Loretta Hauser passed away peacefully at the age of 86 knowing she was deeply loved.
Her richness in life was defined by her strong moral compass and her incredible capacity for human empathy. It was her ability to forge authentic and meaningful relationships that resulted in both lifelong and newly formed friendships that define the measure of Loretta’s life.
Loretta was a great listener. She understood what it was like to walk in another person's shoes. This not only made her a steadfast mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend but also importantly a fine actress and director.
Studying acting in high school created her trajectory that evolved into a lifelong passion for the dramatic arts. She went on to study at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. While pursuing her acting dreams in New York City she met Bruno, her late husband of thirty-six years. They moved to Wheaton, to raise their cherished daughters, Renee and Michelle.
Loretta’s creative spirit, comedic timing and dramatic range found an outlet participating in productions at Wheaton Drama Club, Theatre Guild in Glen Ellyn, and most importantly at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble (BTE) at the College of DuPage. At Buffalo Theatre's inception Loretta directed the first production "American Buffalo", as well as many others. In 1999 Loretta became a founding member when the Ensemble was formed and she truly hit her stride artistically working with this professional troupe. From starring in "The Trip to Bountiful", "On Golden Pond" and "Grace and Glorie", as well as running around the stage with comedic flare in the farce "Noises Off", just to name a few highlights, Loretta overcame her shyness and glowed on stage like an ember. She touched so many lives through her generous performances.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in honor of Loretta,
She leaves behind her daughters, Renee and Michelle, her son-in-law Tom, brothers Gene and David, and an extended loving family, friends, and colleagues. Proceeded in death by her husband Bruno, and son-in-law Andrew. The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff at Avantara Lake Zurich and St. Croix Hospice.
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