West Seneca resident turns 100
Loretta was born in Cheektowaga in 1912 and grew up in the town alongside her brother Joseph. After graduating from high school, she took a job with F.N. Burt Box Company where she met and eventually married Vern Heide. She has one son, Ronnie and attended Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Cheektowaga.
After working for the box company, Loretta took a waitressing position at the Cloud Room at the Buffalo Airport. This was a high-end restaurant that served many famous people who visited or resided in the Buffalo area. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton and the Milk Girl Paula Drew were among the people she waited on.
After Vern passed away, Loretta moved to Mt. Clair, New Jersey to be close to family and friends. She took a job working for a prominent lawyer, but after about five years, she returned to Buffalo and resumed her waitressing position at the Cloud Room where she eventually retired from.
In her spare time Loretta loved to bowl, do upholstery work and sew. She took up golfing at the age of seventy six and drove until she was ninety two. Loretta now resides at The McGuire Groupís Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca where she enjoys playing BINGO, Pokeno and attending church services. Seneca Health Care Center provides 24-hour skilled nursing care. For more information, visit www.mcguiregroup.com.