During World II, she was a "Rosie the Riveter" at the Curtiss Wright aircraft plant in Buffalo.
Afterward for 30 years, she was Loretta, the cook, at the Woodlawn Diner, a favored eating place for hundreds of steelworkers and Woodlawn residents.
On Wednesday (July 23, 1997) Loretta McClelland died in Our Lady of Victory Hospital after a six-week illness. She was 87.
Born in Buffalo, the former Loretta Stadlmeier, was brought to Woodlawn when she was two years old and lived there the rest of her life. She raised a son and nine daughters.
Surviving are her son, James McClelland of Colden; seven daughters, Audrey Martin of Hamburg, Joan DiVinni of Derby, Jean Yelen of Blasdell, Carol Tigue of Cheektowaga, Diane Kopacz of Woodlawn, Sharon Gross of Boston and Karen Carney of Angola; 31 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Prayers in the John J. Kaczor Funeral, 3748 South Park Ave., Blasdell, at 9:15 a.m. Monday will precede a funeral at 10 in the Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3691 Fourth St., Woodlawn. Burial will be in Lakeside Park Cemetery, Hamburg.