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In loving memory of
Judith Ann Catalano Carpenter
  • May 14, 1940
  • -
  • November 13, 2021

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Our beautiful and loving mother, Judith A. Carpenter, passed on November 13, 2021. Born on May 14,1940 in Detroit, Michigan, Mom was the daughter of Grace Cernuto and Joseph Howell. After her father died in 1942, her mother remarried and Judy was adopted by the man she knew as her dad, Sam Catalano.

Mom grew up in San Diego, California and attended Mission Bay High School. She loved the era she grew up in and had an especially fond attachment to her Aunt Corky and Uncle Vince. Mom was shy and very pretty. Our dad nabbed her in short order after they met during a work function in San Diego. Mom couldn’t wait to get out of her parents house, so that was that, and she and dad were married until his death in 2015. Together they had four children, Michael Carpenter (D), Michelle Carter of Peterborough, NH, Stacey Jacobs of Chuluota, FL, and Craig Carpenter of Port Orange, FL.

More than anything, Mom loved her 4 kids, 9 grandkids and 7 great grandchildren.  She also loved music and singing, shopping and skin care, eating out and watching Star Trek and sci fi with Craig.  And she really loved our Dad. She did not love the Pittsburgh Steelers or anyone she ever perceived hurt her kids or grandchildren. Mom was thrilled to be the matriarch of the Dwight Carpenter segment of our yearly family reunion, which takes place on the last Sunday of July in Union City, Indiana. This year, Dwight’s family had the highest attendance at 120. Mom also enjoyed the occasional bloody mary, red beer and shot of tequila. Thank you to Mike and Pat Carpenter for being so good to her and to all family and friends who regularly checked in and shared the love. We will miss her more than we can put into words. She was a good mama.


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Location:
Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach
1 N Causeway

Date & Time:
January 22, 2022 at 11:00 AM


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  1. Carol Jacobs says:
    19 Jan 2022
    Judy and I have been friends for over 30 years. We especially loved singing songs together. One I cannot repeat. She loved getting together with us at Elks Lodge functions, going to dinner for whatever occasion we could come up with and just being with us all. Needless to say her passing was a shock and I was deeply saddened by the news. We had a kinship so to speak. We understood each other, loved each other, and loved being together at family gatherings. We were always laughing at one thing or another. Sometimes just silly stuff. I will miss her smile and her infamous word prefaced by a sentence or two "Honey". She was deeply loved by her family and friends. So my friend know that you will be sorely missed. Hope you are rejoicing with your Husband Bill, Son Mike, our Grandson Mackinsey and my Brother, Ed. Sing our Song girl cause I will be singing it here for you. Love you Bill, Carol, Jayme and Ken

  2. Edward B McMurray posted an image:
    17 Jan 2022
    Another at the Naval Air Station.  Judy is again in the middle.  I can't remember if I sent her these pictures.  I may have.
    Another at the Naval Air Station. Judy is again in the middle. I can't remember if I sent her these pictures. I may have.

  3. Edward B McMurray posted an image:
    17 Jan 2022
    Girl Scout Troop at Grosse Isle Naval Air Station.  Judy is right smack in the middle.  I have another one I'll try to load.  It would only let me load one picture.  Before moving to Torrence, CA, Judy lived in Wayne on Richard Street.  I lived 2 streets over from her on Winslow.
    Girl Scout Troop at Grosse Isle Naval Air Station. Judy is right smack in the middle. I have another one I'll try to load. It would only let me load one picture. Before moving to Torrence, CA, Judy lived in Wayne on Richard Street. I lived 2 streets over from her on Winslow.

  4. Edward B McMurray says:
    16 Jan 2022
    Sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I'm an old friend from Wayne Michigan.

  5. Edward B McMurray says:
    16 Jan 2022
    I knew Judy before she moved to California. Actually she moved there, moved back and then moved there again. We were in grade school and Jr High together. I'm not sure of the timeline when she moved. I did contact her for our classes 50th reunion. I have some pictures of her when she was a girl scout.

    Sorry to hear she's passed

  6. Chris and Christine Stone says:
    15 Jan 2022
    Judy was like family to all the Stones. She attended a lot of our gatherings over years including our son Matt’s wedding. She was a hit to say the least! We will miss her lovely voice always starting out with “honey” and her sweet conversations. God bless all the Carpenters and the rest of the “family tree”. We loved her dearly.

  7. Bryan Smith lit a candle:
    13 Jan 2022
    Lit since January 13, 2022 at 1:20:53 PM

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