Judith Claire Miniace August 21, 1943 - July 14, 2021 St. Louis, Missouri - Judith Claire Miniace August 21, 1943 to July, 14 2021 Judy passed away peacefully at her home in St. Louis on Wednesday, July 14 2021, surrounded by friends and family. Judy attended grade school at St. Elizabeth and high school at St. Teresa Academy in Kansas City. She attended Fontbonne College in St. Louis as a Performing Arts Major and later pursued a Master's Degree in Theater from Northwestern University, where she adapted and produced a number of plays. After graduation from Fontbonne, Judy joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in St. Louis. For over 25 years, she taught in Kansas City and Ste Genevieve, Mo where she worked with students in Theater, Speech and Debate, and sponsored the Glee Club. Subsequently, she establishing a fund-raising department for St. Teresa's which built the Goppert Center for women's athletics on campus. After leaving the religious community, Judy successfully launched a professional career in fund-raising. Her focus was on non-profits with a mission to help people—Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which provided free legal advice to low-income people; Focus St. Louis, promoting premier leadership, diversity, and cooperative civic work. Judy found the Humane Society of St. Louis most rewarding and successfully raised money for Longmeadow Rescue Ranch for large animals—especially horses, and a new 44,000 sq. ft. facility in St. Louis housing the Best Buddy Adoption Center and Animal Medical Center of Mid-America for abused and neglected animals. This facility opened in 2017. Two child oriented endeavors which consumed most of her joyful energy were the Ready Readers Program and her Board membership at Midtown Community Services at St. Cronan's Church, where she was a member and a scripture reader at Mass. Judy's passion was traveling the globe including Cambodia, Cuba, Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, to the Mideast—there was nowhere she wouldn't go with her little carry-on bag. She loved her longstanding book club, and believed everyone should read. She was devoted to her friends, whom she considered family, and delighted in sharing good food and wine with them in her home on Tower Grove Place. Judy took special joy in the loving Fisher family next door—Samantha and Darin, and their wonderful children, Stella, Evie, and Crosby who were the grandchildren she always wanted. Judy is survived by her brother and his wife, Joe and Giana Miniace, and her nephew Joey, who was her pride and joy. Funeral and Remembrance Services will be at St. Cronin Catholic Church in St Louis, Tuesday August 3 2021. In lieu of flowers, Judy asked that she be remembered by donations to a charity foundation she established, The Judith Miniace Lupus Foundation, in Memory of Dr. Gustave Eisemann, M.D. Washington University.
Sister Judith was my high school speech teacher at Valle High School. I was never eager to do public speaking, but she gave me the courage and confidence that I could speak in front of a group. She allowed my topic to be one of my favorites, baseball. That was in 1972 and I still remember it today. Since then I have enjoyed public speaking in my career and I attribute it to her. She will always be remembered.
Dr Brenda S. Prince
September 10, 2021
Judy and I were colleagues at Grand Center, Inc. She was a very nice person. I ran into her at the Humane Society when I was meeting my now pet, Lilliane. Judy was really helpful -- and it was nice to see her friendly, kind face. My condolences to the Miniace family.
August 4, 2021
My sympathy to you Joe and family on Judy´s passing. May she Rest In Peace.
Mary Lee McQueeney
August 3, 2021
Please accept my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on your great loss.
August 1, 2021
Rest In Peace Judy, neighbor from my youth and friend throughout her life. Condolences to her brother Joe and family.
Mary Lee McQueeney
July 26, 2021
Judy was a very accomplished lady. I will always remember her as a warm and caring friend. My sincere condolences to her family and circle of friends.
July 26, 2021
It was such a pleasure to get to know Judy as a fellow fund raiser for the Humane Society of Missouri. Judy led such an interesting and full life. And she was so good at what she did. Peace and Light, Judy!
July 22, 2021
Goodbye dear friend. My memories of you will stay with me forever. God bless and protect you.