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Celebrating the life of

Loretta Kleckner Fuller

Passed away on March 24, 2023

Loretta Kleckner Fuller

Loretta Fuller (Kleckner), 76, of Savannah, Ga. died March 24 surrounded by the love of family. Loretta was born in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania where she enjoyed weekly trips to the movies with her sister and cousins, the warmth and humor of her large extended family, and the baking talents of her affectionate grandmother. Loretta moved to Newark, Delaware as an adolescent and often spoke with affection for their small apartment on Delaware Avenue. She graduated from Newark High School and earned an Associate Degree from the University of Delaware at the same time that her mother was receiving her Master’s in Education.

Loretta married David Fuller and they had two daughters. After college she worked for DuPont for a few years and followed that with many years fully devoted to her home and family. She created a welcoming second home away from home for so many neighborhood kids, neighbors, and even their extended families. It was not unusual to find her enjoying the sounds of George Thorogood, Diana Ross, and Barry Manilow. Loretta’s macaroni and cheese, compassion, and love of laughter made her a treasured hostess and listener.

After her children were grown, Loretta spent 15 years working as a PBX operator at the Christiana Hilton. Her ability to soothe and assist weary travelers, as well as provide a sense of constancy at return visits, meant more than she realized. It has been a delight for family to learn of her far-reaching impact. 

Loretta’s creative side was expressed through poetry and painting ceramics. She cared deeply for her plants and flowers, and adored watching baseball (especially the Phillies) with her sister Dianne. Loretta bowled for many years at Blue Hen Lanes and, as a novice, scored a spare with the 7-10 split! Her latest teammates, The Screw Balls, continued to mean the world to her – even as she relocated to Savannah, Georgia to be near family.

Loretta’s joys in later years included being surrounded by her family, a cat named Peterson, and Werther’s Originals. She developed important friendships with her dining pals at Summer Breeze Assisted Living and spoke fondly of the caring staff who provided for her needs. She is survived and missed greatly by her two daughters, Theresa Fuller and her husband Bob Laws of Brookhaven, Georgia and Christine Lucas and her husband Romie Lucas of Savannah, Georgia as well as her grandson Elliot Lucas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Dianne Kleckner. 


Please consider a donation to the American Stroke Association in honor and celebration of Loretta’s life.



Loretta was a very special friend and we’ll miss her!!! We loved bowling with her and the many lunches we shared!!! It was a great way to become friends!!!! We enjoy talking to her often after she moved to GA. We’re very sorry for your loss!!! Our hearts go out to you!!

- Karen and Patsy Trainer, Bear , De

So sorry Loretta has passed. She was always such a kind soul and had a vey warm smile for all. I worked with Loretta at the Hilton. She was also good friends with Lou Gabriel who worked at the Hilton too. The thee of us would have many great conversations about the “good ol’ days” during our breaks! She loved talking about her family and was very excited about going to GA to be with her family when she retired. Sincere condolences for Loretta and her family

- Joe Santo, Bear, DE

Theresa and Christine - I am sorry to hear of Loretta's passing. That is nice that she was able to spend some years living near you. We lived across the street from you in Varlano for 25 years. She was a kind, friendly lady who always had a smile on her face. I remember her great sense of humor. She also looked out for all the the neighbor kids as they played, and there were many. John Talley

- John Talley, Elkton, MD

Dearest Theresa and Christine I am so sorry to hear of Loretta's passing. She has been on my mind and actually I was trying to find a way to reach you to connect. Ed and I share great memories of Christmas parties at the Union Hall, Credit Union dances and picnics with the phone company. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers. With Love Cathy and Ed Jones

- Cathy Jones, Wilmington, DE

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

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