Loretta Vesta was born April 2, 1939 near Estella in Sullivan County, PA. She was one of six children born to the late Laurence and Jean (McCarty) Higley and also the step daughter of Evelyn Bennett Higley. She was a graduate of Estella High School, class of 1957.
On October 26, 1957 she married Philip D. Fitzwater in Estella, PA; they were blessed with 58 years of loving marriage and raised three children.
For over 35 years Loretta was employed in the Cafeteria at Canton Area Schools, until retiring in 2001. She was a talented cook and will be remembered for making thousands of cakes for various celebrations throughout the area. Loretta and Phil owned and operated LP Catering Services. In earlier days, she was active with helping serve meals for the 4H Camp at Camp Brule. They also enjoyed running the dinning hall at the Forksville Fair for many years.
Always one to be busy with a project or hobby, she enjoyed puzzles, crocheting, needlepoint, bowling, the outdoors, going for walks, yard work, gardening and canning.
Loretta’s main interest in life was the love that she shared with family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Philip, Loretta is survived by her step-mother, Evelyn Higley, Hillsgrove; daughters and son-in -law; Kathy Fitzwater and Kellie (Kirk) Bedford all of Canton; daughter-in-law, Renee Cloud, Oxford, PA; eight grandchildren; Jason, Promise, Andreya, Jeremy, Craig, Justin, Brandon and Philip; several great grandchildren, sisters and brothers-in-law; Alda (Art) Molyneux, Trout Run, Karen (Roy) King, Forksville, Anita (Jim) Chase, Dushore; brother and sister-in-law, Arlen (Brenda) Higley, Canton, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her son, Galen Fitzwater in 2006, brother and sister-in-law, Sherman (Marion) Higley, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur and Helen Fitzwater, three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, LaVern, Kenneth (Josie) and Carson (Jean) Fitzwater.
The funeral was held April 2, Loretta's birthday, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover with Pastor Gerald Schmidt officiating.
Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, PA
Those who wish may consider a memorial donation in Mrs. Fitzwater’s memory to the Beech Flats Cemetery Association, c/o 1928 Minnequa Main Rd., Canton, PA 17724 or to the Canton Food Pantry, c/o Kathryn McCoy, 47 W. South Ave., Canton, PA 17724.
The Pepper Funeral Home, Canton was in charge of the funeral arrangements.