Judith L. Hinkle
1945 - 2021
BORN
1945
DIED
2021
Judith "Judy" Lee Hinkle, of Orleans, MA passed away on February 9, 2021 at Cape Cod Hospital after several months of declining health. She was born in Philadelphia on April 25, 1945 to Charles Lee and Dorothy Mae Hinkle. She graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from Norwalk High School in 1963 and earned her Bachelors degree from Arcadia University in 1967. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Liz Smith of Eastham, MA and nieces Karyn E. Thompson (Mark), Sarah E. Smith, Rebecca A. Allen (Christopher) and nephews Floyd F. Smith III (Rebecca) and Steven Lee Smith as well as great nieces Elizabeth and Kathryn Thompson, Jessica Smith, Savannah Allen, Sage Lach and great nephews Jacob Smith and Skylar Lach. Judy spent her career as an English teacher and was Chair of the English Department at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Connecticut. After she earned a second Masters Degree, this time in Library Science, she became the schools librarian and media specialist. Inducted to the Norwalk Teachers Honor Roll in 2008, she thanked the Committee "for providing a way for the good that teachers do to be acknowledged and appreciated. It is truly priceless." After retirement in 2013, she worked part time at the Westport and Norwalk public libraries. She was a Mentor volunteer at Brookside Elementary School for many years and followed a few students through to their graduations. She was also a phone volunteer for FISH. Judy loved music and could often be found at the MET in New York City seeing either an opera presentation, a play or a symphony concert. For over 30 years, she was a member of the Sweet Adelines Chorus and travelled with the group throughout the United States, including Hawaii, and Europe for competitions. After retiring from that, she attended their concerts and competitions, even if remotely. An avid reader and learner, Judy loved her book club group and adult ed classes at both Norwalk Community College and Snow Library in Orleans. She was always up to date on current affairs and loved to discuss them. Another favorite for Judy was traveling. She travelled cross country by car with friends, went to Australia and New Zealand, Scotland as well as on an Alaskan Cruise. Beaches were favorites from both the east and west coasts of Florida, Avalon on the South Jersey shore to Ogunquit, Maine. Her commitment to many friends from high school, college, teaching and her various other activities kept her busy. Judys dry sense of humor was always spot on. Favorite times were spent eating out, playing Mah Jongg, pinochle, bridge, watching Judge Judy, knitting, playing the piano and having an occasional Bloody Mary. Judy moved to Orleans, MA in November, 2019 and was just getting settled when the COVID19 Pandemic hit. That plus a heart condition made her last months a challenge. Special thanks to the Broad Reach Hospice team who worked tirelessly assisting her. Memorial donations in Judys name can be made to Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, MA 02650.
Published by The Cape Codder from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2021.
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My condolences to Judy's family and friends. I am happy that she was able to spend her last months and days with the people she loved so much.
Judy and I spent many years together at Brien McMahon High School. I saw her grow from an excellent English teacher to become chairperson the English Department. Later, I appointed her to become the school's librarian. After we both retired, I asked her to join me in helping the Alumni Association choose candidates for the Wall of Honor. Her work with the Alumni Association brought her accolades from the steering committee. She also taught both of our children in their days at McMahon. A friend to both my wife and me, she is sorely missed by both of us.
Jim Forcellina
March 7, 2021
Ms. Hinkle added so much depth to the BMHS English department as well as being such a helpful and caring person. She even helped me on college papers after graduating, and I always loved even visiting her classes. She shared her love of the subject and made it contagious. Thank you.
Larry Porricelli
Student
February 23, 2021
Judy was a sweet gal with a friendly smile and hello for everyone. She was witty, had a great sense of humor and always ready to share a laugh with you. We met many years ago through Sweet Adelines where we sang together for a short time.
Kathy
Acquaintance
February 21, 2021
She was a wonderful person
Sandy Billings
Coworker
February 19, 2021
Judy was a dear friend and colleague. We taught together at Brien McMahon. She, as the language Arts teacher, would come and have lunch in my biology lab. To her dismay ,there was always something ghoulish going on and poor Judy would smile through it all.
I felt so sad to read of her passing. I would have liked to have been a friend to her at the end but covid and distance did not make that possible. We shared many concerts, museums and lots of laughter together. My condolences to her family. She was a true joyful spirit!
Marie Iannazzi
Friend
February 19, 2021
My deepest condolences to Judy’s family and friends. May the lovely memories we have of her, help us overcome the sorrow of her passing.
Judy’s generosity, empathy and kindness will always be remembered.
Will never forget her enjoyment when going to a picnic at the beach; trying out a good restaurant; talking about a good book or attending a special activity or Gala at El Centro Hispano.
We have all lost a great friend. May she Rest In Peace.
Judith Aucar
Friend
February 18, 2021
A long time friend and colleague, Judy was a caring and generous woman who maintained friendships with many of us teachers at McMahon. I joyfully remember the hundreds of rehearsals and competitions we shared in our years with Sweet Adelines. How we loved barbershop harmony! Judy always kept me up to date with the activities of the chorus she loved so well. More recently, we attended a Road Scholar weekend which included a glorious concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra. We also shared many Fridays at the Westport Farmers' Market where we laughed and found delicious food. As others have said, Judy loved music, good food, and books , so we also talked about the latest books we were reading. Judy usually had a fine recommendation for me. I am thankful to have known Judy and and miss our phone calls from the Cape. My condolences go to her family who should know that Judy's joy in life and kindness made many other people's lives better.
Linda Forcellina
Friend
February 18, 2021
My condolences to the family and friends of Miss Hinkle. I will always remember her energy and positive spirit while at Brien McMahon - Rest in peace Miss Hinkle
Carol Bundegaard
Student
February 18, 2021
Judy was always committed to quality singing; right notes, right words, right rhythms and right choreography! Judy was so tiny that she made me feel tall, and I'm small too! It was always great to see her at chorus shows. Rest in Peace, my friend.
Judith (Judy) Lang
Friend
February 18, 2021
Liz sorry for the lost of your sister Judy. We were friends in high school she was always kind and she did have a good sense of humor. I did get to see her not too long ago May she rest in peace. Barbara Fabian McDonough
Barbara Fabian McDonough
Classmate
February 18, 2021
She was one of my favorite teachers. So energetic and positive and so genuinely fond of students. She will be missed.
Peggy Gregerson
Student
February 18, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I write about Judy’s passing. I have enjoyed Judy’s friendship since the 80’s when we worked together at Brien McMahon. She was always my best supporter when having special activities at school and later on at El Centro Hispano. Judy was a great friend, sincere, generous and kind. Loved to eat out and eat well. Enjoyed tremendously coming to el CentroHispano’s Galas and my birthday’s celebrations. Traveling and going to the MET with her was lots of fun. Will always remember her in a very special way.
My deepest sympathy to her family. May their love and memories give them the strength to overcome their grief.

Isabel E Villar
Friend
February 18, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Judy's passing. She was a friend and colleague who welcomed and helped me when I came to McMahon. She was a pillar of the McMahon family throughout her career. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Jack Connolly
Coworker
February 17, 2021
Ms. Hinkle was one of the beloved teachers of the class of 1969! Very much adored. She was a little ball of fire. Such a beautiful spirit ❤ to be remembered.
Shirley Wayne Washington
Student
February 17, 2021
Judy was an amazing mentor with the Norwalk Mentor Program for many years, making a difference to students, even in her retirement. Condolences to her family!
Nancy Pratt, retired director, Norwalk Mentor Program
Friend
February 17, 2021
She is among the most influential and beloved teachers that we at BMHS were honored and graced to have known and will always be deeply respected and remembered...always witty and challenging....had more than a giggle or too about my fluorescent sox I wore...
V L Hollister
Student
February 17, 2021
From my 1969 yearbook -
RIP Ms. Hinkle
Karen Kiska Levasseur
Student
February 17, 2021
The Brien McMahon Class of 69 remembers
Willow
Student
February 17, 2021
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