Judith “Judy” Ann Onderdonk

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Bergen, NY:  May 29,1944-November 18, 2018. Predeceased by loving husband David Onderdonk, her brother David Prentice, and her parents Marlin and Velma Prentice. She left this world surrounded by friends and devoted family members: her children Amy Beth (George) Grosskopf, Laurens (Melissa) Onderdonk, and Tamalyn (Ronald) Pritchard; her seven grandchildren Katrina Grosskopf, Erika Grosskopf, Lucas Pritchard, Gina Grosskopf, Genevieve Onderdonk, Max Pritchard, and Alexander Onderdonk; and sisters Merry (Robert) Hodgson and Kathleen (Robert) Reynolds. Also survived by brothers-in-law Dan (Nancy) Onderdonk, Thomas (Kay) Onderdonk, cousins and nieces and nephews.

Judy was born in Amsterdam, NY. She was especially close to her maternal grandparents, Bertha and George Dennis, with whom she lived for a time when she was young. She graduated from Rush-Henrietta High School in 1962. She met the love of her life, David Onderdonk, in 1963,  and they were married on June 12, 1965 in Rochester, NY. They made their home in West Brighton until they and their three children moved to Kendall, NY in 1984. Judy helped support her family by running a home daycare center when her children were young, and then she went to work for the transportation department of the Monroe Developmental Center. She was an active member of her union, CSEA, where she served as secretary and then vice president of the local chapter. In her personal life, Judy was generous and industrious, and her family was her highest priority. She at various times sewed, cooked, baked, wrote stories, researched genealogy, and taught defensive driving. She made amazing themed birthday cakes like the Cookie Monster, a fire truck complete with ladders and hoses, the Starship Enterprise, and a teddy bear pool party. She was an active member of her church, for many years serving as financial secretary and president of the Living Circle women’s group. She actively supported the creation and continuation of the Hygiene Bank in her church. In recent years she and David took their dream vacations and visited family members in distant places. She spent a great deal of time with her beloved grandchildren, doing projects, providing support to their parents, and living life together. She leaves a legacy of love, patience, and perseverance.

Loved ones will gather for a memorial service on Sunday, November 25 at noon at Concordia Lutheran Church, 6601 Fourth Section Rd., Brockport. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Gilda’s Club Rochester, 255 Alexander St., 14607 or Hillside Children’s Foundation, 1183 Monroe Ave., 14620.

4 Condolences

  1. Mary Carey on November 21, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Your are sorely missed already.

  2. Merry L Hodgson on November 21, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    My “big” sister means a lot to me and I am glad she is not in any more pain. She fought a tremendous fight for 2 months and now is our guardian angel. I will miss her but know she is at peace. Love you forever, Judy Your sis “Min”.

  3. Kathleen Reynolds on November 21, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    We never got to spend the time together we thought we had & that makes me miss Jude all the more. A hard lesson that teaches we need to treasure each moment we have. Love you muchly, sis.

  4. Jenn on November 22, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I remember she was a good cook 😁 yummy cookies.
    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. My condolences.

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