A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday morning at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 940 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, for RuthAnn Lobo, 67, who died on Tuesday after an extended battle with cancer.
The Mass will be followed by burial in Granby Cemetery, with arrangements made by Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funderal Home of Granby.
A former school counselor at , RuthAnn Lobo was the Title IX compliance coordinator for the Granby Public School District, while also serving on the State Advisory Board for Equity, according to her website. She is also the mother of former University of Connecticut basketball star Rebecca Lobo.
The Simsbury resident was named the Granby Public School District's Teacher of the Year in 1990, and was also chosen as a finalist for the State of Connecticut's Teacher of the Year.
Lobo also received the Maria Miller Stewart Award from the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund for mentoring children and for advocating equality for girls in education.
In addition to her accomplishments in the field of education, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, Lobo became a well respected and passionate advocate for cancer awareness and education, as well as the disease's victims, survivors and the fight to find a cure.
In recognition for her anti-cancer work, Lobo was awarded the First Survivor's Award, which was named in her honor, by the Connecticut Komen Race for the Cure.
Lobo served as the guest speaker for opening ceremonies for the Berlin Relay For Life three years ago, the first Relay at the Berlin Fairgrounds.
RuthAnn Lobo is survived by her husband, Dennis; three children Jason, Rachel and Rebecca; and several grandchildren. For her complete obituary, click here.
Donations may be made to the RuthAnn and Rebecca Lobo Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing at the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.
Condolences can be expressed online at www.carmonfuneralhome.com.