JUDITH ANN MAUZAKA
1951 - 2015
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MAUZAKA, JUDITH ANN June 5, 1951 – May 15, 2015 Judith Ann Mauzaka, our beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend, sailed away from Branford Hospice in the early hours of May 15th to rest in eternal peace. Born in New Haven to parents Ewald and Jane Mauzaka, Judy was the loving and devoted mother of Walker Drew Strong and wife of Thomas Strong. Sister of Patti Rubino (Dan), proud aunt and godmother of Sara DiPaolo (Michael), and Ross Rubino of West Chester, PA, and cousin of Cindy Mauzaka of Branford. Judy was adored for her free spirit, kindness of heart, and courage and strength to take on any challenge before her. Judy attended public school in New Haven and West Haven. In addition, she was a proud graduate of both the University of Hartford in 1976 and UConn School of Law in 1982. Judy was an attorney at Weinstein, Weiner, Ignal, Napolitano & Shapiro in Bridgeport, CT, where she first met her dear life-long friend Richard Shapiro. Judy’s proudest achievement of her legal career was the role she played in resolving the Tracey Thurman case, a ruling that led to mandatory police intervention in cases of domestic violence. The protection of women following this case was a never-ending source of pride for Judy. Between college and Law School, Judy served as a Vista volunteer in Eastern CT, where she formed an endearing friendship with soon-to-be UConn classmate Kathy Eldergill. Judy lived life full of passion and vigor. A lover of all things adventurous, Judy took part in over thirty-five annual long-distance bike and camping trips throughout North America and Europe with classmates and other adored friends. Always in tune with her sense of inner peace, Judy reaffirmed this calm with annual yoga retreats to Maho Bay, St. John’s, in addition to family trips to Annisquam, Cape Ann as guests of Chris and Esther Pullman. Judy will forever be cherished for her love of nature, life, and selfless care of others. We all love and miss her more than she’ll ever know. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions for a commemorative bench at Edgerton Park, in Judy’s honor, may be sent to: www.edgertonpark.org. To sign the online guestbook please visit hawleylincolnmemorial.com.

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Published in The New Haven Register from May 18 to May 19, 2015.
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May 28, 2015
Our deepest sympathies go out to Tom , walker and the extended family.
We knew Judy personally and professionally and we will miss her warm smile.
peter newman
May 26, 2015
My deepest condolences Tom and Walker
jim townsend
May 26, 2015
My condolences to you Tom and to your family....

Warmly, Pamela Hovland
May 21, 2015
Our condolences for your loss.
DJ and Debbie Ornato
DJ and Debbie Ornato
May 20, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Judy for 6 years. She was kind, sweet and a brillant attorney. She made going to work everyday fun for me.. i will miss her.
Linda Wang
May 19, 2015
We were elevator buddies. So sorry for your loss. She always had a big smile and the kindest comments. Fondly, barbara Larocca from koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder.
May 19, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to all of Judy's family, especially Tom and Walker. I will cherish my memories of Judy forever and am so grateful I had her in my life for 38 years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time.
Donna Ruscavage
May 19, 2015
May the God of all comfort give you the strength and endurance to cope with this most difficult time. My condolences to family and friends.
C Williams
May 18, 2015
Dear Tom and Walker,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow. We have such fond memories of our days at St. Thomas's with all of you.
Norine Page
May 18, 2015
Our condolences to Tom and walker. Judy will be missed by all.
Gerald and tina Weiner
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