by Joni Astrup
Loretta Faith Moos, who served as Sherburne County’s court administrator for many years, died April 4.
She was 89.
Moos worked for Sherburne County for 45 years. She became clerk of court in 1967. As the court system changed, she was named court administrator, which included probate court, district court and the driver’s license bureau.
In an interview with the Star News before her retirement, Moos said the job was interesting. “You deal with people from birth through death and all of the troubles and trials that happen to them in between,” she said.
The job took her from the courtrooms of murder trials to wedding ceremonies. She performed more than 600 weddings during her career.
She was named outstanding clerk of court in Minnesota in 1985.
Lori Norgren, who worked with Moos for 17 years, described her as an amazing woman.
“She was dynamic. She was just an awesome person. Right was right and that’s the way it was. I loved her dearly,” Norgren said. Norgren was Moos’ assistant and became court administrator in 1989 when Moos retired.
Retired Tenth District Judge Robert Danforth, who was a judge in Sherburne County from 1985 to 2001, said Moos was a wonderful court administrator. He described her as efficient, friendly and helpful.
“She helped me immeasurably as a judge,” he said. “I’m just really saddened by her passing. She meant a great deal to me.”
Moos was born on a farm in Otsego on March 25, 1922 to Fred and Mary Bailey Jacobs.
She graduated from Elk River High School and spent two years at the University of Minnesota Farm School, where she studied some law.
After seven years of courtship, she married George W. Joe Moos.
She was a member of the Elk River United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. Moos also was an avid fan of the Elk River girls’ basketball and softball teams.
She loved gardening and growing many flowers in her yard.
Moos traveled widely. She went with her brother, Robert, on several People to People tours, to England, Germany, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and the Soviet Union.
She also traveled with the bank senior citizens, going to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada.
Funeral is April 8
Her funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8 at Elk River United Methodist Church. Interment is at Orono Cemetery, Elk River. Dare’s Funeral Home of Elk River made the arrangements.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
She is survived by sister Fae Jacobs; special friend, Gwen Moorhead; niece Patricia (Bill) Dempster; great-nephews Gary (Bridget) Mueller and son, Timothy; David (Pamela) Mueller and sons, Galen, Jerome and Lenny Haberman; and great-niece, Kimberly Mueller.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George “Joe”; sister Dorothy (Murrel) Kirkpatrick; brother Robert (Ervena) Jacobs; and niece Darlene (Alvin) Mueller.