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North Hero, Vermont - Judith Goldstein Joseph, 70, passed away on February 21, 2014 after a long, brave struggle against Lou Gehrig's disease (A.L.S.). Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, 1943, she was the daughter of Freda (Moed) and Leon Goldstein. She leaves her husband of 50 years, Ben W. Joseph, her children, David and Anna, Claire Olivia Moed, a cousin that she helped to raise, her nieces Rachel and Ruth, her nephew Mark and their children and her five grandchildren Gabriel, Noah, Patrick, Daniel and Sarah.
Judith was a graduate of the College of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Drexel University (M.S.L.S.) and the Rutgers School of Law (J.D.) She worked as a librarian at the Library of Congress and LaSalle University. After graduating from law school, she worked as an attorney in private practice with her husband in Philadelphia. During that time, she helped to found Women Against Abuse, an organization which started Philadelphia's first shelter for battered women. She moved to Vermont in 1991 where her career continued to flourish. She worked at a shelter for victims of domestic violence, Women Helping Battered Women, in Burlington and then became a deputy State's Attorney in Franklin County prosecuting crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault. Later she became coordinator for the state-wide Vermont Network against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Her life was devoted to her family and serving the interests of human dignity, peace and justice.
She was a life-long member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and served as co-President of the Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA) for three years until November, 2013. In the last two years, she worked as a volunteer attorney at the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Center.
Judith had a gift for friendship and had many devoted friends and colleagues. Sally, Judy B, Jeri, Lila, Sandy, Linda, Judy Dickson and many other dear friends will deeply miss her counsel and affection. Judith was pre-deceased by her parents and her beloved sister, Judge Martha Wyatt, of Annapolis, Maryland. The family is especially grateful to our friends and neighbors in North Hero who gave us so much comfort and support in this difficult time. Donations in Judith's memory can be sent to Women Helping Battered Women, 279 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington, Vermont and the Jane Addams Peace Association, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, 10017
At Judith's request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be held later this spring.

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Published in New York Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2014.
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February 17, 2021
Dear Judith, I cannot believe that it is over 7 years since you left this world and I only knew you are a year and a half but you made an indelible impression on me. how can someone do so much for humanity and still have time to sleep? I am so proud to call you and Ben friends. Looking at this world you are probably crying, no screaming, "How did this happen?" and listening to the dismal predictions. Judith we need you now to help this country become human again. I miss you and Ben. Rest peacefully, mi amiga buena.
Elisa Behar Hauptman
February 17, 2021
Judith there is not a day that passes without thinking of you. I miss you dearly. You were a inspiration to many women and men. Your compassion and caring is truly missed.
Julie Robare
February 24, 2019
I am proud to say that Judith was a dear friend of mine. I met her at a meeting of the Womens International League of Peace and Freedom at the Peace and Justice Center in Burlington Vermont. It was the first time I went to the meeting but she reached out to me and we went to Uncommon Grounds for a coffee. That was the beginning of our friendship. Judith was very busy, a lawyer for battered and abused women, and an avid peace advocate. She had time for everyone. I dont think she ever slept. What I remember most is our weekly coffees at Uncommon Ground. Bernie Sanders used to join us and I know it wasnt because of me. I hope that I did not have my mouth open and my eyes wide. I was in awe, but felt comfortable.
I left Vermont, but before I left I invited Ben and Judith to our house for dinner. I was so impressed that they came. Ben came with jars of preserves and tomatoes that he canned from his garden. Judith gave me a wooden Palestinian peace pin,that sits on my desk.
Judith, I miss you but I am so thankful that you were a part of my life.

Elissa Hauptman
Elissa Hautpman
August 4, 2014
Ben: I just learned last Friday that your wife, Judy, passed away. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing well.
Judy Liner
June 13, 2014
I was shocked to learn of cousin Judith JOSEPH's death. I wish we had met during her lifetime. My heartfelt, though belated, condolences to her nearest and dearest. Please contact me: I'm the senior MOED family genealogist, residing in Los Angeles, CA - I grieve for you all!
Henny Moëd Roth 13 June 2014
April 17, 2014
Dear Ben and Family,

As International President of the Women`s International League for Peace and Freedom I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet Judith G. Joseph and witness first hand her work for peace, her devotion to peace education to children I personally highly respect and find very hopeful, therefore her work as leader of J.A.P.A. I deeply admired. I know her planted important seed for this Association to continue its committed work. Throughout our conversations I learned about hers and her mother history building peace and WILPF as an organization. I learned to respect her, even in moments when we did not completely agree in our opinions on certain matters, I felt respected. Her commitment to justice and peace were solid enough to continue dialogue. Her strength, sense of community, dedication will continue to inspire many and I will feel proud of having met her. My best wishes for you and your family, to stay strong and proud of her presence in your lives.
Adilia Caravaca
March 27, 2014
I worked with Judith on "Women of Action, Women of Peace," an exhibit and series of presentations sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Justice in Burlington in 2008 and very much appreciated her hard work and financial support on this and other WILPF projects. I will miss her presence in the world. Dian Kendrick
Dian Kendrick
March 15, 2014
Dear Ben,
It took me a while to respond, but I want to say how Judith touched my life and what an honor it was to work with her in WILPF. I am so sorry for your loss.
Laurie Larson
March 3, 2014
Dear Ben,
Judith will be greatly missed, she brought so much joy and happiness to the neighborhood. We couldn't ask for more amazing and inspirational people in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear family.
Bryan and Jackie Hathaway
March 2, 2014
Dear Ben and family,
It took awhile for me to respond, the wind was kicked out of me when Morgan sent me the obituary. I did not want to face the fact that Judith is no longer in this world, walking amongst us. I met her in WILPF and I learned so much from her commitment to humanity. She tried to change the world and did so much for so many. but personally she was a great friend. I will miss dear Judith and my heart goes out to you, ben and her family she loved so much.
Abrazos, Elissa
Elissa Hauptman
February 28, 2014
It was such a privilege for me to work with -- and learn from -- Judith. Her brilliance, grace, and compassion were so inspiring for so many of us. Our community is, actually and truly, safer and more just because of her. Blessings to her family.
Celia Cuddy
February 27, 2014
The staff and clients of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program deeply mourn the loss of Judith's generosity and gentle, caring service to others. The good that she did and the lives that she changed are an eternal testament to her loving kindness. May her family find some comfort in the untold numbers of lives that Judith touched.
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
February 26, 2014
Dear Judge Joseph. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Although I only met Mrs. Joseph once, I had a wonderful conversation with her and am grateful for all of her hard work with Domestic Violence. The world needs more women like your wife.
Please know that I will be thinking of you and your family during this extremely sad and difficult time.
Vanessa Raymond
February 25, 2014
Dear Ben, Anna and Family:
We are so sad to learn of Judith's passing. She is fondly remembered for her passionate work for peace and social justice on many levels. We are thankful for the many years she had working with WHBW and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Our hearts go out to you and your family.

Wanda Bezio-Women Helping Battered Women
Wanda Bezio
February 25, 2014
Judith's radiant spirit gave inspiration to all those she loved and worked with. Her spirit and the meaningful life she lived will always be a beacon for those of us left behind. How far Judith exceeded Emerson's ideal: “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this to have succeeded.” Thank you, dear friend.
My heart aches for you, Ben, and your wonderful Anna and David and for all of us who loved her so much. I am with you in spirit.
Jeri Martinez
February 25, 2014
Judith worked tirelessly for the rights of others. Her work in the violence against women arena reached so many people. I am proud to have worked with her and witness her compassion, energy and sense of justice. My condolences to Ben and the rest of her family and friends.
Kris Lukens
February 25, 2014
Judith Joseph, my dearest and closest friend.
Margaret Harrington
February 25, 2014
Dear Ben and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of Judith. I always loved visiting with you when you would come into the A&B Beverage. You both always were working so hard and I loved seeing your always smiling faces. May your memories keep Judith alive in your hearts. My loving thoughts are with you at this time.
Claudette Vaughan
February 25, 2014
Judith made a difference with her fully-packed life. A difference politically, socially and personally. She made a difference to me. The world will miss Judith!
madelyn holmes
February 25, 2014
Such a loss of a fine leader and person!!!
sophie quest
February 25, 2014
Sincere condolences, indeed Judith was precious in God's eyes, and he won't forget the good she did, please be comforted in his words at Luke:23:43 "you will be with me in Paradise"
February 24, 2014
Judith's sharp mind and strong loyalties were inspirational for me. I am sorry she has left us so young and I will miss her. Ben, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Laura Roskos
February 24, 2014
JBJ, Anna, David and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I so wish I had known her. All my love, Annie R.
February 24, 2014
Condolences to the family and friends. Please be comforted by God's words at Romans 8:35-39.
February 24, 2014
Judge Joseph, I am so sorry...what a wonderful husband and friend you were to Judith right to the very end. What a great heart you have. I know it is breaking and my thoughts, prayers and love go with you during this very sad time. Love, Joanne
Joanne Batchelder
February 24, 2014
Ben and Family,

So sorry to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

My best
Jocelyn Potvin
February 23, 2014
Judith was so full of energy and compassion, foresight and analysis. Her work on domestic violence and related issues was full of conscience and intellect as well as heart. It was a joy to work with her, and I'll miss her vitality and smarts. My heart goes out to Ben and all to whom she was dear.
Mary Fillmore
February 23, 2014
You two were such a wonderful couple, my thoughts and prayers are with you. She will never be forgotten. So sorry for your loss.
Christina Bolan
February 23, 2014
My dearest Ben no words can be said for the loss of such a wonderful, caring, compassionate, women. Im so sorry for your loss and your best friend. I will always remember Judith , you know I love her dearly.
julie robare
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