Loretta Mae (Mobiglia) Wheeler, 83, loving wife of the late James O'Neil Wheeler, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Blair Manor with her family by her side.
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Loretta, a lifelong resident of Windsor Locks, was born May 16, 1930, the daughter of the late Attilio L. and Mary M. (Balboni) Mobiglia. Loretta graduated from Hartford Hair Dressing School and learned a trade that would produce lifelong friendships. She owned and operated a hair salon from her home for many years. Loretta was a faithful devoted parishioner of St. Mary Church and was known to "light up the East Coast skyline" with the many candles she would light. She loved to play bingo and trips to the casino. Loretta was the matriarch of the Wheeler family and was truly dedicated to her family and affectionately known as Mom, Nona, Grandma, Aunt, Godmother, and friend and will be missed by everyone. Loretta has and will continue to touch the hearts of us all with her never-ending, selfless acts of kindness, which she wouldn't have any other way.
She is survived by her three children, Thomas Wheeler, and his wife, Jerrolyn, of Windsor Locks, Richard Wheeler, and his wife, Kathleen, of Feeding Hills, Mass., and Mary Ann Akil, and her husband, Abdul, of Windsor Locks; her six loving grandchildren, Anthony Akil, currently serving in the United States Navy, Ahmed Akil of Windsor Locks, Steven Wheeler of Broad Brook, James Wheeler, and his wife, Caron, of Windsor Locks, Dawn Conary of South Windsor, and Robert Conary, and his wife, Nancy, of Vernon; her brother, Raymond Mobiglia, and his wife, Lorraine, of Hamden; her sister, Ann Wawruck of Windsor Locks; many nieces and nephews whom she loved immensely, close friends, and wonderful neighbors. In addition to her husband, James, she was also predeceased by a brother, Francis Mobiglia; and her very dear friend, Elsie Nesta.
Loretta's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at St. Francis Cancer Center and the oncology department eighth floor and the nurses and staff at Blair Manor for the wonderful compassionate care Loretta received.
Memorial donations may be made to
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942; or
, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045.
Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 52 S. Elm St., Windsor Locks. Please meet at the church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 18 to Apr. 22, 2014
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