Tribute to the life of Loretta Rankin - Patriot of Hopatcong

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Loretta Rankin lived and served the Borough of Hopatcong for over 50-years. As a tribute to the years of service she provided to the borough, we are remembering some of her many contributions.

  • Served as President of Hopatcong, Seniors Inc.:

And is remembered for her tireless work as president, past vice president, trustee, and trip committee member. Her creation of the themed dances and parties, and her leadership in advocating the support of local events and the "Save the People" food baskets collection during the holiday seasons.

  • Served on the Hopatcong Senior Advisory Board:

And is remembered for her out-of-the-box thinking and creative ideas on new events and different ideas to further enhance the life fellow seniors, as she served as secretary of the Hopatcong Senior Advisory Board during her tenure on the board.

  • Active Member and contributor at St. Jude Parish Hopatcong:

And is remembered for her many different roles and trusted positioned within the Parish as she worshiped with the fellow residents that she loved.

“Loretta was an exceedingly kind and giving person, she was so full of life, and always ready to help anyone that needed assistance. She will be Greatly Missed. “ James M. Obrien, St Jude Parish

  • Recognized as Hopatcong Senior of the Year (2013):

The Borough of Hopatcong recognized the lifelong accomplishments of Loretta Rankin as she was named Hopatcong Senior of the Year in 2013. After receiving the recognition, she modestly replied: “It’s an honor, I appreciate the fact that they thought I was worthy of this.”

“As a former councilwoman, I enjoyed my many years working with Loretta and found myself in awe of her energy and resilience. One of Loretta’s greatest tributes to Hopatcong was her Creation of the “Apple Pie and Art” event that is presented by the Hopatcong Creative Arts Council to which Loretta was a member. This event combined the Hopatcong Borough School system and local adult advisors, artists, musicians, and a whole town worth of talent to come together for a weekend of apple pie and the arts.” Marie Galate

"Loretta was a tall, beautiful, strong, funny, and hard-working woman. She cared deeply about her family and community and worked hard to care for both. Her commitment to the Hopatcong Creative Arts Council allowed it to flourish. She was an asset to the organization and will be missed by all who came in contact with her." Candice Smith,Hopatcong Creative Arts Council

Love for the People of Hopatcong:

Loretta showed her love for the people of Hopatcong, as reflected in her 2011 quote to the Patch regarding her favorite thing about living in Hopatcong. “I would say the people. I've met many, many, many nice people. They're kind and considerate. It's a community where everybody loves each other. It's not "I'm here and you're there." Everyone loves each other.”


Obituary of Loretta Rankin: 1935 – 2020

Loretta (Fitzpatrick) Rankin, loving mother, of Hopatcong passed away Friday May 1, 2020 at Care One at Morris in Parsippany.

Born in Queens, New York, on October 8, 1935 to the late Harold and Nellie (Donnelly) Fitzpatrick, Loretta grew up in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Hopatcong 50 years ago.

A member of the Hopatcong Seniors, Loretta enjoyed making the best for Hopatcong including making snowmen for the police department. "She had the best heart in the world".

Predeceased by her granddaughter Christine Warner and her husband Robert Rankin.

Beloved wife of the late Robert Rankin. Devoted mother of Michael Rankin, Lauretta Warner (David), Roberta Rankin, Christine Rodenbaugh, Patricia Callaremi (Donald) and Frank Camione. Cherished grandmother of Samantha, Amanda, Johnny, Marsha, Kaitlin, Jordan, Teddy, Claire, Donald and Anthony. Loving great grandmother of Brooklyn.

Out of abundance of love and due to the restrictions of "social distancing" the family has chosen to hold Loretta's services privately.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org).

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