Loreta Mollica

February 23, 2020


Loreta Mollica, age 65, passed away on the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, at home.

Loreta was born in Kretinga, Lithuania to Emilija and Vladas Beniusiai.  Preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Mollica; Survived by daughter Ieva Buivydaite (Michael Motts) and grandchildren Anderson, Will and Sarina.  

Friends may pay respects at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road from 4 -7 pm on Wednesday, February 26th. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew Church, 1899 McCoy Road at 10 am Thursday, February 27th.  Burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

Warmth, joy and elegance come to mind describing Loreta. A life lived beautifully with grace, kindness and laughter. Born in the small town of Kretinga, Lithuania to a musician father and a seamstress mother. From her father she inherited the love of music that streamed like a river through her life. The love of music had moved her forward as musical professional and director of culture and entertainment for the city of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Loreta always found joy in simple things - how pleasant the breeze felt that day, how the sunshine was particularly warm, how soft the fabric felt on her skin. That carried on even when she got ill. The smallest things would cheer her up: how elegantly the flowers were arranged on the table, how refreshing the water tasted, how easy the car ride was. She found joy everywhere, no matter how dark the circumstances.

Loreta and her mother had shared a special bond; deeply connected and tuned in to the wishes and needs of each other. That love and connection continued to live on in her bond with daughter Ieva, who spent the last year lovingly taking care of her mom. This daunting, but incredibly meaningful year was made possible by many people who contributed in what ways they could.    

A big thank you to Darby Moffatt, who opened up his house during this past year to endless visitors, sleepovers, moving ins and more. He had only met Loreta a few years ago, but that didn’t stop him from treating us all like family.

Loreta was sincerely thankful to Ieva’s colleagues at DNV GL, especially Brian Kocsis, for generously allowing her flexibility and providing understanding.

And finally,  Loreta was deeply grateful to Michael Motts, Ieva’s husband, for his incredible patience and support while navigating this difficult and windy road for over a year. As she knew she would be leaving soon, she felt comforted about the future by his love and commitment to her daughter.

Jimmy Mollica was undoubtedly the love of her life. Together they sang and traveled the world. Their world was better for having met each other. Our world was better for them having been together. May they now enjoy their love forever free of the worldly troubles.

Our deepest gratitude to the wonderful professionals at the James Cancer Hospital and Ohio Health Hospice.  

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February 26, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Northwest Chapel
4661 Kenny Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43220

Mass of Christian Burial
February 27, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Andrew Church
1899 McCoy Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43220

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