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Mary J. Loreto



Mary J. Loreto

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 Catholic Women.

Mary 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.

She 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.

A 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.

At the 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.



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