Loretta Behrens is much larger than her diminutive stature.
I think I have known her for at least 50 years……a fireball of a skater, a real villain when she skated, a loudmouth, but what a heart of gold. She has been an inspiration and help to every Derby girl she has been in contact with. She gives them the history and the standards of the game as well as her knowledge of how to go forward and make Roller Derby as great as it can be. I love her.
She has not had it easy after her skating career ended; she lives in Las Vegas and works at catering for conventions and functions and works long and hard. Her brother, an outstanding and well-known musician with a classic band, has been hospitalized for liver problems. But she doesn’t burden anyone with her problems, and makes certain that she is on the internet, letting everyone know what is happening.
Loretta has Phil, the perfect husband for her. He dotes on her, is so proud of her and goes along with all of her mishigas (check your yiddish book). And he is quite an athlete himself, an outstanding bowler who still averages in the high 190’s.
They went on a trip to Georgia a month ago and Phil was stricken ill. He had a massive heart attack and a stroke and is still hospitalized. He has lost 20 pounds, his heart is at 25% capacity, and of course Loretta is by his side.
It is time to support this legend who has helped everyone else. Let her know you care on facebook…..if you are near her in Georgia, see if she needs some love…….some real Derby Love.
This is what Roller Derby family means.