Retta Mae Mugnano


Retta Mae Mugnano, 90, of Fairmont, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at her residence. She was born on April 7, 1928 in Harmon, WV a daughter of the late Jason A. and Hazel White Ketterman. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas James Mugnano on July 31, 1979.
Retta was a graduate of the Peniel Bible Institute in Stanton, KY and was a long- time member of the Restoration Church in Fairmont. She worked with Owens Illinois Glass Plant in the selecting department for over 33 years until their closing in 1982. She then worked for five years at the John Manchin Sr. Healthcare in Fairmont in the food service department.
Retta was the eighth of sixteen children. She lived life to its fullest. She was a member of both the Post 629 and Post 7048 VFW in Fairmont, as well as a member of the Ladies Auxillary. She belonged to the Eagles and the Moose Lodge of Fairmont. Retta, known as "Mum Mum", loved traveling, bowling, bird watching, and gardening around her house. She mowed and weed-eated her own property up until the age of 70. She had enjoyed fishing and hunting with her husband. She was a hard worker and loved to host family gatherings. Her family came first, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. Retta always saw the good in everything and everyone she met. The world is a better place because she was in it.
Survivors include her son Mattio James and his wife Monie Jo Smiers Mugnano of Fairmont and her daughter, Patricia M. Berry of Fairmont, her grandchildren: Kim and her husband Mike Baker, Kara Lamb and her companion Randy Stewart, Mattio and his wife Lisa Mugnano, Michael Mugnano, and Jamie and her husband Wade Wright, great grandchildren: Kameron Berry, Patrick Laxton, Ian Baker, Gracie Lamb, Gabriella Mugnano, Lolita Wright, Franchesca Mugnano, Jett Wright, Hayden Stewart, and Cameron Stewart. She is also survived by her last surviving sibling of 16 children, Gerald "Bud" and his wife Loretta Ketterman of Jefferson City, Missouri, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 2PM until 8PM, and on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 11AM until 1PM. The funeral will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 1PM with Pastor Jeff Fluharty officiating. Interment will follow at the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont. Online condolences may be made to
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Bernie & Ro
Apr 05, 2019
Patty & family. So sorry you are in our thoughts & prayers. She was such a woderful and living person. She never judged anyone just took them for who they were. Luv you all
Apr 04, 2019
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing...Prayers for COMFORT and PEACE at this time...
John and Jo Ann Warne
Apr 03, 2019
Aunt Retta was a very special person. Everyone who knew her, couldn’t help but love her. I hadn’t seen her in a very long time and then her and one of her sisters came out to visit me. When I saw her, it was just like we had seen each other last week. We had so very much fun together . My husband and Aunt Retta hit it off immediately.. They got along like they had known each other for years and were best friends. When we would speak on the phone at various times, she would say,” what’s the Yeah Yeah man doing.? “ Thats what she called him. She was Likable , lovable..and a whole lot of fun. We will miss her sooo very much, as will many others. Aunt Retta, if your listening, we l...ove you. Thanks for all the good memories. XOXORead more
Diana. Lynn Bell
Apr 02, 2019
My dear Aunt Retta was my favorite Aunt. She was beautiful, exciting and fun to be around. I am so very blessed to be her neice. She is with my Uncle Tommy now. I can hear him saying to her what took you so long? She is with her MOM & DAD & brothers & sister's who have gone before her. What a heavenly reunion that will be! I love her and I will miss her. All my love to my many family and friends of Aunt Retta! God bless you and keep you in his tender loving care !AMEN! Love Always Dee Dee & family