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Age 72, of Brackenridge, died on Friday morning, February 12, 2016. Judith was born and raised in Brackenridge, best known locally as the owner, proprietor and expansive storyteller of Judy's Town News, a convenience store and meeting place a few paces from Allegheny Ludlum's No. 2 Gate. At the age of 42, Judith charged headlong into a new phase of life when she enrolled at Chatham College, where she earned her undergraduate degree. Thereafter, she obtained her M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University and went to work in Pittsburgh as a clinical therapist. An advocate and friend to marginalized populations, she went to work for Persad Center, a non-profit servicing the gay, lesbian and transgendered community. Born with a seemingly infinite reserve of compassion, she also facilitated the AIDS-HIV support group through the Shepherd Wellness Community for many years. A lifelong lover of the performing arts, Judith spent her last years working as a house manager for City Theatre in Pittsburgh's South Side, as she continued counseling many transgendered clients in her private practice. She was predeceased by her brothers, Victor and Brendan DiPerna; her parents, Anthony and Vera DiPerna; her cherished grandmother, Maria Petracco; and her niece, Dana DiPerna Pillsbury. She leaves behind her daughter, Jody DiPerna and her wife, Linda Dukess; her beloved niece, Amy DiPerna Sutton, and her husband, Charles; her brother, Dennis DiPerna and his wife, Kim; her loving cousins, Cynthia Adams, Lydia Petracco, Linda and Bob Buchko, Peter and Randi Petracco; and too many friends to count. Visitation Saturday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in the CICHOLSKI - ZIDEK FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights. Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ladislaus Church, Natrona. Please visit www.cicholski-zidekfuneral home.com. In lieu of flowers, it was Judith's wish that donations be made to the National Center for Transgender Equality (www.transequality.org).

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Feb. 13, 2016.
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June 15, 2018
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March 8, 2017
This is unreal to read. Judith made a huge impact on my life and will always remain alive in my heart. This is so sad to read. She was an immensely wonderful person and will be missed.
June 14, 2016
Dear Jody, I just learned of your Mother's passing this morning when I opened the Recorder from Chatham. It felt like a punch to the gut. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Judith was the first friend I met when we both started our journey at Chatham. Oh what fun we had. I will cherish those memories.
Fondly, Winkie
June 9, 2016
Dear DiPerna family,

I met Judy during my undergraduate studies at Chatham, she was so supportive and reassuring. I just loved her. Please find peace in knowing that her very presence changed so many lives.

April 1, 2016
My condolences to Jody and the rest of Judith's family. I had the pure pleasure of working with Judith at Family Resources and have always had the greatest respect for her and her infinite energy and compassion. She will be greatly missed!! Nancy Baldwin
March 10, 2016
My condolences go out to Jody and the family. This is such a great loss. Judith was an amazing woman. I am no doubt the person I am today due to her guidance. She will truly never be forgotten.
March 3, 2016
You were truly one of a kind and made the world a better place. Heaven is brighter and lighter with your presence
Vicky Krug
Vicky Krug
March 1, 2016
Dearest Family and Friends of Judith,

I remember Judith fondly. She was an amazing, gutsy woman, whom I admired. I ushered at City for many years, and saw her occasionally after her tenure there.
Am sorry I found out too late to pay my respects in person. I pray that your grief is soon outweighed by joyous memories.

Love and Blessings,
AnneLouise Feeny
AnneLouise Feeny
February 29, 2016
To her family: Judy was a complete trip and one of the most fun nuts I've met. She was a total joy to know. Her passing is a loss to many. Mike Milberger
February 17, 2016
Jody and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending healing thoughts.

Angela Shearon and Family
February 16, 2016
Dear DiPerna Family, Being a former Brackenridge Avenue business owner and friend of Judy, I knew her well and will miss her as all who knew her will. I pass on my most sincere sympathies to the entire family and hope that God will be with you all. Sorry I could not make it to funeral to pay my respects.

Ron Altany and family
Ron Altany
February 16, 2016
My heart is broken at this news. I just learned of Judith's passing moments ago. I cry for her, and I pray for Jody in this great loss.

Tracy Scanlon Limegrover
February 15, 2016
I'm so sorry to learn about your Mom's passing. She was always such a cool, forward thinking mom. I hope you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Much love.
Pam Lucas- Giesler
February 15, 2016
To My BFF... I miss you already, always and all ways!!! You were loved!!!
February 15, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of Judith's passing. My grandfather, Floyd Snyder was a very good friend of her mother Vera. We loved Vera very much and heard many stories about " her Judith" from her. I hope the family can find peace. Judith was a remarkable woman. Jane Endrich
Jane Endrich
February 15, 2016
Heaven got another angel. We reconnected when my daughter Emily was working at Tractor Suppy in Natrona Heights. Judith was the Blue Buffalo lady. She was a sweet,
fun and caring lady. She will be missed. God be with your family in this time of loss. Keith, Wendy and Emily Rankin (Miles Miller's family)
Wendy Rankin
February 15, 2016
Judith was a kind, caring, passionate spirit whose presence will be greatly missed. I worked with Judith at Persad Center and found a friend and comical soul who cared deeply about people and gave her advice, loyalty and passion to those issues and people about whom she cared deeply. To Jody and all her family and friends, whom she loved much, my condolences on the loss of such a beautiful light. Her spirit lives on in the many people she touched in her family and our community. Rest With God in Peace, Judith.
Shari Morris
February 14, 2016
RIP, Judy. May your memory be eternal!
Mark & Barbara Krumenacker
M Kru
February 14, 2016
Judy..You have left your footprint on this planet with your endless love and light..Thank you..Michaelene Voss
Michaelene Voss
February 14, 2016
So sorry to hear about Judy, she was one of my favorite patients and she will be missed coming to the office, Jody I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Love Stacey (Dr Offerman's office)
Stacey G
February 13, 2016
I was very saddened to read of the passing of a special City Theatre friend. Such a terrible loss, esp. for the LGBTQ community. - Jeff Pollock, Esq., Sq. Hill
February 13, 2016
I remember meeting Judith at Chatham. Her spirit was a flame that drew a diverse group of women together. There was always a feeling of change in the air like you were on the verge of witnessing history. Judith was a force for that change.
Dj Stemmler
February 13, 2016
I worked with Judith at City Theater,she was great and a good friend. She always had time to talk to you.
pasquale v Macioce
February 13, 2016
You did good Judy!!Fond memories of St. Joes, class of 61'. Reuniting after 40 years. Getting to know a wonderful lady was my pleasure. It was great to have known you. God bless & rest in peace...Helen
February 13, 2016
I was lucky enough to work with Judith at Persad in the late 1990s and we remained friends. She was intelligent, fierce, loving, and intensely loyal to the people she cared about, which was a wide and diverse group. She was also a brilliant therapist. She will be missed, and remembered.
Elizabeth Cahn
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