Loretta M. Phipps


It is with heavy hearts the Phipps family announces the passing of Loretta Phipps of Glen Spey, NY on September 26, 2018.  Wife, mother, grandmother, she is survived by her husband, CR; three sons and their wives: Michael and wife Nina, Larry and wife Rosie, Stephen and wife Georgeine; as well as seven grandchildren: Michael, Jillian, Stephen, Stephanie, Ryan, Thomas, and Charlie.


Loretta grew up in Ridgewood, Queens and was the only daughter of Margaret and Archibald Lent. She attended St. Matthias Elementary School and graduated from St. Agnes Academic High School in College Pont. She continued her education and went on to receive her Baccalaureate Degree. Loretta graduated with honors from St. Mary’s School of Nursing and was class Valedictorian.  She attended St. Thomas Aquinas in Sparkill, NY, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in Psychology and Education. She then went to Pace and Columbia University for graduate work.


Loretta was offered a position as Third Grade Elementary School Teacher at Sacred Heart School in Monroe, where she remained for fourteen years, leaving to accept a position at Middletown Psychiatric Center. As a member of this facility’s active Education and Training Department, Loretta taught an adult population. She developed orientation programs for newly hired Rn’s, LPNs, and Therapy Aides.  She left Middletown Psychiatric Center to accept a position as Nurse Administrator at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center where she remained until her retirement in 1999.  She was an R.N. for 52 years and a teacher for 35 years. When asked which profession she preferred, she would smile and answer, “Whatever I’m doing today.”


Loretta devoted many hours to projects and special programs for the American Heart Association, The American Red Cross, and the Southeastern Conference of In-Service Educations. She was a trainer for Family Care Providers, Tuberculosis and HIV Counselor for NYS Department of Health as well as Facility Staff Trainer for Brookdale.


Loretta’s pleasure was precious moments spent with her family and friends. She believed that family and friends were God’s angels who shared life’s joys and who were always there to help you get back on your feet when you faltered or fell. For more than 50 years, she had the honor and privilege of calling her friend, Annette Petry “Angel.”  Together they shared many of life’s laughter and, now and then, a few tears.


Loretta loved classical and semi-classical music and knew the words for most songs of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. She enjoyed writing poetry, short stories, and loved a good joke.


Visitation will be on Friday Sept 28, 2018 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY.  A Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick. Interment will follow at St. Stephen Cemetery Warwick, NY


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation - Columbia University,

710 West 168th Street, NY, NY 10032.

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I am saddened to learn of Loretta's passing... She was an outstanding human, caring deeply for others!!!! I wish strength for you in your journey with her by your side in spirit. God bless.....
Ann Beck
To the Phipps Family, My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife, Mom and Grandma. I was Loretta's secretary for many years at the Middletown Psychiatric Center Education and Training Dept. . Loretta always had a smile on her face and always the best attitude no matter what was going on at work. May you always keep her memories in your heart. She will be deeply missed. My sympathy.
Joanne Eherts-Shurter
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