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Loretta Kathleen Girsch

September 13, 1926 — May 14, 2022

Loretta Kathleen Zuhowski Girsch, age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Columbia, TN Saturday, May 14, 2022. Loretta was born September 13, 1926, in Pine Island, NY to the late Walter Zuhowski and Genevieve Kushkowski.

Loretta’s life all everyone’s at the time were affected due to the war. She was Rosie the Riveter. Loretta worked in a secret camouflaged facility, that was covered with trees and other fauna so that it could not be spotted from the air. It was there she worked producing blueprints for fighter jets for the war effort. Following the war, Loretta worked with schools for a while aiding with education and child care, before she finally settled and had her own. She poured her heart and soul into loving her family and raising her children. She was an incredibly loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Loretta always enjoyed volunteering at the hospital or spending time tending to her garden. She also loved to prepare food and share it with family and friends. She was always quick to bring a smile with her wicked sense of humor. In everything she did, there was compassion and love for another. Loretta is loved deeply and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Loretta is survived by her daughters: Patricia Barry and Deborah (David) Quackenbush; granddaughters: Loretta (Micahel) Kisiel and Rebecca Quackenbush; and great-granddaughter: Kathleen Kisiel. Loretta is preceded in death by her husband Anthony Girsh and her brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at Polk Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

The family wants to extend a special thanks to Nurse Pam and Michelle with Hospice Compassus. A very special thank you to Penny Odom and her daughter Christy Brown who were there every step of the way.

Williams Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences can be given to the family online at
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Graveside Entombment

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Polk Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum

6465 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401

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Polk Memorial Gardens

6465 Trotwood Ave

, Columbia, TN 38401

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