Loretta Noakes Welch



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Loretta Noakes Welch Passed away peacefully, Friday, February 16, 2024 at the age of 100. Predeceased by husband, John O.Welch; parents, Herbert Greenwood Noakes and Loretta Krebs Noakes; sisters, Marion Noakes, Doris Toole, Judith Noakes. Survived by daughters, Susan (Michael) Lawrence, Janet (James) Ekis, Jacqueline (Jerome Mach) Welch, and son David (Julie) Welch; 6 grandchildren, Jonathan Ekis, David (Sarah) Ekis, Benjamin Ekis, Theresa (Richard) Podagrosi, Katherine Lawrence, Eva (Sean Heffler) Falkenstein; 4 great grandchildren Maura and Archer Podagrosi, Elliot and Emery Ekis; beloved nieces and nephews Patricia Toole and Mary (Jeff) Czech, Daniel Toole, Richard (Lynne) Welch, Gregory (Patricia) Welch and several great nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Richard Falkenstein, William Ficarra, John Fleig, Dr. John Robb, Debra Stempien, Gregory Turner, the caring staff at: Unity Hospital, Crimson Ridge Gardens and Meadows, Westwood Commons and Pines of Peace Hospice. A Park Ridge (now Unity) Hospital volunteer for many years, Loretta served as correspondence secretary of the Rochester Genealogical Society and was a member of the Rochester Philatelic Association and the Flower City Jazz Society. In 2018, she was recognized by the City of Rochester for serving 30+ years as a dedicated genealogical volunteer in the Rochester City Archives Records Management Office. Friends may call Thursday (Feb 22nd) 2-4 PM at Vay-Schleich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Feb 23rd) 10:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 2400 Ridge Road. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pines of Peace Hospice, 2378 Ridge rd., Ontario, NY 14519.


  1. George( Bud )Foos on February 20, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Loretta will always be a special person to me – I spent time with Loretta because of my interest in family history – Loretta will now be in my daily prayers – I will say " Hi Loretta " every night as I include her in my hellos to family members and friends whose physical presence has left us – let me assure everyone that Loretta will always be with us – just in a different way now – Bud Foos

  2. Kathy McLaughlin on February 21, 2024 at 8:11 am

    I am very sorry for your Moms’s passing. I have very fond memories of your Mom. She always made me feel welcome. My thoughts are with the family.

  3. Deborah Gerlach on February 21, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  4. Cynthia Mapes on February 21, 2024 at 6:37 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing peace for her family.

  5. Diane S Bombard on February 23, 2024 at 10:02 pm

    Dear Sweet Loretta, I’ll miss you so much my friend. Im so glad WE seen you at The Hospital. I’m sure they will enjoy you in Heaven. With all my Love Diane

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