Loretta Herlong Haigler, 85, wife of Pastor Alvin H. Haigler, Sr., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on September 18, 2021. Born January 22, 1936 in St. Matthews, SC, she graduated from St. Matthews High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1954. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. She worked faithfully in the ministry beside her husband, Alvin, for 35 years as a Sunday School teacher and Altar Guild member at all six Lutheran churches that they served.
Her quiet devotion to family and friends, and gentle welcoming presence blessed our lives.
She is predeceased by her parents, Pou and Lucie Herlong; and brother Billy Herlong. She is survived by her husband Alvin; brother, Henry Herlong (Doris); children, Laura Ann Sorrell (Charles), Alvin Hayne Haigler Jr., (Nena), Lisa Ryba (Stuart), Lucie Bias (Alan); seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Clint), Eric (Jordan), Brooke (Ryan), Kevin, Mitchell, Katharine, and Alexander; and one great granddaughter, Ember.
A graveside service will be held at Sandy Run Lutheran Church on September 23, 2021 at 11:00am. Visitation will be held before and after the service.
Memorials may be made to Sandy Run Lutheran Church, 1927 Old State Road, Swansea, SC 29160