Loretta C. Stevens, 83, of
Saco, Maine, and formerly of Hatfield, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly
on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, Maine.
She was born in Sunderland,
Massachusetts, on July 13, 1933, a daughter of Michael S. and Louise F. (Reska)
Raffa. She attended schools in Hatfield
and, during the year after her mother’s death, in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
November 25, 1954, Loretta married her late husband, Richard C. Stevens, and
they shared 51 years together before his passing in 2006.
family was most important to her. She enjoyed cooking and baking for the
holidays and large family functions, in particular her daughters’ bridal
showers. Most recently, with polka music playing in the background, she taught
Tegan and Liz the art of making pierogis at
Loretta was there for births and illnesses, whenever her girls needed her
care. She enjoyed watching her
grandchildren play baseball and soccer, and attending dance recitals and track
and field events.
her own, Loretta was a voracious reader, with an initial interest in history
and biographies, then branching out into classic literature, mysteries and
crime stories (some of which sent Ruthie to sleep)! She was always up for a shopping expedition as
birthdays and holidays approached, and often left her daughters exhausted in
her wake. She enthusiastically traveled to England as well as to Amish Country
in Pennsylvania. Loretta greatly enjoyed the support and companionship of her pets
Molly and Princetta in the years following her husband’s death.
was preceded in death by both of her parents; by her husband Richard C. Stevens
in 2006, and by her brother Michael Raffa in 2011.
is survived by her three daughters: Louise Benham and her husband Peter of
Saco, Maine; Ruth Melega and her husband George of Easthampton, Massachusetts;
and Rachel Kuban and her husband Michael of Chelsea, Vermont; by 7
grandchildren: Daniel Melega of Oxford, Ohio; Kevin Melega of Portland, Maine;
Tegan Williams and her husband Geoff of Gray, Maine; Colin Benham and his wife
Liz of Biddeford, Maine; and Dylan, Logan, and Aniela Kuban of Chelsea,
is also survived by her beloved cat, Princetta.
In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made in
her memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa,
Florida 33607 or online at https://wwwshrinershospitalsfor
At Loretta’s request, services will be private and at the
convenience of her family, later in the spring. Local arrangements are under
the care of Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield.
Expressions of sympathy are available at: