Judith Newman (August 05, 1941 - May 07, 2023)

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Judith Newman
  • August 05, 1941
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  • May 07, 2023

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Judith Newman passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on May 7th at the age of 81. Born on August 5th 1941 in Lackawanna, NY to her dear parents Charles and Jeanne Thompson of Altoona, Pennsylvania.  She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Don Newman, sons Richard James and Don Newman Jr, daughter Tami Isherwood, and 3 beautiful granddaughters Alaina James, and Annika and Mikayla Isherwood. 

Judy was a devoted teacher for 34 years within the Lackawanna City School system where she taught Science to 5th and 6th grade classes.  She achieved several major accomplishments, including Teacher of the Year.  Nothing made her happier than taking her students on trips to the Toronto Science Museum and helping them create science experiments in the classroom, including incubating and hatching baby ducklings.

She loved her family and participated in all her children’s activities, including coaching soccer for Lakeshore Youth Soccer, cross country skiing, Western New York Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 591.  She also followed her own passions and was a consummate role model volunteering for selfless volunteer activities, including Beanie Baby raffles for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, singing in the church choir at First Church of Evans, participating in the Western New York Lions Clubs as the first female District Governor, and Vision Missions based in the Dominican Republic.

Her love was her home, her husband, children, grandchildren, family, pets, friends, cooking, crafting, angels, and Chautauqua Lake.  She gave tirelessly with an open heart, always making everyone she touched feel unique and special. 

Judy created a beautiful home for her family in Derby, NY before retiring as a ‘snowbird’ with her devoted husband Don for 10 years in Mulberry, FL.  She moved to The Villages, FL in 2017 where her and Don made another beautiful new home and many new cherished friends. 

Fly with the angels Judy and spread your beautiful new set of wings, be free sweet soul.  Donations can be made to the Eastport Lions Club in The Villages, FL.  

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  1. Lois Kaminski says:
    15 May 2023
    Dear Don and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Judy's passing.
    Judy inducted Pete and I into the Youngstown Lions Club in 2004 and we are still going strong.
    She was always a positive presence and always with a smile on her face. You two were such a sweet couple, the envy of so many!

    There is a place beyond life where Peace begins, Happiness is abundant, and Hope is ever present; Judy is there resting peacefully.

    Our fondest farewell to a lovely lady,
    Pete and Lois Kaminski

  2. Milledge Smith says:
    12 May 2023
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Judy will be missed by all who knew her smile and kind word’s always reaching out to help others in need. May Judy Rest In Eternal Peace.

  3. David w Gehring says:
    12 May 2023
    Dear Don and Family So sorry to hear about Judy. She was such a sweet lady and always was smiling. Remember the great times you all had together and she no longer is suffering. God Bless you. Dave & Yvonne Gehring

  4. Angelo Onevelo says:
    11 May 2023
    Don, I’m so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. Judy was such a dedicated Lion throughout your years in WNY. What a great year it was when she was District Governor. Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

  5. Randy Jaroszewski says:
    11 May 2023
    Thank you Judy for everything you have given to us. Your spirit and spunk, for everything and everyone, will always live on in all of us.

    11 May 2023
    Judy was a good friend and neighbor that will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Don and their family at this difficult time.

  7. Lion Fred Broughton says:
    11 May 2023
    St. Davids District Lions Club and Lion Fred & Eva Broughton (A-2) send our sincere sympathy to PDG Lion Don
    and the Family. Lion Judy and I served as District Governors during 2004 and 2005 she was an amazing Lady and a very dedicated Lion who will be dearly missed by all.

  8. Lion Fred Broughton says:
    11 May 2023
    District A-2 Canada sends our sincere sympathy to PDG Lion Don
    and the Family. It was quite a honour to serve as District Governor with PDG Judy in 2004-2005.

  9. Don Newman says:
    11 May 2023
    Words cannot describe how you instilled my life. You gave me the freedom to be me, the courage to overcome, the strength to unconditionally love, the joy of being loved. and the passion for giving. You always made everyone feel special and are loved beyond measure. Thank you for giving us you and know that you will always be in my heart. Go fly with the angels Mom!

  10. Lion Sheila Jones says:
    11 May 2023
    The Kenmore Lions Club sends our sincere sympathy to PDG Lion Don
    and the Family. PDG Judy was a role model in so many facets of her life,
    daughter, wife, mother, teacher, and of course District Governor.
    She will be fondly remembered by so many.

  11. Joyce Gambacurta says:
    11 May 2023
    You were always so sweet and kind to me. Rest in peace knowing how much you were loved.

  12. Vera Spurrier says:
    10 May 2023
    Rest in peace Judy. You were a big part of my growing up years and I’ll never forget you and Turkey were at my wedding. I love you and you will be missed. RIP

  13. Robert Edgar says:
    10 May 2023
    So sad to see you go, it was a privilege to know you and be welcomed into your family. Yes, fly free with your beautiful new wings.

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