Loretta Y Dzeskewicz, age 77, of McKean passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at home in the care of her family. She was born in Hastings, PA, daughter of the late James and Lucy (Gray) Young. Her family moved to Waterford when she was a child and she graduated from Waterford High School. She met her future husband during school where he was friends with her brothers. Loretta attended Hamot School of Nursing on a scholarship, while her then fiancé, Chester, served in the army. She married Chester Dzeskewicz on November 22, 1958, and celebrated 53 years with him before he passed away in 2012. Prior to retiring, Loretta was a nursing supervisor at Battersby Convalescent Center.
She enjoyed traveling, having gone to Scotland for her son’s wedding, and having toured Italy with her sisters and the bishop of the diocese. She attended a mass given by Pope John Paul II, and returned with many souvenirs, including rosaries for her daughters that were twice-blessed by the Pope. Loretta especially enjoyed visiting her children and grandchildren, traveling to Connecticut, Philadelphia, South Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Maine and Ohio to do so. She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, the St. Francis Rosary Society, and the Hamot School of Nursing Alumni Society. She enjoyed gardening, and had a lovely view out the front window of the hummingbirds that were attracted to her flowers. She helped Chester with his large vegetable garden every year, often canning dozens of bottles of vegetables and hot ringers. She was well known for her pies at the McKean Bazaar.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, James and Alfred Young and sisters, Miriam Onorato, Mary Rita Kurtak, Olean Heimbach, Dolores Thrall, Shirley Ruggerio and Lucy Young.
Loretta is survived by three sons: Chester S. Dzeskewicz, Jr., wife JoAnne and daughter Jacqueline of Girard, PA; Philip Dzeskewicz of Meadville; Stephen Dzeskewicz, wife Michelle, children Aaron and Matti Rose of Waterford, PA, five daughters: Deanna Dzeskewicz of Cranesville, PA; Lucy Lenhardt, husband Douglas, children Dustin, Brandon, Corey, Brooke and Jacob of McKean, PA; Catherine Malinchak, husband Thomas, daughters Sabrina and Mari of Chesterland, OH; Rose Harnois, husband Steven, sons Aidan, Elliot and Alexander of Willow Springs, NC ; and Mari Orlop, husband Matthew, children Madelyn, Gabriel and Catherine of Cambridge Springs, PA. She is also survived by one sister: Imogene Stockton of Erie and two brothers: Quentin Young, wife Grace of Jamestown, NY and Joseph Young of Mt. Morris, NY, along with dozens of nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Her children are deeply grateful to Mary Tubbs, her dedicated caregiver of the past two years.
Friends may call at St. Francis Xavier Church, 8880 Main St, McKean, PA, 16426, on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held there Saturday at 2:00 pm followed by burial at St. Francis Cemetary. The Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Edinboro, has been entrusted with the care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, PO Box 317, McKean. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.