West Brookfield – Migdalia (Camacho) Loughlin, 90, of West Brookfield, formerly of Amherst, MA and Massapequa NY, died on Monday, February 10, 2020 at her home.
She leaves five sons: Thomas W. Loughlin and his wife Ann Marie of Dunkirk, NY, William P. Loughlin and his wife Sharon of Simi Valley, CA, John Steven Loughlin and his wife Lori of West Brookfield, Kevin R. Loughlin and his wife Karen of Massapequa, NY, and James P. Loughlin and his wife Brenda of Canton, GA; thirteen grandchildren; Jenna, Brian, Eric, Sean, Elyse, Kelsey, Ryan, Brianna, J.D., Josh, Jordan, William, and Kirin; six great-grandchildren, Reagan, Finley, Fiona, Hanna, Alex Michael, and Rocklin Carter, and her daughter-in-law Anita Loughlin of Troy, NY. She also leaves her sister, Roxana Santiago. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, William T. Loughlin in 2018, her son Michael J. Loughlin, and by her siblings Armando Camacho, Jr., Ruben Santiago, and Radames Santiago Jr. She was born in New York City on June 5, 1929, daughter of the late Armando and Josephine (Santiago) Camacho.
Midge was a remarkable woman who led a long and well-fulfilled life. She spent parts of her childhood growing up in Manhattan and Puerto Rico. After earning her Registered Nursing Degree at the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City (where she was the first person of Puerto Rican descent to earn such a degree), she enlisted in the United States Navy as a nurse at the age of 21, where she served during the Korean War. She was a practicing nurse at several area hospitals on Long Island. She went on to obtain her Master of Education Degree and was the School Nurse/Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Parochial School in Farmingdale, NY for 25 years. She was very active in Maria Regina Parish in Seaford, Long Island, NY, and was the Director of the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). She enjoyed shopping and loved collecting purses. She was also a very competitive Mahjong player. Above everything in her life, her love of God and her large family were what she held the closest.
At the family’s request, funeral services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be directed to the Homework House, 54 North Summer Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 or by visiting www.homeworkhouseholyoke.org.
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., West Brookfield is assisting her family with arrangements.
An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com