Judith Lee Scheff Dennehy Carman
1941 - 2015
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CARMAN - Judith Lee Scheff Dennehy departed this life unexpectedly on November 16, 2015, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends. Judy was born on May 5, 1941 in Mineola, Long Island to Muriel and David Scheff. She grew up with her brothers Boyd and Gerard, and graduated from Mineola High School. She attended Hofstra University where she was a proud member of the Hofstra cheerleading team. She married Brian Dennehy on August 21, 1959. Judy raised her three daughters Elizabeth, Kathleen and Deirdre, while attaining several Master's Degrees in Education.Judy was an enthusiastic and devoted kindergarten teacher for nearly twenty years at PS 112 in Harlem, NYC. She loved her many students and was deeply proud to be an educator. On August 26, 1994, Judy married The Honorable Gregory W. Carman, in the process gaining four wonderful children: Gregory Jr., John, Jim and Mira.Judy is survived by her husband of 21 years, Greg; her children, Elizabeth and her husband James Lancaster, their sons Jack and William; Kathleen and her husband Andrew Hussey, their daughter Clementine; Deirdre and her husband Richard Basile, their daughters Hannah, Molly, Olivia and Lucy; Greg Jr., his wife Lina, their children Gregory 3rd and Emily; John, his wife Sue and their children Colette, Isabel and Juliette; Jim and his wife Eva and their children Sam and Kate; Mira and her children Venton and Roman. Judy is also survived by her brothers Boyd, Gerard; her sisters-in-law Lynn and Margie, a host of nieces, nephews and many, many close friends who became her family over the years. Judy's passions were her large family, her friends, attending Broadway plays, her book clubs, world-travel and tending her garden at West Gilgo Beach. A wake will be held Thursday, November 19 from 6-9pm, and Friday, November 20 from 1-3pm and 6-9pm at Arthur F. White Funeral Home at 315 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 10am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 298 Conklin Street in Farmingdale, NY 11735. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Judy's joyous life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to The Hagedorn Little Village School in Seaford at www.littlevillage.org.



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Published in Newsday on Nov. 18, 2015.
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December 13, 2015
Elizabeth, Kathleen and Deirdre,

We were all so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, she was such a caring and Loving person. We were also sorry we couldn't be at the services to see you, there are very few of us left in NY now. I do hope you and your families are well!

Lots of Love To All Of You,

Dawn Lieblang
Dawn Lieblang
November 21, 2015
We will miss you Judy
We loved Judy's warm support and enthusiasm for whatever we did. She was one of few neighbors who would stop by or show interest in whatever was going on in our lives. She always remembered our projects, our books, our ministries, our goals. We will miss her dearly. Our love and prayers are with her family for the support and healing that it will take to uplift her memory and celebrate the wonderful presence of her soul. At least, we were blessed to have known her.

Reverend Cecilia Loving and Reverend Marlon Cromwell, Unit 2H
Cecilia Loving
November 21, 2015
Liz, Kathleen and Deirdre,
I have such fond memories of your mother as the Librarian at ASJ. To capture her, I would say she was filled with joy and wonder. I always admired how she always wanted to help her girls dreams come true. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Patricia Grant Flynn
November 21, 2015
Such a fun and interesting person, a loss to everyone who encountered her. So wonderful that she left the world her beautiful children, grand children, step children and all those other childen, her students who were so lucky to have the benefit of her intellect and personality.
Mary Kathryn
November 21, 2015
This is for you Judy in your memory.
Anne Rizzuto
November 20, 2015
The Sisters of St. Joseph (ASJ) remember Judy's presence and enthusiasm with gratitude. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth, Kathleen and Deirdre at this tender time.
November 20, 2015
After I lost my Mom freshman year Your Mom was always watching my back and helping Sr. Catherine to keep me on the straight and narrow. Even to this day your Mom would always get after me about my health issues. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Forever in my heart Mrs D! Prayers for all Mrs. D. Children, Grand Children, and Husband. Much Love and Hugs
Barbara Gibson
November 20, 2015
THE PAST FORTY YEARS OF KNOWING YOU WERE FULL OF SMILES LIKE THIS PICTURE OF YOU....WE CAN BUILD A CASE FOR PRAYING TO YOU RATHER THAN FOR YOU...ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS ,DEAR FRIEND IS MORE THAN FAIR TO SAY.Travers Family
November 19, 2015
I'm very sorry to see that Judy has passed on. I had many lovely conversations with her at St. Thomas. She was very kind to my whole family. My sincerest condolences.
Chris Bergmann
November 19, 2015
You are in my thoughts and prayers. The thought of your mom brings a smile to my face as I remember days in the ASJ library. She was always so happy to help us.
Carol Ann Hintze-Grodski
November 19, 2015
Liz your mom was such a lovely lady and a wonderful librarian at ASJ. Condolences to you and your family from Chris Slevin , Mary Brodmerkel.
Prayers for you comfort.
November 18, 2015
Judy was a fellow cheerleader at Hofstra. We so loved our time together each month when we all met and all had lunch. Judy was our planner. She arranged a restaurant and kept track of us all. It was amazing that she kept up the pace she did and she never missed a beat. She was the most loving, kind, caring person I've ever met. She loved her family and friends. I feel your loss. She was truly a wonderful human being.
Carol Page
November 18, 2015
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God lovingly comfort your family through this most difficult time. (Isaiah 57:15)
November 18, 2015
Newport Beach Semester at Sea '79 35th 9/2014
Wow- this is really tough.I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the news of Judy's passing on FB. I checked and double checked, but it was really true.What a treasure Judy was and such a wonderful friend.I am glad we saw each other once more in 2014 at the SAS 1979 reunion in Newport, the first time since the '99 reunion. Judy was interested in everyone, and everything. She will be greatly missed.Shine on Judy,shine on. Love to you in heaven, bright angel.
Betsy Rook
November 18, 2015
Liz, Kathy and Deirdre, So sorry for your loss. Your mom was the best. She was an icon at WGB and she will be missed. My heart and prayers are with you and Greg. Loosing a mom is the worst. XO
Mary Carbone
November 18, 2015
Dear Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Deirdre,
My sincere condolences, and much love to you all! XX
Terry Kinney
November 18, 2015
I remember Judy as a wonderful person;she was always so kind to me at ASJ.My heart breaks for Liz,Kathleen,Deidre and the rest of her family.i know God is happy to have his Angel Judy home.God Bless all of you.AnneMarie Rizzuto class of 1977.
Anne Rizzuto
November 18, 2015
Elizabeth your Mom sounded like an extraordinary woman - sending love and healing thoughts to you and the family xxxjulie Halston
Julie Halston
November 18, 2015
Dear Greg, My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Judy and my husband had a similar problem that you and I discussed many times. I know what a terrific person Judy was. When things get really rough(and they will) just ask yourself "how would Judy like me to act and feel"? She wouldn't want you to be sad but to remember the good times you had together and be grateful for THOSE times. Take care of yourself. I hope you remember me and accept my deepest sympathy.
Carol May (I use to work at Wharton B. Allen Agy)
Carol May
November 18, 2015
Rest in peace, dear Judy. You cared for so many and in turn are loved and will be missed by so many. You left your footprints on every heart you touched.
Yolanda Sinisgallo
November 18, 2015
Dear Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Deirdre,
We send our deepest sympathies. What a wonderful woman your mother was! And what a wonderful legacy she left through you three. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. And may all your good memories of your mom bring you smiles and peace.
Leslie and Ken Zuckerbrot
November 18, 2015
Judy was the one person you could go to when you needed help. She was a loving cousin and friend to all who needed her. You will be missed by all those who knew you.
Phillip Nathan
November 18, 2015
Deirdre & Family-
I'm so, so sorry to hear of your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all week. I hope you can find comfort in family and great memories in the coming days.
Sue Sherman
November 18, 2015
Judy with first baby Elizabeth
Elizabeth Dennehy
November 18, 2015
Elizabeth Dennehy
November 18, 2015
Judy and her husband Greg at the high school graduation of grandson Jack Lancaster
Elizabeth Dennehy
November 18, 2015
with her girls
Elizabeth Dennehy
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