Loretta O’Shinsky

Loretta Henrietta (Zinn) O’Shinsky was born on November 13, 1924 to Irving and Hilda (Stern) Zinn in New York City.  She passed away on June 17, 2015 at Lenoir.  Private Services will be held.

Loretta was the oldest of three, brother Isadore (deceased) and sister Lilliyan, married and has two children and two grandchildren.  Loretta loved her family very much.  She also has four nieces from her husband’s side of the family and two brother-in laws.

Loretta married William O’Shinsky May 1st, 1945.  William worked as a civilian for the military and government all of his working life and they both loved their country.  William was not able to join the service during WWII due to a health condition and Loretta had wanted to go into the service as a WAC but was not able to do so.  Loretta met William at his grandfather’s candy store in New York where she wrote many letters to the soldiers in the War.  She often noted how many of her friends ‘never came back’.  In 1949 they had their only child, Janet (Kate), who survives them today along with her husband Andy.  Loretta and Bill were married 60 years until William’s death May 27, 2012.

Loretta and William traveled across many parts of America in their RV when William retired and  settled in Arizona for over 15 years.  In 2012 they moved to Columbia, Missouri to live in Candlelight Lodge near their daughter and son-in-law.

Loretta loved to do flower arrangements, crochet, read and be in nature.  She loved animals, especially dogs.  She even crocheted a sweater for her dog when she was a child.  Loretta had a lovely smile and her charm and humor drew people near her, also her New York accent.  She will be missed but lived a life rich with her love of family and her marriage.

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  1. Ivy Ginsberg on June 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

    she was a beautiful, kind, warm and funny person. May she rest in peace with Bill and her parents and brother. My sympathies to Kate, Andy, Lilyan and others who loved her.

  2. Brenda Albright on January 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Kate, I’m not sure if you remember me, but I worked at Candlelight at the front desk for a while. Since leaving there a while back, I often think of the residents that I grew to love. Your Mom was one. I called her Doll. We would drink 1/2 cup of cranberry juice together before bedtime. She would recite her favorite poem for me, the one that says “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” She was my favorite! So sorry for your loss.

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