Loretta Ann Bartolomeo

October 7, 1941December 30, 2020

LORETTA ANN BARTOLOMEO October 7, 1941 – December 30, 2020 Loretta Ann Bartolomeo, beloved grandmother, former secretary, nurse, and artist died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 30th, 2020. She was 79.

Born in the Forest Park neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore to parents Arthur Herbst and Margaret Magill-Herbst, Loretta was the sixth of eight children. The family lived in numerous locales in the mid-Atlantic as well as Florida before finally settling in Baltimore County.

After graduating from Parkville Senior High School, Loretta followed several of her siblings to find work at the Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point plant in East Baltimore where she excelled as a typist in the secretarial pool of the accounting department. It was there that she first met her future husband and love of her life, John Patrick Bartolomeo, an accounting clerk, who also departed this world unexpectedly just two and half months ago at their home in Timonium.

After marrying John in 1962 and becoming a mother a year later, Loretta embraced her new role as homemaker with warmth and generosity. The proud and loving mother of Kimberly Vantran, a nurse, and James Bartolomeo, a filmmaker, Loretta eventually welcomed six grandsons into her life and was never happier than when she was able to spend time with them baking, tending to her garden, or simply talking at the end of a long day.

Loretta resumed her secretarial career in 1982 upon accepting a position in the Writing/Media Department of Loyola University where she worked until 2004. She enjoyed being part of that team and cherished the lifelong friendships that developed.

Always deeply proud of her daughter’s career in nursing, Loretta felt inspired to work towards a nursing degree of her own and graduated from The Union Memorial School of Nursing as an LPN in 1995. Her nursing career centered around caring for the elderly and ultimately to Stella Maris, where she enjoyed her passion until retiring.

Loretta embraced a lifelong love of the arts, and infused homelife with creative expression. This culminated in recent years with her work as an accomplished water colorist, earning numerous awards at the Maryland State Fair and various gallery shows over the years. She often expressed how proud she was of her son, James, as he chose and navigated a career in the film industry.

Active in the BYKOTA Senior Center of Towson, Loretta loved the art classes and special events happening there. She was an avid cook and baker that never met a recipe she couldn’t tackle. She enjoyed sharing the bounty with her neighbors, friends and family.

Known to her grandsons as ‘Nonna’, she and Pop-pop enjoyed attending years of soccer, basketball, swimming, cross country races and Boy Scout events with her beloved grandchildren. Nonna always offered the perfect words of encouragement and admiration, along with a welcome plate of fresh baked cookies. Her grandsons will truly miss her ubiquitous greeting, “Hi Baby Doll, how are you?”

Loretta maintained close relationships with her four brothers, Ralph, Arthur Jr, and Charles Herbst of Parkville, and Richard Herbst of Bethlehem, PA, as well as three sisters, Mary and Joan Herbst of Parkville, and Virginia Gosnell of Bel Air. Holiday celebrations were always memorable with the Herbst kitchen crowded and brimming with delicious aromas leading up to wondrous feasts. The grandchildren relished being spoiled by their aunts and uncles and grew up learning the value of being a part of such an expansive and warm extended family.

Later in life, Loretta and John enjoyed trips throughout the United States and Europe, yet it was Maryland’s Eastern Shore that they returned to again and again. She was a lifelong practicing Catholic and in recent years attended mass almost daily at Mercy Ridge/Stella Maris.

Loretta Ann Bartolomeo is survived by her daughter Kimberly of Parkton, Maryland, son James of Dunedin, Florida, and sister Mary of Cockeysville. She was an adoring grandmother to Benjamin, Luke, Matthew, and Jack Vantran, and Oliver and Emil Bartolomeo.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Stella Maris – Nursing Home and Skilled Nursing Facility, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD 21093 would be genuinely appreciated.

A video of her funeral service may be viewed at the following link:


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Dave Schley

January 23, 2021

Dear Kim and Jim
So sorry to hear you just lost both your Mom and Dad. We were so lucky to have your family as such good neighbors growing up on Hillburn Avenue! I would run in to your parents from time to time and they were always smiling and we would stop to have a friendly chat, Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Dave Schley

Patricia Dalrymple

January 9, 2021

To Loretta's family: I am one of her colleagues from Loyola University Maryland and want to express my sympathy and condolences to the family during this difficult time. I am sorry that you had to lose two beloved members, and so closely together. Take care, stay well. -Pat Dalrymple, Loyola Records Office

Martha Hendrickson

January 8, 2021

I am so heartbroken to hear about Loretta. She was a friend and fellow watercolorist who always had such dedication and energy
for the arts, especially in our watercolor classes. Her beautiful work was an inspiration to others. She was enthusiastic in encouraging fellow students and also lending a hand when needed for shows. She was always helping others whether it be family or anyone else in need. She is sorely missed.

May she rest in peace with her husband John.
Our deepest condolences to her family.

Martha and Allen Hendrickson

Julie Lynn

January 7, 2021

Bykota Senior Center is so sorry to hear about Loretta so soon after mourning the loss of John. They both were such important parts of Bykota life. We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences. They meant the world to us. A few years back, I was looking over Loretta's shoulder when she was painting a peach. I loved it so much and told her how cool I thought it was. Later in the day she gave it to me. I have cherished it ever since and every time I look at it, I think of her kindness. She was always looking out for others, telling me she was leaving soup in our refrigerator for another member. Those are just tiny examples of her big heart. May you find comfort and kindness. Julie Lynn, Bykota Senior Center Director

Neil Alperstein

January 6, 2021

I was shocked this morning to learn of Loretta's passing. It was only two months ago that John passed. I worked for many years with Loretta at Loyola. We became close during those years. She would always talk about Kim and Jimmy and later her grandchildren. A wonderful person who will truly be missed.

Margaret Daley

January 4, 2021

Kim and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Loretta from Loyola. She always had a smile and friendly word no matter how busy we were. Always fun to her about her children and grandchildren.
Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deepest sympathy to you all,

Susan Herbst-Soule

January 4, 2021

Aunt Loretta was always smiling and had an endearing love for all her family. Her energy and spirit were very special. I cherish memories of our family gatherings and know she is now and forever with her life partner, Uncle John.
This is one of my favorite photos of her with my daughter, Meghan, when she was a baby. Her smiling adoringly at her warms my heart.
You will be greatly missed Aunt Loretta.

James Bartolomeo

January 4, 2021

James Bartolomeo

January 4, 2021

James Bartolomeo

January 4, 2021