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Obituaries Week of 08/09/17

LORETTA M. SCHULZ, 83, of Shirley, died at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital on July 31, 2017. Loretta was born in Long Beach, New York and worked in the retail garment cleaning industry. She enjoyed doing puzzles, watching the Sci-Fi Channel, gardening, gambling and going to casinos. She loved to play card games with the family and she was an animal lover. Loretta was the neighborhood “Grandma” to all the local children. She was predeceased by her beloved son Jake Wright. She is survived by her daughter Doreen (Jim) Furnari and was the cherished grandmother of Joseph (Kelly) and Darian (Matt) and greatgrandmother of Ryleigh and Charlotte. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. Wake prayer services were conducted by St. Jude’s RC Church in Mastic Beach. A private cremation took place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center Moriches.

 

A Mutual Understanding

By Barbara Guarino Kruk
People who share a common interest, whether that is a hobby, a profession, or a shared tragedy, seek others with whom they can find comfort in making that connection. Often, similar needs, like cancer survivors, dependency survivors, rely on each other for strength to face what lies ahead.
We recently assisted a woman with the funeral arrangements for her elderly mother. When Doreen Furnari came to us to discuss the details for the final disposition of her mom, Loretta M. Schulz, we instantly made a connection. It started with discussing those born to that certain generation that both her mom and my recently departed mom shared. It was a generation of strong willed and long lived people. We shared memories of our moms; laughing and remembering the things they did and how much they touched our lives.
While the connection about our moms was obvious it was only after we started chatting that we realized that our lives and circumstances were very similar. Both her husband and mine had suffered brain injuries. Each of us had learned how to cope with the daily challenges of dealing with someone who had sustained this type of closed box injury. Doreen had found her emotional and mental relief in doing stand-up comedy, while I had chosen to write a book about the trials and tribulations associated with the onset and aftermath of this life-altering illness. She, like me, has learned many things from our situation, the most important of which is love can conquer all obstacles.
Loretta M. Schulz, at eighty-three was a woman who had an opinion and was not afraid to share that opinion with anyone. She was feisty and embraced life. She loved her family and was a cherished grandmother. Her love of children extended to many of the neighborhood children.
Doreen and her family have suffered the loss of their mother and grandmother and have survived the illness of their husband and father.
Love truly gives one strength to face the challenges of life.

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