Shirley M. Judge

The Citizens' Voice - - OBITUARIES -

Novem­ber 8, 2018

Shirley M. Judge, for­merly of Swoy­ersville, passed away Thurs­day, Nov. 8, 2018, at Celtic Hos­pice in Geisinger South Wilkes-barre.

Shirley was born on April 23, 1931, to Cyril Grier and Made­line (Dolan) Grier of the Green Ridge sec­tion of Scran­ton.

A grad­u­ate of Mary­wood Sem­i­nary, Class of 1949, she held the de­gree of busi­ness man­age­ment with a spe­cial­iza­tion in se­condary ed­u­ca­tion from Mary­wood Col­lege, hav­ing grad­u­ated in 1954, and served as sec­re­tary to school pres­i­dent Sis­ter Eu­ge­nia Kealy, IHM, dur­ing her time there. She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer at North Po­cono High School un­til mov­ing to Hamil­ton Square, N.J., in 1960. In 1964, hav­ing re­turned from New Jersey to live in Swoy­ersville, she taught scholas­tic read­ing at the Holy Trin­ity School in Swoy­ersville. Then af­ter re­ceiv­ing her mas­ter’s de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from Mary­wood Col­lege, she be­gan to teach for the Wy­oming Val­ley West School Dis­trict at the Owen Street School. Prior to her re­tire­ment in 1993, Shirley taught kinder­garten at Dana Street Ele­men­tary School in Forty Fort.

She mar­ried the late Myles F. Judge on Aug. 20, 1955.

Ac­tive in re­tire­ment, she served as pres­i­dent of the Luzerne County PSEA-R as well as ac­tive in many other civic groups such as the Woman’s Guild, etc.

Shirley also spent her re­tire­ment va­ca­tion­ing to Ocean City, Md., with her beloved fam­ily. A lov­ing mother and grand­mother all her life, her time was their time.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Myles F. Judge, in 1995; her sis­ter, Ann Schirra, in 2011; her fa­ther Cyril Grier, in 1978; and her mother, Made­line Grier, in 2002.

She is sur­vived by her two chil­dren, Jerry Judge (Denise), Al­len­town; Dr. Mary Ellen Judge-lewis (Wil­liam), Pittston; five grand­chil­dren, Wil­liam Lewis, Wilkes-barre; Thomas Lewis, Pittston; Ann and Mad­die Lewis, Pittston; and Michael Judge, Al­len­town; sis­ter, Cather­ine Su­nick (Thomas); and brother, James Grier, both of Scran­ton.

The fam­ily would like to thank her care­taker Lind­say Kry­nak for mak­ing the fi­nal months of Shirley’s life ac­tive and joy­ful at High­land Park as­sisted liv­ing, which has the most car­ing staff around. Would also like to thank the nurses and staff of the Wilkes-barre Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Celtic Hos­pice for their com­pas­sion and es­teem care in her fi­nal days.

The fu­neral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tues­day at Cor­co­ran Fu­neral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Twp., with a Mass of Chris­tian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Red­wood Drive, Laflin. The Parish Rosary Group will pray the Di­vine Mercy Chap­let and rosary in the church 30 min­utes be­fore the Mass. All are in­vited to at­tend. In­ter­ment will be held in St. Cather­ine’s Ceme­tery, Moscow.

Fam­ily and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Mon­day at the fu­neral home.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to the Amer­i­can Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion Dis­ease Foun­da­tion by vis­it­ing www.mac­u­lar.org/how­do­nate.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to leave Shirley’s fam­ily a mes­sage of con­do­lence, please visit www.cor­co­ran­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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