Loretta M. Odle, nee Watt, 87, of Tilden, IL, born March 18, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, passed away on Tuesday December 7, 2021 at the Coulterville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Coulterville, IL. Mrs. Odle retired in 1993 after 37 years teaching at the Tilden Attendance Center in Tilden, IL. Loretta graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. She was a member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, Randolph County Retired Teachers Association and a founding member of the Tilden Scholarship Committee. She was also a member of the Tilden United Methodist Church and had also served as the church pianist for many years.
Mrs. Odle was preceded in death by her parents – William and Viola (Wilson) Watt, her brother James, his wife Rose and a sister – Dorothy Watt who died in infancy.
Loretta is survived by her loving husband – James B. Odle, whom she married on July 29, 1955 at the Tilden United Methodist Church, two sons – James R (Janet) Odle of Brundidge, AL and Jeffrey D (Susan) of Sparta, IL, and two grandchildren – James P. Odle of Brundidge, AL and Katelyn (David) Parkinson of Coulterville, IL.
Memorials may be made to the Tilden United Methodist Church or to the Tilden Scholarship Committee.
Visitation: Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday December 12, 2021 and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday December 13, 2021 at the Tilden United Methodist Church in Tilden, IL.
Funeral: Joint services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday December 13, 2021 at the Tilden Methodist Church in Tilden, IL with Pastor Cody Battefeld and Pastor Kimberly Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Tilden Cemetery in Tilden, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.