Judy Duecker-Goldthwait, a woman of strong faith, went home to be with her Lord Sunday January 30th 2022. She was born the daughter of Richard and Grace Feldman in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 8, 1950. In 1980, she moved to Lantana, Florida and finally settled in Deland in 2004. She was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church, member of the Sojos small group, and Sarah Vassar woman’s group. She was a woman of great passion for others and used her talents and gifts to support not only the ministries of her church, but other ministries throughout the world including Jackie’s House an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and 5 children in other countries. One of her passions and gifts as a licensed beautician has been used to serve the homeless and less fortunate for the church homeless ministry Mercy Hour. For the past 12 years she has been the stylist serving at the church and Neighborhood Center Bridge. When the church discovered the needs of our seniors living in Hugh Ash Manor and Woodland Towers a new ministry Senior Hunger was formed that provides food and some essentials to those seniors in need. From the beginning Judy was a strong member giving time and resources to help provide those needs. Well done good and faithful servant!
She loved contemporary Christian music and attended many concerts including Mercy Me, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, and retreats with Michael W Smith to Alaska and Hawaii.
Her passion for others was only surpassed by the love and passion she had for her family as an awesome mom, grandma, wife, sister, aunt, in-law, and friend who became part of her family.
Judy is survived by her loving husband and partner Phil Goldthwait, her three children; daughters Jennifer Dickinson and Kimberly Mann, son Daniel Duecker, son-in-laws William Dickinson and Jeremy Mann, daughter-in-law Stephanie Duecker, grandchildren Noah (22), Grace (19), Nathan (18), Zacary (12), Callen (8), and, Darren (5), sister Sue Schoenling, bother-in-law Ted Schoenling, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceeded in death by her parents Richard and Grace (Margie) Feldman, and her brother Dick Feldman, sister-in-law Debbi Feldman.
From her children’s hearts:
We have been blessed to be raised by a woman who taught us what unconditional love means. She loved each of us for who we were and encouraged us to be strong, successful and independent people. Growing up family dinners full of conversation were an important part of establishing how precious family is and inspired us all to want the same for ourselves. Each of us has gone on to continue that tradition and have wonderful children of our own which she was instrumental in their upbringing. From watching Noah, Grace and Nate when they were babies to keeping Zacary and Callen for date nights and trips to Disney Springs with Darren. She was always there to cheer the boys on with their sports or to watch Grace perform for a concert or parade. We are all so grateful for her selflessness and love for those in her life. Family was her pride and joy and through her love and support we will honor her by continuing to strengthen our bond to one another and spread that love and strength on to future generations.
Her service of celebration will be held at First Church Deland on February 18th at 1:30 in the sanctuary. Following the service, a collation and time of sharing held in the Life Enrichment Center. Services will be available online through the church website: firstchurchdeland.org
In lieu of flowers please provide a remembrance to Senior Hunger at First Church Deland, 115 Howry Ave, Deland, FL 32724. Contributions may also be made through the church website
115 East Howry Avenue Deland, Florida 32724