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Loretta Ann Arruza, 86 – Self-Taught Oil Painting Artist

Loretta Ann Arruza, 86, formerly of Mary D, died on Monday, January 23, 2023, in Coaldale.

She was the wife of the late Leocadio Arruza, Jr., to whom she had been married 64 years at the time of his death in 2021.

Born in Mary D, on March 16, 1936, Loretta was a daughter of the late Frances and Marcella (nee Kazacavage) Kazlosky.

A 1954 graduate of Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, NY, she was a self-taught oil painting artist.

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In addition to being an adept artist, Loretta enjoyed crocheting

. A Catholic, she was very devout in her faith. Loretta is survived by daughters, Deborah Nordby and her husband Frank of Cato, NY, Cynthia Arruza of Auburn, NY, and Christina Simonelli and her husband Frank of Beverly Hills, FL; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Marlene Miller of Hometown; a nephew; and 2 nieces.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Elsie Kowalski and a nephew, Michael.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA.

Call from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

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Donations in Loretta’s memory may be made to the Activities Fund, St. Lukes Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 360 West Ruddle Street, Coaldale, PA 18218.

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