Josephine Caroline Loya


Josephine Caroline Loya, age 83 of Chandler, AZ, formerly of North Platte, passed away October 1, 2013 at the Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa, AZ.
Josie was born on August 19, 1930 in Walsonburg, CO to Victorio and Maria (Lujan) Martinez. When she was young she moved with her family to Hershey where she attended school. Josie then moved to Sutherland where she met Nicholas Loya. The couple was married on March 1, 1945 in North Platte. They lived in Sutherland before moving to North Platte in 1957. Josie worked at Allen’s Self Service and at Woolworths. Her husband Nicholas passed away on March 22, 1988. Josie moved to Arizona in 1993.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church when she lived in North Platte, and enjoyed crocheting, reading, and doing crafts. Josie loved to spend time and play with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include five children Henry (Georgia) Loya of Topeka, KS, Lupe Loya of Puyallup, WA, Maria Loya of Chandler, AZ, Ernie Loya of North Platte, and Kathy Torres of Chandler, AZ; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; 2 grandsons Carlos Loya and David Torres; a great-grandson Logan Loya; and 3 sisters and their husbands.
A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association and online condolences may be made at
Christian Wake services will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday October 8, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Neal Hock as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Adams and Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.