Loretta McNulty, Blasdell's longest resident, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998) in Autumn View Manor Nursing Home, Hamburg, after a two-month illness. She was 92.
The former Loretta Tighe was born in Blasdell and was the granddaughter of Martin Foose, who owned the Blasdell Hotel and Furniture Store, one of the village's earliest businesses.
After the death of her father, she worked for New York Telephone Co. to help support her mother, brothers and sisters.
She married Francis McNulty in 1925 and moved into a home on Pearl Street across from her mother. She lived there for nearly 70 years, raising five children. Her husband died in 1965.
Her life centered on people and events in Blasdell. She enjoyed social occasions, especially when they included dancing. "I would rather die on a dance floor than in a rocking chair," she recently told a reporter.
She was honored in May at the opening ceremonies of the Blasdell Centennial Celebration and rode proudly in a convertible as one of the grand marshals of the Centennial Parade with Blasdell's oldest citizen, 96-year-old Harry M. Fickelsher, who moved to Blasdell in 1930.
She was president of the Bethlehem Management Club Ladies Auxiliary in the 1950s. She was a charter member of the Blasdell Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of Immaculata Academy Mother's Club.
She was active in Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Blasdell and a member of the Catholic Daughters for more than 50 years. She also was a member of the Daughters of Erin.
Surviving are two sons, Jack of Amherst and Donald of Blasdell; two daughters, Loretta Borsh of Hamburg and Ginger Kacmarski of Blasdell; a brother, Michael Tighe of Blasdell; 27 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell, after prayers at 8:45 in the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 3748 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Burial will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, North Evans.