Obituary - Judith Sue Tuchman

Discussion in 'In Memoriam' started by Cheshire Figment, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Cheshire Figment

    Cheshire Figment <font color=red><marquee behavior=alternate>Friend

    Jan 12, 2001
    JudySue died at 6:05 this morning from complications related to ovarian cancer. She had not allowed me to post anything publicly concerning her illnesses for the last year; only a few people were aware of the actual diagnoses.

    She was born September 9, 1942 as Judith Sue Blinn, in Stamford, CT. We met in 1979 or 80, both members of Metropolitan Washington Mensa, and married October 9, 1988.

    She had 25 years as a Federal employee, retiring from the US Treasury Department, where she was a microcomputer specialist and technician on December 31, 2002. We moved to Orlando in September 2003.

    Judy's eyesight was going bad, and she was scheduled for cataract surgery this past January, but due to illness it had to be cancelled. In April the eye doctor said she was legally blind. That is why for about the last year nobody has seen her on any boards; she couldn't read the screen.

    Her original diagnoses of cancer was in Janaury, where she spent 22 days in various hospitals. At that time she was told that with massive surgery and chemotherapy she might live two or three months. She spent another two weeks in hospitals as a result of pnemonia in February. At the end of June we fired the Hospice, as they were no longer needed.

    In July, Judy was well enough to go with me to New York for my mother's 90th birthday party. She started going downhill again about a month ago.

    We found that we both loved Disney. She has had many friends on the boards and met many of them in the parks. Her last major activity was the Pin Event in September. We also worked with some out of town friends to set up and run the First Ever Unofficial Disneyana Non-Convention within the last two weeks; Judy was able to attend a few of the functions, but had to cancel from others as she was not well enough to attend.

    She was admitted to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando this past Wednesday, where they were trying some new chemotherapy and intraveneous nutrition. Late last night they moved her to the ICU because of decreasing blood pressure and difficulty breathing.

    I can't say that I didn't expect it, and she did live about seven months longer than expected. My major problem now is telling the cat she won't be home again.
  2. LynniethePooh

    LynniethePooh Her ECV has a propensity to aim at guys named Ed

    Feb 28, 2000
    My sincerest condolences at Judy Sue's passing.

    My prayers and loving thoughts are with you and your family.
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  4. GotAnyPins

    GotAnyPins <font color=navy>Raul's "much" better half<br><fon

    Jul 22, 2001
    When we saw Judy at the figment release..(I mean Judy wasn't about to miss anything figment was she??) I knew she didn't look well, and we have prayed that she would pick back up..

    I have to say how brave she was, as weak as she was, and how hard it must have been for her, I didn't once hear her complain..I remember when the wait in the line was so long, she wouldn't let me get anyone to let you guys go first, so she could go home, she insisted on waiting like evryone else...

    I know how close the two of you were, and my thoughts and prayers are w/ you...she was a special lady, and a very brave lady, and she will be missed....
  5. EpcotKilterFan

    EpcotKilterFan <font color=red>The first to extend her Fish<br><b

    Jan 26, 2000
    My condolences. :( :(

  6. daber

    daber DIS Veteran

    Mar 9, 2000
    Carol, Pin Trading Figment, and I are real sorry to read this. I just can't put into words right now how I feel. She will be missed and always remembered.
  7. Mickey527

    Mickey527 DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2000
    I will miss Judy. She was one of the most thoughtful, besides yourself, this past Sept. when I came to WDW just after my diagnosis.
    Judy spent a good 1/2 hour talking to me and helping me accept my diagnosis all the while she had worse growing in her. She was never selfish, always thinking of others.
    I wish there could have been a better outcome for her but I hope she is at peace now and without pain.
    You will have the hardest time now dealing with your lonliness but please let me know if you ever need to talk. I will try and be there for you the way Judy was for me. Peggie
  8. JudithM

    JudithM DIS Veteran

    Dec 5, 1999
    Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. You & Judy Sue have always been a bright spot in my reading of these boards.

    We met you & Judy Sue at White Marsh at a pin meet in 2002. You spent a lot of time talking to us about ECVs & renting from Walker. You improved our trips to WDW a lot.

    Going back to WDW will be bittersweet, but you can do it.
  9. shoes99

    shoes99 DIS Veteran

    Nov 18, 2000
    Mike, we love you and Judy and we will miss her. We did have the privilege of spending time with both of you at the Sept Pin Event. We send you our prayers and our love. Judy was some tough cookie....and so brave.
    Michele & Milton
  10. Figment2

    Figment2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2000
    Mike - my sincere condolences. I am so glad I got to spend time with both of you last week. Thank you for all the time and work you put in the Unconvention.

    She will be missed...

  11. Parkhopper

    Parkhopper Disney Collector

    Dec 16, 1999
    Mike, know that we are thinking about you in your time of loss. Our sincerest condolences. Judy Sue will be missed by many.

    Suzi, Vince and Tony
  12. Joanne

    Joanne <a href="

    Aug 18, 1999

    We were so very sorry to hear about Judy Sue's passing. We greatly enjoyed the times we spent with both of you at the Disneyana conventions and pin meets and will miss her. You will both be in our prayers.

    Joanne and Randy
  13. snowgooseltd

    snowgooseltd DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2000
    Mike....please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved wife. I met Judy Sue only once, at the Rose and Crown with Katheryn. She was sweet and helpful to a new trader. I'll remember her kindness.........
  14. Eeyore's Pal

    Eeyore's Pal Trading pins since before there were rubber backs

    Nov 14, 1999

    From me, Malcolm, and the kids -- please accept our condolences. :(

    Judy Sue was one of the first pintraders we ever met. I remember sitting with her at the Rainforest Cafe in Tysons and listening in wonder about all the pins in her books.

    If we have a matriarchy of pintrading, Judy will always be known as the head "mom."

    We had such a wonderful dinner with you in September; that is the memory I will preserve. I am so sorry she lost this fight.
  15. Mouseketeer

    Oct 25, 2001
    I am sorry to hear this and I send my thoughts and prayers to you during this time.
  16. ~Kathie

    ~Kathie Tinker Bell Fanatic

    Jan 2, 2000

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember that Disneyana Convention where we met. Those were some great times.

    Both Steve & I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
  17. dizneyusa

    dizneyusa Guest

    Mike we had the pleasure of visiting with you both
    at Winnie and Freds Anniversary pin get together.

    We are soooooooo sorry for you and want to
    send our sincere hugs your way and just wanted
    to let you know how much our family enjoyed
    visiting with you both ..............

    She will be greatly missed!!!

    Sending many hugs to you!!!

    Dana, Michael, Justin and Brittany
  18. bekeating

    bekeating Pin traders

    Feb 28, 2000
    Our condolences on your loss.

    Bonnie and Shawn
  19. lovingthemouse

    lovingthemouse magic is in the heart of the beholder...

    Dec 28, 1999
    Mike - my husband and I send our condolences to you on the passing of Judy Sue. We only had the pleasure of meeting you both at the CT Fall pin meet last year. My husband is an avid Figment lover and you had some neat things to give him.
    We will keep you in our prayers. Caroline

    TIGGERSMOM <font color=blue>And now for something completely

    Feb 16, 2000
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    Know that her memory will be part of the many lives she touched.

    I still remember my first time meeting Judi Sue, loved her hat. She was my first introduction to trading at DTD, and alot of guidance to a newbie.

    I still have the Mickey Cheerleading pin she gave me. It will always hold a special place.

    Take care of yourself and the cat.
  21. BeautyLLM

    BeautyLLM <font color=blue>Beauty'ful!<br><font color=magent

    Feb 16, 2000

    I am so sorry to hear about Judy Sue's passing. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.

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