Loretta, Mrs. Kathleen M. "Kathy"
Date of birth: June 5, 1949 - Date of death: May 30, 2007
Kathleen M. “Kathy” Loretta, 57,of Bridgeport, WV passed away at 5:55 PM,
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at her residence following an extended illness. She was
born June 5, 1949, in Weston, WV a daughter of James Junior Marks and the
late Helen Taylor Marks.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Robert”Bob” Loretta;
two daughters, Kristin Ann Burton and her husband Ross of Bridgeport, WV,
and Shelly Renee Spitzer and her husband Nathan of Charles Town, WV; one
grandson, Alexander Ross Burton. Also surviving are one sister, Ann Bourn Koon
and her husband Michael of Weirton, WV; one niece, Jill Kathleen Foster and her
husband Tony of Morgantown, WV.
After graduating from Lewis County High School, Mrs. Loretta earned a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Education from Fairmont State College. She also attended Salem
College where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education.
Following years of teaching and substituting in both Marion and Harrison
counties, she began a career as Director of Food Service in Harrison County, a
position she held for many years. Her most recent position was as Supervisor,
Comprehensive School Health & Staff Development. She retired from the
Harrison County Board of Education with 26 years of service.
In 1985, Kathy began her dedicated memberships in the National and West
Virginia School Nutrition Associations. Throughout her career she served in
various roles and made major contributions to these organizations both nationally
and on the state level. Her services included: State Legislative Chair; President,
West Virginia School Food Service Association; American School Food Service
Association House of Delegates; Public Policy and Legislative Committee; State
By-laws Chair; and State Legislative Chair.
Kathy contributed in many ways to the association by attending conferences, both
state and national, and brought back the knowledge gained to her staff and co-workers. Always willing, she worked behind the scenes, secured speakers, presented
sessions - whatever was needed, she was there.
Kathy was one of the most diligent workers in establishing the Child Nutrition
Center at Pierpont Community & Technical College, in association with Fairmont
State University, a major accomplishment of the West Virginia School Nutrition
Association. She not only served on the ad-hoc committee charged with exploring
the Center’s creation, but she also represented the association at the Center’s
dedication, delivering the organization’s support and pledge. She had been an active
charter member since its inception.
Kathy’s heart was always with Child Nutrition and those who feed children
everyday. As Harrison County Nutrition Director, she oversaw the immense
responsibility of managing the school meals program. She was a member of the
Nutrition Education and Training Cadre where she contributed to the education
of the public about the “ glad, good news of nutrition.”
In 1998, 2001, and 2004 she was a major contributor to West Virginia’s Nutrition
Symposiums, Nutrition... the Next Generation. She worked tirelessly helping to
raise funds, secure speakers, plan sessions and the multitude of tasks required of
such an undertaking. Her service was stellar. Her wisdom, leadership, style, and
grace leave a living legacy. She has accomplished what few can claim - making a
difference in many lives - family, children, co-workers, friends, and community.
Kathy was a member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the Staff
Parish Relations Committee. She was a committed member of the Clarksburg
League for Service and enjoyed serving that organization in many offices and
committees, including president. She was devoted to the League’s mission of service
and assistance to the community.
The family would like to thank the staff of 4-North, United Hospital Center and
People’s Hospice for all their care and support. We thank all of our friends for the
many kindnesses they have shown during Kathy’s illness. Your prayers, calls,
flowers, gifts and food offerings have made a difficult time much better for us.
She was a devoted mother whose family was her biggest joy in life. She will be
sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. She leaves an exemplary legacy
for family and friends.
Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home ,329 East Main St.,
Clarksburg, WV from 2:00 -5:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. on Friday. A funeral service
will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 2, 2007 at the First United Methodist
Church, Clarksburg with the Rev. Dr. Gary Shepard officiating. Interment will
follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Clarksburg League For Service,
Inc., P.O. Box 35, Clarksburg, WV 26302.