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Kerry Loftus

11/7/2017


Join Us.....Drumming was her passion!

 

We will be celebrating Kerry's life with a drum circle gathering on Sunday December 10th at the Community Church of Cedar Grove, 65 Bowden Road, Cedar Grove, NJ.  Please come and go as you please between the hours of 2 and 4:30 in the afternoon.  Sneakers and jeans were her style so come casual.  Hope to see you there.

Family and Friends of Kerry.

 

Please no alcohol or smoking on premises.  

 

The world lost a beautiful young lady, Kerry Loftus, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after a brief illness.

Kerry was raised in Wayne having graduated from Wayne Hills High School with the Class of 1989. She went on to earn her BS in Nursing and RN degrees from Fairfield University with the Class of 1993.

Her first job ever was working at Kay’s Bakery in Normandy Beach at the Jersey Shore. After college she worked as a nurse for a dermatology group in Montclair, an Administrator for Richards Associates Insurance in Clifton, and the Foundation for the Blind in Denville as a teacher relating to the technologies available to the blind.
Kerry was a warrior having fought through two kidney transplants, two pancreas transplants, blindness, diabetes, and did it all with a smile. She was fun loving, outgoing, always smiling, and drank coffee day and night. She would sip her hazelnut coffee and more recently Latte’s for hours on end until it was ice cold. Armed with her walking stick, coffee, and Uber app Kerry was fearless in her travels. She had a “Mr. Magoo-like” ability to narrowly avoid accidents and trouble that would make those accompanying her cringe.

Those that know Kerry will agree that she marched to a different drummer – both literally and figuratively. While working at the Foundation for the Blind she was introduced to Drum Circle Therapy that helped heal through rhythm and sound. She found great comfort in seeing the results of this therapy with the many and varied groups that were influenced by it.

To honor Kerry’s life her family is organizing a Drum Circle with WoodnDrums with whom she worked with for several years. The date and time of this Celebration of Kerry’s life will be posted here once they have been scheduled. To honor Kerry’s memory in the meantime the family asks you to order a coffee, sip it, and remember how she touched your life.

Kerry was the loving and devoted daughter of Ed and Carol “Snuffy” Loftus; beloved sister of Kevin Loftus and his wife Terri of Montville, Craig Loftus and his wife Emma of Ho-Ho-Kus, and Kristin Gallagher and her husband Scott of Verona; she was the much loved aunt of seven nieces and nephews and her much loved friend, Glenn Weissman, of Cedar Grove.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Transplant Center, RWJ St. Barnabas Health, 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052 would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Book

11/8/2017

Kerry we will miss you lots. I will cherish all the wonderful memories that we shared growing up. Singing together putting on shows, sleepovers, calling each other on Christmas to see what you and Kristen got, New Year's Eve at the hospital, being my maid of honor and so much more. You were and will always be a true inspiration to all of us. We Love you. Nikki, Mike, and Mikael

Nikki and Mike Mahoney

11/8/2017

I only worked with Kerry for a short time but she left a very lasting impression. Always upbeat, smiling and what a zest for life. She was one to take lessons from. She will be missed by everyone I am sure. My deepest condolences.

Danielle Carone

11/8/2017

It is hard to express how bad we feel. We will always remember Kerry as that happy uplifting person who made you feel good. All our love

Barbara and JOHN Loftus

11/8/2017

The world shines a lot less brightly today. I have not seen Kerry in years but her beautiful smile, kindness and strength left a huge mark upon me. My memories of Kerry always bring a smile to my face. A spirit as strong and beautiful as her's will live on forever in my heart and all those lucky enough to have known her. I am so sorry for your loss. My your many wonderful memories of Kerry provide some light and smiles during this very sad time. Laura Green

Laura Hession Green

11/8/2017

Will always remember Kerry's smile and her warm hello, always so sweet and kind. Love you Kerry!

Colleen Spencer

11/8/2017

This is such a wonderful and touching eulogy for Kerry. We are truly heartbroken to hear about sweet Kerry! You are family to us and we will always remember Kerry with that amazing smile and spunky personality. I can hear her in my head right now! We love you all and are praying for comfort and peace.

Lynn, Rusty, James and Jon Cross (Lavook)

11/9/2017

My deepest condolences to Kerry's father and family. Kerry had the greatest attitude on life. Through all her struggles Kerry always had a great smile that I will never forget. We shared many cups of coffee together and many laughs. I will miss you but you are with the angels now and no longer suffering. I love you Kerry, going to have a cup of coffee now. My deepest sympathies and prayers for your family's peace. Love Lori Seelig

Lori Seelig

11/9/2017

She was always so sweet!!! She loved her family and was always so positive. I enjoyed a few years with this lovely family who always loved to laugh!! Many games of jeopardy at 7pm and my heart goes out to Ed Snuffy Kevin Craig Kristin and the entire Loftus Family! You all have an amazing angel looking over you!!! XO????

Cathy Galinis Mulholland

11/9/2017

My deepest condolences during this difficult time. I will keep your family in my thought and prayers.

MARCY PHELPS

11/9/2017

The memories we share of our moments with Kerry will forever be cherished. Kerry touched all of us in a special way, and our recollection of her presence and the joy of her drumming will live on in our hearts forever. Play loud, Kerry...your rhythm lives on with all of us. Be Kind...Peace

Drummer Rick

11/9/2017

Words cannot express how I felt when I heard about Kerry's passing. She was a constant source of light and positive energy. When my daughter was diagnosed with health issues Kerry was my inspiration in how to deal with adversity. Her advice and encouragement to "think outside of the box" were a comfort to me in difficult times. I love her always. Lots of love to Ed, Snuffy, and all of the family.

Elaine Mongiardo Gemma

11/9/2017

Wishing the Loftus family my deepest condolences. Kerry was always a very special “little “ sister to me. Many memories of our childhood together will always be cherished. May her sweet soul Rest In Peace.

Vicki Falconieri Bizzaro

11/9/2017

I am so lucky to have known Kerry. She was a dear friend to my brother and his family, and for that alone I've appreciated her deeply. Over the years though, I came to love and appreciate Kerry in her own right. Her positivity, resilience, and generous spirit will continue to inspire me. My deepest condolences to her family. Her life was too short but she lived it so beautifully.

Dana Gellis

11/9/2017

My dear friend who always had a smile no matter what. Words can’t express how important you we’re to me. You were one of the best birthday rappers I’ve known. Love you and will miss you. ??

Paula Lora

11/9/2017

The first time I drummed with you, I didn't know you were blind. Your ear and drumming ability overshadowed any disability. You made me laugh and you never shared your medical issues excepts that you took your lack of sight to help others with blindness. Thank you for sharing drumming school with Mark Wood and for being an inspiration for all of us! I am so glad I got to sit by you and drum away at Tommy Purple Hayes's Drums from Heaven.

Dave Miller

11/9/2017

Kerry was special to me because she understood me and no matter what she was going through she would smile and still talk to me, she was and always will Be the best drumming teacher and partner i ever had and sharing that high energy with her is truly amazing. I am very grateful to spend the past three years with her every weekend at the circles and she’s gonna be highly remembered through the drums. Kerry thank you for being there for me and making me feel important and loved, she named me Ginger and my nickname for ber was Mary Ann, god gonna miss you little one but I know you will be here with us. DRUM ON KERRY LOVE YOU CHER

Cheryl Chirichello

11/9/2017

Sweet Kerry left us too soon and she will be missed forever. Met her at the drum circles and looked for her there every time I went. She spread happiness for sure to a lot of people...I'm toasting her with hazelnut coffee this morning..

Pamela Molinari

11/9/2017

Kerry you will be missed terribly. You've touched my family lives in so many ways. My children loved you and Matthew was your Favorite Hahn. I'm so glad we got to spend many years together. I loved having you over for Holidays and our Annual camping trips, long rides to the country. I loved being your guide, when we went out together. I can tell you anything and I know it never went anywhere else. You never forgot to call when it was a Birthday or Anniversary and leave a Funny message. WE ALL LOVE YOU KERRY!!!!

Felicia, Billy, Morgan & Matthew Hahn

11/9/2017

It was my pleasure to have gotten to know Kerry in High School....fortunate enough to work with Kevin, Craig & Amanda. Condolences to the entire Loftus family. Larry, Michael , Kevin & Susan Konzelman

Susan Konzelman

11/9/2017

It’s so hard to put into words exactly what I’m feeling, broken hearted to say the least . You are the kindest, sweetest, most selfless person I ever knew. When we were worried about you, you’d say you were fine and ask how everyone else was, because that’s how you were. And you never said goodbye without saying “I love you” .There’s not enough space to write about all your wonderful attributes, there were so many. Just know that you touched all of us in your own loving way. Rest In peace my sweet God daughter. I love you, forever. Allison and Dave

Allison & Dave

11/9/2017

Kerry is the best best friend anyone could ever asked for! Loyal and supportive, fun and funny, forgiving and comforting. Every person that ever met her immediately fell under her sweet spell. That sweet voice, that sweet laugh, those great hugs (and foot rubs for the lucky) ... I am honored to have her in my life. To Snuffy, Ed, Kristen, Kevin and Craig ... you are the best, I know, because Kerry told me. Sending you all the love!!! xo, Francie

Frances Greene Rechtshaid

11/9/2017

Dear Sweet Kerry, You always stand out in a crowd. I find you and I receive the cheerfulest greeting. We kid around for a while. It's all very simple but, it makes my soul smile. You light up a room and, the lives you touch. Later.

Daniel Werzinger

11/9/2017

My sincere condolences to everyone who loved Kerry. We met at a drum circle a few years ago, and became friends. We had so many laughs together, spent hours on the phone, and yes....many trips to Starbucks to get her coffee! I will miss her so much and I will try to always remember the sound of her cracking up over something silly we were talking about. She had obviously been through a lot, but never complained, and cared deeply for her friends and family.

Peggy Hannis

11/9/2017

Dear Ed and Snuffy: Our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Lorraine and I are so sorry to hear of Kerry’s untimely passing. I remember so well, and so recently, Ed speaking of the love that you have for Kerry and the pride you have taken in her strength, grit and accomplishments. Please know that we will keep Kerry, you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Marty and Lorraine

Marty Sinnott

11/9/2017

My deepest condolences to Kevin, Terri, and your entire family. Praying you find peace and strength in this difficult time.

Beth (Thomas) Phelps

11/9/2017

Kerry was a big ball of positive energy and I loved hanging out, joking around with, and playing drums at various drum circles with her. I always looked forward to seeing her at the circles with her face full of smiles. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.

Jeff Tryon

11/9/2017

I never had the honor to meet or know Kerry! She sounds like an amazing inspirational woman who touched many lives! I am so sorry for your loss.

Suzanne Proniske

11/9/2017

Our deepest condolences from the Di Gesu family. Such a sad loss but such an enriching life Kerry led. We miss the old days when we were all together and now even more so. Our thoughts and prayers to you all. Much love, Frank, Jon, Gary, & Greg

Greg Di Gesu

11/9/2017

With my deepest sympathies for the loss of a wonderful human being. Never did she complain and always she uplifted others. You will be missed by many Kerry. May you rest in eternal peace dear woman.

Lisa Amato

11/9/2017

Like many others, I met Kerry at a drum circle years ago in Princeton. Her smile and upbeat attitude was infectious. I am so happy that I had a chance to drum with Kerry in Ocean Grove, just a few weeks ago....your spirit will live on in all NJ drum circles...from North to South...you were incredibly special

Jill Baskind

11/9/2017

Kerry touched all our hearts... we will miss you forever

Amy Simontacchi

11/9/2017

My heart is heavy that you had to leave. Kerry you were an inspiration to me and many others. You always had smile and a giggle for me. And your genuine love for me was the best. I will miss you.

Kim Stefani

11/10/2017

Rest in peace dear sweet Kerry. Our deepest condolences to the entire Loftus family. I was the oldest of the group growing up and spent many hours with Kerry as a young child. She always made me smile. We had such a wonderful neighborhood. These memories will stay with me forever. Love you all. Ann Marie & Steve Asch (Falconieri)

Ann Marie Asch

11/10/2017

Sweet Kerry you were an amazing person always smiling and so full of faith.You helped so many people on this journey of life. God Bless you and msy you r.i.p. My deepest condolences prayers love and light to the family. I will always remember Kerrys laugh she was special.

Deborah DeStefano

11/10/2017

I can hear your adorable, sweet voice saying "Hi Liv!" over and over in my head, accompanied by a big hug, and my heart hurts. I will cherish simple memories like that forever. No one would have any idea what you've been through just from speaking to you because you never focused on any of those challenges - you'd rather hear what I was up to and tell me funny stories. I never saw you without a smile - can't remember a single time. Thank you for all the memories on Christmas and always hanging out with us kids. I still don't drink coffee but I will try a cup of Hazelnut in your honor. Love you Ker XOXO

Livvi and Will

11/10/2017

Such an amazing, strong and beautiful person Kerry was! We will miss her sweet smile. I will be thinking of her everyday while I drink my Hazelnut coffee. Much love and hugs to all you guys.

Stephanie McCorry

11/10/2017

Kerry will remian alive and with you in all the memories you hold close to your hearts. We were very saddened to hear of her passing our prayers to the Loftus family.

Carol & Joseph Albano

11/10/2017

I only knew Kerry for a short time but feel like I've known her forever because of all the stories I heard about her from my wife, Francie. She was always a joy to be around and loved her infectious laugh and positive attitude. As I'm writing this I'm sipping on my morning coffee and thinking about the times I've spent with her. Jeremy Rechtshaid

Jeremy Rechtshaid

11/10/2017

My condolences to the Loftus family, i am glad to have shared and enjoyed time and positive energy with Kerry, hugs smiles and laughs and I was lucky to get in a few great drum circle jams in Dover. I am sad to have to say goodbye, kerry’s beautiful soul outgrew her body I guess, much love

Joe Boutilette

11/10/2017

We will miss you Kerry, your warm caring positive attitude is something we will never forget.

Donald Gibson

11/10/2017

Dear Ed and Snuffy, We are so saddened by your terrible loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Tom and Mary Evslin

Tom & Mary Evslin

11/11/2017

Our deepest sympathy to the Loftus Family at this most difficult time.

The VanDerStad's

11/11/2017

Dear Snuffy, Ed, Craig, Kevin and Kristen and your families...I met your family in 1967 because of our friendship with Craig. You have no idea how unbelievable it was for me, years later, to have Kerry in my class. She was everything everybody said about her in these messages and more. She and I had a few special jokes and she made me laugh every time she came yo class. I am so sorry for your loss....she was just so special. With love and prayers, Laura

Laura Allegri

11/11/2017

I was very saddened to hear about the loss of Kerry. There are certain things you remember about classmates even when years have passed. On thing I will always remember is how nice Kerry was to everyone. We went through elementary school right through HS together.I have often though about her over the years. This write up about her is beautiful. She went through so much and accomplished so much as well. What a beautiful soul who is now an angel in heaven. My deepest sympathies to the Loftus family and everyone else's life she touched.

Gillian (Vitale) Baur

11/11/2017

Kerry was such an important part of my childhood. I have so many memories of spending time with Kerry and our amazing group of friends. We all lived in each others homes and had so many good times together. Kerry had many challenges to face, and did so with a smile on her face. She was an inspiration to all of us. The world has lost a very special person. My deepest sympathy to the Loftus Family. With love, Jill Weiss Kreis

Jill Weiss Kreis

11/13/2017

Snuffy and Ed we are so so sorry for your loss. We will always have great memories of Kerry. She was always something special to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Skip and Nancy Zink

11/13/2017

My deepest sympathy for your loss, and prayers for you and your family.

Bill Keller

11/14/2017

Kerry was one of the best people I have ever known. Who else goes out of their way to give shoes to a homeless man?!? I have great memories of hanging in your house in Wayne, Normandy Beach, and (to this day) the best Christmas's EVER! She endured so much with a positive attitude, and never complained, she's my role model in that respect. Love you sooo much Kerry xoxo

Britt & Valerio Pinci

11/20/2017

I lived in the same apartment house as she did. I think each of the 300 residents knew and liked her for her ever present smile and beautiful attitude. She will be sorely missed sitting on the back step drinking her COFFEE. God Bless you Kerry you were a beautiful person.

Frank Ingram


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