58, passed into Eternal Life on December 17th, 2014. Formerly of Richmond Hill, NY, and longtime resident of Phoenix, AZ she was the beloved daughter of the late James and Rose Canning, the sister and sister-in-law to 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses, cherished aunt to 22 nieces and nephews and a multitude of grand nieces and nephews. Loretta recently retired as a devoted high school teacher from North Canyon High School in Phoenix, and previously taught at Paradise Valley High School and St. Daniel the Prophet. She excelled in bringing out the best in her students. She was an astute observer of their needs, knowing who needed encouragement or greater challenge. She was passionate about her students, family and travel, and often combined them all on her educational trips to Europe and India. Loretta’s zest for life would light up a room and would engage anyone in conversation regardless of their stature, or lot in life. Her influence, care and concern were felt by many as she looked for opportunities to serve the less advantaged, seeking out those who seemed lonely or offering a quick hand to those struggling in any way. Loretta will be deeply missed by her family and friends. All services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish, 11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale: Visitation is Friday, January 9th, 2015 from 4-9 PM with a Rosary and prayer service at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday, January 10th at 11 AM. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
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