The Passing of Loretta Smith

To the Williams community,

I write today to share the news of the passing of retiree Loretta Smith, who spent 20 years in Dining Services as a snack bar attendant from 1961 to 1981. She died on Thursday, January 10, at the Williamstown Commons. She was 99.

Loretta was born in North Adams on July 24, 1919, a daughter to the late Henry and Corine Champagne, and attended local schools. She married John Thomas Smith in 1940 and the couple were the proprietors of Smith Cabins in Williamstown from the 1940s through the 1960s.

Those who worked with Loretta remember her as loyal, hardworking, caring, and dependable. Outside her work life at Williams Loretta was a communicant of Sts Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown, where she also taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD). She was a member of the Friendship Club and the Council on Aging, and in her retirement volunteered at Williamstown Commons. She was also an avid Red Sox fan.

Loretta is predeceased by her husband, who passed away in 1973; four sisters, Celia Johnson, Doris Forgette, Lena Copeland, and Beatrice Bachand; and three brothers, Wilfred, Lionel, and George Champagne. She is survived by her sisters, Rita Langlois, Theresa Roberts, Eileen Hall, and Claire LeSage; her brother, Armand Champagne; her daughter, Rosemary Cullen; two sons, Thomas and William; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A wake will be held on Monday, January 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home, West Chapel, in North Adams. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 15, at 11 a.m. at Sts Patrick and Raphael Church in Williamstown.

Our thoughts are with Loretta’s family and friends.


Maud S. Mandel

Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies