"She loved being on a team," another son, Dennis, said. "Elder care is a lot about that," and that was the focus of her nursing career.
Born in Brooklyn, Mrs. McLoughlin graduated from St. Vincent Nursing School in Manhattan in 1961.
The nursing school had a pretty good basketball team, Dennis said, and she was its captain, too.
In a 1959 tournament of nursing schools in New York City, her team defeated Bellevue, 51-33, he said as he read from a newspaper report of the game.
After working as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital, Dennis said, from the early 1970s to 1988 she was a nurse at Medford Leas, the continuing care retirement community.
For the last 25 years, she was at Genesis Healthcare.
"She loved taking care of people," Dennis said. In elder care, "that kind of nursing required a lot of commitment."
But she had not left her competitive spirit back in nursing school.
"She played basketball and volleyball on rec teams, adult leagues," into her 40s, Dennis said.
Besides her sons, Mrs. McLoughlin is survived by her husband of 49 years, Walter; son Kevin; daughter Kathleen Pettisani; a sister; and eight grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass was set for 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at St. Mary of the Lakes Church, 40 Jackson Rd., Medford.
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Condolences may be offered to the family at Mathis Funeral Home, 58 N. Main St., Medford, N.J. 08055 or http://moorefuneralservicesinc.com.