Belinda Mercado Loughlin, who was an RN at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and at HUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood, was "amazing individual with a compassion" for people, wrote cousin Dennis Sanabria.
"I pray the healing of love from family and friends will help lessen the pain many are so feeling at this time of great sadness," Sanabria added to a wall full of photos of a smiling, joking, loving Loughlin, 45.
A funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Volk-Leber Funeral Home in Teaneck -- across from the hospital where she worked -- followed by interment in George Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Paramus.
Visiting hours at Volk-Leber were scheduled from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m Tuesday.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: March of Dimes, Attn: DRFR, 1275 Marmaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605 (800-652-6674).
To make a donation to the Belinda Loughlin Scholarship Fund, please make checks to: HNMC School of Nursing, 690 Teaneck Road, Teaneck NJ 07666.
Loughlin was headed south on Queen Anne Road when her 2002 Honda Civic collided wih a 2009 Honda Accord headed west, police said. Responders who found her in cardiac arrest pinned behind the wheel extricated Loughlin.
She was brought to HUMC in Hackensack.
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