BARRE - Loretta A. Buzzi, 94, of Lyndon and recently of Barre, died Monday evening, Dec. 10, 2012, while at the Pines Rehabilitation and Health Center in Lyndon, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in St. Beatrix, Quebec, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Decoteau) Lafreniere.
Loretta came to the United States with her family as a very young girl and lived for many years in Barre.
On March 3, 1942, she married Lewis G. Buzzi, and together they raised their four children. In 1953 they moved to Lyndonville and purchased Christopher's Cafe and renamed it Luigi's Restaurant.
Loretta was a mother and homemaker for many years. Following the death of her husband in 1970, she continued to operate Luigi's Restaurant with her son Joe. Loretta and Joe sold the business in 1982, and she moved back to her hometown of Barre in 1983, where she resided for the next 29 years at the Jefferson Street Apartments. She lived alone until October 2012, when she moved back to Lyndonville to live with her son Joe.
An amazing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Loretta's love for her family took priority over everything else. She was an awesome cook and provided many wonderful meals for her family and friends. She loved to sew, knit, crochet, do puzzles, play cards and table games, and do crafty things. In her later years she was a wonderful caregiver for some of her family and friends.
Loretta was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Tenant Council at Jefferson Street Apartments, where she presided as president for one year and treasurer for two years. Until recently she was a member of St. Monica Parish in Barre.
Survivors include four children, Michael Buzzi, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Marlene Buzzi-Boisse and husband Henry, of Monkton, Gloria Buzzi-Buck and husband Floyd, of Hyde Park, and Louis-Joe Buzzi, of Lyndonville, and friend Teri Pilotte, of Hampton, N.H.; eight grandchildren, Cindy Myhre, Bryce Simpson, Tanya Buzzi-Ames, Nikki Bigelow, Tina Simpson, Bryon Buzzi, Justin Buzzi and Sue Burrington; eight great-grandchildren, Justin and Andrew Myhre, Connor, Gabrielle and Isabella Ames, CJ and Julia Bigelow and Wyatt Simpson; a sister, Aline Emslie, of Albany, N.Y.; a brother, Gerard Lafreniere, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Lewis; an infant son, Stephen Buzzi; two great-grandsons, Colin and Waylon Simpson; four brothers, Henry, Arthur, Gaston and Robert Lafreniere; and a sister, Antoinette Morini.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated in Lyndonville on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, with the Rev. Luke Austin celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Elizabeth Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
Donations made in her memory may be directed to Make-A-Wish Vermont, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com
Arrangements are by Guibord Funeral Home of Lyndonville.