Judee Repicky Lauria lost her battle to breast cancer on June 1, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 8, 1955, in Yonkers, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late Francis and Anna Repicky.
Judee grew up in Peekskill, N.Y. and attended school in the Lakeland School District. She attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and graduated from Pace University with a degree in nursing in 1977. Upon graduating, she worked as a nurse at Butterfield Memorial Hospital in Cold Spring, N.Y. and as a RN at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, N.Y. in Med. Surg. and Maternity. In 1986, Judee returned to the College of St. Rose in Albany where she obtained her Teaching Degree in the sciences (Biology and Earth Science) and general and elementary education. She later earned her Master's Degree in reading at SUNY at Albany. In 1996 Judee left nursing to start a career in teaching and taught at Lake Pleasant Central School until her illness forced her to leave in June of 2011. Judee loved teaching and she loved each and every one of her students. Her teaching motto was "It's all about love."
Judee was married to her husband, Vincent Lauria, for 31 years and together they had three sons, Vincent, Andrew and Keith. She loved God, her family, running, downhill skiing, her many pets, gardening, and traveling with her family. She was a prolific reader and geologist, amassing a large collection of rocks from around the world. Judee loved adventure. No matter what she was doing, she loved to do it with her family and always said that her greatest joy in life was being a mother.
Judee is survived by her loving husband, Vincent; her three sons, Vincent (Rachel and her precious grandson, Little Vinnie ("Jim-Jim") of Wells, Andrew of Wells and Keith of Watervliet; her two sisters, Rosemary Reo (Ron), and Carolyn Kemmerer (Charles); her four brothers, Francis (Leanne), Bobbie, David (Vanessa, who died of cancer in 2002) and Mark (Barbara); and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no viewing hours as Judee has donated her body to cancer research at Albany Medical Center. To celebrate the life of Judee, there will be a memorial Mass on Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at St. Ann's Church in Wells. There will be a reception at the Wells Town Hall immediately following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Judee's name to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY.