|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1957|
|Death: ||Aug. 31, 2009|
New London County
Julie Lee (DiBattisto) Loftus, of Niantic, and formerly of East Lyme, Colchester, and Glastonbury, beloved wife, mother, and sister, passed away peacefully at her home at Giants Neck Beach on Monday, August 31, 2009, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Born February 20, 1957 in Manchester, she was a daughter of the late Bob and Barbara (Burr) DiBattisto, both of whom she dearly missed since their passing.
A 1975 graduate of East Catholic High School, she went on to receive her Associate's Degree at The University of New England's Westbrook College campus, in Dental Hygiene.
While keeping this to her family, she later learned that she received from the college, the distinction of attaining the highest dental board scores of her graduating class in 1978.
On September 24, 1983, she and her husband Dan, to whom she had met 10 years before while growing up in Glastonbury, were married at St. Andrew Church in Colchester.
The couple had just completed their 25th wedding anniversary upon Julie's passing, and enjoyed a wonderful trip to Aruba to mark the special event, this past year, while Julie was still healthy enough to travel.
Julie enjoyed a nearly 30 year career as a Dental Hygienist for the Office of Dr. Joseph Prignano in Marlborough, where she touched the lives of her co-workers and many patients as being skilled in their dental needs, while an excellent and trusted listener who could always be counted upon.
She took special pride in bridging young children to the dental world by giving so many their first cleanings and exams, and in volunteering to her children's elementary school classes to teach the importance of early dental hygiene.
Among Julie's lifelong joys were her animals, to whom she was ever devoted, including Reilly, her faithful Golden. She had a great appreciation of tradition and place, learned over the years from her late parents. As someone who loved working in the soil, a point of pride was lovingly tending to her late mother's beautiful gardens and adding even more new flowers and plants.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her two children, to whom she is especially proud, Bethany Rose, currently at The University of Massachusetts, and Patrick Robert, presently at East Lyme High School, both of Niantic; two sisters, Diane Kennedy and her husband, Brian of Niantic and Kathi DiBattisto of Westminster, CO; her brother, Steven DiBattisto and his wife, Brenda of Bloomfield; her special Aunt Marie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other dear family members and friends, all of whom held a very special place in Julie's heart. She is also predeceased by her first infant son, Joseph Patrick Loftus, who passed away at birth on October 23, 1990.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday directly at St. Matthias Church, 317 Chesterfield Road (Route 161), East Lyme, with Fr. Michael T. Donohue as Principal Celebrant.
Interment will follow in the New St. Andrew Cemetery, Colchester.
Published in The Day on 9/1/2009.
New Saint Andrew Cemetery
New London County
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 01, 2009
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