Lorraine Nancy Theresa “Lori” Isler, 55, who taught in the Haldane school district in Cold Spring for more than 30 years, most recently the second grade, died of cancer on Dec. 30, 2018.
Lori was born on Feb. 8, 1963, in Yonkers, the daughter of Frederick and Catherine Isler. She attended Our Lady of the Rosary School until 1976, when her family moved to Cold Spring. She graduated from Haldane High School in 1981 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marist College in 1985 and a master’s degree in education from Mount St. Mary College. She was a member of Our Lady of Loretto Church, Cold Spring.
At Haldane, district officials brought in Addie, a grief therapy dog, to visit several elementary classrooms. A grief dog was scheduled to return to the school today (Jan. 4). “As expected, the stories that have been circulating about Ms. Isler were both inspiring and filled with love,” Superintendent Philip Benante wrote on Jan. 2 in a letter to parents.
Besides her parents, Lori is survived by a sister, Jeanne Maletz (Oliver); a brother, Frederick Isler Jr.; her nephews Cooper Maletz and Frederick III, Derick, and Brett Isler; and her aunts and uncles, Alyce Barca, Dorothy Cunningham, Thomas Barca, William Barca and Patricia Barca.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for this morning (Jan. 4) at Our Lady of Loretto.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lori Isler Teacher Scholarship Fund, c/o Haldane Central School District, Attn: Anne Dinio, 15 Craigside Drive, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Checks should be payable to Haldane Central School District with a note on the memo line, “for Lori.”