Loretta Jane Albright

Feb. 3, 1928 - Jan. 25, 2020


Loretta Jane Albright, 91, Patton, passed away Saturday, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Patton, the daughter of the late Anne Pearl (Flesher) Haluska and former Pennsylvania state Sen. John J. Haluska.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Gerald Francis Albright; and her little brother, Thomas, who tragically died at the tender age of 7.

She is survived by her eight children: Sharon (the late John K. Adams), Marsha, Wayne (Gaye Fifer), Terri (Jim Lewis), Dale (Beth Cloherty), Gale (Tom Ogden), Lori (Bill Lauff) and Eric; 12 grandchildren, Kimberly (Michael), Christopher, Dominic, Adam, Mark (Alisa), Julie, Elizabeth (Mark), Carolyn, Michael (Lia), Stephen, Ben and Luke (Alicia); and seven great-grandchildren — all because two people fell in love. She is also survived by a sister, Gladys Welty.

Loretta graduated from Patton High School in 1945. While in high school, she was chosen Miss Coal Queen and became the first female lifeguard in the small town. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, took a break to elope and raise eight kids, and then returned to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to complete her bachelor’s degree in writing at the age of 50!

She loved to travel, and did so, all over the world with her mother and sister, and domestic trips with the whole family. She loved learning new things, meeting new people, discovering new places, dancing, singing, cooking and many other creative endeavors. After she had an empty nest, she owned and operated a bed and breakfast for 10 years in their home, The Nationality House, which was a great outlet for her creativity and desire to meet new people from far and wide.

At the request of Loretta, there will be no viewing or visitation. A memorial service will be announced in the spring at www.moriconifuneralhome.com.

Moriconi Funeral Home, Inc., Northern Cambria is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.