Lauretta Marie Flohr
Jan 16, 1922 - Oct 31, 2014
Lauretta Marie Flohr
January 16, 1922 – October 31, 2014
Lauretta Marie Carney Flohr—92 years of age—passed away at home in Sacramento, California on October 31, 2014, at approximately 4 p.m., while making Halloween holiday preparations.
Born in San Francisco, California on January 16, 1922, Lauretta Marie is the daughter of John Joseph Carney and Mary Josephine Costello Carney. She grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur College and then went to work for Crown Zellerbach, where she served as Executive Secretary to Mr. Zellerbach. With the onset of World War II, she became one of the women serving her country as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) —a group with which, long after her duty had been served—she remained active later in her life.
She married Raymond Flohr on May 15, 1948, at St. Monica’s Church in San Francisco. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond and Lauretta Flohr settled in Sacramento, California where they raised six children. Lauretta Marie was a pioneer—a strong, forward-thinking woman in the workforce—serving 30 years as a secretary at TASA Engineering for the U.S. Government in Sacramento, California while raising six children with her husband Raymond.
Up until her death, she gave wonderful dinner parties each week, where she prepared the table with delicate detail and love. Her loving and bright presence kept all her children and grandchildren close by her side to share in her boundless gifts of laughter, intellectual rigor, compassion, care, and joy.
Throughout her life Lauretta Marie was a devoted Catholic and an active member of the St. Mary Parish for 60 years; her faith shaped her into an extraordinary selfless, and generous person. She was a dedicated philanthropist—it was a daily journey and a lifetime priority. Her unhesitating charitable gifts were chosen by her alone and those gifts reached beyond a single religious belief, world view, or political focus; they were pure gifts to humanity—her giving legacy includes the American Indian College Fund, the Ocean Conservancy, Human Rights Watch, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Interfaith Alliance, the Missionary Society of St. Paul, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Oxfam America, Waterkeeper Alliance, among many others. She did not speak of the monetary gifts but she could be seen each day at her office desk, writing checks; her elegantly hand-written ledgers are testimony to her generous spirit.
She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Josephine Costello Carney and father John Joseph Carney, her husband Raymond Flohr, her sister Helen Fry, brother Father John Carney, brother Paul Carney, her grandson Taylor Douglas Hyatt, and is survived by her dear sister Jane Carney Lanctot. She is also survived by her family members, son John Philip Flohr and partner Tammy Bourmatnov, daughter Paula Josephine Flohr and husband Ronald Pilorin, daughter Mary Flohr Kaltenbach and husband Stephan Kaltenbach, daughter Lauretta Julie Hyatt-Chan and husband Mitch Chan, son Raymond Carney Flohr and wife Cathy Flohr, and daughter Sarah Jane Flohr and her partner Vladimir Tarasov, and her grandchildren Daniel Kaltenbach, Kate Kaltenbach, Simon Hyatt, Jacqueline Hyatt, Colleen Flohr, Anna Flohr, Molly Flohr, Joshua Pilorin, and Loren Pilorin.
Visitation: November 6, 2014, 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home, 5401 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819
Rosary: November 6, 2014, 7 p.m. at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home
Mass: Friday, November 7, 2014, 12 noon at St. Mary Parish, 1333 58th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Burial: Friday, November 7, 2014, following the Mass at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95819
Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014, following the Burial
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