In Memory of

Judy

Anne

Belon

(Donoghue)

Obituary for Judy Anne Belon (Donoghue)

Judy was born on July 21, 1948, in Manhattan and remained a NYC girl at heart her entire life. Judy was the first of two girls born to John and Ellie Donoghue, immigrants from Ireland. Judy had wonderful memories of growing up with her younger sister Ellen on the Upper East Side, playing along the East River and at the playground in the shadow of the 59th Street Bridge. Summers were spent at the beach in Belle Harbor which has always held a special place in her heart. Judy grew up in St. Catherine of Siena parish in NYC, attended their grammar school and went on to graduate from St. Vincent Ferrer High School. After high school graduation Judy began an 18-year career in The New York Telephone Company as an Executive Secretary, her dream job and one she performed to perfection.

In 1971 Judy met Bob Belon at Jimmy Burns Night Club, he asked her if she liked Rock-n-Roll…. she thought he meant the Beatles, he meant Doo-Wop…though an unlikely musical pairing it was love at first sight with Bob proposing to Judy 2 weeks after they met. They married in 1973 and settled in Queens, first Rego Park and then Middle Village where they made their home for the last 43 years and raised their two children Heather and Sean. In 1984 Judy turned down a very lucrative promotion at New York Tel because her son Sean kept asking her to stay home…she said it was the best decision she ever made. Over the next 6 years Judy was a full-time Mom to their children and became incredibly involved in her parish of Resurrection-Ascension, where her children also attended school. In 1990 Judy returned to the workforce with positions in the Office of Parish Ministry at Sacred Heart Church in Glendale and with the Futures in Education Program of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Judy found her true second home at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates where she worked as Assistant Director of Academy Advancement for the last 25 years. In 2001 Judy’s son Sean joined her at TMLA…. eventually becoming her boss, a fact she loved to tell people!

Judy was a member of Resurrection-Ascension Parish in Rego Park for over 50 years and was one of the pillars of the community. A natural born “full time volunteer” Judy’s service to the parish and school have been legendary. She sat on the Pastoral Council, Liturgy Committee, Parish Mission Council and Home School Association, was a member of the Rosary Altar Society, a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Class Mother, Library and School Office Aide and countless other volunteer roles…if there was work that needed to be done, Judy did it. Judy helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the parish and school through her work helping to run the parish Flea Markets, 50’s Dances, New Year’s Eve Dances, Fashion Shows, 75th Anniversary Gala, Church Renovation Campaign and countless bake sales, magazine drives, book fairs, candy drives, Christmas Boutiques, wrapping paper drives, Christmas Wreath sales and Mother’s Day Plant Sales. Two of the legacies of which Judy was proudest was her 35 years in the R.A. Church Choir (as Shop Steward) and her 19 years running R.A.’s renowned annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance and Irish Person of the Year Awards.

Over the past 50 years Judy and her family loved spending time at their vacation home in Saratoga Springs, NY and have made countless memories that will help to keep her incredible sense of humor and gentle kindness alive among her family forever. Judy was an avid reader of mystery and crime novels and had a deeply held belief in the importance of reading…especially of reading to children and helping them develop their own love of literature. Judy bought books for countless children in her life over the years and helped to instill a lifelong love of reading in generations. Judy loved to travel, especially to visit her family in Ireland, attend concerts, movies, and Broadway shows, loved her comedy and drama series on television and sharing a meal with her beloved friends and family. Judy loved nothing more than being surrounded by the people she loved…and they were many. Judy’s life was enriched by the dogs she treasured as members of her family over the past 50 years…Woody, Clancey, Smokey, Stormy, Innis, and her new puppy Declan. Judy never met a stranger in her life, just a new friend. Her first instinct was always kindness and her legacy of goodness, charity and help to those in need is as legendary as it was quietly done. Judy neither expected or wanted any recognition or acclaim for all the good she put forth in the world over the last 74 years. She saw her mission in life as one of being a peacemaker…bringing people together and healing wounds. She abhorred division, fighting, meanness and petty behavior. She was a light of friendship, love, unity, and peace for every soul she ever encountered. The world is a far, far better place for the life, legacy, and love of Judy Donoghue Belon.

Judy was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Bob Belon, her parents, brothers John and Joe, sister Ellen Galligano, brothers-in-law Tony Galligano, Milan Belon and Ronald Belon, sisters-in-law Marlene Porter, Francey Lombardi and Marie Donoghue. Her “adopted sister” Madeline Redlich. Her beloved Godmother and cousin Rosaleen McCabe. The family members she chose for herself Dotty, Charlie & Colleen Fitz, Ray Sackman, Danny Guez, Phyllis Marotta and countless dearly loved family and friends she lost along the way.

Judy is survived by her daughter Heather, son Sean and puppy Declan. Her “adopted sister” Audrey Karmel. Sisters-in-law Terry Smith, Cindy Cussick and Dawn Belon. Brother-in-law Earl Porter. Many nieces, nephew, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins both in the US, Ireland, and England. Her best friend Emanuel Bologna, surrogate sisters Peggy Guez, Dorothy Sackman, Mary Waldron, Susan Tazzi, Linda Pettei, her surrogate daughter Carol Cooper, and quite literally countless lifelong friends.

To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die, in that case Judy Belon will live forever. May she rest in peace after a life so very well lived and loved.

In lieu of flowers Judy’s family request donations to her favorite charities. The St. Francis Breadline in NYC which was very close to her heart. Resurrection Ascension Catholic Academy in Rego Park where she was incredibly involved or The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, her second home for the last 25 years.