Date of BirthOctober 20, 1938

Philippa Mary Follert Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 20, 1938

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Date of PassingJanuary 12, 2016

Philippa Mary Follert Obituary

from Denver, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of BirthOctober 20, 1938

Philippa Mary Follert Obituary

Date of BirthOctober 20, 1938

205 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 12, 2016

Philippa Mary Follert Obituary

from Denver, Pennsylvania, United States


Philippa Mary Hudon Follert, beloved mother, grandmother and community member of Montrose, died on May 12, 2016 in Denver, Colo. due to complications following a stroke. Philippa Follert was born on October 20, 1938 in Waterbury, Conn., to her parents, Viola and Albert Hudon and raised in Collinsville, Conn. She was the oldest of four. Philippa graduated from Potsdam University in NY in 1960 with a degree in Music Education.. She completed graduate coursework in music education at Skidmore College. She married Richard Follert, also of Collinsville, in 1961. The Follerts started out in North Caldwell, NJ, and then moved to Montrose, in 1964 when Dick began a job at Singer-Link in Binghamton, and Philippa taught instrumental and choral music in the Montrose Area Public Schools, beginning part-time in 1967 and going full-time in 1972. She retired in 2006 having taught music to generations of Montrose area children. After retirement, she was instrumental in establishing the Montrose Adult School, educating and caring for her grandchildren, and participating in many community causes. She was a quilt-maker and pie-maker extraordinaire, often making both for good causes near and far. She was a member of the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church.Philippa was a passionate teacher dedicated to helping children to discover their gifts. Many went on to study music thanks to her encouragement. Others gained self confidence and valuable life experience as she challenged them to demonstrate their abilities and match her high standards. Although she played clarinet and could bang out a tune on the piano, her greatest musical gifts were as a music teacher, choral conductor and musical director. She is remembered for the outstanding high school and elementary school musicals and productions. Philippa was honored in 2009 as Citizen of the Year in Montrose. She was the second woman admitted to the local Rotary and its first female president. She helped found and run the Rotary Leadership Camp for Girls for a decade. She was a member of Beta Rho and Sigma Alpha Iota, a national sorority for women in music.Philippa Follert is survived by her four daughters and son and their spouses: Susan and Doug Peters, Katherine and David Ebner, Bepsie and Shannon Perry, Jennifer and Matt Artley and Tom and Kristen Follert. She is also survived by her siblings: Paul Hudon, Betsy Gill and Margie Stenberg; and as well as 13 grandchildren: Madeline, Luke and Grace Peters, Nolan and Wynne Ebner, Naomi, Eli, and Isaiah Perry, Clara and Lucia Artley, and Benjamin, Penelope and Vincent Follert. The Follert family will host a wake from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at the Daniel Regan Funeral Home in Montrose. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 23 at the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church at 10 a.m. followed by a burial. All are invited to attend a celebration of her life after the burial at Vaccaro's barn from noon until 4 p.m.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Montrose Minute Men or the Susquehanna County Public Library Building Fund.

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