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Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1199 NE 36th Street, Pompano Beach, FL

OBITUARY

Jude Anne Abrams

April 1, 1955June 20, 2020

Jude Anne Abrams, originally from Shrub Oak, NY, passed away at her home in Pompano Beach on June 20, 2020, due to complications from diabetes.

Jude was born on April 1, 1955 in Staten Island, New York, to Wilbur and Josephine (Volpe) Abrams.

Jude’s family moved to Shrub Oak, New York, shortly after Jude’s birth where she lived until she moved to Ft. Lauderdale in her junior year of high school in 1971. Jude truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures and by spending time with family and friends. She had a special ability to reach and touch people in a deep and positive way. Her compassion was also apparent in her love for animals which were always a valuable part of Jude’s life. She adored her dogs and always referred to them as her “babies.”

Jude was an outstanding athlete. When she moved to Ft. Lauderdale from New York, she enrolled in Cardinal Gibbons High School where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was Captain of the softball team her senior year and received All-League and Most Valuable Player. She received many offers to play in college and did accept a basketball scholarship. She began her coaching career as the assistant coach for Girls’ Varsity Volleyball, Basketball and Softball while attending college. In 1976, Cardinal Gibbons added three Junior Varsity programs: Volleyball, Basketball and Softball and Jude was the first JV coach for all three sports. Her JV volleyball team held the record for consecutive wins and she is wholly responsible for setting the groundwork for what is considered one of the most outstanding Jr. Varsity programs in the state.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Jude also taught physical education at St. Coleman Parochial school from 1977-1979. She coached volleyball, basketball and softball at the junior high level and many of her players moved on to play on State Championship volleyball teams at Cardinal Gibbons.

Jude began teaching at Cardinal Gibbons in 1979 where she had already established herself as an outstanding coach and in 1995 was recognized by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association with a lifetime achievement award for Outstanding Assistant Coach of the Year. Jude was the first coach in south Florida to receive this award. In 2005, she was also inducted into the Cardinal Gibbons Athletic Hall of Fame. This was a well-deserved honor for over 30 years of selfless dedication to Cardinal Gibbons athletics.

Jude’s family, close friends, former students and players will always remember her for her tireless efforts which helped to achieve a first-class reputation in the field of volleyball and in the local community. Jude is the “Unsung Hero” of the girls’ sports programs at Cardinal Gibbons H.S. and the family has established a “Jude Abrams Unsung Hero Scholarship” in her memory.

Jude is survived by her sister, Grace (Dave) Mihalchik; her devoted loving companions, Louise Crocco and Paula Ferrante; her niece Corina (Christopher) Renak; and nephew David (Tiffany) Mihalchik; great nieces Ella Grace, Emma and Kate; great nephew, Evan Jude; and many dear friends.

Arrangements: Funeral Mass at St. Coleman Church, 1200 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Bch. Monday, June 29th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make donations to the “Jude Abrams Unsung Hero” Scholarship at: https://www.cghsfl.org/giving/make-your-gift or by mail to: Cardinal Gibbons High School c/o Jude Abrams Scholarship 2900 NE 47th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 with Louise Crocco and Paula Ferrante

  • FAMILY

  • Grace Mihalchik, Sister
  • Paula Ferrante, Friend
  • Louise Crocco, Friend

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

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Corina, Chris, Ella Grace & Evan Jude Renak

July 9, 2020

Our beloved Auntie Jude will be forever missed but always in our hearts. The times that we spent together will forever be cherished, and help us during the difficult time of being without her. Aunt Jude was always there for us with her unconditional love and fierce support. As her nephew Evan Jude (age 8) said: "I have her name, which means she's in my soul". Yes Evan, Aunt Jude will always be in our souls.

Jennifer Weber

July 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of Coach Abrams passing. I have fond memories of her, along with the team and Coach Crocco winning the state volleyball championship and playing jv softball. I am blessed to have experienced what first class coaching is about. Class of 87' much love and prayers at this time.

Loretta Robb

June 27, 2020

Jude was one of my coaches at Cardinal Gibbons when I played softball (well), volleyball ( which I did to make her and Coach Crocco happy despite bumping the ball to the top of gym rafters), and basketball (poorly....could shoot from anywhere unless guarded and hated to run)!

I was blessed by all she taught us about sportsmanship, community, teamwork, persistence, belief in ourselves as young women. The lessons she and Coach Crocco and all the staff at Cardinal Gibbons taught us became the foundation of my life successes.

We will all remember Jude in a s special way as she taught and touched so many lives in a positive way.

Loretta Robb
Cardinal Gibbons, Class of 1976

Carlos Perez-Cubas

June 25, 2020

I always felt she was the backbone of our successful volleyball program at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Coach Crocco always knew when the players moved up to varsity they were ready for any challenge. Jude Abrams was one of the kindest and giving person I know. She was a tough person when needed but she did everything in love for the sport but especially wanting nothing but the best for those girls. She will be dearly missed and I know we have another beautiful soul in heaven. God Bless her.

Carolyn Littlefield

June 24, 2020

Jude is the ultimate example of a beautiful woman inside and out.
She inspired so many and was respected by everyone that had the honor of knowing her. So many hearts are broken now but your smile will forever shine.
I love you Jude Anne
Rest In Peace

nancy marzulli

June 24, 2020

I met Miss Abrams when I attended Gibbons (1979 -82). I wasnt an athlete but she liked me none the less. My senior year Miss Abrams and Miss Crocco had me as their PE assistant and I got closer to both of them! Miss Abrams was always so kind and nice to me. I loved her. I am so sorry she is gone. I will never forget her or her warmth and true friendship she gave to me! RIP Miss Abrams! I will miss you forever

Kimberly Galiano

June 24, 2020

I have been so blessed to have you in my life.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.


John Coyle

June 24, 2020

Jude was one of the first people I met a Cardinal Gibbons and she made me feel very comfortable. She always had a kind word and a smile for me. Jude was an incredible person!

Paula Ferrante

June 24, 2020

We will miss you beyond belief. You were undoubtedly my hero. I will never forget you. A piece of my heart is gone. I love you and farewell my friend.

Marcy Meyer

June 24, 2020

Thank God for friends who become family and help us make beautiful memories... we will always have those. Jude Anne will be deeply missed but always close in our hearts.

Love,
Marcy

FROM THE FAMILY