Loretta E. Grimberg

loretta grimberg

Loretta Elayne Grimberg


Born Loretta Elayne Vandre in Merrill, WI on January 6th, 1947 to Carl and Dorothy Vandre, the first of 4 children.
She graduated from Denver Lutheran High school in 1964 and continued on to beauty school and earned her beautician’s license. She worked in the May D&F beauty salon for several years.
She married Robert Laird on August 14th, 1966 and their daughter Rindy was born June 23, 1969. They lived in Denver and then Lakewood for several years until Bob’s work took them to Tempe, AZ for 3 years. She was determined to have a pretty yard there, with grass and flowers, despite how crazy the locals thought she was! And she did. They had a beautiful yard and a pool that they enjoyed very much. They returned to Lakewood July 4th, 1976.
Having learned sewing in home economics in high school, she often sewed pretty clothes for her and Rindy, and later on for her grand daughter and Karissa. She would make pillows and appliance covers, towels- all sorts of things!
Her early affinity for all things floral led her to train for a new career in floral design under a gentleman by the name of Mr. K and so began her journey in the floral design business. She worked for Lehrer’s flowers in Cinderella City before she decided to shelve that for a bit and try something new. She then worked at a craft store in the Villa Italia Mall called Rug Crafters.
After Bob’s death in 1981, she married Ed Grimberg, July 25, 1981. She and RIndy moved to Golden, CO with Ed and his 3 children. The family moved back to Lakewood in 1983.
She continued to work for Lehrer’s off and on while she also would do flowers for friends and families weddings.
She began to take an interest in silk flowers and created a home business called the Silken Rose. Prior to the internet, success proved difficult and they took the leap on her own silk floral/gift shop in Green Mountain by the same name.
As they say, location, location, location! The shop wasn’t located in a high traffic area and they had to let it go within a couple of years.
Ed and Loretta adopted a daughter born December 1, 1993. They brought her home from Grand Junction on December 10th of the same year. The three of them moved to Denver in 1996 to be closer to her parents.
Loretta always loved all things pretty. She always had beautiful flowers beds, beautifully decorated homes and beautiful clothes. She worked creatively with her hands all of her life. She enjoyed sewing, macrame’, pressing flowers in books and using them in all kinds of creative ways. She would create latch hook pillows and rugs, she created several beautiful rugs and wall displays using a technique called tufting. She enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching and embroidery. She took to quilting several years ago and would cut and assemble quilt kits to sell on Ebay for others to build their own quilts. She lovingly made keepsake quilts for the girls and her grandchildren, as well as the keepsake quilt for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
A lifelong Lutheran, her faith and her Jesus were a cornerstone in her life.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Ed; Daughters Rindy (Tom) and Karissa; step children Trish(Ken), John and Debbie(Justin); her mother Dorothy; Sister Ellen(John), brothers Jerry(Debbie) and Phil; Grandchildren Kaycie and Rob, and Ed’s four grandchildren.

 Visitation will be held at the Bullock Colonial Chapel on Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be at Christ Lutheran Church (2695 South Franklin Street, Denver, CO 80210) on Friday, April 25th at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.


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  1. My sympathy to all of Loretta's family.  I remember spending many, many hours at her house after school when we were little.  She lived within walking distance of mine and it seemed we were together all the time.  I loved her then and a few years ago when I randomly checked on Facebook to see if I could find her was so glad I did.  I haven't seen her since her days in the flower shop in Cinderella City and she was so surprised a couple of years ago when I sent her a birthday card on her birthday asking how on early did I remember.  That's what friends do.  I'm sorry for your loss but praise God she is now in heaven with our Lord!

  2. Dear Ed and family.  I really feel bad for you all but am praying that our GREAT GOD will comfort and sustain you all. I remember at my mother's (your Grandmother) funeral the minster said we weep not for where they have gone, but because we will miss them and that was a comfort to me.

    Aunt Hattie

  3. Ed and family,

    "Where there is love and beauty, there God is."

    May the love of God sustain you today and in the days ahead.

  4. Loretta was a special cousin to us and we share your loss. We will always hold her close in our hearts.  Sending our love and prayers from Canada.

  5. Our condolence and prayers to all the family.  Loretta had many challenges thru the years and we like to think she has been rewarded with a better place. Your cousins in Wisconsin are thinking of the family.

  6. Our hearts go out to you in this time of deep sorrow.  The void that her passing leaves is heart-breaking.  We are praying for God to surround you in His love, to hold you gently in the palm of His hand, and to give you peace and strength as you face the days ahead.  God Bless.

  7. To Ed and family:

    Loretta was a talented person, she accomplished many things. Great loss to all of us.

    May the Almighty sustain each of you in your delicate times.

  8. We are so sorry to here of your loss!  Our pastor said in the sermon Sunday " if we get well, we win but if we don't we win too"  We pray you will find comfort in the arms of Jesus!

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