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Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1100 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL

OBITUARY

Judith Heffernan

August 27, 1945October 28, 2019
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Judith Heffernan made her journey home on Monday, October 28, 2019 after an extended illness. Judy was born on August 27, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York to Kenneth Faulkner and Rose Faulkner Shain. Judy will be most remembered for her incredible humor and her fierce love for her family. She enjoyed spending time surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She and her husband of 56 years, Thomas Heffernan, made their home in South Florida in 1993 after moving from Fairfield County, Connecticut. She and Tom shared a rare and beautiful love and friendship that began in 1958 and was a constant source of inspiration to their children. Judy valued education of any kind and opened her mind and heart to new understandings. She graduated from Lynn University summa cum laude on May 4, 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and had a very successful career in senior living until her retirement in 2011.

Judy was an amazing soul who touched every person she knew with compassion, love, and her phenomenal wit. She is survived by her husband Thomas Heffernan; her loving daughters Susan Mastrangelo and her husband John; Laura Wengel and her husband Walter; and Melissa Abbott and her husband Jeff. She is also survived by her grandchildren Katie Sardo and her husband Vinny; Francesca Mastrangelo; Victoria Castillo and her husband Steve; and Ally Wengel. She will be deeply missed by her great grandchildren, whom she called the lights of her life; Noah, Ava, Ruby, Alesandra, and Adriana. Judy was also a strong animal rights advocate. Her fur babies, sweet Tula and Oliver, will feel her presence always. In lieu of flowers, Judy asked that we donate to Tri-County Humane Society (tricountyanimalrescue.com) or The Colon Cancer Alliance (https://www.ccalliance.org/donate)

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, October 31, 2019

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Ally Wengel

October 29, 2019

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October 29, 2019

Do you know how you meet someone and feel like you’ve known them forever? That’s just how comfortable it was being around Judy. I came to meet her through a mutual friend to care for her fur babies, Tula Rose (who had special needs) and Oliver. We all took to each other immediately. I remember saying to her upon the first visit, you’re giving me that tiny bedroom and the cat that big bedroom?! Yes, she said - “my granddaughter says the same thing!”. Oh boy. Well, after that stay she did change it around, but that was Judy, serious about her fur babies and comical too! I came to care for them quite a few times, but what I really looked forward to was seeing and laughing with Judy before my stays. We discovered we lived in neighboring towns in Connecticut, and worked for the same real estate company! We didn’t see each other often, but when we did see each other, we had many good laughs. I will miss her spark and zest for life. Her humility was truly a hallmark of inspiration.

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