• The Hammonton Gazette

Loretta “Lorie” Foster



Loretta “Lorie” Foster (nee Dickinson), 64, of Woodstown, N.J. passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, after a 17-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Lorie was raised in Hammonton, N.J. where she attended Hammonton High School. She subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in education from West Chester State College and a master’s degree in student personnel services from Glassboro State College. She was a lifelong educator, who worked at Haddon Twp. High School for 32 years before retiring in 2011. As a teacher, counselor and athletic coach, she positively impacted the lives of so many young adults. While at Haddon Twp., she coached many sports, most notably men’s and women’s tennis, affectionally known as “Sarge” for her strict but caring approach to coaching. Lorie was a gifted athlete who was inducted into the Hammonton High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a student, the Haddon Twp. Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach and was honored by the N.J. State Coaches Association and N.J. State Interscholastic Athletic Association for her dedication to coaching tennis. Outside of work, Lorie enjoyed traveling with her husband Rich and previously, training for and competing in several marathons, including the New York City Marathon.


Lorie is predeceased by her parents, Jack and Marie Dickinson.


She is survived by her husband, Rich, who also taught at Haddon Twp. High School for 30 years. She is also survived by siblings, Debbie (Joe) Mazzagatti, John (Karen) Dickinson, Rich (Jacki) Dickinson and Maria (Scott) DiBona; and nieces and nephews, Lisa (Drew), Paul (Lindsay), Jenny (Jeff), John, Kelley (TJ), Kimberley, Madalyn, Bryan and Shawn, all of whom looked up to their aunt as a role model who worked hard and “did what’s right.” She is also survived by seven great-nieces and great-nephews.


Funeral services and entombment in Greenmount Cemetery were held on Monday, July 25, 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


Arrangements made by the Carnesale Funeral Home, Hammonton (www.carnesalefuneralhome.com).