Loretta M. (Smitz) McBride, 82, of Follansbee, WV died peacefully on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Weirton Medical Center.
Born on July 10, 1936 in Steubenville, OH, a daughter of the late Francis J. and Josephine Barbara (Timcho) Smitz. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas William McBride on August 31, 2015; an infant son, Thomas W. McBride; two grandsons, Benjamin Michael Kennen, and Mathew Joseph Kennen; and one brother, Martin J. Smitz.
Loretta graduated Follansbee High School in 1954. She worked as a telephone operator, then Red Cross volunteer, and at the Anchor Room as a cook, and lastly sold Avon for many years. Loretta is a life long member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.
She is survived by five devoted children, Thomas G. (Cindy) McBride of Melbourne, FL, Karen L. (Mike) Kennen, of Follansbee, Melody A. (Cree) Hamilton of Las Vegas, NV, Patrick W. (Carrie) McBride of Great Falls, MT, and Charles F. (Melony) McBride of Mingo Junction, OH; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren with one more due to arrive.
Visitation for Loretta will be held Monday, June 24 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy of the Word at 1 p.m. at the Mullenbach Funeral Home, 669 Main St., Follansbee, WV, with the Rev. Fr. Jude Perara officiating.Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Follansbee, WV.