ROSENDALE – Lisa Resnick, at 58, had places to go in retirement, things to do, lessons to learn.

That was what put her in her new car, in a parking lot at Mount Saint Mary College's Desmond Campus at 5 p.m. Tuesday, in a startling storm, in the path of a massive tree falling across her future.

The behemoth crashed into the car where Resnick sat behind the wheel, killing her, Town of Newburgh police say. They are not sure if she was parked or driving, why she was at that spot on the campus or what she was doing at that exact moment.

A campus spokesman said Resnick had been attending a community education program at the Desmond Campus on Albany Post Road.

“She was taking tons of classes,” friends Marilyn Granieri and Amy Witkus said Thursday afternoon. They worked with Resnick for six or seven years at the Kingston branch of the Taconic Developmental Disabilities Services Office.

Resnick, a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, was a psychologist. “She was a very gentle, very patient, very easy-going person,” Granieri said, and very good at her job. “She always gave you her entire attention.”

Never married and with no children, Resnick had “tons of friends,” Witkus said. “She was very active.”

Those activities included the Mid-Hudson Mycological Association, of which Resnick was a president; support of the Rosendale Theatre; an advocate in Save the Lakes, a group that monitored the proposal to develop the Williams Lake property, and a player of the game mahjong.

She retired in January 2017. She paid off her mortgage, bought the new Nissan and got a black lab dog, naming it Max. She wanted to travel and planned a trip to Italy so she would be there in October for her birthday, Granieri said. It was already paid for.

The fatal accident was tragic, Mark Morganstern, from Save The Lakes and co-owner of the Rosendale Cafe, said Thursday. “It’s such a waste, just terrible,” he said.

“She was a rather cautious person,” Granieri said. And to die in such an accident? “I think she would have been horrified."

pbrooks@th-record.com