On Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, Loretta Avenenti Haro, loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend passed away in the comfort of her home at the age of 91 in San Manuel, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Cipriano Haro, her brother Benjamin Avenenti Jr., and her sisters Helen Alonzo and Virginia Bribiescas. She is survived by her siblings Mary Van Haren, Eddie Vindiola, Regina Madueno, Heady Bea Avenenti and Benjamin Avenenti III.
She is also survived by her six children Robert (Espie), William (Deanie), John (Lauren), Greg (Carolyn), Kathleen (Miles), and Kristie (Mike). Loretta was blessed with eighteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.
Loretta was born on August 9th, 1930 in Florence, Arizona to Helen Brady and Benjamin Avenenti. She received her high school diploma from Superior High School in 1948. A year later, Loretta married Cipriano and they eventually moved to San Manuel for Cipriano’s new position with Magma Copper Company.
She and Cipriano continued to build their family over many years while she pursued her passions in photography and writing. Loretta also taught Catechism at St. Bartholomew’s, taught English as a second language through the Church, and worked for the State of Arizona Elections Board for over 45 years.
Loretta was known throughout Southern Arizona for her delicious cooking, especially her tortillas, tamales, and empanadas. Loretta never took shortcuts and believed that anything, especially cooking for her family, was worth the extra effort.
Loretta passion for athletics manifested in countless ways. She was the epitome of a coach’s wife and baseball mom. Loretta was a devoted Diamondbacks fan and was delighted when her children surprised her with tickets to Game 6 of the 2001 World Series.
Loretta will be missed and remembered by all. Her service will be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 490 Main Street, Superior, Arizona 85173. Her celebration of life will begin with a Rosary at 1:30 PM, Mass at 2:00 PM, and burial at Fairview Cemetery to follow.