Obituary of Judith M. Allen
Judith passed away peacefully at age 81 on January 12, 2022 at Fishkill Center for Rehab & Nursing in Beacon, NY after complications from Diabetes & a valiant battle with Vascular Dementia.
She was born at Highland Hospital in Beacon, NY to parents Eleanor Silvestri & Richard Irving.
Judy, as she preferred to be called, graduated from Wappingers High School in 1958 & started employment at Woolworths. While there she met her future husband, Dwight Allen & they were married at Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls, NY on June 9, 1963. Mr. Allen predeceased her in 1997.
After leaving a successful career as a buyer for Woolworths in 1971, Judy provided daycare in her home until 1977. That same year she opened Trim-A-Kake Shoppe in Hughsonville
with her good friend Jackie Rywalt. The store remained open for 40 years, which is an amazing feat for a small business.
Judy also worked part time as a school bus monitor for WCSD from 1996-2017. She loved being with the children she cared for, especially students with special needs.
Judy loved gardening, especially flowers & houseplants. She also had an infinite love for animals, both household pets of which most were strays & wildlife. She enjoyed watching the various birds, turkeys, chipmunks, squirrels, etc that visited daily to the yard.
Judy was a member of Hughsonville Ladies Fire Auxilliary & ICES, a cake decorating association. She was a parishioner of both Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers & St. Nicholas on the Hudson in New Hamburg.
Judy enjoyed to travel, both for her business & for leisure to visit family & friends. She had traveled to many places in the US, to Canada & even made 2 trips across The Big Pond to Great Britain.
In addition to being predeceased by her parents & husband, she was also predeceased by her stepfather Alfonso Silvestri, with whom she had a very special bond.
Surviving Judy are her daughters Barbara Allen of Hughsonville, Melissa Allen-Stapleford & her husband John of Bear, DE, her brother George Silvestri of Hughsonville, her sister Susan Posner, several nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
We are saddened by her passing & miss her terribly but we take comfort knowing that she is at peace in Heaven reunited with loved ones. She was an amazing woman, a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt & friend.
Judy was cremated & will be laid to rest with her husband in Wappingers Rural Cemetery. Services will be planned for sometime in late Spring and will be announced.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to The Dementia Society of America or to The American Diabetes Association.
Arrangements are under direction of Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home in Wappingers Falls, NY. To send the family a personal condolence, please visit our website at www.StraubCatalanoHalvey.com.