Judith Frances Fischbach

Judith Frances Fischbach, of Newton MA, passed on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the age of 75. Judy was born during a huge snowstorm in Brooklyn, New York to George and Sandra (Rosen) Goldner. In her youth and teen years, Judy was a competitive ping pong player, graduating as a state ping pong champion from Valley Stream North High School in Franklin Square, NY. Judy’s early career in education and employment training began after receiving a B.S. in Secondary Education and Business at Boston University, followed by a Master of Education at Duquesne University. Judy found her true calling when she earned a Master of Social Work at Smith College, and spent much of her career as the Director of Social Services at Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital and in private therapy practice specializing in child and family counseling. Judy’s passions were her extended family in New York, and the families she created in Boston, first with husband, Daniel Fischbach and children Heidi and Steven, and later with wife, Dr. Susan Wainger. Creating lasting and intimate relationships was Judy’s superpower.  Judy could make friends in a heartbeat, and she could get along with anyone, under any circumstances, and maintain those relationships for decades. She was candid and straightforward while also circumspect and forgiving, and though she worried small details endlessly, she always remembered what was most important in life – caring for those you love.  Judy had an amazing smile and a great sense for making those around her feel positive and optimistic about the possibilities that life offers. Judy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Heidi and Stephen Frail and their children Max and Leo Frail, and her son and daughter-in-law Steven and Jennifer Fischbach, and Steven’s children Jackson and Jade Fischbach, as well as by her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel Goldner and Alyson D’Anna, and her niece Ariel and nephew Grant. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Smith College of Social Work which profoundly changed her life in so many ways.

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