Monday, January 3, 2022
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Turowski Family Life Story Funeral Home
30200 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
A brief service will follow.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
St. Augustine Humane Society
Community Hospice and Palliative Care
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
With hard work, a warm smile, and a great sense of humor, Loretta Streeter lived with a passion for her family. Known as "Bobo" or "Bo" by those who knew her best, Loretta thrived on sharing time with those she loved. While she met her responsibilities with honor and integrity, she also knew the value of leisure and laughter. Whether tending her garden, hosting family gatherings, cheering on her loved one's endeavors, or walking along the beach, Loretta embraced each day as a gift.
The 50s proved a decade of vibrant growth, with consumerism taking off in previously unimaginable ways. For the first time in history, seven out of ten families in the U.S. owned an automobile, and new laws were created to require seat belts to be installed on all new cars. The new home market exploded while the baby boom continued to proliferate. McDonald's, TV dinners, cans of Coca-Cola, Lego, Velcro, and I Love Lucy all became household mainstays, while Rock and Roll's music continued to grow in popularity with more idols, including Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry and The Platters. In Southeastern Michigan, this time of peace and plenty grew especially bright as Glenna and Bob Farrugia welcomed their daughter, Loretta, into their family on March 12, 1957.
Growing up in the Belleville and New Boston area, Loretta's early years were filled with activity. While her father worked as an electrician, her mother worked in banking. The middle of the five Farrugia children, Loretta enjoyed the good company of her siblings, Nancy, Peggy, and twins, Sam and Sally. The family enjoyed large gatherings and celebrations, a tradition Loretta enjoyed her entire life. While in high school, Loretta was a cheerleader and enjoyed a very active social life. She also met her first husband, Paul Bertin, during this time.
After graduating from New Boston Huron High School, with the class of 1975, Loretta began working at General Motors for 12 years before beginning her long career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She began in the mailroom and worked her way up to analyst before retiring many years later. The greatest gift of her first marriage was her son Paul “Pete”, whom she adored.
On February 18, 1995, Loretta married the love of her life, John Streeter. Introduced by mutual friends, the couple's attraction was immediate and powerful. They exchanged their vows in a civil ceremony, blending their families and settling into their beautiful home in Novi. The happy couple shared 12 wonderful years, enjoying their cottage at Lake Isabelle in Mt. Pleasant, annual vacations to Sandals Resort, boating, playing golf, swimming, and lounging in the sun.
An MSU and Detroit Lions football fan, Loretta loved attending weddings, graduations, and other large family gatherings. She especially relished in recently celebrating her parents' 70th wedding anniversary. She made her home in St. Augustine, Florida, where she spent many hours enjoying the beach and warm weather. With tremendous care, Loretta tended her yard and gardens, delighting in the process of turning her visions into living art. She also found much joy in spending time with her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago, Loretta died at a hospice home in St. Augustine, Florida, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021. Though the world is significantly duller in the absence of Loretta's bright and beautiful smile, may we find comfort in our many treasured memories. May we also find comfort in carrying her legacy forward. With every boat ride, golf game, beach day, and family gathering we enjoy, we celebrate the many ways Loretta gifted our lives. In this way, we keep her spirit alive and inspiring others as she so inspired us.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, John Streeter, and mother, Glenna Farrugia. Loretta is survived by her father, Bob Farrugia; son, Paul Bertin; step-daughters, Jennifer Westley, Laura (Tim) Reznich, and Julie (Jay) Jenkins; 7 grandchildren, and 4 siblings, Nancy (Art) Gase, Peggy Farrugia (Mark Sheats), Sam (Sherry) Farrugia, and Sally (Glen) Roberts and many nieces and nephews. Please join us at a Visitation where stories will be shared on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at St. John's Family Funeral Home and Crematory (385 SR 207, St. Augustine, FL 32084) and on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 12noon - 2:00PM at Turowski Family Life Story Funeral Home (30200 Five Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48154), a brief service will be share at 2:00PM. Burial will follow at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia. Visit Loretta’s webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos and sign her guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Humane Society or Community Hospice and Palliative Care. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.