Batavia - Mrs. Pearl Lovria, 92, of Batavia, a devoted wife and mother, died peacefully Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born February 28, 1928, in Dunkirk, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Conti LoCastro.
Mrs. Lovria was the beloved wife of 54 years to the late Michael F. Lovria, who died in 2000.
She was a graduate of Batavia High School Class of 1945. She started working in the family business, Main Hardware in LeRoy, NY, worked at GTE Sylvania and retired from Genesee Hardware. Her life can be summed up as a life of volunteer service and as one who does "good" deeds for everyone she knows. She received the Botts/Hale Outstanding Senior Citizen Award from the Batavia Lions Club for years of volunteer service. As a past officer and member of St. Anthony's Altar and Rosary Society and member of the St. Joseph's Day Committee for many years, she was a women of faith who gave service to her church. She was a member of the "Happy Hookers" of Washington Towers, a group that crochets and knits baby hats for the maternity ward at the hospital and for All Babies Cherished. They also craft lap robes for people in wheelchairs at the Genesee County and NY State Veterans' Homes. As a member of the "Happy Clippers'" Pearl clipped manufacturers' coupons which were sent to servicemen and women overseas to be used in the PX. As a loyal American Legion Auxiliary member, she worked at the New York State Veterans' Hospital. She also volunteered her time at the Senior Center. Recognized for her many volunteer hours, she was presented the President's Service Award by both President Bush and President Obama. Pearl enjoyed crafts, bingo, crocheting and dancing. She was a member of the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County since its inception and was very proud of her Italian heritage. Mrs. Lovria was known for her delicious pizza and pizzelle cookies. A very family oriented person, she always enjoyed gathering with her family as they were #1 in her life.
She is survived by her children, Mr. Michael (late Barb Crider) Lovria of Holley, Mrs. Theresa (William) Fritts of Batavia and Mrs. Maria (James) Fanara of Batavia; one brother, Mr. Frank LoCastro of LeRoy; 5 grandchildren, James (Brandi) Fanara, Vincent (Kasey) Fanara, Katie (John) Karijolich, Barbara (Craig) Worby and Michael (Giselle) Fritts, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She is a sister of the late Joseph LoCastro and Rosalie Rosica.
A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Pearl's memory may be made to United Memorial Medical Center, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450, HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020 and Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020.
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Arrangements for Pearl were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.