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February 24, 1930 - April 1, 2011
Louis A. Lofrese, a lifelong area resident of Middletown, died at O.R.M.C., Horton Campus on April 1, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He was 81. He was born the only child of Rose Salvato and Jack Lofrese in Middletown on February 24, 1930.
Lou trained as a Registered Nurse and worked at the Middletown Psychiatric Hospital and Horton Memorial Hospital for many years. After retirement and certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor, he was affiliated with ATC and Recap in Middletown. With all of his work done, Lou taught music, his life’s passion to many children and adults. He played stand-up Bass in the Eddie Dirr Quartet and owned Lou’s Music Center for over 30 years until the late 80’s.
He married Marie Villegas Lofrese in St. Joseph’s R.C. church on September 16, 1951. They were blessed with a family of seven children who remember him as "firm but gentle," always there for them and as a man with strong spiritual beliefs and a sense of humor that he never lost.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Marie; their five sons and two daughters: Ricky Sr. of Albuquerque, NM, Gary and his wife, Debi of Germantown, TN, Donna Lyons and her husband, Luke of Gardiner, Louis Jr. and his partner, Connie Myers of Middletown, Debra and her partner, John Sherman of Middletown, and Michael and his wife, Diane of Middletown, and Dennis and his wife, Krissy in Abington, PA; 12 grandchildren: Rick Jr., Brian, Kevin, Jason, Jennifer, Joseph, Terry, Gary Jr., Luke, Ashley, Amber, and Amy; eight great-grandchildren: Angela, Alexander, Jayden, Penelope, Bella, Alexia, Jimmy and Nicole, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 5, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Arrangements by Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home; 845-343-6309 or www.applebee-mcphillips.com
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