Loretta V. (Miller) Shimko 0ctober, 18, 2021 Loretta V. Miller Shimko, 89, died peacefully in her sleep on October 18, 2021 of respiratory failure. Cremation has taken place and some of her ashes were scattered on the beach in FL where she enjoyed walking and collecting shells and the remaining ashes will be placed with her deceased parents in Marlow, NH per her request. A memorial is planned. Loretta was born in Norwalk, CT on Feb. 20, 1932, the daughter of Margaret (Linnartz) Miller and Arthur H. Miller and wife of predeceased Joseph F. Shimko. She grew up with her siblings, grandparents Margaret (White) Linnartz and Frank Linnartz and many cousins in Norwalk, CT before marrying Joseph F. Shimko in 1953. They lived in Norwalk after their marriage and had 5 children before moving to Gaylordsville, CT in 1962. Her siblings Dorothy (Miller) Kravarik of Stoddard, NH and Arthur H. Miller, Jr. of Marlow, NH predeceased her. She is survived by all 5 of her children; Dorothy (Shimko) Simmons of Fernandina Beach, FL, Linda (Shimko) Finch of Gaylordsville, Karen (Shimko) Gallup of New Milford, Joseph F. Shimko of Gaylordsville, and Mark Shimko of Gaylordsville, grandchildren, Michelle (Shimko) Cable of Gaylordsville, Joseph F. Shimko of Gaylordsville, Brianna (Shimko) Wyble of Virginia, Jill (Simmons) Freeto of Waterford, CT., Sara (Simmons) Hernandez of Savannah, GA. She was also lucky to have 3 great-grandchildren; Randall Cable, Paige Freeto and Emily Freeto. Loretta had a passion for the outdoors; gardening, flowers, wildlife and birds. She was an avid baker and canner and always kept the family well supplied with cookies, cakes, pickles and jams. She was a member of the local "Homemaker's Club" and with them did many art projects, crochet and pickling over the years. She also found joy in dancing, shopping and having a new outfit each month. Prior to being married she worked at the Gibson Stationary Company in Norwalk, CT. Once married she was a stay-at-home Mom for her 5 children but after they were grown, she worked as a prep cook at multiple Kent, CT restaurants, one of which was the Milk Pail. She loved cooking and prepping for celebrations and events. She would start her Christmas cookie baking on December 1st and always welcome friends and family in for coffee and sweets. May she now Rest in Peace after a long, fruitful life.
Published by New Milford Spectrum on Nov. 15, 2021.