Loretta Frances (DeBaise) Arp

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WALLINGFORD - Loretta Frances (DeBaise) Arp, 89, with her husband by her side, died peacefully, Sunday, June 17, 2012, after a brave struggle with MDS.

Loretta, born in Wallingford, was the youngest of the three children of Nicholas and Jenny (Dighello) DeBaise, originally from Naples, Italy. Both of her parents arrived in the United States through Ellis Island, N.Y. She graduated summa cum laude from Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford, and attended St. Raphael Hospital's nursing school until she married her beloved husband, Bill (Ford W. Arp). She worked for many years in Wallingford Dime Savings Bank, as treasurer of the Choate School, and was elected Treasurer for the City of Wallingford. She loved music, reading and interior decorating. In 1958 she started her own retail store, Junior Miss Fashions, and sold it after 20 years in business.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 68 years, Ford William Arp currently of Bangor, Maine. formerly of Rockwood, Tenn.; her only daughter, Sheila Jayne Pechinski, of Bangor, Maine; her grandson, Matthew Pechinski, his wife, Brooke and three great-grandsons, Baxter, Hunter and Mason, all of Falmouth, Maine; her grandson, Jason Pechinski and his wife, Linda, of Boston, Mass.; her granddaughter, Marie Karen Tringali, of Revere, Mass.; and her grandson, Michael Pechinski, of Bangor, Maine. She also leaves a dear nephew, Nicholas Walker; her lifelong, childhood friend, Stella Fiora; her special cousin, June; and dear friend, Edie. She is predeceased by her parents; sister, Marie Walker; and brother, Matthew DeBaise; and her son-in-law, Dr. Joseph Pechinski.

Funeral services will be held at Wallingford Funeral Home and Holy Trinity Church in Wallingford, at a later date. For those who wish to remember Loretta in a special way, contributions to the St. Joseph Hospital's Influsion Clinic, 360 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 would be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com
Published in The Record-Journal on June 20, 2012
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