Loretta C. Cybulski, age 87, of Warren died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She was born November 22, 1922, in Detroit, the daughter of the late Anthony and the late Elizabeth (nee: Klatt) Papernik.
Loretta was a giving person. She dedicated herself to helping others and being a wonderful mother not just to her own children.
She grew up in Detroit, working at her familys grocery stores, and faced challenges brought on by a battle with polio and the difficulties of the Depression. During World War II, she joined the patriotic ranks on the home front working at the Packard Factory and dancing in USO shows.
Loretta was an assistant buyer at J.L. Hudsons in Detroit when she met her husband Zigmund, a highly decorated veteran of World War II. They married and moved to the east side of Detroit.
After starting her family, Loretta relished her role as a mother. While her husband rose in the ranks of the VFW, they traveled the country dedicating themselves to the support and service of veterans.
It may not have been her dream to the travel the world but she did and she always embraced those journeys. The family visited most of the country and she thought nothing of packing up four children and driving for days to a VFW event.
In an era when most mothers stayed home, Loretta rejoined the workforce to help provide for her family. But the center of her life was always family. She loved to cook and bake; most holidays found her toiling in the kitchen to make a Polish feast for the extended family group of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
After the death of Zigmund in 1985, she found new passion in her role as grandmother. Her nine grandchildren brought her great joy and new energy to her life. She was nanny, au pair, drop-in daycare, on-call nurse and loving teacher to them. She jumped at chances to be a part of their lives, venturing to amusement parks, the beach, anywhere. She always cheered them on from the bleachers or the audience.
Beyond her family, Loretta also found strength in her deep faith. She was a devout Catholic and a parish member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. Loretta will be dearly missed by all her knew her.
Loretta is survived by her children, Elizabeth (Les) Bevington, Patricia (Andrew) Hartley, Antoinette (Andrew) Countryman, and Joseph (Rosemarie) Cybulski; grandchildren, George, Loretta, Michelle, Joseph, Christopher, David, Taylor, Cecilia, and Rachel; great grandchildren, George H. and Lily; nieces, Marcia, Charlene, and Mary Ellen; and her nephew, Raymond.
She is predeceased by her husband, Zigmund.
Visitation for Mrs. Cybulski will be held Sunday 3-9 p.m. with an evening Rosary Service at the D.S. Temrowsi & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road). She will lie in state Monday 9:00 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church until the time of the Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Officiating the Funeral Liturgy will be Rev. Fr. Roman Pasieczny. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation (http://www.arthritis.org).
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