Judith M. Huber
1949 - 2020
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Judith Marie Huber, of Greensburg, passed peacefully Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. She was born July 10, 1949, in Trafford, the eldest of seven children to Marion Frances (Irwin) Huber and the late Edward Gerard Huber, of Dobbin, Texas. She was a graduate of Trafford High School and held a bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock State College. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensburg. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, Thomas Richard Battenhouse Jr., wife Carrie, and their children, Margaret, Sophia, Eric and Jason, of Stow, Ohio; her daughter, Jennifer Marie Stoecklein, husband Christian, and their children, Elizabeth, Caroline and Stephanie, of Bridgeville; brother, Edward G. Huber Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Cumberland, Md.; sister, Diane Brillhart and husband, David, of Dobbin, Texas; sister, Phyllis Paladin and husband, Larry, of White Oak; sister, Monica Lemke and husband, Danny, of Dobbin, Texas; sister, Barbara Blair, of Nacogdoches, Texas; sister, Christine Miller and husband, Gregory, of Tyler, Texas; and many nieces and nephews. Judy Huber graduated from Trafford High School in 1967 where she was head majorette in the marching band and a lifeguard at the Blue Dell pool. She attended Slippery Rock State College and graduated with a special education teaching degree. As a young woman, she was athletic and passionate. She was a swimming instructor, she gave piano lessons and she was employed as a special education teacher. She married her high school sweetheart; bought an old farmhouse in the country; cooked, canned and baked; and she was a proud mother to her two children. In 1978, she was stricken with Devics Disease, a rare and progressive disorder with MS-like symptoms. Over the course of a year she lost the ability to walk and became reliant on a ventilator. Doctors gave her months to live. She was sent home and chose to rest with her parents and siblings, who were then living in Houston, Texas. With tremendous support from her family and friends, she spent the next decade confounding the doctors. She learned to not just live with her tremendous disability, but to thrive. In a bold move that shocked even her family, Judy moved from Texas to Pennsylvania in 1990 to start a new life near the family and friends of her youth. A close friend found her a first-floor apartment suited to her disability, and she made Greensburg her home. Through the grace of God, she found a fearless army of doctors, nurses, aides and dear friends to orchestrate a healthcare regimen that permitted her to live independently. She became a services coordinator for accessAbilities, a local non-profit and one of the agencies that assisted in her own care. Through that job she became an advocate for disabled persons across Westmoreland County. She also tutored students from her home and led a prayer group twice monthly. In 1996, she focused her determination into the first "Afternoon of Reflection for People with Disabilities and Life-changing Illnesses," which is now an annual event in its 24th year. Regarding the event, Judy was quoted in 2017: "We have to continue, all of us, to do the Lord's work and the Lord has a job for each one of us...People with disabilities can contribute, and they are an asset to society, to their church and to their families." In 2002, she boldly travelled to South Carolina to visit her son's family when her first grandchild was born. She didn't let her health complications stop her; she knew no bounds. Other grandchildren soon followed, and when her son's family moved north, her grandchildren discovered that grandma's small apartment was the perfect hub for family events. Whether it was a gathering of high school friends, a prayer group or a Thanksgiving celebration, Judy directed preparations herself, and through the charity of everyone around her, always provided an excess of food like a good hostess does. Due to her debilitating illness, she eventually became a quadriplegic and lost her vision. Then in 2006, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Even with aggressive treatment, doctors warned that she would survive a few years at most. For more than 14 years, she endured rounds of radiation treatments and chemotherapy. Her vigor for life was renowned in the community, despite her numerous setbacks. Judy was an inspiring woman. She was decisive, she had an excellent memory, and she had a firm grip on the harsh realities of her fragile health. She knew when to ask for help, and in turn was always the first to offer it to others. She was spiritual. She was humble, patient and compassionate. She was brave, joyful and even comical. She was a beloved friend, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She lived every day as if it might be her last, and yet endured. With the support of caregivers who exceeded every expectation, she lived in her apartment for 30 years. She showed us the power of prayer and we witnessed countless miracles. She was a living testament that God has a plan for us all. Judy called her eldest granddaughter to wish her a happy 18th birthday and fell peacefully asleep two days later. She was surrounded by loving family when her youthful spirit came to know God's grace. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Honoring Judy's request, there will be no public visitation. All services and interment are private. LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME INC., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, Judy asked that donations be made to Our Lady of Grace Church, in Greensburg, for an elevator. www.bachafh.com.

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Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from May 24 to May 25, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
Judith was my neighbor for a few years, she was the kindest lady. I would stop in to see her and she was always worried that if her ventilator alarm went off it was distrubing me, I also always found get well cards under my door if I had spent time in the hospital with my health issues. What a kind person she was, and to always worry of others makes me know she has gone on to be a angel in heaven. I miss having such wonderful conversations with a woman of such strong faith.
Teri Hoover
May 25, 2020
I taught with Judy when we were both newbie teachers. Judy was a radiant soul who helped parents understand And accept their childs disability. Her memory will live on in all of the lives that she touched with her kindness. May you find comfort knowing that she is in Gods loving embrace.
Paulette glover
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