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Judith "Judy" (Abbott) Hauser, age 66, of Erie, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at her residence, in the presence of her loving family. She was born in Erie on July 7, 1947, a daughter of the late Willard and Millicent (Whitney) Abbott.
Judy graduated from McDowell High School in 1965, and went on to obtain a Licensed Practical Nursing Degree. Judy was currently employed as a social worker, with the Erie Family Center for Child Development. Subsequent employment included work as a medical assistant for Millcreek Township, certified HIV Instructor, but most notably, Judy served as a strong advocate for woman in the Erie Community, at Mercy Center for Women, Erie DAWN, and Community House. Judy spent her working career rallying for women's rights issues.
Judy was an active member of St. Jude's Parish, where she served as a Eucharist Minister and performed hospital ministry. Motivated by her faith, Judy served those with the deepest needs: the poor, oppressed, weak and broken spirited. Judy volunteered her time to numerous organizations throughout the community, including but not limited to First Night Erie, Pennsylvania Volunteer Association, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph Courage to Come Back Committee. She was a member of the Women's Club of Erie. As an appreciation for Judy's dedication to the Erie Community, she was selected as one of the twelve "Dynamic Dozen" in 2000.
Judy enjoyed traveling, spoiling her grandchildren, entertaining and hosting gatherings with her "open door" house policy, getting pampered at spas, horse races at the local casino, great wine with friends, and being the matriarch of her family.
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Abbott, and a sister, Patricia Shewan.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, John H. Hauser; four children, Jacqueline R. Davisson (Donna), of Erie, John W. Hauser (Rhonda), of Erie, Jennifer H. Kohut (Aubrey), of Lake Wylie, S.C., and Joseph H. Hauser (fiancée Katherine Newrones), of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren, Christopher, Breanna and Joseph Hauser; a mother-in-law, Julia Hauser, of Erie; a sister, Delores Abbott-Traut, of Erie; sister-in-law Debbie Abbott, of Florida; brother-in-law David P. Hauser (MaryAnn), of Erie; brother-in-law Joseph R. Hauser, of Erie; sister-in-law Julie Ann Hauser (Matthew Ferguson), of Erie; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street, at Greengarden Boulevard, on Sunday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to a Funeral Mass on Monday at 11 a.m., at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th Street. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erie DAWN, Inc., 2549 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505, Mercy Center for Women, 1039 E. 27th St., Erie, PA 16504, SSJ Neighborhood Network, 425 W. 18th St., Erie, PA 16502 and Erie Family Center for Child Development, 913 Payne Ave., Erie, PA. 16503. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Erie Times-News from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2014