Jane Judy, a retired special needs teacher and wife of the late Bernard Judy, who was a long-time editor-in-chief of The Blade, died Sunday in Madison County Hospital, London, Ohio. She was 89.
Mrs. Judy, who had been a patient in the hospital since Friday, died of congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Kathleen Maltarich. She moved from her home in West Toledo in August, 2010, to the Madison Senior Living Community in London, to be closer to Mrs. Maltarich and her husband, Ronald.
Mrs. Judy's husband of 65 years, Bernard Judy, began his career at The Blade in 1948 as a reporter, and went on to hold the positions of associate editor, editorial director, editor, and editor-in-chief before retiring in 1989. He died June 30, 2010, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Maltarich, the oldest of the Judy's four children, said her parents met during a dance at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where they both attended. She said her father, who was three years older than her mother, didn't like to dance, but was coaxed by a friend into attending the event. They were married April 3, 1945, when he was on leave while serving in the Army's counterintelligence corps during World War II.
"She was the perfect editor's wife. She was a very good hostess at parties for politicians and people in the news," said Joe O'Conor, a retired Blade managing editor.
Jerry Chabler, a long-time Democratic Party fund-raiser and operative, said the Judys were gracious and intelligent.
"I enjoyed their friendship for many years. They were both great people to be around," he said. "She was very well read. She had a very curious mind ... She was a real classy lady."
Mrs. Judy earned a bachelor of arts degree from Grove City College, a small liberal arts university about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh. She worked in the personnel department at Gimbels Department Store in New York while her husband studied at Columbia University. She also taught high school and coached dramatics in high schools in Carlisle, Pa., and Natural Bridge, Va. before moving to Toledo with her husband.
Mrs. Maltarich said her mother took classes at Eastern Michigan University when her youngest child, Mark Judy, reached high school, and in 1972 earned a special education degree with an emphasis on language development in young children.
Mrs. Maltarich said her interest in the field stemmed from her younger sister, Jill Wainright, who was born with a hearing impairment. Mrs. Judy used the degree to help children as a special needs teacher for 16 years in the Toledo Public Schools' McKesson School.
Mrs. Judy, who retired from teaching in 1988, also held offices in the local Parents Hearing Education Association.
She was born April 21, 1923, in Clearfield, Pa, and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1940. Mrs. Maltarich said she was talented and performed in plays and glee clubs and other musical organizations.
Mrs. Maltarich said her mother began writing at a young age and later wrote a book about her mother called "Ella's Story", which was self-published in 1993. She also was actively locally in a creative writing group.
Mr. and Mrs. Maltarich said she was an avid reader, and as a New York Times subscriber read the publication from top to bottom and completed the crossword puzzle daily. The couple said she had a strong interest in current affairs and both national as well as local politics when she lived in Toledo.
Mrs. Judy, like her late husband, was a supporter of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library System.
"They both loved art and architecture.. all of the arts," Mr. Maltarich said.
Traveling also was a major interest of Mrs. Judy, who had visited many countries in Europe with Mr. Judy, her family said.
Surviving are her daughters, Kathleen Maltarich, Cynthia Judy, and Jill Wainwright; son, Mark Judy; 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held later.
The Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home in London, Ohio is handling arrangements.
The family suggests tributes to the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center.
- Mark Reiter