Mary Juliette (Nobile) Loreto, 91, passed away on Wednesday, July 19,
2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife the late Arthur
A. Loreto, Sr. who preceded her in death in 1984. A proud lifelong
Columbia resident, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary
Carmella Russo Nobile.
A retired registered nurse, Mary was a
graduate of the St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She was employed by the
former St. Joseph's Hospital and the former Columbia Hospital where she
worked as an Operating Room Supervisor. She retired from the former
Clare Center Rehabilitation Center in 1985.
Mary was a lifelong
member of St. Peter's Catholic Church where she was Sacristan for 42
years, member of the Choir, and past President of the Parish Council of
dedicated her life in service to God, Family, and Community. She
started the Columbia Day Care Center. She served on the Columbia School
Board, was Founder of Columbia Catholic Housing for the Elderly and
served on the Board of Housing Development Corporation, where she was
influential in building Trinity House and St. Peter Apartments, the
first HUD subsidized Housing projects in Pennsylvania. She was a
founding Board member of Columbia Community Action Program. She was
appointed to the Lancaster County Board of Assistance by Governor Milton
Shapp where she served as President. She served on the Columbia
Recreation Commission, was Judge of Elections and Grand Marshall of the
Columbia Mardi Gras Parade in 2015.
She was the heart and soul and
chief sauce and pasta maker for "Loreto's Ristorante" from 1995-2006.
She had an entrepreneurial spirit, expressed through her ventures in
"The Menagerie" and "Loreto's Gravy."
She humbly accepted the
following awards: Red Rose Honoree by Lancaster Newspapers, Lancaster
County Human Relations Commission Award, Lancaster County Women Who Care
Award, 2003, and the Columbia Boys and Girls Club Award. She was "Woman
of the Year" for St. Peter's Council of Catholic Women, and received
the St. Peter School Distinguished Alumni Award and Our Lady of the
Angels Hall of Fame Award.
She had a beautiful kind heart and a passion for helping children, the poor, the oppressed, homeless, and immigrants.
is survived by her children, Francine Redman (late Robert); Maria
Eshbach; Steven Loreto (late Patricia); Arthur A. Loreto, Jr. (Shana);
Gregory Loreto (Jody); Gina Hurlbert (Phil), Anthony Loreto; Angela
Loreto (Steve Ulmer); Mary Loreto, Felicia Knowlton (late Allen); 21
grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren;
sisters, Elsie Thomas (Robert); Dolores Keating; sister-in-law, Mildred
Dodge. Her siblings, Vincent, Salvador, Joseph, John, Nicholas, Rose and
Flora, preceded her in death.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. Peter's Catholic Church,
121 S. Second St., Columbia, PA 17512 on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 11:00
a.m. with the Rev. Peter I. Hahn, Celebrant and Rev. Anthony Swamy,
MSFS, Rev. Mark W. Speitel, Rev. Dijo Thomas, MSFS and Rev. Joshua R.
Brommer as concelebrants. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Catholic
Cemetery. There will be no viewing at the Church on Monday; however
family and friends may view at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc.,
519 Walnut St., Columbia, PA on Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7:45 p.m.
request of the family, kindly omit flowers. Contributions to St. Peter's
Catholic Church, 121 S. Second St., Columbia, PA 17512 or to Our Lady
of the Angels Catholic School, 404 Cherry St., Columbia, PA 17512 in
Mary's memory would be deeply appreciated.