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JUDY JANKOWSKI

Obituary Condolences

JANKOWSKI
JUDY DAWN
61, of Long Beach, CA, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Westminster, California. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 1950, daughter of Henry and Stella Marie (Kaczynski) Jankowski of O'Hara Twp., who preceded her in death. She is survived by a brother, Ted (Lise) Jankowski of Bloomington, Illinois; and niece, Stephanie (Jacob) Manuel of Edwardsville, Illinois. Judy had a stellar career in broadcasting, including the station manager's position at WDUQ in Pittsburgh, and as a traffic assistant at WIXZ in McKeesport. She also worked at WOUB in Athens, Ohio, and held a series of top management positions that took her to Birmingham, Alabama, Houston Texas, and finally to Long Beach, California. She retired following her tenure as the general manager of KKJZ in Long Beach. She received a Bachelor's degree from Elmira College in Elmira, New York, and a Master's degree in Broadcast Management from Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Travel played a large part in her adventuresome life. She visited 49 of the U.S. states, only missing Wisconsin. She traveled to China, Japan, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, and Canada during her lifetime. Judy was always interested in learning about different cultures and the underlying reasons that made them unique. Judy had a big heart, and was known for her warm, friendly smile. She was a voracious reader and usually had a book within her reach. She also enjoyed knitting, making baby blankets, and other items for her many family members, including her cousins and their children, whom she all loved dearly. She was proud of her Polish heritage, and worked to keep customs and ethnic traditions alive in celebrating holidays by making a wide variety of Polish foods from family recipes handed down through the generations. There will be no visitation. Her funeral mass will be held Saturday 10 am at St. Joseph's Church, 342 Dorseyville Rd, O'Hara Twp. Immediately following the Mass, her remains will be laid to rest next to her parents at St. Stanislaw's Cemetery. A luncheon celebration of her life at the St. Joseph's Church community hall will follow.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on May 13, 2012
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