HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One of Loretta Fuddy's favorite songs was a religious piece called "Here I am, Lord."
Music director Bernie Gora said every Sunday morning Fuddy sang her heart out in the church choir at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral in Kalihi.
"I'm not going to hear that high voice of hers anymore," Gora said.
Fuddy was the first soprano. She sang the harmony above the melody. At 10:30 mass she would be seated high above the sanctuary. Monday evening was her last choir practice.
"Her faith was so deep. She truly was an advocate for Jesus. She showed other people how to love," Gora said.
Fuddy attended St. Theresa's for the past ten years. For most of that time Father William was her pastor. He remembered her as one of the most joyful people he has known.
"She had a way of always seeing the good in other people, the good in situations. Just being around you made you a better person," he said.
Fuddy's church family called her Deliana not Loretta. That's how she was known to her closest friends. St. Theresa's was her second home. She served on the school board and the pastoral council. After singing on Sunday she answered the phones in the church office.
"Whatever Deliana did she did whole-heartedly. And even though she may have been overwhelmed with her job and her responsibilities, it never showed," office manager Lloree Gamiao said.
Among other relatives, Fuddy is survived by two sisters, a brother and brother-in-law, a nephew and a niece.
"She loved her job. She loved the people that she worked with. She loved the people she served," her niece Kimberlee Rene Fuddy Greer said at a short ceremony outside the Department of Health building.
For Loretta Fuddy, work was one arena. Church was the other. It was a big part of her life.
"We spoke about cantoring," Gora said. "I think that was her wish that she would be a cantor and she would have that solo lead, leading the congregation, singing, leading the psalm. I know she'll be a cantor in heaven."