Loretta Kalmbach Lorenz
Loretta was born to German-Russian Rev. Paul and Amelia (Ament) Kalmbach in Odessa, Washington, she also lived in Hastings, Nebraska, winning a blue ribbon at 8 years old for a violin solo.
In 1936 moved to Biola; being youngest player in Fresno Junior Symphony.
Kalmbachs then moved to Portland 1941. She attended Jefferson High, while member of Capella Choir; also writing the class song, while organist for father's church on NE Fremont and 23rd.
She obtained a Bachelors' of Arts from Lewis and Clark College while member of Mu Phi Epsilon music sorority. She taught in Portland Public schools 40 years, traveling to Europe by ship in 1950s.
She married Wilfred G Lorenz in 1959, son of one of Portland's early contractor's- Max Lorenz of Lorenz Brothers.
Loretta embraced Islam at MET academy in 2016, 18 years after her ex-husband. Neither remarried.
She died of natural causes during her sleep in the home of daughter Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed. She is also survived by daughter Tamara Hampton; grandchildren Bedriya, Kadeeja and Jamal Al-Saeed. Patrick Lorenz, Max Randall; and greatgranddaughters Sophia and Dahlia Shehabi.