Loretta Meyer Dillon, 90, a resident of Oak Park, formerly of Chicago, died at home on Feb. 6, 2012. Born in Chicago on June 9, 1921 to Arthur V. and Catherine Hannifin, she attended St. Luke School, Trinity High School and Rosary College.
She was a cast member and lead understudy in the first Chicago production of the musical Oklahoma in 1945-1946. She also worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1946-1947. During that time, she was featured in an Orange Crush advertisement, dressed in her uniform, on billboards throughout the United States.
Preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother, along with her husbands, William N. Meyer M.D. and Walter F. Dillon M.D., she is survived by her children, William Meyer, Paul (Rosalyn) Meyer, Joan (David Lynn) Anzia, Carolyn Roche, and Richard Meyer; her stepchildren, Gina (Lawrence) Schrock, Ann Wilkinson, Paula Dillon and Loyola (Michael Kuersten) Dillon; her grandchildren, Carolyn Anzia, Sarah (Josh van Tonder) Anzia, Maura Anzia, Katie, Kevin and Patrick Roche, Nicholas and Peter Meyer; her stepgrandchildren, Jeffrey (Emily) Schrock, Michael (Kassio) Schrock, Anne (James) Ralston, Debbie (Damian) Dreis, Sarah (Hans) Smith and Rob Wilkinson; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass, 11 a.m. at St. Luke Church, 528 Lathrop Ave., River Forest, followed by private interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Misericordia Home are appreciated. Funeral arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.