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Loretta June (Starinsky) Mahoney

Loretta June Mahoney, Sun Lakes, AZ, 90

 

Loretta June (Starinsky) Mahoney, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2020. Loretta was born June 9, 1930, in Minersville, PA to Victor and Mary Starinsky. In 1941, they moved to Baltimore, MD, and in 1946 she met her future husband, Jim Mahoney. They were married on September 5, 1948 and celebrated their 61st anniversary before Jim’s passing on January 13, 2010.

 

Loretta worked for a small clothing manufacturer as secretary to the president while Jim completed his college education. After he graduated from college, the family with two baby boys, ages 18 months and two months, was transferred by a major dynamite firm to Mexico City, Mexico.

 

Loretta was an adventurous lady and adjusted very well to her new life in a foreign country. She learned enough Spanish to get by. She made many friends, Mexican and American. She begrudgingly learned to play bridge but went on to love the game, especially duplicate bridge. After 4 ½ years, the family moved back to the United States in 1959, settling in Phoenix, AZ. On April 25, 1961 they became a family of five with a new baby boy.

 

Loretta was a high-energy lady who loved to exercise (especially walking). Her interests were many – bridge, dancing, designing family memory albums, family history, gardening. Loretta was an avid reader. She loved the days spent with family, and she was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. Family was the most important to her. They were the loves of her life.

 

She decided to go back to work making use of her secretarial skills at Motorola, and later with a small consulting firm secretary to the president. She loved school and took many college courses. Later she started a new career as a travel consultant after graduating from travel school. Loretta and Jim enjoyed their trips to Europe, cruises, and touring the U.S. and Canada.

 

Loretta is survived by her sons Michael (Miriam), Brian, Timothy (Pamela), and grandchildren Jennifer Dame (Joel), Matthew (Christina), Ethan, Damien (Fumi), Amanda (Brian), Allison, Jake, great-grandchildren Killian, Oliver and Maxwell, and cousin Julian Garcia (Mary) and family.

 

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 5, 10:00 am, at Saint Steven’s Catholic Church, 24827 South Dobson Rd, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Face masks and social distancing will be required. Due to the virus, there will not be a luncheon or services at the mortuary. The church will not accept any flowers.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Loretta’s memory to the St. Vincent De Paul Society, 420 W. Watkins St. Phoenix, AZ 85003.

3 Comments

  • Arlene Bonzak Posted September 26, 2020 10:47 AM

    Heart felt sympathies to my cousins and their families Aunt Loretta was one beautiful lady inside and out I will miss talking to her. God’s Blessings for all. She is now with the love of her life. Arlene Mahoney Bonzak and husband Robert (Sonny) Bonzak.

  • Beth Hjalmarson Posted September 26, 2020 3:59 PM

    Loretta was a lovely and kind woman. She became a part of our family when her son, Tim, married my sister. Loretta joined us for holiday dinners and always asked about family members. Amazingly, she knew who belonged to who! She will be missed and my prayers are with her children and their families.

  • Nancy H Randolph Posted October 3, 2020 12:56 PM

    I feel so lucky to have shared many holiday dinners with Loretta at the Howell home. She was always a delightful sassy addition, had a great sense of humor, was unintimidated by the chaos, and made everyone she came across feel important and special. We will miss her.

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