
Loretta (Lorie) Ann Schaff Glatt passed away on Friday, January 12th with heartfelt farewells from her loving family.
Lorie was born on May 17, 1940 as the third of four children, and the only girl, to Rosemary Obrigawitch Schaff and Victor Schaff II.
She was educated through the Billings Catholic School system, Billings Business College and Eastern Montana College. She dabbled in the art of oil painting under the mentorship of Charlotte Akerstom and was an accomplished seamstress. Her daughters always enjoyed their coordinating Easter dresses tailor-made with specific details for each girl each year and the intricate work on their Barbie’s wardrobes. Her visits with the grandkids often involved a craft, including bedazzling.
Lorie helped her brother Leo get through the Latin courses needed to graduate Central High. She was a doting older sister to her brother Casper (Kap) and held the same dry sense of humor as her eldest brother Phil. As part of the pack with her three brothers, she held a second hand appreciation for cars. She fell in love with her brothers’ pal and best friend Arnie Glatt. Lorie and Arnie were married in July of 1958. They raised four children in Billings. Lorie was a very devoted and loving full-time mom to her children and enjoyed camping and boating with her family and friends in the Red Lodge area and at Deadman’s Basin. Lorie and Arnie had a close-knit group of pinochle friends who provided many Saturday nights of fun, as well as belonging to a square-dance club. And when it came to Polka, Arnie and Lorie could clear a dance floor while everyone watched them take the lead.
Lorie shared her gifts with the Billings community through volunteer work and her career. She enjoyed being a volunteer Girl Scout Leader and eventually became a professional Girl Scouter as Field Director for Treasure Trails Council. When she ended her tenure as a professional scouter, she volunteered again and eventually served as the Chairperson of the Board of the council. Lorie, Arnie and her children often assisted with the maintenance of Timbercrest, the Girl Scout Camp in Red Lodge. She worked as a bookkeeper at Cook Travel, part owner of A&L TV and Appliance, and as a Volunteer Coordinator at Zoo Montana. After her retirement she volunteered at RSVP and LIFTT.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Phil and Kap, and sisters-in-law Betty Schaff, and Sister Marie Damien Glatt.
She is survived by her children Mark Glatt, Margie Lauwers (Tom), Cindy Lauwers (Dave) all of Billings, Ray Glatt (Amy) of Cibolo TX, 16 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 6 honorary grandchildren, brother Leo Schaff, brothers-in-law Larry Glatt and Jim Glatt, and sister-in-law Diane Joslin, and many friends, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Special thanks to the staff at St. Vincent Healthcare and Senior Independence.
Arrangements are being handled by Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.cfgbillings.com.
Visitation is Tuesday, January 16th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Prayers of the Holy Rosary will be held Wednesday, January 17th at 1:30 pm.
Memorial Service will be Wednesday, January 17th at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Girl Scouts of Montana & Wyoming, Zoo Montana, RSVP or LIFTT.