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Loretta Faye Vannett, 88, Bismarck, passed away April 13, 2021. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 609 N 34th St., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.
Burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.
Loretta was born on September 1, 1932 in Bantry, N.D., to Albert and Lola (Michals) Benjamin, the fifth of seven children. When she was young, the family moved to Minot.
She met Henry “Hank” Vannett through a cousin and they were married on August 30, 1957 in Minot. Together, they raised four children. In the early 60’s, the family moved to Mandan and later settled in Bismarck. She was a stay at home mother and cared dearly for her children. When Loretta drove her children to school, she was known to take the scenic route and make the trip adventurous.
Loretta was a peanut brittle expert and always gave a container full to family for Christmas. She was an excellent baker and always had a two-week supply of banana bread in the freezer ready to be handed out to family.
She was a Minnesota Twins fan and never missed a game on the TV. She shared this bond with her grandson, Trevor, and sister, Lucille. Her husband is a Yankees fan and every Twins vs. Yankees game it was tradition between the two to bet a dollar on who wins. Needless to say, Loretta was usually a dollar richer after the end of the game. Loretta enjoyed reading and playing pinochle and dominoes. For those that knew Loretta would remember that she was always dressed to the nines.
Loretta was a founding member in the United Methodist Women and continued to stay active throughout the years.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Hank, Bismarck; children, Rick Vannett, Munich, Susan Vannett, Bismarck, Kevin (Patricia) Vannett, Bismarck, and Diane (Paul) Nieuwsma, Bismarck; step daughter, Cheryl Colby and her family; grandchildren and their families: Henry Clay Vannett; Amanda (Dustin) Morken, and their children, Emily, Owen, Adam and Harrison; Robert “Bobby” (Debbie) Bauslaugh, and their children, Bently and Hannah; Trevor Vannett; Matthew Vannett (fiancé, Keyera Papka); and Nicole Patrick, and her children, Tjaden, Jazmyn, JayLynn and Jaxon; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Megan Vannett; son-in-law, James Lauber and Robert Bauslaugh; grandson, Troy Shaw; and siblings, Lucille Searcy, Leo Benjamin, Margaret Hornstein, Curt Benjamin, Robert Benjamin and Gladys Iverson.