It has been one year since mom's passing and we miss her as much as ever. Thank you all for keeping this page going and the donations coming in. It is greatly appreciated.
When diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's back in 1992 at the age of 54, it was an obvious shock to all. Despite this horrible news, Judith stayed positive looking only at the good life she had to date and the wonderful years she had been able to spend with all of her family around her. Judy's family includes her husband of 51 years Julio, children Karen, Michael, Robert, and Jeannie and now 5 grandchildren, Haley, Kelly, Megan, T.J., and Brian. Judy also has 5 siblings, Robert, Irene, Richard, Christopher (predeceased), and Elizabeth.
As this horrible disease progressed, Judy and the entire family did what they could to make their time together fun and memorable. While everyone's lives may have taken different directions over the past 20 years, this family only grew closer. In the late 1990s Judy began to exhibit severe consequences of the disease. She was no longer able to communicate (not being able to speak at all) or identify people or places. In 1999 the family was blessed with not one, not two, but three additions. We can only hope that Judy knew she had three wonderful grandchildren that year. Because of what this disease does to people we will never really know if she understood and got to experience the joy of being a grandmother.
After being diagnosed, Judy continued living at home, in New Rochelle, with Julio, for an amazing 16 more years before her health conditions required that she be placed in a nursing home in 2007 after a serious hospitalization where doctors gave her little chance of survival. Being the fighter that Judy was she refused to quit and would be in that terrific nursing home for 4+ more years. Judith passed away on Thursday, Janaury 5, 2012. We miss her but have so much to be thankful for because of her.
Judy was an amazing strong willed woman that would help anyone, no matter who they were or what they needed. She would do so with no judgement. If she could help she would. We need more people in the world like Judy and we need them for much much more time than we had with her.
Please donate to the Alzheimer's Association on Judy's behalf so we can rid the world of this awful disease.
Her family thanks you in advance and will be immediately notified of all donations on Judy's behalf.
Sat, Jan 07, 2012
I love you, Aunt Judy. You brightened the world with your contagious laughter and infectious smile. I'm so grateful that you were a part of my life.