Loretta Z. Mulville, 96, of Dunkirk died Monday evening (Jan. 27, 2014) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
She was born June 21, 1917 in Dunkirk, the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen Zepp.
Loretta was educated in the Dunkirk School System and went on to earn a teaching degree from SUNY Fredonia. Upon graduation, she taught grades 1-12 in a one-room school-house in Cherry Creek.
A few years later, she decided to enter the University of Michigan to obtain a nursing degree, which was one of the most satisfying accomplishments in her life. At that time, she became a supervisor in the oral and plastic surgery clinic for senior medical students at the University of Michigan
Two years later, Loretta and three nursing friends got in her red convertible and drove to California, stopping and working at hospitals along the way to fund their adventure.
In California, she worked at hospitals in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima were brought for medical care. She was then summoned back to Dunkirk to care for her ailing mother while she worked in the infirmary at SUNY Fredonia and as an evening supervisor at Brooks Memorial Hospital.
She was then asked to teach a new federally funded program for practical nurses. She was very proud of the many students who became accomplished nurses in the area. The program is currently affiliated with BOCES.
Loretta retired in 1970 after her husband, Edward "Scrappy" Mulville, was appointed permanent police chief, in order to care for her children full time.
She was a member of Blessed Mary Angela Parish- Church of St. Hyacinth and the Blessed Mary Angela Rosary Society. Because of her religious devotion, Lortta was instrumental in beginning the Catholic Nurses Association, which she served as president for several years. A past member of the American Legion Post 62 Ladies Auxiliary, she formerly served as PTA president and Girl Scout leader.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa (Richard) Cieslewicz of Dunkirk and Cheryl (James) Glapa of Fredonia; one son, E. John Mulville of Ohio; six grandchildren, Mark Glapa, Hans Glapa, Tyler Cieslewicz, Clayton Cieslewicz, Mathew Mulville and Mariah Laird; one great-granddaughter, Cassidy Glapa; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. "Scrappy" Mulville; one son, Norbert Zepp Jr.; two sisters, Alice Groskoph and Blanche Desmond; and one brother, Norbert Zepp Sr.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10:30 in Blessed Mary Angela Parish- Church of St. Hyacinth. Calling hours will be held Saturday morning from 9-10 in the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Resurrection Mausoleum of St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Home or Brooks Memorial Hospital.