Lucia Rose Loher was born in New York, New York, on December 14, 1931, to her parents, Fernando Cortijo and Isabel Cresten-Cortijo who had preceded her in death. Lucia passed on September 22, 2019 however her legacy of caring lives on. Lucia is survived by her husband Leopold Loher who said when they first met,”he knew in his heart he loved her and will love her always.” Lucia is survived by her sister, Isabel Komar, and also survived by other cousins and nieces and nephews. Stella Cortijo-Kornfeld who is her other sister preceded her in passing in December 2018. Lucia graduated from Mabel Dean Bacon Vocational High School in 1951 and helped with editing of “The Torch,” the school yearbook and was noted by her teachers as a talented artist. Her drawing which is displayed in the front page of the yearbook was entitled “The Future of the World Is In Our Hands.” Lucia made prolific oil paintings which will be displayed. She worked as a seamstress and was a long term member of the International Ladies’ Garment Worker’s Union and was very active as an officer. She also volunteered at many institutions in the City of New York, which included the Allen Pavilion and the Hospital for Joint Diseases as well as the Bailey Rain Senior Center. She also volunteered as one of the Board Directors at Waldo Gardens. She was an instructor at the Allen Pavilion and taught knitting and crochet and made hundreds of baby hats and baby blankets for the newborns. A memorial service was performed at Allen Pavilion for her years of volunteering and service, which was lead by the hospital chaplain, volunteer board, and senior administration and staff, as well as many others who was touched by her; her family will always be grateful for this lovely event. Lucia was a long term member of St. John’s RC Church in the Bronx. Funeral services will be held at Williams Funeral Home from 10 am to 1pm on September 30, 2019 and shortly after will have a processional to Ferncliff Cemetery 280 Secor Road Hartsdale, NY. Lucia will be remembered as a beautiful lady who had a wonderful heart and was a friend to all.
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