Judith G. Shiner, 80, of Big Indian died Sunday April 9, 2023 at her residence surrounded by her family A Tribute to Judy by Allen………
Judy and I met October 1, 1960 during college in Cambridge Massachusetts. She was 18 and a freshman at Boston University, and I was 20, a senior at MIT. It was love at first sight for me. For Judy, it was something else. She heard me talking about my new car and introduced herself to me, with these words: "Oh you have a car. Can you take my number and drive me home for Thanksgiving." For Judy, I was a ride back to Kingston NY to see her boyfriend. But I guess that worked out for me. We dated for the next year on a steady basis. When I got a job in Springfield, Mass with IBM and had to move out of my apartment in Beacon Hill, we had a big decision to make. What were we going to do next…
The only solution was to get married, which we did on October 28. 1962 We went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the 29th of October, the day of Cuban Missile Crisis. We were so madly in love and completely oblivious to the news. After all, we just got married.
We have two amazing children Jill and Rob. The loves of our lives.And we were so happy to welcome Katie into our family. We are very proud of our grandchildren: Jake, Max, Louise, Gwen and Sadie who we love dearly.
Judy had various and diverse work experiences. She was the advertising sales manager for a group of local newspapers in New Jersey. One day she came home so excited. She was invited to their Board of Directors meeting for her advice on a merger. When we moved to Manhattan, she worked for a temp agency where she closed a major deal with New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospitals. This was a very big win for Judy. She was so proud of this achievement. Judy always worked for the sense of accomplishment in her sales career, the money was just the icing on the cake
We moved around a lot looking for the best opportunities. We lived in: West Springfield MA, Pittsfield, then another home in Pittsfield MA, Brooklyn, Marlboro NJ, Lexington MA, back to Marlboro NJ, Manhattan, Highmount, and Big Indian. Our home in Big Indian was our ski house that we eventual retired in. Wherever we lived, Judy had lots and lots of friends. She was a social butterfly.
Judy enjoyed Nastar ski racing at Belleayre and won several medals. In addition to skiing at Belleayre, we enjoyed going on ski trips to other mountains across the US with our children and also with our Belleayre friends. In total we have skied at over fifty different ski mountains, multiple times. We also went abroad to Hungary, Austria, France, Italy and Israel with our Belleayre friends.
When she became sick back in February of last year, the things she missed most was talking to her friends in the lodge and skiing, in that order. We were all very happy when she was able to attend and enjoy our son Rob’s marriage to Katie this past summer in Vermont. We love you Katie.
Judy was actively involved in the community. Her contributions to the area are many and include being on the board of The Coalition to Save Belleayre, the board of Belleayre Music Festival, and the Board of Margaretville Hospital. She ran the Snowball at Belleayre for many years and was a member of Big Indian/Oliverea Fire Auxiliary. She was very proud when she was inducted into the “Belleayre Hall of Fame" This was a big accomplishment in our local community and she had her picture hanging in the ski lodgefor many years for all to see.
I will miss my best friend, true love and soulmate always. Rest in peace my love
A Graveside Service will be held 11:30am on Tuesday April 11, 2023 at the Congregation B'nai Israel Cemetery in Fleischmanns.
You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Judy's Tribute Wall at www,gormleyfuneralhome.com Arrangements are under the direction of the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia.
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