Loretta LaScala

Loretta LaScala

Loretta liked everything just so: her hair, nails and makeup were always perfect; not a speck of dust in her home. As a mom she was accepting of anything her kids wanted to do, but she spoke her mind if she thought something was wrong. And just be sure to be at her table by 4:45. She made the best peanut butter fudge and banana pudding and the Kentucky girl learned to cook Italian with the best of them. She worked as a waitress early in her life and recalled it as if it had happened the week before. But, of course, she found her real calling late in life: a grandmother for the ages. And maybe it wasn’t just her offspring: she would light up at the sight of any baby. Everyone knew not to call her or schedule anything for 3 p.m.; Loretta would be checking in on her friends at General Hospital. She collected Porcelain Dolls and loved Tastycakes and Pepsi.
Through friends she’d meet a handsome guy named Phil; they shared a 39-year marriage. She is survived by her children, Darlene Monaco (Tom), Tammy Lee (Whitey), Bobby Chew (Julie), Michael LaScala (Lauren) and Amanda LaScala (Ian); grandchildren, Kyle, Kristen, Stephanie, Danielle, Shawn, Cooper, Breanna and Henry; great grandchildren, Teddy, Piper, Audrianna, Max and Scarlett; her brother, Ruie, her sister, Loisjean and her best buddy, Tink the dog.
Come celebrate 80 great years Wednesday 10 to noon at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Interment, Lake Park Cemetery, Woolwich.


  1. Rae Baker Holladay Hoglen says:

    Phil and family!! So sorry to hearing the passing of Loretta. Sending prayers and my condolences to all.

  2. Sandra & Tom Dean says:

    To Retta’s family, Phil, Darlene, Tammy, Bobby, Mike and Amanda, & grand kids, our thoughts are with you all and our deepest sorrow for your loss, we all have been tied together as family by our loved ones before us, I grew up with Retta being an aunt figure to me. I first met Retta in Ky on a school bus in Grassy Ky. But really got to know Retta as a young teenager when we all moved to New Jersey, and she baby sat for my cousins, me, and my brothers. Wether blood or not we all became family, growing old, having kids, grand kids and just living life. Retta was an icon in the family, she never visited without carrying a container of peanut butter fudge in her hand, she and my mom were close friends and always had coffee clubs at each others home, we were just family that grew and grew to who we are today! So sad about how our health takes control of our life, but we always have those vibrant memories of our loved ones! May God’s Grace heal your hurting hearts and know how Blessed we were having Retta in our lives! She will be sadly missed but will be not be forgotten, all of our loved ones will live forever in our memories!

  3. Debbie Wentzell says:

    I have many memories of Aunt Retta starting when I was a young girl and she would take me and a of few of my siblings to the beach in the back of a pick up and trips to Ky the same way. She would pick me up to spend the weekend at her house sometimes and I remember listening to her sing the old Country songs with her beautiful southern voice. She is the reason I love singing Karaoke today. I will always remember our road trips and we would take turns singing Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn the whole 11 hours. She was a beautiful woman and will be missed. Hug Mom for me Aunt Retta. Love you ❤️😘

  4. Angela McMahon says:

    May you rest in peace 🙏.

  5. Ralph and Rita Stein says:

    Ralph and I want to extend our sincere sympathy to Phil and his family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Rae Baker Holladay Hoglen says:

    So sorry , sending my condolences and prayers to the you and the family. Thinking of you Phil. Tell your daughter -in law, Lauren I said hi. Rae

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