Juel A. (Julie) Judge, 52, of Scranton, died Sunday morning at Hospice Community Care in Dunmore after a brief illness.
Born July 29, 1960, to Martin Judge Sr. and the late Eileen Corbett Judge, who died Feb. 14, 1975, Julie was a treasured daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin who will be keenly missed by all members of her large, extended family. In addition, she was a loyal and loving friend who gave generously of her time and treasure to anyone in need.
A graduate of Scranton Central High School and Penn State University
, Julie was employed as a public relations specialist at Allied Services, where she was responsible for raising the profile and general awareness of Allied's many missions in the eyes of the community at large. She was a familiar figure at all Allied events, camera and notebook in hand, there to record a new program, a patient milestone or the recognition of an Allied employee. Before Allied Services, Julie held positions in marketing, communications and advertising at Prudential Financial, Penn Foster and the Lavelle-Miller advertising agency, where her creativity garnered awards, most memorably for the following line used successfully in a Bishop's Annual Appeal fundraising campaign: "To need is human, to give divine." To those who knew and loved Julie, that line was also emblematic of how she lived her own life.
Julie was a woman of many talents and interests. Although her life was brief, it was one full of the pursuit of her passions. She cared deeply about the environment and she simply could not abide injustice in any form. Therefore, when she became aware of WFTE, a local community nonprofit radio station dedicated to the progressive values of social and economic justice, environmentalism and human rights, she did all she could to make the station successful. A longtime proponent of progressive and liberal causes and a champion of equal rights for all, it was only natural that she went on to become a board member of WFTE, where she organized many fundraising events and served as an on-air interviewer as well. A lover of country music, she found time to promote local performers across music genres in area venues and on WFTE.
In addition to her father, Julie is survived by her brother, Martin Jr., Scranton; sisters, Anne and Celene, New York City; Kate of Los Angeles; and Ellie Vogt and her husband, Michael, and their son, Gabriel, of Blakely; her uncle, Martin Corbett, Moosic; her aunts, Sally Judge Sweeney and her husband, Jack; Mary Payton Corbett and Kay Hogan Judge, all of Scranton. Julie also leaves behind numerous cousins, many of whom were life-long friends and confidantes as well. Her beloved pet dogs, Cooper and Oscar, also survive her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish at the Church of St. Joseph, 312 Davis St., in Scranton. Any friends attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., Scranton.
In recognition of Julie's lifelong commitment to those less fortunate than she was, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.