Loretta Jane Sabin died Aug. 28.
She was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Mattawanna, Pennsylvania, and when she was young, her family moved to Wilmington, Delaware. The family moved again to mid-Michigan, where she stayed until when she relocated to Anna Maria Island in 1997.
She lived the “Gulf life” by enjoying the warm weather, entertaining friends, watching NASCAR and hosting holiday meals.
She loyally and faithfully worked for E.T. MacKenzie Company for nearly 35 years, beginning in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and later opening the Bradenton location. Her work in Bradenton was planned to be for a few months but she was just tickled to be near her sister and moved to the island. Since 1978, she has been a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and in 2002 joined the Anna Maria Moose Lodge.
She enjoyed life and never took the little things for granted. She would say that she’d rather live a full, short life than a long, dull life — and she certainly did.
She never met a stranger and was always there to listen and provide the perspective one needed to hear — like it or not.
A celebration of life will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Bradenton Moose Lodge, 310 44th Ave. E.. Bradenton.
Memorial donations can be made to any organization that you know she would love, including the NAWIC #157 Scholarship Fund c/o B. Barbara Strachan Michigan AGC, 2323 N. Larch St. Lansing, MI 48906, or Moose Heart for Children 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.
She is survived by her dedicated partner Dan Breton; children Jan K. and wife Rebecca, Jesse and wife Laura and their father Jan H.; Nicole and husband Joe Vinson; Brian Breton; sister Linda and husband John Hare, nieces Holly Hare, Page and husband Mark Howard; and granddaughters Samantha, Katie, Kennedy and Elliott.
Gwendolyn ‘Polly Moore’ Senseman
Gwendolyn ‘Polly Moore’ Senseman, 88, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Sept. 7, at West Chester Hospital. She was born May 1, 1929, in Cortez, to John A. and Sally (nee Fulford) Moore.
She was born in the house that her grandparents, Capt. William and Sally (nee Adams) Fulford built in Cortez. She grew up on Anna Maria Island, just across the bay from Cortez.
“I had the most wonderful childhood on Anna Maria. We roamed all over the island barefoot.”
She later returned to live in the house her grandparents built in Cortez and said, “I love living here. I don’t think many people come back to live in the house they were born in.”
She was proud of her four daughters and the women they would grow up to be.
She had an artist’s touch when it came to decorating. Her homes and gardens were beautiful and she always made people feel welcome.
She was married to Kenneth Senseman.
She is survived by her daughters Dr. Susan Eacker, Cindy Rodgers, Robin Torbeck and Sally Rodgers; grandchildren Jeremy Eacker, Amy Rodgers-Dryfoos, Rose Rodgers-Dryfoos, Carey McVey, Jody Howard, Leslie Hundley, Caleb Whisman and Sarah Grace McCarthy-Rodgers; seven great-grandchildren; friend and companion Norbert Maynard; and many family members and friends.
Donations may be made to the Cortez Village Historical Society, PO Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215. Remembrances at muellerfunerals.com.