HULITZKY, Loretta J.
Of Medfield, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 28, 2020, while being cared for in nearby Wellesley.
Loretta was born in Grant, Nebraska, on May 8, 1933, to the late Harry and Gladys (Frahm) Moller. Gladys was a nurse and Harry and Gladys managed the family farm on which Loretta and her siblings were raised. After completing her primary education, Loretta attended Kearney State Teachers’ College, now part of the University of Nebraska. She became a K-12 teacher in a one room schoolhouse in Brandon, Nebraska.
In 1955, Loretta became a Los Angeles-based stewardess for United Airlines and relocated to Hollywood, California. It had been her dream to become a stewardess during the airline industry’s glamorous era when people dressed up to board a plane, and where she met celebrities including Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Lou Costello, and Max Baer, Jr. while in flight.
It was during Loretta’s airline career that she met A. Wayne Hulitzky who was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He was flying roundtrip to Las Vegas for business and pleasure, and she was assigned to be on both flights. On the first leg of the journey, he saw her crossing the tarmac in her stocking feet and carrying her shoes because of the rain. He asked if she could eat dinner with him, or at least sit with him a while in the unoccupied seat next to him. At that time, it was permitted, so she did. As she romantically recounted in her diary, it was on the return flight that he asked her out on their first date. Avoiding the appearance of being too eager when he asked for her phone number, she said, “It’s in the book.”
Loretta and Wayne dated for three months and had many fun stories to share. They married in February of 1959, and honeymooned on Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai. Wayne’s work was based in Denver, so Loretta left the airline industry, they bought their first home in Denver, and welcomed their daughter Lisa in 1959, followed by son Derek in 1961.
Loretta became a wonderfully caring and thoughtful stay-at-home mother. She developed a disciplined weekly schedule for her work at home, her errands and her shopping. There are wonderful memories of children playing under sprinklers and in pools as she watched from her lounge chair.
In January, 1972, the family relocated to Medfield, Massachusetts, when Wayne accepted a transfer to his employer’s corporate headquarters in Boston. With her experience, Loretta found work as a substitute teacher in neighboring towns. She later worked in retail at Talbots in Wellesley, which inspired an interest in modeling. She focused her mind on that goal and from 1979 until the early 1990s she worked with the Hart Agency and as a fit model for the David Brooks company in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Loretta and Wayne would stroll down Newbury Street in Boston and he would remark on how many people stopped to say hello to Loretta, where Wayne often referred to her as “The Mayor.” He was very happy that she found a career she enjoyed, and he was very supportive of it.
Through her work at shops in Wellesley and Medfield, Loretta developed more contacts which in turn, led to more modeling opportunities.
As Lisa and Derek each started their own families, Loretta retired from modeling. When Wayne also retired, they spent more time together traveling to California to visit friends and to Europe.
Wayne passed away in 1996 at age 68 from post-surgery complications. Loretta eventually moved from their original home in Medfield to a nearby townhome where she remained active. She enjoyed many trips with her children and grandchildren to places in Massachusetts and Rhode Island including Nantucket, Newport, Martha’s Vineyard, and Block Island. Loretta moved into care in 2018.
Loretta is survived by her daughter Lisa Hulitzky, and Lisa’s daughters Emma, Lara, and Willow Florek, and her son Derek Hulitzky and his wife Kelli Viera, and Derek’s daughters and son Taylor, Alec and Claire Hulitzky. Loretta is also survived by her sister Shirley Peterson and brothers Hugh Moller and Lynn Moller, and several nephews and nieces.
Friends and relatives are invited to Vine Lake Cemetery, 625 Main Street, Medfield, Massachusetts, 02052, on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 12:00 noon for a Committal Service. Visiting hours will be the evening before on December 4, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 7:00PM, at Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral home, 15 Miller Street, Medfield, Massachusetts, 02052. Instead of flowers, the family asks to consider making a memorial donation in Loretta’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation