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Thursday, July 18, 2024




Loretta Y. Schellinger, a beacon of warmth and kindness, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2024, at the age of 88 in Petersburg, New Jersey. Born on August 18, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Loretta's friendly demeanor and nurturing spirit touched all who knew her.
Loretta, a loyal and loving mother, is survived by her devoted children: Ralph I. Schellinger, Jr. (Debra), Kent Schellinger (Mary Ann), Connie Cox (Richard), and Lori Rosell (James). She was the proud grandmother to seven grandchildren: Lauren Armour (Keith), Sean Schellinger (Jessica), Kent Schellinger, Jr., Kristin Cockerham (Adam), Rachael Clarke (Scott), Bryce Cox, and Lindsey Rosell. Her legacy includes six cherished great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a caring brother, David Hyman, and a sister, Mildred Pascucci (Robert). Loretta was lovingly reunited in death with her late husband, Ralph I. Schellinger, Sr., whom she married in 1954.
A proud alumna of Cape May High School, Class of 1953, Loretta's zest for life was evident in her involvement with the Green Creek Bethel United Methodist Church and her participation in community groups such as the Dancing Grannies, the Spirit Players, and the Canal Pals.
Loretta's hobbies included sewing, baking, and tap dancingactivities through which she expressed her creativity and care. Above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, leaving behind a legacy of love and treasured memories.
Those who knew Loretta will remember her as the embodiment of kindness, always extending a hand of friendship and support. She graced the lives of many with her vivacious spirit and gentle heart. Loretta Y. Schellinger's enduring influence will be felt by her family and all those blessed enough to have known her.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Radzieta Funeral Home, 9 Hand Avenue, Cape May Court House, NJ, where viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Green Creek Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.
Donations in Loretta's memory may be made to the Green Creek Bethel United Methodist Church, PO Box 123, Green Creek, NJ 08219.
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