Judith Katherine Sandler
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Age 71, of Newark, DE, passed away on August 2, 2013 after a yearlong courageous battle with cholangiocarcinoma. She was where she wanted to be - with family members who she loved and loved her.
Judith was predeceased by her parents Jules and Elizabeth Ungar. She leaves behind her husband of 51 years, Stanley I. Sandler; her children Catherine Julietta, of Wilmington, Michael Howard of Wilmington, Joel Abraham and his wife Patricia of Clarksburg MD; and sister Martha Levites of Golden's Bridge, New York.
Judith greatly enjoyed her very close and loving relationships with her husband, her three children and their partners. She always had something going on whether it was lunch with one of her many good friends, having dinner with her family, biking with her husband, going to museums with her sister, attending one of the three books clubs in which she was an active member, taking photographs and making travel books, going to Winterthur or Longwood Gardens, doing crossword puzzles, or playing Scrabble.
Judith was born in The Bronx, New York City of parents who had emigrated from Hungary. She graduated from Walton High School, and studied at Hunter College (NYC), the University of Minnesota and the University of California at Berkeley before graduating from the University of Delaware with a BS degree in education. She then worked for the University of Delaware's Plato Project (that became the Office of Computer Based Instruction) as a designer of computer-based instructional materials in a wide range of subjects for the next 15 years before retiring.
Judith moved to Newark Delaware in 1967, and has lived there since except when joining her husband on sabbatical leaves in London England, Berlin Germany, Berkeley California, and Brisbane and Melbourne Australia. She enjoyed traveling, and had been to approximately 90 countries. Melbourne, Australia was one of her favorite destinations, largely because of all the good friends she had there. Her last trip was a family vacation to the Galapagos Islands followed up with a week with her husband in Machu Picchu in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Judith had a supernatural sense of where to find the best ice cream stores in any city in the world, often seeking out the best flavor that region had to offer. One of her favorite flavors was a chili-chocolate that can best be found in Melbourne or the Mojito flavor of Pitango's gelato in DC.
Judith's had a love of art and learning. She loved poetry, especially T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" took classes at Delaware's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on literature, art history, collage, and photography. She frequently could be seen with her camera capturing interesting reflections and tasty looking foods.
Judith always had a great sense of humor, after being diagnosed with cancer her favorite song was "I'm Not Dead Yet" from Monty Python's Spamalot.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
SCHOENBERG MEMORIAL CHAPEL
Published in The News Journal from Aug. 4 to Aug. 9, 2013