Loretta Knoblock was born in Valparaiso, raised her family in Valparaiso, and died in Valparaiso, said her daughter, Joyce Ferrari.
She remembered when there were horses and carriages in town, Ferrari said.
“She never left Valpo. She belonged to the same church, raised her family here,” Ferrari said. “She never left.”
Loretta Knoblock, 102, of Valparaiso, died Jan. 19. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She worked 11 years for the Valparaiso school system as a cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Knoblock, in 1973.
The couple had a small farm when they first got married during the Depression, and they built up the farm over the years, their daughter said.
“Dad built our house, and they managed,” she said.
Knoblock enjoyed crocheting, embroidering and sewing. She loved fishing, and made her last fishing trip at age 100, to the pond behind the nursing home in which she lived.
“She caught a turtle and a water lily, but she was happy,” Ferrari said.
She always had a jolly disposition and didn’t get too upset by anything, she said.
Ferrari said her mother valued honesty, fairness and love.
“She taught us how to love and how to behave,” she said.
Over the course of her life, she overcame scarlet fever and a bout with colon cancer.
“Mom’s secret was she never exercised,” she said. “She didn’t like vegetables and she ate every piece of candy she could get her hands on.”