Loretta  Garte
Loretta Garte

January 6, 1923 - April 7, 2018
Born in New Jersey
Resided in Shady Side, Maryland


On the morning of April 7, 2018 Loretta Garte of Shady Side, MD, passed away peacefully, surrounded by three generations of her loving family. She had celebrated her 95th birthday on January 6th with friends and family of all ages in attendance.

Born in New Jersey and growing up through the Great Depression, her long life included service in the Navy during World War II where she was an Aerographers Mate and was asked to join an elite group to break codes being used by the Japanese military. After her military service, she used the GI Bill and attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Advertising Art with courses in education and sciences. She married Gilbert Garte in 1951 and started a family. She moved to Scituate Massachusetts in 1956 where they raised their family of four children; Daniel, Ramona, Diane, and Andrew.

She lived over 30-years in Scituate where she taught Sunday school, led Girl Scouts and was active in the community. As her children grew older, she became an art teacher at Hingham Junior High School in Massachusetts. A career with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Boston followed where she worked in Personnel, and then switched to Computer Programming at age 55. She retired from Blue Cross and free-lanced in programming for a few years before retirement.

After her husband‘s death in 1989 she moved to Shady Side, to be closer to family and grandchildren. In Shady Side she made many new friends and found some old ones, mostly through her involvement with the Salem Avery House Museum, a historic waterman’s home where she served on the board for many years.

Throughout her life she inspired, moved, and helped shape the lives of many of the people she encountered; those within her family and outside of it. All three generations beyond her thank her for enriching their lives. She is survived by her son Daniel Garte and his wife Carmen of Plymouth MA, with granddaughters Rachel, with great-grandchildren Sienna and Isaac, and Vanessa Pearl with husband Mark with great-grandchildren Benjamin, Nicolas and Mia; daughter Diane Ryan with husband Mike of Morriston, Florida, with grandson Dana; son Andrew Garte and his wife Victoria with granddaughters Maxi Garte and Nicole Drennan with husband Matthew and great-granddaughter Lily.

Military honors will be rendered on April 27th, 2018 at 11:30 AM at the Crownsville Veteran’s Cemetery 1080 Sunrise Beach Road Crownsville, MD. There will be a celebration of her life on April 27th, 2018 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm we will have a reception at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum in Shady Side, 1418 East West Shady Side Road Shady Side, MD one of Loretta’s favorite places where she made many friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local charity benefiting land conservation, and the environment which she always supported.



Maryland Veteran's Cemetery Chapel
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD US 21032
Friday, April 27, 2018
11:30 AM
Celebration of her Life
Captain Salem Avery House Museum
1418 East West Shady Side Road
Shady Side, Maryland US 20764
Friday, April 27, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM