Judith Beemer Rhodes - April 9, 2013

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 New Baltimore – Judith Beemer Rhodes, 77, passed into peaceful rest at her home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Born in Middletown, NY on April 17, 1935, she was the daughter of the late William H. Beemer and Helen Comstock Beemer. Her family moved to New Baltimore in the mid-1940’s, where she quickly developed a life-long love of plants, birds, and Hudson River wildlife. Judy was a gifted and intelligent, youthful and meticulous woman with a passion for literature, genealogy, antiques, travel, gardening, and gourmet cooking and baking.

She was predeceased by the love of her life, best friend and husband Harold F. Rhodes, whose untimely accidental death in 1985, left her with a courageous resolve to carry on a legacy of strength, honor and love. Often sought out as confidante, advisor and counselor, Judy could always take the time to listen to others burdens and share kind and practical words of hope. She was always willing to lend a hand to plan and execute community, church or family events with a keen eye for style and taste. She was a supporting member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Ravena and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cornell Hook & Ladder Co. in New Baltimore.

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey (fiancée Kathy) Rhodes and Susan (Douglas) Roseberger; grandchildren Kyle Geertgens, Brianna and Hannah Rhodes, Hope and Nathan Roseberger; and sisters Jennifer Price and Carol Yaas. Also survived by her beloved Aunt Emma Lou C. Hamilton (age 96); and was like a mother to niece Pamela Trombley and her children, great nieces and nephews Corie Litchko, Jared and Charlie Trombley and Amy Shanholtz. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held 11 am Friday April 12 at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena. Burial followed in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore. Contributions in memory of Judy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany NY 12205-5515 or the Grace United Methodist Church, 16 Hillcrest Drive, Ravena, NY 12143.