Loretta Nell (Nash) SajkoSeptember 14, 1929 ~ April 20, 2017 (age 87)
Loretta Nell (Nash) Sajko passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri.
Born on September 14, 1929 to Mayme (Laurent) Nash and Thomas Manuel Nash in Shelburn, Indiana, she was preceded in death by her brothers Tom, Jack, Jim and sister Mary (Nash) Gilbert along with her husband of 54 years Steve T. Sajko who died in 2008.
Loretta graduated from Shelburn High School in 1947 and married Steve in 1953 at St Mary's Church in Sullivan then moving to Gary, Indiana where they were members of St. Joseph the Worker parish. The Sajkos returned to Sullivan for a life of retirement in 1988 and as members of St. Mary's until Steve's death. Loretta then moved near her youngest son and, though she always lived independently, travelled with his family as they moved to Eureka, Illinois, Prescott, Arizona, Omaha, Nebraska, and finally Columbia, Missouri. All adventures she embraced and enjoyed!
Her lifelong, deep devotion to the Roman Catholic faith and prayer and her kind, loving, and simple approach to life and all she touched was noted by all she encountered. She loved flowers, crossword puzzles, candy and dessert....most especially butter pecan ice cream!!
She is survived by son, Stephen of Kentwood, Michigan, daughter Annette Sajko-Eggert, son-in-law Tim and grandson Tyler of New Hope, Minnesota and son Brian, daughter-in-law Amy of Columbia, Missouri and grandchildren Hollyann, Los Angeles, California, Adam (and wife Natalie) of Louisville, Kentucky and Ethan of Lincoln, Nebraska.
A funeral Mass will be held at St Mary's Catholic Church in Sullivan, Indiana at 10 AM on Saturday, May 13th with Fr Jeff Read officiating and internment of her cremains at Center Ridge Cemetery immediately following Mass. Family and friends are welcome to attend a luncheon to be held at St Mary's Social Hall immediately following the graveside service.
Loretta will rest next to her beloved husband Steve. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Meals on Wheels or Notre Dame Housing, or St Mary's Catholic Church in Sullivan.