JUDITH NADWORNY

JUDITH NADWORNY - BURLINGTON - Judith Nadworny, of Burlington, passed away at her home on July 7, 2013. She was 87 years old. Judy was born on Feb. 22, 1926, in Bronx, N.Y., to Herman and Beatrice (Fine) Sellinger. She grew up in the Bronx and graduated from James Monroe High School, and City College of New York with a degree in teaching. Judy started teaching grade school in 1947 at P.S. 106 in New York, where she taught fourth grade and music. It was the start of a lifelong teaching career where she brought art, music and creativity to her classroom, and into the lives of all of her students. In 1949, she married the love of her life, Milton J. Nadworny, in New York City. They moved to Burlington in 1952, after Milt accepted a position as professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. Four children followed over the next seven years, and Judy took a break from teaching to stay home and raise her children in the New North End of Burlington. With Milt, she instilled in her children - and later her grandchildren - a love of art, music, books, theater, cooking and eating, and, above all, family. In 1972, she started teaching again, first as a substitute in the Burlington school system, and then as a fifth grade teacher at the John J. Flynn School. She taught there for the next 16 years, and created an Artist in Residence program at Flynn. She invited a number of local artists to introduce her kids to various forms of artistic expression, integrating it into her curriculum. Judy was also an early proponent of projectbased learning in her classroom, including some legendary and monthslong climate and weather projects. After she retired from teaching in 1988, she continued her involvement in the arts, as a board member of Burlington City Arts, then as a member of a Vermont state committee on the arts. She also started painting again, as part of a weekly painting group, with her special friends Nancy Walsh and Bev Goodwin, for the next 20 years. Judy's husband, Milt, predeceased her in 1992; and her sister, Gloria Hirsch, predeceased her in 2000. She leaves behind four children, son, Eric Nadworny and his wife, Sherry, of Dublin, Calif.; son, Howard Nadworny and his wife, Jan Brydon, of Erie, Pa.; daughter, Janice Nadworny and her husband, Len Littenberg, of Hinesburg; and son, Rich Nadworny and his wife, Bella, of Burlington. She also leaves behind her brother, Stanley Sellinger of Queens, N.Y.; and her six favorite people in the world, her grandchildren, Katie, Elissa, Hillary, Adam, Olivia and Felix. Services will be held at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 1 p.m., with interment to follow in Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery, Patchen Road, South Burlington. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 9, 2013