Loretta Branda – Shelburne

Loretta Branda, 95, passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, in Fletcher Allen Health Care with family at her side. She was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 19, 1917, a daughter of Michael and Mary Zientek. She attended local schools and married Frank Branda on Sept. 2, 1939. She worked for a time in sales and later held clerical positions at International Harvester Co., where she was valued as an employee for her work ethic and attention to detail. After retirement, she and Frank spent 33 happy years in Florida near their family members. Both were active volunteers for the Knights of Columbus. As Frank’s health declined, they moved to Shelburne to be closer to family. Loretta was a strong advocate for her husband through his struggles with Alzheimer’s disease. Loretta is survived by her husband, Frank; son, Richard, and daughter-in-law, Pat, of Shelburne; and grandsons, Steven (Catherine) of California, John (Kelly) of Massachusetts, and Mark (Lori) of Maine. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren. Everyone in the family will greatly miss her energy and caring nature. She was predeceased by her parents and her seven siblings. The family would like to thank the staff at the Lodge at Shelburne Bay for their many kindnesses. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington, VT 054013-438.

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