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Judith Rafanelli Hume(1938 - 2013)

Judith Rafanelli

March 16, 1938- June 21, 2013

Rafanelli, Judith Ann (Hume)

passed away peacefully on 21 June after a brief illness, leaving behind a loving husband Gene and daughter Cara. She was born, the only child, to Virgil and Leota Hume on 16 March 1938 in Salem, Oregon. She graduated from Grant Elementary School and North Salem High School. Judie attended Willamette University for three years and completed her fourth year and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in English Literature. She had a zest for adventure and travel, having already been to every one of the lower 48 states. She applied for and got a job with Special Services on a two year contract, working in military service clubs in Kaiserslautern and Worms, Germany. She returned to California in 1962 and took a position teaching at Booksin Elementary School in San Jose, then Hilltop Elementary School in Pacific Grove. There she met and married (then) Captain Gene Rafanelli at the Presidio of Monterey. Together, with daughter Cara, they enjoyed the adventures pursuant to a 30 year Army career. The family enjoyed living in Europe for seven years and in all regions of the Continental U.S. Judie and Gene moved to Scottsdale in 2005 from San Jose. Judie was active as a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and participated in many other service organization activities, to include the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). She was also a member of the Fountain Hills based, Friends in the Hill. The family will host a private reception and have her ashes scattered in the countryside in the South of France. Contributions may be made in her name to the Arizona Humane Society by visiting www.azhumane.org. You may go to: www.messingermortuaries.com to sign the electronic guest book.




Published in StatesmanJournal on June 26, 2013
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