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Mrs.  Judith  K. Godlewski

Obituary for Mrs. Judith K. Godlewski

March 24, 1940 - November 24, 2017
Avaon Lake, Ohio | Age 77

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Teacher and Friend


Judith K. Godlewski went home to God to join her husband Robert on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. She battled a very aggressive form of cancer for four years with the help of the Cleveland Clinic where she passed while receiving chemo. Judy was fiercely devoted to her husband, Robert Godlewski, for fifty-four years making sure he became the best man most of us have ever known before his passing in February. They met as education majors at Kent State University, where Judy explained the nursery rhymes in the elementary education curriculum to Robert, who was a first-generation student. Judy was born to Edna and Kenny McLaughlin in 1940 in Mansfield Ohio and was their only child. She was passionate about her family, strong in character and opinion, and the rock upon which her family was built. She leaves behind a lasting legacy of strength and love for sons Ken (Angie) and Don (Jan); six grandchildren that were the joy of her later life -Hayden, Jessica (Avon Lake, Ohio), and Mac, Evan, Kyle, and Starr (Annapolis, MD); and her brother in law and sisters in law: Stan and Claudia Godlewski of Avon Lake and their wonderful children, who have been most supportive and caring through Robert's passing and Judy's cancer, and Sister Mary Illuminata, Sisters of St. Joseph, Garfield Heights. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, aunt Winifred Sollinger of Mansfield as well as brothers in law John, Joe, and Walter and sisters in law Janet and Helen, whose son David Stronsky and wife Joanie had a particular place in her and Robert's lives.

Judy graduated from the Mansfield High School in 1958 and earned a BS in Education from Kent State University in 1962 and started teaching elementary school in Lorain Public Schools before having her two sons. She taught the kindergarten class at St Anthony School in Lorain starting in 1974 and continued for decades where she shaped the early lives of many children – 38 to 40 at a time (comprised of an inordinate number of fidgety little boys who she had a particular knack in teaching). She was patient, kind, and caring with her students who marked the years in calling out first "Mom" and then later "Grandma" when in need of help much to Judy's initial chagrin. Judy represented the very best of her noble teaching profession while balancing all the responsibilities of being a mother, including having her younger son Don in her first class at St. Anthony.

Judy was a good athlete running (not jogging) into her 60s making up for the time of her youth when women could only run half the court in basketball. She enjoyed swimming and diving teaching both as well. She was a fanatical basketball fan, particularly for the Cavaliers, and was very supportive of her husband's coaching and her sons' athletic teams raising money every year cooking for the St Anthony New Year's Dinner for hundreds to help fund the CYO programs.

She was dearly loved by her family and friends; an inspiration to us all through the many years battling cancer with grace, strength, and spirit shared with many fellow patients with a smile and shared purpose who were also going through radiation and chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic. She was a woman of deep and quiet faith, who overcame her fear of public speaking to share her lovely voice with duets in the St. Anthony Choir, and joined Holy Spirit Church when they moved to Avon Lake later in life. She remained active with friends often going out to dinner Friday nights to the very end despite the effects of the chemo and radiation. She loved her family fiercely with her Scotch/Irish temper that was quick to get your attention but long on teaching life's lessons. She will be missed in body by all that knew her, but she could not bear to spend another holiday away from the love of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 . Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd. Avon, on Sunday, November 26 from 3-7pm. Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Church, 410 Lear Rd., Avon Lake on Monday, November 27 at 11am (meet at church). (440)933-3202

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