WATERTOWN, NY — Loretta J. (Rich) Fralick, 96, formerly of Burrville and Adams Center, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at the Samaritan Medical Center where she had been a patient for three days.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Toby Schilling. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral prior to the funeral.
Loretta is survived by two sons, Michael (Cherri) Rich, Deer River and Shane (Beth) Rich, Prince George, VA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Born April 7, 1922, in Fulton, a daughter to Leland and Bertha DeMott Tifft Cooper, she graduated in 1941 from Sandy Creek High School and the Watertown School of Commerce in 1942.
Loretta was employed by Taggart Paper Co and Tilo Roofing Co. as a secretary from 1944 to 1953. She went to work for WWNY TV in 1954, retiring after 31 years as the stations traffic manager in 1985.
She married Hampton Rich May 10, 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Rich lived near Burrville from 1948 until Mr. Richs passing in July of 1978. Mrs. Rich continued to live there until 1981.
She married Glenn F. Fralick, Sr. May 15, 1982. Mr. and Mrs. Fralick resided on the South Harbor Road, Adams Center. Mr. Fralick predeceased her on Nov. 21, 1996.
Loretta lived in Carthage at the William Dalton Estates until moving to the Samaritan Summit Village.
Loretta was a longtime member of the Burrville United Church of Christ, serving on the church’s board of trustees and Women’s Fellowship group. She was an active the YWCA for many years and served on the joint management committee of the YWCA and YMCA and served as president of the YWCA Business Girls Club in 1946. Loretta as a 2 term past president of the Watertown Business and Professional Women Club Local Chapter of Watertown and past director of district 5 where she was selected as “Woman of the Year” by that group. She served as NY State Public Relations chairperson for two years and served on various committees. She was a member of the American Women in Radio and Television, and the Mercy Hospital Auxilary. Loretta presented the “Annual Citizenship Award” in 1970 on behalf of the Watertown School of Commerce.
Loretta enjoyed crafts, gardening, sewing, singing and volunteer work. She enjoyed traveling to historic places with Stonehenge being her favorite.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Volunteer Transportation of Jefferson County, 24685 Route 37, Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences can be made at www.reedbenoit.com