Gertrude "Gert" M. Loftus
January 4, 1931 - September 14, 2020

Gertrude

Gertrude "Gert" M. Loftus
Jan 4, 1931 - Sep 14, 2020

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Gertrude (Gert) M. Loftus, 89, a long-time resident of Levittown, died peacefully at her residence at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne, PA, on Monday, September 14, 2020. She is survived by her four children, Mary Loftus (Ardmore, PA), Bernadette Loftus (Chadds Ford, PA), Peter Loftus (Greenwood, IN), and Ellen Corson (Garnet Valley, PA); 9 grandchildren (Erin, Moira, and Alex Dolan; Tim and Conor McKenzie; Pete and Frank Loftus; and Emma and Jill Corson); 2 great-grand-children (Leyna and Blake Jernagan); as well as sons-in-law Gene Smolens and Kevin Corson, and daughter-in-law Karen Loftus. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 58 years, Peter J. Loftus, and by son-in-law Marty McKenzie. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Clark, and her brother Robert DiMarco.

Gert was born and raised in Conshohocken, PA. Salutatorian of her Conshohocken High School class, she attended Misericordia School of Nursing, and practiced nursing until the birth of her first child.

In the early 70's, when her husband was laid off for a short period time, she went back to work to help support the family, while her four children were still in school. She became, therefore, one of the vanguard of the new phenomenon of "working mothers" (working outside the home). Her return to nursing spurred her interest in an advanced nursing career, and she enrolled in nurse anesthesia school to become a certified nurse anesthetist. Her children recall her rising at 4 AM to study, plus do house work and prep the kids for school, before heading off to the hospital. (Those same children also recall, with a bit of chagrin now, how their mother still made their school lunches and their beds during this time, things they clearly see now they should have done themselves. Don't worry, Mom - we won't let the next generation get away with that!). She had a long and successful career in nurse anesthesia, retiring from Princeton Medical Center in 1996.

She was an active, involved, and attentive mother, teaching and demonstrating the values of hard work, discipline, and responsibility to her children. By her actions, she inspired her three daughters to reach for the stars, career-wise, and taught her son an abiding appreciation for strong and accomplished women. Always energetic and active, her children cannot now recall her ever taking time to simply sit down and do nothing. She was always willing to host the family gatherings, and was generous in her gifts of time and baked goods to others. She was particularly attentive to her own mother during the latter's declining years, and provided her husband with the best nursing care possible during his final illness. Her grandchildren, who loved to spend time with her, recall her free hand with treats, especially those Dove Bars. Gert was genuine, selfless, opinionated, and a decent bowler. She will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at St. John Vianney Church 360 Conshohocken State Road. Gladwyne, PA 19035. Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM with Rev. William G. Donovan, Pastor and Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, Conshohocken, PA. Face Masks and Social Distancing are required.

In lieu of flowers, the Loftus family appreciates donations in Gertrude's memory to the Philadelphia Catholic Services https://cssphiladelphia.org/donate/ 222 N 17th St Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Photos and tributes may be shared at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com

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Peter Speicher on Sep 18, 2020

Mary,

So Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

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St John Vianney Church
350 Conshohocken State Rd
Gladwyne, PA, United States 19035
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19
Saturday
St John Vianney Church
350 Conshohocken State Rd
Gladwyne, PA, United States 19035
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19
Saturday
St. Matthew Cemetery
219 Fayette St Conshohocken PA 19428
Conshohocken, PA, United States 19002
11:15 AM


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