Judith E. Loebel
1943 - 2019
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Mother to hundreds, friend of thousands, loved by all who knew her, Judith E. (Cook) Loebel died on December 11, 2019 as she lived, surrounded by those she loved and who loved her.

Judy was the heart of her large family. She was married for 54 years to Tod Loebel, with whom she built a family via blood, adoption, and determination. She leaves behind her children: Darlene, Stephen, Gretchen, Wendy, TR, Jennifer, Andrew, Zoe, Andi, and Noah, 27 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, as well as dozens of children she nurtured over more than 49 years as a foster parent. Judy was a fierce advocate for these children and was always quick to shelter those (of any age) in need.

Judy was a Hadley farmer's daughter who applied the work ethic she learned as a child to all she did. She was born on August 5, 1943 at Cooley Dickenson Hospital to Gordon and Marjorie Cook. She grew up on Cook Farm with her three brothers: Gordon Jr, Richard, and Peter Cook. As an elementary school student, Judy joined the high school band as a clarinet player, later taking up saxophone and drums as well. She was a member of the local 4-H. At sixteen, she was crowned the Hadley Tercentenary Queen. She graduated from Hopkins Academy in 1961 as her class valedictorian. She went on to complete degrees in biochemistry and physiology at Mount Holyoke College, as well as a later degree in computer information systems from Rollins College.

For 45 years Judy worked as a clinical chemist, advancing from a research assistant at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, to laboratory supervisor at Holmes Regional Medical Center, to field representative at Instrumentation Laboratories, to the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Tosoh and DOCRO. Her expertise led her to consulting on clinical oncology trials and work with the FDA. She loved her work and continued it to within days of her passing.

Later in life, Judy volunteered at Lathrop Home and Harvest Club. She and Tod travelled the world, often sharing these experiences a with her children. In 2000, Judy and Tod opened the elegant Ivory Creek Bed and Breakfast on Chmura Road in Hadley. She loved meeting and hearing the stories of those who stayed at the B&B.

Judy was full of life, intelligent, strong, sensitive and wise. She was beautiful, although she didn't know it. She lived an exemplary life that inspires all who cherish her memory. Her words continue to guide her family as they try to live by her example.

The family plans to host a celebration of life at a future date.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 3, 2020.
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September 5, 2020
My condolences to the family. We were very sad to learn of Judith’s passing. My husband and I stayed at Ivory Creek several times when our son was at Hampshire college. We enjoyed the food and conversations at breakfast. It was the first place I had sautéed vegetables with breakfast and now I often do the same for my family. She taught me how to make poached pears. I make them every year at New Year’s family dinner and always say I learned how to make them ( she explained one morning in detail.from a lovely innkeeper in Massachusettes. I came across this obituary when I was looking online to see if any of the recipes from the inn that were published online. I felt the need to reach out because I want you to know that her life fully lived in kindness had far reaching positive impact in ways and on lives that you can only imagine. May the blessings she brought to others be returned to the people she loved.
Cindy Pliska
February 1, 2020
When I was in elementary school, I thought high-school-age Judy was the coolest person ever! From reading her obit, I've learned that I was absolutely right. Her accomplishments across a number of fields are extraordinary, yet she seemed to maintain the kindness and caring that I remember. She was a very special person. My sincere condolences to her family.
Kate (Kathy) Sullivan
January 17, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Judy's passing. She was a wonderful person who gave her all in everything she did. She worked tirelessly to make the Lathrop Home a better place for the residents and staff. If you needed anything, you could always count on Judy. She made such a difference in the lives of so many. She will truly be missed.
January 8, 2020
Dear Tod and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Judy's passing. We enjoyed all of our stays and conversations together at Ivory Creek. We have fond memories of taking the kids (Andi and Noah) out on the boat in the summer! Much love to all of you,
Christine & Scott Kamelle
January 6, 2020
Judy was an amazing woman! She will be sadly missed. Love & prayers to Tod and her family.
Karen Dunn
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